“My master is moving in, and this town isn’t big enough for the two of you.”
Once, Kate Connor was a demon hunter for the Forza Scura. Now all she wants is to is live her life with her husband, help him get elected and raise her children. Unfortunately, the demon Goramesh has other plans.
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CARPE DEMON: ADVENTURES OF A DEMON-HUNTING SOCCER MOM
by Julie Kenner
Kate Connor, Demon Hunter Series #1
Horror Book, Horror Novel, Humor, Mystery, Thriller.
Demons, Demon Hunting, Suburbs, Attorney, Elections, Saints Relics,
Kate Connor, Formerly a level four demon hunter, now happily filling the role of wife and mother
Alison Connor, Kate’s teenage daughter with her first husband.
Timothy Connor, Kate’s preschool child with St.
Stuart Connor, Kate’s second husband, an attorney who plans to run for public office.
Eric, Kate’s first husband and former demon hunting partner.
Judge Mark Larson, Kate’s temporary mentor for this problem, an alimentatore
Laura Dupont, Kate’s best friend.
Eddie Lohmann An elderly hunter Kate finds in a nursing home.
Forza Scura, The Vatican’s organization of demon hunters.
A demon comes to California’s San Diablo and attacks former demon hunter Kate Connor in her kitchen as she prepares for a dinner party to launch her husband’s campaign for District Attorney. When she calls her old organization Forza Scura to get a demon hunter in to take care of the problem — there are more demons and a master in town — they tell her that they have no hunter to send, Kate must take care of it herself.
They do, however, have an alimentatore — Judge Mark Larson.
What they uncover is that formerly demon-free San Diablo is now home to a master demon called Goramesh who wants something connected to the church overlooking the town — the church laden with more than the usual number of saint’s relics.
Kate finds that she has to research and uncover what Goramesh is after, stop the demons from killing innocent people and making more demons, rescue a possibly mentally imbalanced demon hunter from a nursing home and still help her husband launch his political campaign, get Allie set for the beginning of high school, take care of Timmy and keep her life as a demon hunter a secret from family and friends.
No problem, right?
If you loved the alternating tension and humor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you will enjoy this. Kate is not Buffy, not really even Buffy all grown up, but there are enough similarities that you fall into this world comfortably.
The story is told in first person narrative — by Kate — past tense. Even though you suspect she survives, seeing as she is telling the story, the book does have a few thrilling moments as you wonder how Kate can possibly save the day and keep everybody in the dark about demons.
What really propelling me was the humor and the snappy dialogue. Kate has a delightful sense of acerbic humor, more in the narrative than in what she says to other people. You get the feeling that you are seeing a different side to Kate.
The description is kept to a minimum so as not to slow down the action. And by combining the demon hunting action with the need to keep it all a secret — and the outlandish lengths she is forced to go through to keep it from her family — adds to the roller coaster ride.
Julie Kenner more books in the Kate Connor, Demon Hunter Series: California Demon: The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, Demons Are Forever: Confessions of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, Deja Demon: The Days and Nights of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom and Demon Ex Machina: Tales of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom.
(This post was originally published in a slightly altered form in Horror Books with the Undead Rat)