Title: The Laughing Corpse
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 1994
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Animator and vampire hunter Anita Blake is about to discover that some secrets are better left buried – and some people better off dead?
To be honest, this book was the one that really got me interested in continuing to read the series, more than the first. I felt like there was more going on in The Laughing Corpse, more nuance to the characters, and definitely more interesting things happening with Anita and her necromancer abilities.
I also have a bit of a soft spot for voodoo (vaudun in the book), and since it plays a rather large part in this story, that was definitely a plus. There’s just a lot more interesting things happening, and lots of interesting characters. For starters, the relationship between Gaynor and his psycho girlfriend, plus his previous relationship with “Wheelchair Wanda”, were rather … unique.
If you’ve read Guilty Pleasures but just aren’t quite hooked on the series yet, give this one a go. It roped me in, and might have the same effect on you.