Brimstone Kiss: Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator
by Carole Nelson Douglas
Review by Gayle Surrette
Juno Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780809573042
Date: 29 October 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The second entry in the Delilah Street mystery series, Brimstone Kiss doesn't disappoint. Delilah is determined to find out who the vampire she and Ricardo Montoya discovered buried in the park is or was. In fact, she has three clients who are willing to pay for that name, and maybe a couple willing to kill her to keep her from finding out. Then there is the mystery surrounding her look-a-like Lilith -- who is she and why do they look so much alike?
Taking up where the last book, Dancing With Werewolves, left off Brimstone Kiss doesn't waste any time getting the reader back into this Las Vegas after the Revelation filled with vampires, werewolves, CinSims, and some creatures not yet willing to stand in the light. Delilah may be new at being a detective -- her business cards say she's a detective -- but she is a journalist and she knows how to dig for the truth.
Being an orphan, Delilah was kicked around the system until she came of age and she doesn't trust easily. She's finding allies in Rick, some of the CinSims, and others that might be allies or only temporarily on the same side. Then too, she's found that she does have some powers of her own and she's trying to figure out what the limits are and how they work. There's also a lot going on politically and socially in this Las Vegas and the Post-Millennium Revelation world.
Delilah is our point of view character and she seems to the reader to be one that we can trust. She doesn't delude herself about what she sees and so the reader feels comfortable believing in her. However, Delilah thinks more is going on that what she sees and from the evidence it seems that there are some plot threads that are being woven into the background of the city and the character's backstory that might suddenly rear up in a future book and become the plot. Because of this sensed layer of background, the world and the characters are rich and easy to believe in.
As you'd expect, Delilah stumbles upon some clues that lead her into danger. She's had to make some radical decisions that could effect many others. The plot thickens and the tension builds and you find yourself carried along for the ride. Nothing marks a good book more than finding the world outside the pages disappearing for the length of time it takes to finish the book. Douglas has a way of drawing you in and keeping you entertained.
The book also has a list of Actors, Roles, Films, and TV series with links; Selected Web Sites on Ancient Egypt, and the recipes for Albino Vampire Cocktail and Brimstone Kiss Cocktail.