Book: Divine Misdemeanors

Laurell K Hamilton
Ballentine / Dec 2009
Hard Back / 352 Pages
Series Meredith Gentry #8

You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kin’s treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heir—all for the right to claim the throne. But I turned my back on court and crown, choosing exile in the human world—and in the arms of my beloved Frost and Darkness.

While I may have rejected the monarchy, I cannot abandon my people. Someone is killing the fey, which has left the LAPD baffled and my guardsmen and me deeply disturbed. My kind are not easily captured or killed. At least not by mortals. I must get to the bottom of these horrendous murders, even if that means going up against Gilda, the Fairy Godmother, my rival for fey loyalties in Los Angeles.

But even stranger things are happening. Mortals I once healed with magic are suddenly performing miracles, a shocking phenomenon wreaking havoc on human/faerie relations. Though I am innocent, dark suspicions of banned magical activities swirl around me.

I thought I’d left the blood and politics behind in my own turbulent realm. I had dreamed of an idyllic life in sunny L.A. with my beloved ones beside me. But it becomes time to wake up and realize that evil knows no borders, and that nobody lives forever—even if they’re magical.

I picked this book up because Series

What I liked the Most? The mystery - the dream come to life

What I liked the Least? More sex

Review: Divine Misdemeanors like the ones before had the potential to be something truly good. It could have been a fun, adventurous, and redeeming book filled with an interesting murder mystery and perfect "problems" in the ranks but it turned out to be is choppy, spacey, trashy jumble of scenes which are never cohesive. This was not an actual book - just badly disguised fluff.

I firmly believe that every book in a series should further the story along, that's why we crave & request series. I understand that a book can be a bomb - hell I even understand if a few books bomb, but if an author gets to the point when the story just doesn't happen, perhaps it is time to give up the series or at the very least honor the characters you have given birth to enough to set them aside until such time as you can do them justice. This was not a book that I would recommend to anyone. And that's sad, because I love her books.

Recommended to:Die hard fans of the series

Best Quote: I really couldn't say

Challenges: None

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