Short review. In keeping in the Violet Parker fashion of the paranormal, we find our Scharfrichter, trying to learn about becoming an executioner and being a Time Keeper in her own, reluctant way. Between being a single mother of twins, her job, being chased and hounded by the local police version of Rockford, and fantasizing and actually having coitus with her boyfriend, Violet actually does chase some ghosts and demons.
This is a fun little series, it's easy to read, and Ann Charles has proven that she can be unpredictable as the story keeps stretching out to what will be the 11th book coming out around Christmas 2019.
Now it's on to book 9. Why, because it's there.
I rate this 3 stars
Rattling the Heat in Deadwood By Ann Charles
Book 8 in the Deadwood Mysteries
I’m really quite happy with this novel, so it’s going to be a real pity if it takes a nose-dive - deals in any kind of implausibility, or ridiculousness just to cough up a “twist” - at or near the finale. now, mind you, two books that I rated fairly highly - Antidote to Venom and Lonely Magdelen - were wobbly at the end, and I didn’t feel compelled to drop my rating just based on that; they weren’t ruined...at least, not for me. there are probably a few Crime novels that I’m not recalling at this moment, that did crash and burn at the end of the runway.
shall finish this tomorrow, and if I don’t go right to The Count of Monte Cristo next, due to burgeoning enthusiasm, I will probably go to Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand, or a Maigret novel. I may even re-read one more Wodehouse novel - either Service With A Smile or Bachelors Anonymous - before the Dumas Era begins.