I adored Death’s Mistress by Karen Chance. For character, action, mystery, suspense and setting, I place this novel on a par with Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files or Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series — two of my personal favorites — and for humor, I rate it even higher. Death’s Mistress is insanely funny in just the right spots. It is as entertaining a novel as I have read in many years.
In this second book of the Dorina Basarab series, Dorina, a half-human, half-vampire Dhampir, is asked to conduct the seemingly simple task of picking up a low-level Master Vampire, Ray, for interrogation. She immediately decapitates Ray so that she can bring in his still living head, unobserved. Little does Dorry know that Ray is the key to a missing faerie treasure and everyone is after him, including Dorina’s missing-in-action lover, Louis Cesare. She spends the remainder of the novel protecting the now headless Ray as she is chased all over town on a series of madcap misadventures that eventually end with a very surprising conclusion. For pure entertainment, Death’s Mistress is a novel you will not want to miss.