by Maggie Shayne, Barbara Hambly, Charlaine Harris

October 2004
ISBN: 0-373-77010-3
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This anthology started off with Her Best Enemy by Maggie Shayne. Kiley Brigham is a newspaper columnist and has made it her goal in life to debunk every scam artist, psychic and fortune teller in town. She still hasn’t been able to prove that Jack McCain is a fraud, but she’s working on it.

Kiley has recently moved into a new home and although she keeps experiencing odd things, she refuses to believe the rumors that it's haunted. But when a message in blood is scrawled across her bathroom mirror, she is seriously frightened. Even though she doesn’t believe in such things, she swallows some of her pride and asks Jack to investigate.

These two characters have so much chemistry between them and the snappy dialogue was delightful. The short story is in turns humorous and suspenseful

Someone Else’s Shadow by Barbara Hambly finds Maddy searching for her missing roommate Tessa. With help from Phil Anderson, a man she’s not certain she can trust, she discovers that some very evil things have taken place in the building where Tessa spent most of her time preparing for a dance audition. Will they be able to rescue Tessa, or will the building’s evil past claim them all as its latest victims?

This story was difficult for me to read. It was at times slow and confusing, but I did appreciate how the romance evolved between the two main characters.

Rounding out this trio of paranormal stories is Dancers in the Dark by Charlaine Harris. This book is not related to her Sookie Stackhouse series, but does take place in the same world. Layla Rue Le Mae finds a job with a company that requires her to dance with a vampire partner. Sean McClendon is quiet and cool, and the perfect dance partner. He suspects she’s hiding something and, after doing some investigating of his own, finds out she has a stalker. And it’s someone she knows, someone who almost killed her in the past.

Sean is a fabulous character whose old world mentality demands that he protect the woman he loves. With good reason Layla finds it difficult to trust men, but she soon realizes that Sean isn’t like other men.

This October release was the perfect read for Halloween. Maggie Shayne is definitely an author whose backlist I’m going to investigate and as part of the Sookie Stackhouse world this book is going on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Jackie.