Dancing with Werewolves (Delilah Street Series#1)

Dancing with Werewolves (Delilah Street Series#1)

by Carole Nelson Douglas


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Paranormal investigator Delilah Street, who watched underworld beings like vampires and witches move into the real world during a Y2K television broadcast as an orphan, moves to Las Vegas to search for a possible blood relative shown on CSI.

It was the revelation of the millennium: witches, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals are real. Fast-forward 13 years: TV reporter Delilah Street used to cover the small-town bogeyman beat back in Kansas, but now, in high-octane Las Vegas—which is run by a werewolf mob—she finds herself holding back the gates of Hell itself. But at least she has a hot new guy and one big bad wolfhound to help her out...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476787343
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Series: Delilah Street Series , #1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Carole Nelson Douglas, author of more than fifty fantasy and science fiction, mystery, mainstream, and romance novels, was an award-winning reporter and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. After writing some bestselling high fantasy novels and SF thrillers, she imported fantasy notions into her Midnight Louie mystery series, which features a hard-boiled Las Vegas PI who’s a feline “Sam Spade with hairballs.” Her Irene Adler historical series made Carole the first author to use a woman from the Sherlock Holmes stories as a protagonist in the 1991 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes. She’s won or been short-listed for more than fifty writing awards in nonfiction, sf/fantasy, mystery, and romance genres, including several from the Romance Writers of America and Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine, and the Cat Writers’ Association. In 2008, RT BOOKreviews magazine named Carole a “pioneer of the publishing industry. Carole and husband Sam Douglas, a former art museum exhibitions director and kaleidoscope designer, are kept as pets by five stray cats and a dog in Fort Worth, Texas. She collects vintage clothing, and does a mean Marilyn Monroe impersonation, and, yes, she does dance, but not with werewolves. As far as she knows.

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Dancing with Werewolves 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the turn of the new Millennia, the Y2K crisis fizzles and the end of days never happened. What did occur is that the creatures of myth and legend including vampires, werewolves, witches and others came out into the open. Old timers think it is a hoax but youngsters, like twenty-something Delilah Street know these creatures are real. Having been raised in an orphanage, never adopted or fostered out, she learned to be self-sufficient and independent. --- While watching television, she sees a doppelganger of herself down to the earring in her nose. She goes to Las Vegas and the producer Mr. Nightwine of the show mistakes her for Maggie the corpse who has become a cult favorite. He provides Delilah a place to live on his estate while she tries to track her double down and she meets Ric Montrose, searching for dead bodies. When she douses with him they find new bodies wearing clothing at least sixty years old. She feels their last moments of life and learns she is a certain type of medium. Ric and Delilah are attracted to her but other people take an interest in her including Snow a vampire who encircles her arm with a bracelet formed of his hair and werewolf Cicerau who mistakes Delilah for her double and kidnaps her to be in his magic show. She uses her new found powers to escape and helps Ric identify the two dead lovers while trying to find out who she really is. --- Carole Nelson Douglas leaves her Midnight Louie series to provide fans with an entertaining urban fantasy with that rivals that of Kim Harrison and Kelly Armstrong. The protagonist jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to stay one step ahead of her enemies and those who want to use her. DANCING WITH WEREWOLVES is a mystical delight. --- Harriet Klausner
MEB51 More than 1 year ago
Carole Nelson Douglas has always been good at blending reality with fantasy (Midnight Louie's narrative); and with blending fictional characters with historical characters (Irene Adler series). This series takes the reader to an alternate world where myth and legend are real, at least the Hollywood versions. I like the idea, but there was just so much to absorb that I will have to re-read this book before going on to the next of the series. My favorite of the alternate realities in the story is the idea that characters from old black and white films can become "really" real. It does seem that the old movies did more to develop their characters than current movies that rely more on special effects. My least favorite part of the book was its' cover art. I have long ago realized that the artists do not read the book before they draw the cover, but this one irks me. Here is Deliah's description when seeing her dog Quicksilver for the first time, "I approached the cage, then tapped the wires to see the most beautiful pale blue eyes ever, way better than my own, turn to me from a silver-and-cream furred face. A widow's peak of darker fur over those amazing eyes made them seem almost human." He was a mix breed from the wolf-spitz family. On the cover of the paperback book, however, she is standing with a grizzled wolf. I would much rather see Quicksilver.
PeytonCK More than 1 year ago
I really like Delilah Street; she's gutsy and streetwise while retaining some softness. She's a mix of Sookie Stackhouse, Kitty Norville and Mercy Thompson while being very original. She takes the changes in her situation in stride and runs headlong into a new world. The CinSim characters are fresh as her newly-acquired paranormal dog, Quicksilver. And her new Latin lover, Ric is hotter than a 2-dollar pistol. Throwing in the old movie references is great fun. The writing is fresh, witty and has provided me with hours of enjoyment. I highly recommend this book/series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A strange phenomena--when an author changes style or direction, there's often a violent knee-jerk reaction from fans to the shift. You constantly see people complaining about an author doing the same old, same old. Yet, let a writer give you a fresh premise, a plot totally unlike anything she's done before and readers surprisingly scream, 'burn the witch'. I think readers--fans--often seek long time authors out for 'comfort food'. The books may not be exciting, but you know what your money is going for it's safe. Despite the whines of 'nothing new', when an author makes that about face, they nearly get stoned! Carole Nelson Douglas --long time author with over fifty titles to her credit in the Irene Adler series and the Midnight Louie series--hops to another publisher and gives you the wildly zany Dancing With Werewolves. While I love her other stories, I truly enjoyed this book, and look forward to others in the series to come. It's sharply written, very witty and kept me turning pages until I read the whole book in one sitting. As fans become accustomed to this new direction for this talented author, I fully expect to see praise for her new style. In a genre that's quickly filling with authors left and right, Nelson brings a fresh and sassy voice to Delilah Street. A woman with a dim past, she knows she was named after the street where she was found orphaned. She's currently an investigative reporter heading up the paranormal beat in Wichita, Kansas. The theme reminded me faintly of the movie Fred Ward did for HBO (Cast a Deadly Spell, 1991), where paranormal was normal. I absolutely adored Ward's Harry Phillip Lovecraft character, so it follows I would enjoy this book, too. While watching a television show, Delilah spots a cadaver being dissected and gets a chill. The 'dead body' could be her twin sister! When the vampire anchorman tries to put the bite on her and she ends up fired, then she loses her dog and her home, Delilah figures someone is trying to tell her it's time to take the show on the road--and find out if there's a clone who may be her sister. Vegas has always been considered a bit strange, but in this alternative world, werewolves are literally running the town. Besides the werewolves, there are a few witches and other not quite humans that keep the plot moving and full of surprises. As in the Ward movie, it's an odd blend on urban fantasy and film noir that is brought to life under the talented pen...hum...keyboard of Ms. Douglas. My husband absolutely adored this book, so it should appeal to both sexes
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am big fan of her other books, so I wasn't sure how she would do with this one. Wow. I simply LOVED it. I recall a couple films HBO did sometime back with Fred Ward. Alternative Universe where magic was the means. People used it for everything. I really loved them. This book hits that cord. I cannot wait for more in the series from this very talented author
butterflybaby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first bok in the Delilah Street series. I liked the book, it definetly is written to be a series. The heroine is smart, witty and feminine. I've been a fan of Carole Nelson Douglas's characters since Midnight Louie.
kd9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this novel because I thought it would be mystery/detective fiction. WRONG! It is straight out romance. An ex-television-reporter from Kansas moves to Las Vegas to find out why her body double was featured as a corpse on CSI. Since she is an orphan, could she have had a twin sister? She meets a hot Latin corpse dowser and finds out that she also has some undefined psychic powers, too. She becomes obsessed with the intertwined bodies they discover together in Sunset Park. Although she is black Irish with dark hair, white skin and blue eyes, she acts like a stereotypical blonde -- barging into dangerous situations, charming werewolves and vampires alike. A virgin, she takes to hot, graphic outdoor sex like a nymphomaniac.Does she find her sister? Does she find out who is the male corpse or why the lovers were killed? Does she find out why the ghoul producer of CSI rents her a cottage and pays her to investigate the couple's death? Does she find out what her inappropriate shaggy dog that she adopts on a whim really is? NO, no, a thousand times no. This is not just the start of an endless series, but not even a standalone book. The author doesn't have the decency to clear up even one mystery that she poses. She just piles on inconsistency on improbability and glues it all together with sex. Very disappointing.
auntiesuze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think "Meh" pretty much sums it up for me.
boxlady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing to me was terrible I had to force my self to finish it. I really dont see what every one was raving about the story sucks... she stumbles in to everything or it falls in her lap.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eminently forgettable, unfortunately. Not bad, but it's only been a couple of months since I read it & I had to read the description to bring back any real memory of it. So the writing wasn't terrible, but the story line wasn't that interesting, either.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one shows some potential but, like others, I'm not sure if some of it couldn't have ended up cut out and a tighter story created. I am curious about what happens next and about some of the secrets that are lurking behind things but sometimes it came out as too pat.Delia Street has moved to Vegas, finding herself on CSI as a corpse in a world a little like ours but with Vampires and Werewolves and other creatures out of myth and legend who came out of hiding in 2000. Las Vegas is under the thumb of werewolves, but the vampires don't agree. Delia searches for the truth, as an orphan she wants to find if she has relatives and this corpse may tell her something.It's readable but somehow it's a bit confused and unsure what it really wants to be.
Uffer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I went into this book expecting a strong female lead. From time to time, I got that. Unfortunately, there was a little too much needing-to-be-rescued, and that whole discovering-her-sensuality bit made my teeth hurt. Passive, turning with the wind, and just irritating after a while.There are a couple of false trails laid out for us right at the beginning, but these are left lying, probably not even 'for later' as they are Kansas-local and the scene quickly switches to Las Vegas. We are left wondering, therefore, what exactly the reptilian makers of corned beef on the hoof were up to and why they got a mention in the first place. Also, the question has to be asked: if your house and everything you own is destroyed by an attack by a weather witch, do you really just sort of go 'oh, ok' and leave town? That's leaving aside the constructive dismissal and sexual harassment...I'm somewhat underwhelmed by secretive and over-controlling love interest Ric (and if you have a dog you are assuming is as smart as that one, and he takes an apparently unreasonable dislike to somebody, why not trust his judgement there as well as everywhere else?).Oh, and on the subject of The Dog, I'm glad that the author was kind enough to supply Delilah with somebody /else/ to do her thinking for her. I'm certain I wasn't the only one rolling their eyes every time the dog did something blatantly weird and it was passed over as if nothing unusual had happened.It wasn't unreadable. It just didn't seem particularly well thought-out. I won't be buying the next one, as I am having trouble convincing myself this one was worth the cover price.
imayb1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character, orphan Delilah Street, is quickly driven from her Kansas home and she heads to Las Vegas chasing after information of a woman who looks just like her, seen on a popular TV show. Once in 'Vegas, providence takes over her life and weird things begin happening-- weird things including the attention of TV moguls, werewolves, vampires, and a psychic detective (of sorts). Many occurrences in the book were way too convenient to be believable, even (or perhaps especially) considering the genre. The initial plot lines which drove Del to Nevada were cut off shortly after she arrived. Her new-found sexuality was a bit contrived. The main storyline of Del and Ric-the-psychic-detective-love-interest working an old murder case is solved about three-quarters of the way through the book, making the rest of the read somewhat tedious. I don't feel the conclusion was worth sticking around for, either, since loose ends were left dangling all over the page, while characters simultaneously planned for an obvious sequel. For all that Del is supposedly self-sufficient, there's a lot of damsel-saving going on, too. The book could have been written much more tightly and I feel it should have answered more of its own questions in 394 pages. I wouldn't recommend this one.
dulcibelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this new offering by Douglas. Delilah Street is an investigative reporter who moves to Las Vegas and gets involved in solving a decades old crime. Delilah reminds me somewhat of Eve Dallas from the . . . In Death series by J. D. Robb - she's not quite as hard boiled, but the characters have similar backgrounds. More than just paranormal fluff, this book includes a gripping mystery and just enough sizzle to keep things interesting. I look forward to future titles in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book, but the shoddy grammar and obvious lack of proofreading, editing, or even a simple spellchecking were too offputting. The story was fun, and a fast read, but even in a world of magic you can't have a car start itself and then two paragraphs later have the heroine hop into the driver's seat, put the keys in the ignition, and start it up. Disappointing; was looking forward to reading this new series by one of my favorite authors, but will probably not bother to read any of the subsequent books.
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Bookwonk More than 1 year ago
Really original urban fantasy Adapting the usual supernaturals--werewolves, vampires, demons, and some unusual ones--to a future Las Vegas bent on commercially exploiting and feeding on the supernatural craze makes for a really original reinvention of urban fantasy with a lot of crime noir elements. Delilah Street (think Della Street, Lawyer-sleuth Perry Mason's right-hand woman) is a mostly mortal investigator fighting werewolf mobsters and demon drug lords. Her friends, lenemies, and frenemies are some of the most unusual suspects in the urban fantasy genre . . . like an albino rock star hotel owner and an ex-FBI guy who can dowse for the dead, not to mention the dog.
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I loved the premise of this book, but the writing style and protagonist's voice/thought process was just too distracting.
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