Title: Rookwood and Mrs. King
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
In: Dark and Stormy Knights (P.N. Elrod)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Easy reading, Vampires
Format: Short story
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
5th sentence, 74th page: Rookwood coughed twice, rackingly.
Rookwood is almost one of the undead. And he finally has the bait to set his trap, but is he the one really being lured to his end?
This was a really fun detective / vampire / I’m-not-sure-what story. Actually, although this was a vampire tale, I’m not really sure where else this fits into the scheme of genres. Or really into my shelf in general. I suppose the fact that it is in Dark and Stormy Knights – a collection of dark fantasy stories kind of helps me put it into context.
I liked the idea that the bait is acting as bait. The convoluted way in which this works, and the grotesque things that follow were actually a lot of fun. I’m almost disappointed that this isn’t actually part of a greater series. Yet, the idea that Rookwood and Mrs. King get to walk off into the sunset and their not-so-happily-ever-after is thoroughly enjoyable and made me have a bit of a smile at the end.
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