by Kathy Davie
Charlaine Harris‘ “Dancers in the Dark” uses the general world of Sookie Stackhouse as the setting for a romance between a dancing vampire and an abused young woman. The story is good but the writing is juvenile (for Harris).
Maggie Shayne did not disappoint; “Her Best Enemy” was cute. This is a sweet, unexpected (on everyone’s part) romance involving mediums, a muckraker, and a serial killer.
Barbara Hambly‘s “Someone Else’s Shadow” released a great many unhappy ghosts while saving young women with romance as a very small sidebar. Good writing.