Living side by side with humans and
mythical creatures presents its share of challenges, like
dealing with sewerlings, nonstop show tune-singing slugs
that dwell in house pipes. Welcome to Franklin’s Bend. Third
grade teacher Josie Reynolds has lived here her entire life.
For the most part, she’s human, though she can see auras.
Walker Morgan’s the new marshall in
town and also happens to be renting the house next door to
Josie. Never mind that he has no law enforcement background
and previously was a CPA. He’s a fiend and immune to magic,
a perfect match for the town’s need. His hair also possesses
a unique talent; each strand is able to move independently
of the other. Picture thousands of little fingers (now
picture those thousands of fingers in a bedroom setting).
Luckily, he has sidekicks to help him keep order in town:
Mokey, a hellhound disguised as a poodle; Brenda, a
half-elf; Danny, a mage; and Chief Evans, a werewolf
A murder and a series of close calls
has everyone on edge. Without a single suspect, it’s a race
against time to find the murderer before he or she strikes
again. With her scrying ability, Josie’s pulled into the
investigation to try to discover the murderer’s identity.
But what she finds poses more questions than answers. A
sentient gray shadow that only she can see, a cemetery
contaminated with ghouls, and an ever-present infestation of
imps hiding out in the willows at the edge of the schoolyard
are just some of her problems. Oh, and she thinks she’s
falling in love with a certain fiend. Can she recognize the
murderer before someone else close to her dies?
Jill Knowles brings a breath of fresh
air to the fantasy romance genre. Distinctive takes on
legendary creatures, stand-out characters, and a well
thought-out (and not easy to guess) plot, makes
Fiendish Pleasures unique among its peers. I loved
this book. My only regret is that I wanted more pages to
read. Hopefully Ms. Knowles won’t abandon her captivating
world of imps, ghouls, fiends, elves, dragons, and werefolk
any time soon.