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It should have been a cushy job: Vern, the dragon detective, and his partner, the mage Sister Grace, are given an all-expense paid trip to Florida to chaperone a group of Magicals at a Mensa convention. Then the pixies start pranking, the Valkyrie starts vamping and a dwarf goes to Billy Beaver's Fantasyland hoping to be "discovered." Environmentalists protest Vern's "disrupting the ecosystem," while clueless tourists think he's animatronic. When the elves get high on artificial flavorings and declare war on ...
It should have been a cushy job: Vern, the dragon detective, and his partner, the mage Sister Grace, are given an all-expense paid trip to Florida to chaperone a group of Magicals at a Mensa convention. Then the pixies start pranking, the Valkyrie starts vamping and a dwarf goes to Billy Beaver's Fantasyland hoping to be "discovered." Environmentalists protest Vern's "disrupting the ecosystem," while clueless tourists think he's animatronic. When the elves get high on artificial flavorings and declare war on Florida, it turns into the toughest case they aren't getting paid for.
Based loosely on the award-winning serial mystery, Magic, Mensa and Mayhem will keep you laughing wherever you rank on the IQ scale.
...."Wisdom of the Ages, Knowledge of Eternity, and I end up a babysitter at the Smart Humans' Convention."-Vern
Posted November 23, 2012
Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite
This is interesting fantastical paranormal but with a good story at its heart. Vern is a dragon private investigator partnered with Catholic Faerie nun Sister Grace. Vern was cursed by St George to live a constructive, good life. The two of them fight evil on either side of the portal which came into being between the mundane (human) world and the faerie realm following a magic accident on the one hand and a nuclear disaster on the other. For this assignment, at their boss the Bishop’s behest, Vern and Grace have to go and keep an eye on the participants at a Mensa convention. It is not going to be easy as they are dealing with brownies, pixies, dwarfs, fairies and two characters called Coyote and Brunhilde who throw some myth and legend into the mix. Vern has to face environmentalists and tourists and warmongers too. Affairs gradually get more and more complicated. This becomes another 'Save the Universe Case' that Vern is getting good at handling.
This is very entertaining, laugh-aloud read. However, it is far from slapstick. The book is cleverly structured and there is a lot of wit and wisdom amongst the hilarity. There are references to TV series and movies that everyone will know and appreciate. The action is crazy and fast-paced and somehow exactly the sort of thing you can imagine these unlikely yet complex and rounded characters are getting up to. This is a book you just can’t put down. It is escapism at its funniest and wittiest. This book is part of a series but works well as a standalone. The author provides enough information for you to pick up the pieces so as to understand all that you need for things to make sense. "Magic, Mensa & Mayhem" is the perfect indulgent read: frantic, fun and fabulous.
Posted May 13, 2009
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Karina always says that she was a straight A student who now goes by straight F's: Family, Faith, Fiction and Fun. Add those to Magic, Mensa and Mayhem and you get Enjoyment, Enlightenment, Enchantment and Escape. What more can you ask for in a fantasy/humor novel? Tongue planted so firmly in cheek that it might get bitten, this film noir escapade is more fun than a barrelful of brownies, wilder than the Valkyries, full of twists and turns that keep the reader enchanted all the way through.
Vern, the longsuffering (at least in his mind) dragon PI and his saintly partner Sister Grace (a supermage from the Faerie Catholic Church) have been assigned to watch over the Faerie delegates to the big Mensa Convention in Florida. Grace also will be speaking in one session, but the main thing is to ride herd on the participants and keep things running smoothly with the Mundanes (that's what the Faerie folk call us). Should be a cakewalk, right? Easy peasy. Hah! Even on the plane, the pixies are pranking. At the convention, it's apparent something is wrong between the elves, and then there's that tricky, slick Coyote--not exactly a candidate for saint of the year. And poor Vern finds his dignity wounded in more ways than one as he is mistaken for an animatronic robot, feared by others, and picketed by yet another faction! This is one of the worse jobs he never got paid for, and yet he knows he must perform it all in a Godly and humble way. Hard even for a reformed dragon.
There's no way I can do this story justice, but I heartily recommend it for EVERYONE WHO CAN READ! Younger folks may not get all the humor, but they will still enjoy it. Without a doubt, this story proves that Vern and Grace could easily have a long running series of delightful adventures, full of fun and fantasy, but also faith. Who says serving God has to be a drag? Not this dragon, and not me either.