Divine Misdemeanors (Meredith Gentry Series #8)

( 725 )

Overview

Following on the heels of the heart-stopping conclusion to Swallowing Darkness, Laurell K. Hamilton and Meredith Gentry are back!Between dark faerie magic and the deepest desires lies the world of Meredith Gentry, princess, private eye, and powerful player in a game of supernatural sexual intrigue. The tension in this extraordinary saga continues to mount as Merry, pregnant with twins, refuses the throne of faerie and retreats with her bodyguards to Los Angeles in an attempt to protect the new life growing within...
See more details below
Available in stores.

Pick Up In Store Near You

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Divine Misdemeanors (Meredith Gentry Series #8)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$7.99
BN.com price
This digital version does not exactly match the physical book displayed here.
Note: This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but may have slight markings from the publisher and/or stickers showing their discounted price. More about bargain books

Overview

Following on the heels of the heart-stopping conclusion to Swallowing Darkness, Laurell K. Hamilton and Meredith Gentry are back!Between dark faerie magic and the deepest desires lies the world of Meredith Gentry, princess, private eye, and powerful player in a game of supernatural sexual intrigue. The tension in this extraordinary saga continues to mount as Merry, pregnant with twins, refuses the throne of faerie and retreats with her bodyguards to Los Angeles in an attempt to protect the new life growing within her. Both the deadly destructive factions of the faerie courts -- as well as those who would worship her -- will be equally dangerous to her attempts to create a peaceful haven for her unborn children.Filled with riveting twists, this new novel adds yet another unforgettable chapter to a story that is both epic and breathtaking.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
In December, fans Laurell K. Hamilton greeted this Meredith Gentry novel with vigorous debates, but the brouhaha didn't dampen sales: Divine Misdemeanors still hit our bestseller lists. Now this erotically charged fantasy about the faerie princess/private investigator hits mass-market, enabling a new and larger audience to judge for themselves.
Publishers Weekly
Hamilton hits the ground running in her latest Meredith Gentry novel, this one set in Los Angeles, where a pregnant Meredith has been safely united with her fellow exiles from the faerie courts. The faerie princess/private eye's happiness is short-lived, however, when she catches wind of a serial killer who gets his kicks crafting hideous tableaux of butchered demi-fey. While Meredith hunts for the killer, her stable of guards struggle to protect her from herself. Just as full of steamy sex and wild magic as the previous seven volumes, this episode finds Meredith's powers, as well as her collection of gorgeous guards, expanding, with crowd-pleasing results. The friction among Meredith's men makes for good drama, and Hamilton doesn't shy away from difficult real-world issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual abuse. Though newcomers will be lost, and mystery fans may feel the sex scenes crowd out the plot, veterans of the series will no doubt enjoy their return to Hamilton's meticulously constructed world.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From the Publisher
 
“Thrilling, fast-paced . . . may very well be the best Merry Gentry book so far.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Sexually entwined politics, mesmerizing imagery, and wry humor.”—Booklist
 
“Full of steamy sex and wild magic.”—Publishers Weekly
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594494935
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
   
Laurell K. Hamilton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Meredith Gentry novels: A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, Mistral's Kiss, A Lick of Frost, and Divine Misdemeanors, as well as seventeen acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

From the Hardcover edition.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

Read More Show Less
    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

The smell of Eucalyptus always made me think of Southern California, my home away from home; now it might forever be entwined with the scent of blood. I stood there with the strangely hot wind rustling through the high leaves. It blew my summer dress in a tangle around my legs, and spread my shoulder-length hair in a scarlet web across my face. I grabbed my hair in handfuls so I could see, though maybe not being able to see would have been better. The plastic gloves pulled at my hair. They were designed so I didn't contaminate evidence, not for comfort. We were surrounded by a nearly perfect circle of the tall, pale tree trunks. In the middle of that natural circle were the bodies.

The spicy smell of the Eucalyptus could almost hide the scent of blood. If it had been this many adult human-sized bodies the Eucalyptus wouldn't have had a chance, but they weren't adult-sized. They were tiny by human standards, so tiny, the size of dolls; none of the corpses were even a foot tall, and some were less than five inches. They lay on the ground with their bright butterfly and moth wings frozen as if in mid-movement. Their dead hands were wrapped around wilted flowers like a cheerful game gone horribly wrong. They looked like so many broken Barbie dolls, except that Barbie dolls never lay so lifelike, or so perfectly poised. No matter how hard I'd tried as a little girl, their limbs remained stiff and unyielding. The bodies on the ground were stiff with rigor mortis, but they'd been laid out carefully, so they had stiffened in strangely graceful, almost dancing poses.

Detective Lucy Tate came to stand beside me. She was wearing a pants suit complete with jacket and a white button-up shirt that strained a little across the front because Lucy, like me, had too much figure for most button-up shirts. But I wasn't a police detective so I didn't have to pretend I was a man to try to fit in. I worked at a private detective agency that used the fact that I was Princess Meredith, the only American-born fey royal, and back working for the Grey Detective Agency: Supernatural Problems; Magical Solutions. People loved paying money to see the princess, and have her hear their problems; I'd begun to feel a little like a freak show until today. Today I would have loved to be back in the office listening to some mundane matter that didn't really need my special brand of help, but was just a human rich enough to pay for my time. I'd have rather been doing a lot of things than standing here staring down at a dozen dead fey.

"What do you think?" she asked.

What I really thought was that I was glad the bodies were small so that the trees covered most of the smell, but that would be admitting weakness, and you didn't do that on the rare occasions you got to work with the police. You had to be professional and tough or they thought less of you, even the female cops, maybe especially them.

"They're laid out like something from a children's storybook down to the dancing poses and the flowers in their hands."

Lucy nodded. "It's not just like, it is."

"Is what?" I asked, looking at her. Her dark brunette hair was cut shorter than mine, and held back by a thick band so that nothing obscured her vision, as I still fought with my own hair. She looked cool and professional.

She used one plastic-gloved hand to hold out a plastic-wrapped page. She held it out to me, though I knew not to touch it even with the gloves. I was a civilian, and I had been very aware of that as I walked through all the police on the way to the center of all this activity. The police were never that fond of the private detective, no matter what you see on television, and I wasn't even human. Of course, if I'd been human they wouldn't have called me down to the murder scene in the first place. I was here because I was a trained detective and a faerie princess. One without the other wouldn't have gotten me under the police tape.

I stared at the page. The wind tried to snatch it from her hand, and she used both hands to hold it steady for me. It was an illustration from a children's book. It was dancing faeries with flowers in their hands. I stared at it for a second more, then looked down at the bodies on the ground. I forced myself to study their dead forms, then looked at the illustration.

"They're identical," I said.

"I believe so, though we'll have to have some kind of flower expert tell us if the flowers match up bloom for bloom, but except for that our killer has duplicated the scene."

I stared from one to the other again, those laughing happy faces in the picture and the very still, very dead ones on the ground. Their skin had begun to change color already, turning that bluish-purple cast of the dead.

"He, or she, had to dress them," I pointed out. "No matter how many illustrations you see with these little blousy dresses and loincloth things, most demi-fey outside of faerie don't dress like this. I've seen them in three-piece suits and formal evening wear."

"You're sure they didn't wear the clothes here?" she asked.

I shook my head. "They wouldn't have matched perfectly without planning it this way."

"We were thinking he lured them down here with a promise of an acting part, a short film," she said.

I thought about it, then shrugged. "Maybe, but they'd have come to the circle anyway."

"Why?"

"The demi-fey, the small winged fey, have a particular fondness for natural circles."

"Explain."

"The stories only tell humans not to step into a ring of toadstools, or a ring of actual dancing fey, but it can be any natural circle. Flowers, stones, hills, or trees, like this circle. They come to dance in the circle."

"So they came down here to dance and he brought the clothes?" She frowned at me.

"You think that it works better if he lured them down here to film them," I said.

"Yes."

"Either that or he watched them," I said, "so he knew they came down here on certain nights to dance."

"That would mean he or she was stalking them," Lucy said.

"It would."

"If I go after the film angle, I can find the costume rental and the advertisement for actors for his short film." She made little quote marks in the air for the word film.

"If he's just a stalker and he made the costumes, then you have fewer leads to follow."

"Don't say he. You don't know that the killer is a he."

"You're right, I don't. Are you assuming that the killer isn't human?"

"Should we be?" she asked, her voice neutral.

"I don't know. I can't imagine a human strong enough or fast enough to grab six demi-fey and slit their throats before the others could escape or attack him."

"Are they as delicate as they look?" she asked.

I almost smiled, and then didn't feel like finishing it. "No, Detective, they aren't. They're much stronger than they look, and incredibly fast."

"So we aren't looking for a human?"

"I didn't say that. I said that physically humans couldn't do this, but there is some magic that might help them do it."

"What kind of magic?"

"I don't have a spell in mind. I'm not human. I don't need spells to use against other fey, but I know there are stories of magic that can make us weak, catchable, and hurtable."

"Yeah, aren't these kind of fey supposed to be immortal?"

I stared down at the tiny lifeless bodies. Once the answer would have simply been yes, but I'd learned from some of the lesser fey at the Unseelie Court that some of them had died falling down stairs, and other mundane causes. Their immortality wasn't what it used to be, but we had not publicized that to the humans. One of the things that kept us safe was that the humans thought they couldn't hurt us easily. Had some human learned the truth and exploited it? Was the mortality among the lesser fey getting worse? Or had they been immortal and magic had stolen it away?

"Merry, you in there?"

I nodded and looked at her, glad to look away from the bodies. "Sorry, I just never get used to seeing this kind of thing."

"Oh, you get used to it," she said, "but I hope you don't see enough dead bodies to be that jaded." She sighed, as if she wished she wasn't that jaded either.

"You asked me if the demi-fey are immortal, and the answer is yes." It was all I could say to her until I found out if the mortality of the fey was spreading. So far it had only been a few cases inside faerie.

"Then how did the killer do this?"

I'd only seen one other demi-fey killed by a blade that wasn't cold iron. A noble of the Unseelie Court had wielded that one. A noble of faerie, and my blood kin. We'd killed the sidhe who did it, although he said that he hadn't meant to kill her. He had just meant to wound her through the heart as her desertion of him had wounded his heart- poetic and the kind of romantic drivel you get when you're used to being surrounded by beings who can have their heads chopped off and still live. That last bit hasn't worked in a long time even among the sidhe, but we haven't shared that either. No one likes to talk about the fact that their people are losing their magic and their power.

Was the killer a sidhe? Somehow I didn't think so. They might kill a lesser fey out of arrogance or a sense of privilege, but this had the taste of something much more convoluted than that-a motive that only the killer would understand.

I looked carefully at my own reasoning to make certain I wasn't talking myself out of the Unseelie Court, the Darkling Throng, being suspects. The court that I had been offered rulership of and given up for love. The tabloids were still talking about the fairy-tale ending, but people had died, some of them by my hand, and, like most fairy tales, it had been more about blood and being true to yourself than about love. Love had just been the emotion that had led me to what I truly wanted, and who I truly was. I guess there are worse emotions to follow.

"What are you thinking, Merry?"

"I'm thinking that I wonder what emotion led the killer to do this, to want to do this."

"What do you mean?"

"It takes something like love to put this much attention into the details. Did the killer love this book or did he love the small fey? Did he hate this book as a child? Is it the clue to some horrible trauma that twisted him to do this?"

"Don't start profiling on me, Merry; we've got people paid to do that."

"I'm just doing what you taught me, Lucy. Murder is like any skill; it doesn't fall out of the box perfect. This is perfect."

"The killer probably spent years fantasizing about this scene, Merry. They wanted, needed it to be perfect."

"But it never is. That's what serial killers say when the police interview them. Some of them try again and again for the real-life kill to match the fantasy, but it never does, so they kill again and again to try to make it perfect."

Lucy smiled at me. "You know, that's one of the things I always liked about you."

"What?" I asked.

"You don't just rely on the magic; you actually try to be a good detective."

"Isn't that what I'm supposed to do?" I asked.

"Yeah, but you'd be surprised how many psychics and wizards are great at the magic but suck at the actual detecting part."

"No, I wouldn't, but remember, I didn't have that much magic until a few months ago."

"That's right, you were a late bloomer." And she smiled again. Once I'd thought it was strange that the police could smile over a body, but I'd learned that you either lighten up about it or you transfer out of homicide, or better yet, you get out of police work.

"I've already checked, Merry. There are no other homicides even close to this one. No demi-fey killed in a group. No costumes. No book illustration left. This is one of a kind."

"Maybe it is, but you helped teach me that killers don't start out this good. Maybe they just planned it perfectly and got lucky that it was this perfect, or maybe they've had other kills that weren't this good, this thought-out, but it would be staged, and it would have this feel to it."

"What kind of feel?" she asked.

"You thought film not just because it would give you more leads, but because there's something dramatic about it all. The setting, the choice of victims, the display, the book illustration; it's showy."

She nodded. "Exactly," she said.

The wind played with my purple sundress until I had to hold it to keep it from flipping up and flashing the police line behind us.

"I'm sorry to drag you out to something like this on a Saturday, Merry," she said. "I did try to call Jeremy."

"He's got a new girlfriend and keeps turning off his phone." I didn't begrudge my boss, the first semi-serious lover he'd had in years. Not really.

"You look like you had a picnic planned."

"Something like that," I said, "but this didn't do your Saturday any good either."

She smiled ruefully. "I didn't have any plans." She stabbed a thumb in the direction of the other police. "Your boyfriends are mad at me for making you look at dead bodies while you're pregnant."

My hands automatically went to my stomach, which was still very flat. I wasn't showing yet, though with twins the doctor had warned me that it could go from nothing to a lot almost overnight.

I glanced back to see Doyle and Frost, standing with the policemen. My two men were no taller than some of the police-six feet and some inches aren't that unusual-but the rest stood out painfully. Doyle had been called the Queen's Darkness for a thousand years, and he fit his name, black from skin to hair to the eyes behind their black wraparound sunglasses. His black hair was in a tight braid down his back. Only the silver earrings that climbed from lobe to the pointed tip of his ears relieved the black-on-black of his jeans, T-shirt, and leather jacket. The last was to hide the weapons he was carrying. He was the captain of my bodyguards, as well as one of the fathers to my unborn children, and one of my dearest loves. The other dearest love stood beside him like a pale negative, skin as white as my own, but Frost's hair was actually silver like Christmas tree tinsel, shining in the sunlight. The wind played with his hair so that it floated outward in a shimmering wave like some model with a wind machine, but even though his hair was near ankle-length and unbound, it did not tangle in the wind. I'd asked him about that, and he'd said simply, "The wind likes my hair." I hadn't known what to say to that so I hadn't tried.

From the Hardcover edition.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 725 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(366)

4 Star

(189)

3 Star

(99)

2 Star

(43)

1 Star

(28)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 731 Customer Reviews
  • Posted January 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Glad I get these from the library and don't waste my money!

    Another disappointment. The plot went absolutely nowhere and the author repeats herself so many times that it's almost insulting to the reader. This is the 8th book in the series. We understand who Meredith is and who all the men in her life are. And if you've explained once in detail why Merry wears a knife under her skirt but specifically touching her skin do you then need to do the exact same explanation a few chapters later. It's ridiculous that there's a couple short chapters of plot then Meredith has sex. A small bit of plot then more sex with different people. And the sex isn't even good any more!! How many times did we read about Merry screaming out her lover's name? Has Laurell Hamilton written so many sex scenes between Anita and Merry that she just ran out of descriptive words? I picked up these books when the Anita Blake series turned into purely erotic fiction. Plenty of sex with Merry as well but there seemed to be a really good story most of the time as the men kept coming into their powers and she struggled politically. I have a feeling Merry's series just went right downhill with Anita's. I honestly don't know why I keep reading them at all since I just get disappointed over and over. There are so many other series out there that are smart, thrilling, imaginative and sexy that I don't know why I keep wasting my time.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 14, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Very Disappointing!!!

    After the thrilling events of Swallowing Darkness which almost impossibly tied up many questions about Merry and her men, Divine Misdeameanors takes readers on a rudderless and uninteresting ride around southern California. The mystery falls flat, and gives too much time to peripheral characters that don't advance the story line. I fear that this series is dead, if this is the type of story we have to look forward to for Merry. Swallowing Darkness should have been the finale!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 19, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Laurell K. Hamilton shows her great writing talent once again!

    They were crowned queen and king of the Unseelie Court by Faerie and the Goddess, but Princess Merry and her bodyguard lover Doyle choose to return to California and set up her own court. Now they live in Los Angeles where they stay together based on love and trust instead of pain and intrigue. They earn a living at sleuths at the Grey Detective Agency.--------------

    Their latest case is horrible. Twenty demi-elves (small Barbie like creatures with wings who look like angels but are anything but the sort) were killed and posed as if they were in a children's book. The only living witness, a survivor of the massacre of the serial killing of her kind, obviously saw something but flees before the detectives can question her. A few days later, a brownie and her human husband are killed in their home once again posed from another children's story. The two sleuths learn there are two killers, one with wings, bur many creatures have wings in Faerie. Merry and her retinue know only one way to prevent more ritual murders; she is served up as bait.------------

    Laurell K. Hamilton shows her talent to make alternate worlds filled with mythological creatures living side by side with humans seem real. Merry is a heroine who avoids the Seelie and Unseelie Courts as she detests the intrigue that flows everywhere like light waves do on earth. The Goddess still favors her and creates a new faerie mound in aptly named Los Angeles in an apropos apartment building. The investigation is entertaining as Merry cannot help her people by offering herself as a potential sacrifice to catch serial killers. Even with that as the prime theme, Ms. Hamilton is at her provocative sensual best in Divine Misdemeanors.--------------------

    Harriet Klausner

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 2, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Disappointing

    I love Laurell K. hamilton but her latest books don't impress me much. I was so excited for the next book of the Meredith Gentry series and normally i can't put her books down but this one i could. It felt like a filler book. Nothing big happened and there wasn't anything really new about the characters you love in this series. The end was really anticlimatic, it reminded me of her other latest book from the Anita Blake series. You read about this powerful bad guy who is so strong and in both books, the bad guy gets defeated in like 2 pages. So in my opinion the book was ok. If you love the series i still recommend to get it but wait until its cheaper or rent it from your local library. I really hope Hamilton gets back on her game, i still have hope yet:)

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Big Let Down

    I think this is the first time I've come across a book that had 352 pages but expanded so little on the overall plot. I was so excited and couldn't wait to read it and all i could think was wow i was excited for this. I suggest borrowing this from the library, Don't waste your money!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 25, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    What a disappointment!

    I have been looking forward to this book for so long and it was such a let down. It lacked all the fantasy, romance and thrills the books before it had. The plot took Meredith back to California, when no one cares about that. We want to know what is going on in the fairy mound with the Queen and some more action! It is almost as if a whole different person wrote this book. Jeez Hamilton, what a way to let down your fans!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 20, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    What happened?

    The story starts off with a murder scene that she has been called to by the police and here I am thinking, "Oh yes, back to the original formula." Little do i yet know here comes the, "how do you put yourself in danger your pregnant" diatribe for a dozen pages. Talk about start with a bang for two or three chapter then go fizzle, fizzle. The true telling point is when I can skip paragraphs at a time and not miss them in the main story. LKH truly give meaning to filler in much of the descriptions that are plentiful and snooze worthy. And when a conversation between the guards and Merry would get interesting, inevitability there would be an interuption and ruin the section of the book making it disjointed. I was truly disappointed, but then again the big triumph was in the last novel, so perhaps my expectations were too high. If you are a fan of the series none of this will matter and you will read the book and get your fix. But to all you first timers or those slightly interested, i recommend the library or to skip it. I long for the stories of the 1990s that LKH once wrote and I'm in mourning for trees that had to die to produce this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 16, 2009

    Blah Blah Blah

    "Blah, blah, blah..." is what I kept thinking to myself as I was reading this book. I love the Meredith Gentry series, but this one was so disappointing that I'm angry that I even bought this book instead of borrowing it from the library. I was reading Chapter 42 when I felt like this book was still going nowhere in it's plot, which was really sad because I was nearing the end of the book. Even then I had hope that somehow the ending would make up for how badly the rest of the book sucked, but even when I finished the last page, I thought to myself, "That's it?!"

    This book went into so much detail describing every single character that was in it, that I kept forgetting what the story was even about. It also spent a great amount of time recapping all the previous books in this series with very little time creating a story of it's own. I'm so disappointed that I'm not even sure that I'll even bother to continue reading the Meredith Gentry series. If I do, I'll be sure to borrow it from the library rather than spend my own money on it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 13, 2009

    are they sure they printed the final draft

    seemed jumpy, switched locations right in the middle of a paragraph. Had a couple areas of repeativeness, almost word for word. Getting a little tired of the whinning. I consider myself a diehard fan of Laurell's work, but it is getting really hard to buy the next book after reading this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    not recommended

    This book seems to have been churned out just to fill a yearly
    book quota. If this is the end of this series, then prehaps its
    for the best. Hopefully, Ms. hamilton can come up with something
    new and fresh.The Anita Blake series and this series had so much
    potential, but far too many similarities shared between them.
    Ms.Hamilton is an excellent writer but, these two series should
    be put to bed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 18, 2012

    I would like to see all of the peoplle who didn't like this book

    I would like to see all of the peoplle who didn't like this book...Because it wasn't her best. Come up with your own series, NO, two series, of her quality. I think she has done an excellent job. I can't wait til she comes out with another meridith gentry book!!!!
    YOU SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Just crank out another one.....

    Was there actually a story in here or was this book simply to move the pregnancy along? I was very disappointed. It seems like this book was 1) woo hoo we're pregnant 2) let's have sex everywhere with every character and bring everyone into their 'powers', 3) and maybe solve a murder mystery.

    The ending was like "okay, Merry's pregnant - fast forward to the next book I'm going to write with whatever bizarro sex stuff I dream up for the delivery book".

    I'm just not liking this story line much anymore.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 2, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another excellent novel which leads you to want to read more...

    LKH has done a wonderful job again with the newest Merry book. The continuing tale of the self-imposed exile in LA while trying to solve murders by a serial killer(s) and keep her people safe is engaging and hard to put down. As always, I am left with wanting to read more when the book is ending.

    I highly recommend reading the series from the first book before picking up Divine Misdeameanors. If you like this you will also enjoy her other series Anita Blake Vampire Hunter.

    Other authors who are noteworthy: Chris Marie Green, Rachel Caine, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rachelle Meade, Gena Showalter.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 19, 2009

    Worth The Wait

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was nice to see Merry on the West Coast for an entire book and showing what she does for a living and how her princess status affects her ability to work. I love how the paparazzi played a role in this as well as how integrated the fey were into different aspects of the city. But most of all I enjoyed the doling out of reality she bestowed upon characters and the reading audience. Making the men of her court understand that being royalty doesn't mean there aren't bills to play and people to support. Nor does it mean that they all have a right to her body or getting all of the powers back no matter how much they may want them. And that sometimes love really is the answer.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Permanently in my head

    One of the best escape novels I have ever read.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    I have read most of her book from both series. I already gave u

    I have read most of her book from both series. I already gave up on Anita Blake. This was so dry, so uninteresting, that I am sure I will not buy the next one. I might read it and hope, but I won't waste any more money on her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 17, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Just okay

    I love both the Merry and Anita series' and was excited for this, the 8th of the Merry series. Since she gave up the crown for love, a number of new issues and concerns will arise. Unfortunately, that was the bulk of the book....issues, new arisings and concerns with no resolutions, just the presentation of the problem. The only resolution is the murder they are investigating for this book. It was almost overwhelming, there were so many unrelated issues brought up, discussed briefly, and then completely dropped. The characters and happenings that should or could have be explored better were not and one character dropped in only for a sex scene that seemed minimally related to the entire book........That being said I did enjoy the book. I believe that it sets up for changes that will be approaching in this new life they are making for themselves. As much as I think too much was presented for the future I am excited to see where it will go. It was not one of the best of the series, but it will probably be an important piece to the overall story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 14, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Not one of her better ones.

    I was so excited when I got this in the mail and cracked it open and started reading it.... then I was so UNHAPPY! Not sure what happened with this is book, but I did not like it at all. Over all it was just ok to me. It seemed to be missing or lacking something and I just can not put my finger on what it is.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Rumor of more

    Ive heard that laurel k hamilton is suppose to be continuing the meredith gentry series boy do i hope she does

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Did not wrap up the series

    Horrible ending to what was an interesting series. I am believing the rumors that her husband either wrote the first books or helped LKH with the plot lines. The spark is gone from all of her stories once they got divorced.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 731 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)