E.J. Stevens, author of She Smells the Dead, has got herself another hit with her novella and companion story to her Ivy Granger series, Blood and Mistletoe.
Ivy Granger and Jinx, Ivy's sidekick and BFF, are gearing up for the holidays when brimstone burns the nose-hairs again, signaling the demon lawyer, Forneus', return to Private Eye - never a good thing, especially when it involves a crazy fae muse trying to bring back the dead. On top of it, Ivy's Kelpie King boyfriend, Ceff, has to leave on business to attend to fae matters, and she has to dress up for Kaye's holiday bash. FHL. (That's Eff Her Life, y'all.)
This novella was entirely funny and great, and it has the signature "Ivy Granger snark" that I came to love so much in the first novel, Shadow Sight. Ivy has been tasked by Forneus with finding out why Seelie and Unseelie fae are being murdered, if for any other reason but to keep the wolf from the door and good coffee in her cup. You know, the important things. But she's genuinely interested in finding out why they are being murdered, which speaks to another side of her that's good and....fae.
The story is pretty creepy... a deranged fae is on a killing spree and is trying to do some sort of necromancer stuff? Weird. Ivy has her work cut out for her determining who and why. Oh yeah, and we get to experience more of her gift firsthand, as she touches things and dives into the memories of objects to catch the bastard.
Her relationship with Ceff at the end of Shadow Sight was delightful, but I do wish there had been more of it, or more of them together, in Blood and Mistletoe. Although....boy did I enjoy that ending! There is serious chemistry between them, and I really hope Stevens brings more of their relationship into focus in the following books.
All in all, paranormal fans rejoice, there's a new show series in town. And it's here to stay.