by Maureen Child

June 2007
ISBN: 978-0-451-22127-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Trade Paperback

On her 32nd birthday, Cassidy Burke received a number of unexpected “presents”. First, one of her employees quit, leaving the single mother needing more help just as business was expanding. While she was on the phone, her dog, Sugar, ate her breakfast. Then her ancient washing machine broke, sending a flood of water across the floor, just in time to wash away the dog’s regurgitated theft.

By the time the afternoon waned, Cassidy was exhausted from working with her remaining cleaning service employees, and feeling a little overwhelmed at the daunting task of raising a 15-year-old math genius, her daughter Thea. As she waited for her new washing machine to be delivered, Cassidy hoped that things were heading back to the positive side of the line. A phone call from Logan, Thea’s dad, squashed those hopes. Divorced and living in La Sombra again, he wants to come over to visit. He has no idea he left something behind after their summer romance 16 years ago. He is also not the only one who pays Cassidy a visit.

Appearing out of nowhere, an elderly woman tells Cassidy to accept her destiny. The time has come for Cassidy to become a Demon Duster.

More Than Fiends is the debut novel in Maureen Child’s new paranormal series. Apparently La Sombra is a hotbed of hidden preternatural activity, and Cassidy is just starting to find this out. Not only does she have to contend with Logan and his discovery of fatherhood, and Thea’s discovery that her heroic dad did not die in a fire, but she will have to accept the fact that some of her neighbors may be demons. As Cassidy reluctantly accepts her fate, others in the community are not happy to have the next Demon Duster in their midst and decide to take action. Cassidy will have to decide who to trust very quickly.

It took me a couple of chapters to really become hooked on this book, but the humor running rampant finally did the trick. Cassidy is just overwhelmed by her normal life, and then paranormal events make it even more confusing. Adding Logan and newcomer Devlin Cole to Cassidy’s dormant love life really spices things up. Ms. Childs has created an interesting world, and filled it with characters that you immediately like. I am looking forward to see what happens next in A Fiend in Need.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Paula.

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