Book 21- Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Yes, I read a paranormal romance book. Why? Because Molly is a friend of mine, and it is a semi-solemn pledge that if you are a friend of mine and publish a book, I will read it, regardless of how far outside my normal sphere of interests it may be. And I’m definitely not sorry I read it. My favorite thing about Molly’s writing, since the days when I first read it (around 1998, when she writing must-read columns for the College Heights Herald), is that she is so funny. If Dave Barry was a woman with a slightly more drily caustic wit, it’d be something near the same effect. Except that I don’t think Dave Barry has written a paranormal romance novel.

Molly’s main character, Jane Jameson, is a fired librarian in the podunk town of Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky. When she is shot in a freak accident, it would appear that she is dead. But no. Instead she meets a wily and mysterious vampire who, shall we say, drafts her for his team. Wacky hijinks ensue, with the complications of the living world and the undead world being a constant feature. Jane also gets framed for a crime she didn’t commit, and has nasty things said about her. This seems to indicate that the only thing worse than normal a-holes would be a-holes who could live forever. And yes, there are some tasteful sex scenes interspersed occasionally.

This book is the first in an on-going series, with the second to be published around September. Harper does a wonderful job of setting out backstory in an interesting way that explains her fictional universe. It has to be a daunting constraint of a science fiction-ish writer’s job to set out a parallel and totally different universe which can also be explained and understood within our actual universe. But Molly is pretty much as smooth as butter here.

This was a funny book with likeable characters and an easy, conversational tone. I have high hopes for the rest of the series, and for that matter, for anything else that Molly Harper writes.



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2 Responses to “Book 21- Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper”

  1. Amy Hilliard Says:

    Sounds interesting! As a librarian….not fired yet, thank goodness….I need to check this out. 🙂

  2. barboo77 Says:

    Wow, my local library actually has this. I’ll have to place a hold on it. Always willing to support a fellow Hilltopper…and a friend of a friend.

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