Title: Blue Moon
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 1998
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
You never forget your ex-fiance. And when the call came at three in the morning, I thought for a moment it was him. It wasn’t. It was his brother. And it wasn’t good news. Apparently, the former love of my life had got himself thrown into jail for assaulting a woman. Since I make my living as a preternatural expert, I tend to believe almost anything’s possible. But though he may be one of the monsters, Richard would never harm a woman. So here I am in the wilds of Tennessee, Anita to the rescue. I’ve got just a few days to spring Richard and find out who framed him – and why. There’s a full moon coming, and if my werewolf love is still behind bars when it rises, he’ll be facing a lot worse than an assault charge.
I really liked this book, largely because it focused on Anita and Richard. I have a soft spot for the ol’ werewolf, even when he’s being stupid – like in this book, when he refuses to hire a lawyer until Anita forces it on him. Their relationship has definitely changed in this book, and it was interesting to watch everything shift as the story progressed.
What I liked about Blue Moon is that Hamilton did an excellent job of integrating the mystery aspect – what’s going on and why is Richard being framed? – with the personal stories of the characters and their relationships with each other, as well as with the politics of the werewolf pack. I enjoyed the subplot of Anita struggling with channeling the spirit of Raina when she works with the werewolf pack. It was a fitting and intriguing aspect to her supernatural powers, far more interesting to me than some of the other stuff that happens in later books.
By the end of the book, I was pretty happy with where things were headed for the main characters (Anita, Richard, and Jean-Claude), but it’s clear that in this series, nothing lasts forever.