Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 369 pages
Setting: St. Louis, present day, a few months after the events of Circus of the Damned
Summary: The main mystery for the novel is several missing lycanthropes. Anita is asked to help find one of the missing lycanthropes, but passes the case on to Ronnie. At the same time, there is a suspicious death in a nearby nature preserve that Anita thinks was caused by a lycanthrope. While trying to solve the mysteries, Anita also has to deal with difficulties in her love life. She’s not pleased Richard is in a battle for control of the local wolf pack, but still accepts a marriage proposal. Jean-Claude still wants her to be his human servant, especially when it seems that Anita can combine his and Richard’s magic to a greater impact. By the end, Jean-Claude convinces Anita to date both of them. Anita also figures out some of the lycanthrope deaths were caused by a coven of witches who used the skins to be able to transform. The others were caused by a group that set up illegal lycanthrope hunts.
Final thoughts: Enjoyable as always. We see more of the variation in lycanthrope groups – it’s not all wolves, although they certainly are the focus. We also see a lot of tension between Anita, Richard, and Jean-Claude. Anita is starting to get over her thought that all lycanthropes are monsters, but she still puts vampires firmly in the monster category. We still haven’t gotten into the sexy plotlines, although we’re getting closer.
Title comes from: The Lunatic Cafe was a lycanthrope hang-out location where Anita met with some of the leaders to address the missing lycanthropes.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year
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