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Divine Misdemeanors – Laurell K Hamilton

Divine Misdemeanors is the 8th installment in the Merry Gentry series and is best if read in order.  You miss out on a lot of character information and backstory if you pick this series up in the middle.

Princess Merry and her group have returned to LA and are working for the Grey Detective Agency.  There have been some Fey murders and the LAPD need the help of Merry and her gang to solve them.  We are introduced to Glinda the Fairy Godmother of LA and new members of Merry’s royal guard.  The guys are all back and as protective as ever of Merry.

This book starts out good with the fey murders.  The group is called in to assist the LAPD and see if they can figure out who is killing the fey.  Merry feels responsible for the fey that are in LA but Glinda , the fairy godmother thinks that Merry is “stealing” her subjects away from her.  I loved Glinda, she is what every little girl thinks of as a fairy godmother, complete with all the sparkling clothes and the magic wand.  Merry seems to grow a little as a leader in this book with the help of Barinthus.  He is angry with her and challenges some of the choices she makes.  One of my favorite scenes involve a lot of reporters and a plate glass window. 

As the story progresses, it gets weaker and weaker.  It seems rushed and thrown together and was very choppy to read.  A lot of back story was used as filler, we are reminded of the abuse that Merry suffered at the hands of her Aunt and Uncle over the years multiple times.  There are references that something bad is going on in the Unseelie court but they never carry that story forward and one of her guards acts totally out of character going off the deep end. 

In the Merry books you come to expect a lot of sex and you do get a fair amount in this book.   The purpose of all the sex is for her to get pregnant with an heir to the throne of the Unseelie court before her cousin does.  She is still having sex with random men and bringing out unique abilities in them and at one point she has sex with 2 of the guards to prove that she is not “crazy” like the rest of her family. 

Overall I liked the mystery of the fey murders and enjoyed seeing all of the characters we have grown to love throughout this series.   I would suggest this book to anyone that is a fan, just be aware that there is a lot of sexual content in this series.  I give this book 3 flaming hearts. 

Reading order:

Kiss of Shadows

Caress of Twlight

Seduced by Moonlight

Stroke of Midnight

Minstral’s Kiss

Killing Frost

Swallowing Darkness

Divine Misdemeanors

6 Responses

  1. Wow, the fairy godmother thing surprised me. But who doesn’t need one? I’m totally clueless when it comes to fantasy, paranormal or sci-fi. I’ve never been a fan, but I have to say anything with murder sounds good to me (which makes me sound weird – but I WAS a Nancy Drew fan)

    Thanks for the review – I love reading them!

  2. Thanks Liz,

    I also was a Nancy Drew fan and spent many Sat’s at the local library going through the books until I had read the entire series.

    Thanks for the support. I am new to writing reviews of books. I love to read and can talk about them all day but I’ve never sat down and put it to paper. It is a learning process for me.

  3. Having not read this series, I had no idea it involved Fae. and a Fairy Godmother…HAHAHA

    Great job

  4. Cyndi,

    Thanks for your support.

    Yeah, it involves the Seelie and Unseelie courts and lots fey creatures including Brownies, Demi-fey and others. Oh yeah, and lot’s of Sex!! Merry is bringing magic back to the Unseelie through sex magic.

    Fairy Godmother was definitely over the top. This was the 1st book she makes an appearance.

  5. A fairy Godmother! How fun!

  6. Oh those books sound awesome! I will be looking into those!

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