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Mindy Klasky

Books

Magical Washington: Fright Court (2011), Law and Murder (2017), High Stakes Trial (2019)


Magical Washington


Fright Court (2011)

Sarah Anderson has been bouncing from job to job for years now, while her best friend is settled down with a rewarding job and what seems to be a perfect family. But Sarah’s first night on the job she discovers that nothing on the Night Court is as she expected–vampires exist and part of her job is to be court clerk for not just the human night court, but for a vampire judge and other supernatural creatures.

“Those old movies were about fear of the unknown, about science taking over our lives. Everyone was worried about the atomic bomb, and nuclear radiation, and how we were all going to die a million different ways. The monsters were sort of victims, themselves. I always felt terrible when they died.”

I think what I enjoyed most about this book was how thoughtful and thorough the world-building was, and how Sarah found her place in that world. There were several times when I was kinda giving the story the side-eye, but then CHUNK CHUNK CHUNK things all feel into place.

I was quite impressed.

Publisher: Peabridge Press
Rating: 8/10

Law and Murder (2017)

The second book finds Sarah preparing for the trial of the vampire who attempted to kill her–but it seems that her status in the supernatural world still isn’t set, and that may well affect the trail–and Sarah’s life.

“Legend says Sekhmet’s retainers invented beer to keep her calm. For the rest of us, restoring order helps.”

I didn’t like the mystery quite as well in this story as I did the first, mostly because the end felt rushed. We have all this running and hiding and buildup, and then suddenly after the battle all the legal issues are resolved. Really? The legal issues are fixed that quickly? That seems… wrong.

On the other hand, the world-building is still fantastic, as Sarah continues to discover her powers and learn her place in the world she didn’t previously know existed.

Publisher: Book View Cafe
Rating: 7.5/10

High Stakes Trial (2019)

Sarah has been indicted for the murder of the judge for whom she worked, and her boss has disappeared off the face of the earth, leaving her with a temporary security head who uses dog breeds as curses.

Sarah has been seeing Chris, the head of the local sphinxes , but the Den doesn’t trust her, and still doesn’t truly believe she is really a sphinx, so along with everything else Sarah begins a quest to discover who her true father is.

The start of this book fixes one of the problems I had at the end of the second book, but did have problems of its own, namely, how quickly everyone turns on Sarah after she is indicted. Yeah, of course her temporary boss was looking for excuses, but the other members of the Night Court? Humph.

There were bits of the story and world building that I loved.

But there was a third category of cases— actions against individual items. It sounded strange, but a case could actually be filed against an individual parcel of land.

Not long ago, there’d been a series of actions against an absentee vampire’s multiple sanctums, when the missing occupant had ostentatiously failed to safeguard the properties from prying mundane eyes, putting the entire Empire at risk of discovery. A gnome’s axe had been sued when it was left behind after cutting down a dryad’s grove, with no elemental owner in sight.

Not many of those cases were filed in any given year. Their names were odd: The Clans of the Eastern Empire v. A Cast-Iron Witch’s Cauldron. The Clans of the Eastern Empire v. 1527 Massachusetts Ave.

I love the whole idea of that.

The mystery was okay, but I had multiple problems with the final show-down–and the lack of long-term fall-out from it.

Publisher: Book View Cafe

Rating: 7/10