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Monday, March 3, 2008

Review: Dr. Gnome

Dr. Gnome
by Donna Michaels

What’s the world to do when gold starts disappearing and the agents assigned to the case are turned into life-size lawn ornaments?

Send in Double O Fang Agent, Pierce De Vein and Shifter Intelligence Agent (SIA), Kitty Katt to investigate. Unhappy with their forced alliance, each loner must learn to work with a partner and stop trying to outdo one another long enough to solve the case. When the evidence points to an evil gnome and his army of rogue leprechauns, the agents infiltrate the organization in the form of a bat and a kat.

Will their plan work, or will they end up sleeping with the daisies as a pair of garden decorations?

"Dr. Gnome" by Donna Michaels is an unexpectedly comedic paranormal romance.

Quick quips, engaging images and fast action characterize Michaels' style. "Black, with a penchant for bling, his pet scorpion favored..." ah, but what other pet would do for a vampire? And he drives a vintage auto, of course. Figuring out just which of the vibrant characters bashing about this romance is actually the bad guy is part of the challenge... but you have to suspect the one that is so terribly good looking... and has a great wheels, too.

Pierce DeVein, vampire on a mission, is good looking, and certainly appreciates a fine looking woman, but takes his 'night job' seriously. And its all seriousness down at the princinct, where, youngster that he is, he is still handed the dangerous Dr. Gnome case. A lot of agents have gone after Dr. Cornelius Eugene Epstein before, and not one has returned. When all the 'normal' agencies are baffled, thats when a vampire finds himself called in.

Or actually; called in to find himself saddled with a stunning, if not quite human partner. Can he and the shifter manage to put aside prejudice and get the job done? In fact, can they put aside a whole ton of difference, when they face the most dangerous character of their careers? Meanwhile, neither has managed to impress the higher up, the ancient that heads their agency.

Dialogue is fast and believable, and her 'bad guys' are as entertaining as the good. It's great to have those with extraordinary abilities run up against someone their own size! (well, not literally in every case, but the leprechauns prove amusing, nonetheless.)

"Dr. Gnome" features a seriously fast-paced and well-imagined plot, original characters, and a completely unforseeable climax. I am thrilled to report this is merely the first in a series! I have to stop myself from shouting out superlatives - like this is a super read, and you won't stop turning the pages, and... but let me end with: 4.5 books and a gold star to the lady for this very unforgettable tale.

Review by Snapdragon