Book Review: Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner

I was surprised to read that Julie Kenner was a romance writer, her prose is sharp and lacking the usual flowery word-play, which is a compliment. Her novel, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, is a cute, funny take on the urban fantasy genre. She sets her middle aged Buffy in a carpool cul-de-sac. Retired and gone soft, Kate is forced into action, when an undead octegenarian barrels through her window. From there, it's cocktail parties with holy water chasers, hounds of hell and italian dialogue.

It's a quick entertaining read, with likeable characters. Most notable is the babbling elderly demon hunter Kate rescues from a thorazine shuffle at a demonic nursing home. There are a few things that seem to be left hanging, but this is a series…

Next book: Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco

Note: It's looking like Urban Fantasy Month is going to run into April. I'm going to need some fantasy come the fifteenth.