Children are being murdered.
What’s a ghoul to do when the latest job dropped in her lap involves the sudden disappearance and murder of several children in the area? It’s not like she doesn’t already have enough on her plate; what, with being recently declared Public Enemy Number One by the Templars (an organization of which her roommate and best friend, Lisa Jenkins, is a member), and a problem involving the neighbor’s massive dogs using her lawn as a toilet which is becoming a real issue for the goblin horde living in her basement.
When Ava discovers the source of the killing might blow the lid off the Supernatural community, she charges in like she has so often in the past: unprepared.
Can she defeat this monster, or will she finally find that she has bitten off more than she can chew?
That Ghoul Ava…on the Lam!
I can honestly say I enjoyed this book as much as I have the others in the That Ghoul Ava series; the humor blends well with some rather dark happenings that remind us this is as much a horror series as it is a humor one, with plenty of human elements throughout (many involving our no-longer-human protagonist, who grows in depth with each book.) The Lamia is decidedly Ava’s nastiest foe to date, and as usual, she isn’t alone in giving our favorite lady ghoul trouble. Also the book breathes a bit more character and life into some of the secondary players, notably Nose Wart and Aoife, who up until now have mostly been bit players at best.
Actually, it’s there that I have to deduct one star; as the cast of the books grow, many of the existing characters remain to be fully fleshed out. Lisa Jenkins, for example, is still largely a mystery with her actions (and questions remain such as, “Why was she drugging Ava in past books?”) which are yet to be fully explained. Aoife has grown and we’ve learned something of her origins, but not how she came to wind up in a small town in Oregon in “Queen of the Zombies”. Betty (who does not appear in the book) is more a name and enigma than a character, yet even not present, manages to play a role in the story. I’d love to see TW Brown give us a bit more depth on these secondary characters, and to wrap up some of the questions the other books have raised (still curious to know who put the tracking device on Ava’s Corvette, for example.)
This aside, the book was a fun read, and I ended up staying up way past bedtime to finish it. I’ll eagerly be looking forward to the next book in the series, that’s for sure!