Title: Blood and Mistletoe
Author: E.J. Stevens
Series: Ivy Granger, #1.5
•Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
•Publication Date: November 20, 2012
Opening Line: I woke to the smell of gingerbread and coffee.
Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are undead vampires or monstrous fae, the combination may prove deadly.
Ivy Granger, psychic private investigator, returns to the streets of Harborsmouth in this addition to the bestselling urban fantasy series.
Holidays are Hell, a point driven home when a certain demon attorney returns with information regarding a series of bloody murders. Five Harborsmouth residents have been killed and every victim has one thing in common--they are fae. Whoever is killing faeries must be stopped, but they only leave one clue behind--a piece of mistletoe floating in a pool of the victim's blood.
The holidays just got interesting. Too bad this case may drive Ivy mad before the New Year. Heck, she'll be lucky to survive Christmas.
Our favorite snarky psychic detective is back! Blood and Mistletoe takes place a few months after Shadow Sight. Yes, before you even ask Ivy and Ceff are still dating. Yay! Their relationship does not play a huge role in this novella, but it's something I just cannot get enough of. I like seeing Ivy's squishy side.
The holiday season is not slowing down business at Private Eye detective agency. Ivy is finishing with a client, a bugbear, when Forneus comes strolling into the office. Forneus stops flirting with Jinx long enough to tell Ivy some disturbing news. There is a serial killer in Harborsmouth and they are targeting the fae. Five fae have been found murdered, the only thing linking the victims is a piece of mistletoe left at each crime scene.
The length of this book does not take away from the story at all. Blood and Mistletoe is fast paced, full of action and mystery. I love how E.J. Stevens combined Christmas elements into the murders.
My favorite part of the story was the end. Let's just say it was the perfect Christmas gift. *wink*
"This probably tastes exactly like cookie monster pee."
"A demon has to harvest souls somewhere. And contrary to popular belief, lawyers and insurance agents do indeed have souls to sell."