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.

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