Howling at the Moon
by Karen MacInerney


Ballantine Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-345-49625-6.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 03/31/2008

Fiction: Mystery

If you are looking for a fun book to read, Howling at the Moon will be a great treat. The author, Karen MacInerney, branches out to a new kind of story but brings to it the charm and storytelling skills from her previous books. The book is set in Austin, Texas and filled with well developed characters and settings that are described so well that you can almost see it.

Sophie Garou has a great job as an auditor, a hunky boyfriend, designer clothes and a loving mom. Things would be perfect, if it weren't for the fact that she is half-werewolf and trying to hide it from the world. Concealing her werewolfishness poses many creative challenges, especially when her slightly wacky mom (a witch) is arrested for the murder of a politician. Sophie shoulders the burden of clearing her mom since the police aren't looking elsewhere, meanwhile juggling the monthly changes and animal impulses that give a new meaning to the phrase "mood swings."

The author does a great job building believable characters and tying them into a story that is just too funny to put down. There are sizzling hormones, a crazy secretary, back-stabbing co-workers, a well-meaning best friend, Mom's various potions and spells and believable scenarios that will keep you in Sophie's cheering section while you anticipate the next book in this trilogy.


Karen MacInerney was nominated for an Agatha award for Best First Novel and is the author of two series. The Gray Whale Inn mystery series is set on the coast of Maine and Tales of of an Urban Werewolf is set in Austin, Texas. When not busy writing, blogging for Cozy Chicks, reading or chauffering children around, Karen, along with her husband and two children, share their home and lives in Austin with a house rabbit named Bunny. She welcomes visits to her website.

Authors/Publicists: For promotion purposes, you may quote excerpts of up to 200 words from our reviews, with a link to the page on which the review is posted. ©Copyright to the review is held by the writer (review posting date appears on the review page). If you wish to reprint the full review, you may do so ONLY with her written permission, and with a link to http://www.storycirclebookreviews.org. Contact our Book Review Editor (bookreviews at storycirclebookreviews.org) with your request and she will forward it to the appropriate person.

       

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter and goodreads.





Buy books online through amazon.com by simply clicking on the book cover or title. Your purchase will support our work of encouraging all women to tell their stories.
This title is currently available ONLY as an e-book
#visitors: