A Tale of Two Goblins

Main Characters:

Dulcie O’Neil – a fairy who works a cop of sorts, monitoring other paranormal creatures.  She is also an aspiring writer, trying to write a romance novel.  She is a consultant to ACN, her former “police force” who hunt down criminals from the Netherworld who are now on Earth.

Knight Vander – a Loki and acting interim head of the Splendor ACN.  Also totally has the hots for Dulcie.  Can enter (but not control) Dulcie’s sleep.

Quillan – Dulcie’s former boos at ACN and an Elf.  He was originally the inspiration for themale protagonist in the book Dulcie wrote.  Now, a fugitive on the run (although not really running as he is the top of the totem pole in some criminal circles now), running his operation out of a strip club.

Sam – a witch who helps Dulcie out, and Dulcie’s best friend.  In a coma for most of this book.

Bram – a vampire who dated Sam.  He runs No Regrets, a nightclub.  Creepy, but not in an evil sort of way (more in a man-whore kind of way).  Also totally has the hots for Dulcie

Trey – Dulcie’s former “partner”.  He’s a hobgoblin. He’s sarcastic and kind of a brute.

NEW CHARACTERS:

Dia – head of Moon’s ACN.  A sleepgoblin, but one of the good guys.  She’s kind of a diva, but in an awesome way.

Osric Cassius – the bad guy.

Main Premise: A dreamstalker is attacking folks with ties to Dulcie, including Sam.  Dulcie is brought in to the case by Knight because of her skills, and connection to the case.  Dulcie finally confronts the guy in her sleep and confirms that it wasn’t a true dreamstalker but a Were who ingested some dreamstalker blood.  She takes him out (kills him in her dream and Dia finds him dead in the hospital basement).

Who dun it?  Osric Cassuius.  A former perp that Dulcie arrested for beating up his girlfriend and had sent to the Netherworld prison.

Locations: Splendor, California (and a little in Moon, CA too)

Other Important Things to Remember for Later:  Quillan helped Dulcie get some anti-sleep potion (kind of like a super speed where Dulcie doesn’t sleep).  Blood of Netherworld creatures is being sold on the street – and the people taking the blood get the powers of the creature they came from (with one exception which kills on ingestion).  Knight had to face the Netherworld higher-ups becuase Dulcie was being investigated for not capturing Quillan in the last book – Knight takes the blame.  Quillan helped Dulcie take down the dreamstalker, in her dreams.  The book ends with Knight agreeing to tell Dulcie why his eyes glow, after a little reunion (lots of kissing and rain) and Knight waled out of his court case because he was worried about Dulcie.

Review:

A Tale of Two Goblins by H.P. Mallory presents me with quite a dilemma.  How to classify these.  Some call the series urban fantasy (I hate that genre by the way… a lot of the stuff lumped in there was PNR, and nice and steamy PNR at that, until this new “urban fantasy” classification came along and spoiled all that good fun and turned off the hot water.  Like the stories and authors are too good for those scenes.  I blame Fifty Shades of Crap for that – good authors don’t want their stuff thought of as the same time of crap.  That’s just my guess.  Anyone know of a better reason, let me know and I will happily retract what I just said.  But for now, that’s my conspiracy theory du jour.

Cozy mysteries usually have even less steam than this (and it’s pretty scarce here, a few references, scenes that never lead anywhere, and a few rare curse words).  So, not really sure it belongs there.  And not PNR, well, because despite the burgeoning relationship between Dulcie and Knight, there really isn’t much “R” in that.  Not to mention, the formula is more like the cozy.  You know, we have a mystery and watch it trying to be solved, only to have the culprit be someone that we never ever could have guessed – because only the author knows (there were not hints, no foreshadowing, and often the character makes its first appearance when the cuff are about to come out).  But, there are definitely fantasy elements too – fairies, werewolves, loki, witches, demons, etc.  So, what to do; how to classify this series.  I am sticking with the previous decision to let these sit in mysteries because to me, they feel much more like cozy mysteries than anything.  But… I reserve the right to totally change my mind, for any reason whatsoever, at any time.  I can do that because this is my blog.  🙂

I didn’t review the first installment, To Kill a Vampire.  But I really enjoyed it.  I finished that and immediately bought a whole bunch of H.P. Mallory’s other stuff (including Dulcie #2).  With fingers crossed that they would all be as cute and as much fun.  I am so glad I did – this didn’t disappoint.

We have a little mystery here – someone is after Dulcie and they are going through people in her life to get to her.  We have a little paranormal – as vamps go, Bram is pretty cool and Dulcie’s fairy powers are fun too.  We have a little romance – Knight is really into Dulcie and she is probably falling for him too.  We get more time with our main character and get to see her in action, the lines she is wiling to cross to save a friend and who she really is.  We see what, in my opinion, is the appropriate amount of crass from her too when she refers to the a*hole after her and her friends.  These aren’t huge novels nor do I think there’s any danger of them being considered great literature like Wuthering Heights or anything, but they are fun little reads and a good way to occupy time while on line at the grocery store and they made me chuckle.  So despite not knowing what the heck to call their genre, I will be reading Great Hexpectations very soon!

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