This month I read and finished Dancing With Werewolves: Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator by Carole Nelson Douglas. Dancing With Werewolves is a paranormal with vampires and werewolves and weather witches. This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for months.. During this time, I have picked it up, read a page and put it down again. I never got past the first couple pages. This, I suspect, has to do with the prologue and the first couple chapters. Not that it is a bad prologue, but it is just that I dislike prologues. This particular prologue explains some of the background, how vamps and werewolves and witches were discovered in the year 2000. In any case, Delilah – or Del, as she is called – is a TV reporter. The first few chapters are slow.
In the opening scene, she is reporting the murder of cows from a Kansas cornfield. The real story doesn’t start until she gets to Las Vegas. She leaves her job and goes there because of events in the first few chapters, but considering how much I disliked those first few chapters, she could have just started the story in Las Vegas. Del has an annoying habit of referencing people and movies I have never heard of (for example, who is George M. Cohan?) but I suppose it is alright because that is part of who she is; it is a part of her that comes out most visually in her vintage clothes. Anyway, I am glad I didn’t stop reading as I was tempted to because the story gets lots better somewhere around the middle of the book.
There are lots of interesting characters – a mysterious albino rocker, ex-FBI agent who douses for bodies, a creature called (named by Del, who knows what his real name is?) Quicksilver, CinSims (short for Cinema Simulacrum), the dead daughter of a werewolf mobster. There is a particularly intriguing piece of silver jewelry given to her by the rocker. It keeps changing from collars to necklaces to bracelets to anklets to keys and it helps her get away from various vampires and werewolves. Despite the rather dubious beginning, by the end it was very interesting.