Another lovely short from Cassandra Bick Chronicles. This time it's Cass and Laclos working in tandem to find a rogue vampire on streets of London right on Christmas Eve.
I feel like I'm warming up to Laclos more and more. He is such a cheeky and charming bugger, who makes you snicker with his delightful pranks.
"Ah, then I shall not detain you further... once you have obliged me with your English tradition of a kiss under the mistletoe, of course."
"There's no mistletoe tonight, Laclos."
I should have known a little thing like that wouldn't stop Laclos, of course. He clicked his fingers and an enormous vampire appeared beside us, one in a stream of faceless, nameless bodyguards he seemed to be working his way through lately. The vampire's face was expressionless, but without being told, he produced a sprig of mistletoe from nowhere and held it above our heads.
"A wise man makes his own opportunities," Laclos purred, and it was so shameless - so Laclos - that I actually laughed out loud. Then he pulled me into his arms and kissed me, and I wasn't laughing any more."
There is some sadness in this story too as Cassandra works in a homeless shelter helping out just before Christmas and tells us why she can't stand this holiday. There is Medea and Kate too and a touch of Christmas spirit :) Recommended, intriguing and definitely makes me want to read more of this series.