A Tale of Two Demon Slayers

Biker Witches Mystery, #3

Lizzie Brown is a demon slayer. She wasn’t meant to be a demon slayer, her mother was, but her mother transferred her powers to Lizzie and then left Lizzie to be adopted by a non-magical family. Lizzie had no idea that there was another magical world that worked along side the one she knew until her 30th birthday when she came into her powers. Since then she has been battling demons by the seat of her pants. Everything has come out okay but she’s definitely looking forward to a relaxing vacation in Greece with her griffin boyfriend, Dimitri.

Dimitri’s family is pretty much gone. The only ones left are his two sisters who he loves dearly. In order to save them he had to find a demon slayer, which is how he met Lizzie. He didn’t know that he’d fall for Lizzie too. To protect his family home and his sisters while he’s been gone, Dimitri has made an alliance with another griffin clan; one his father was very close to. He can’t wait to introduce Lizzie to his family and his country.
Seeing Lizzie off is her grandmother. Her grandmother isn’t exactly what one pictures as a grandmother. Lizzie’s grandmother is a Harley riding witch with her coven riding with her. They’re a bit off beat but their hearts are in the right places. Before Lizzie leaves on a plane for Greece, her grandmother wants to give her the training bar that Lizzie’s mother used. This sounds like a wonderful present until Lizzie sees her death in it! Not exactly what you want to see. Lizzie’s grandmother tells her not to worry. The Red Sage, the motorcycle coven, will be meeting up with Lizzie in Greece plus she’s found a trainer for Lizzie.
Lizzie should have known that she wouldn’t have a restful vacation as she is greeted by imps attempting to break the wards surrounding Dimitri’s family home to steal something. To make matters worse, Dimitri’s sisters are loosing powers instead of gaining them, as they should. Something bad is happening but can Lizzie and Dimitri figure it out before it doesn’t matter, as they will all be dead?
This is the third book in Ms Fox’s demon slayer series. While it could be read by itself, they are too funny to miss even one. Besides, who can get enough of a particular sexy griffin?
There are touches of off beat humor throughout the book. Lizzie has a pet dog that decides that he wants a pet dragon regardless of what Lizzie says. As Lizzie’s grandmother and her coven come rumbling up on their bikes, the visiting griffins come running out of the house sure that they were under attack! No things don’t go smoothly for Lizzie and Dimitri or even Dimitri’s sisters but as the road gets bumpy, the laughter seems to kick up a notch.
The characters are very well defined. Lizzie has no idea of what she’s doing and she has no problems telling people that.  She acts on instinct hoping that it will be enough. Once her trainer comes though, she learns more than skills she needs as a demon slayer surprising even herself. Dimitri is sure of himself and his place in his world. He doesn’t understand how Lizzie can doubt herself. He comes across as the boyfriend you always wanted and I’d love to know where to get one. The witches continue their off beat life style even in Greece being totally irreverent and uncaring about anything except their goal. However, I think the most fun character is Lizzie’s dog, Pirate. His characteristics are perfect for the Jack Russell terrier he is.
I really enjoy reading about Lizzie’s adventures. In this book, she’s really coming into her own but she’s not quite there yet. I hope that means that more adventure are to come though I do hope Lizzie does get enough time to clean up the mess her grandmother and the other witches made. The off beat humor to the life and death battles make this book interesting from start to finish. I can’t imagine running into this biker group at a rally but they sure would keep things lively. Lizzie may not have demon slaying down to a science but her shear determination to protect is going to not only get her far but may be her into more trouble than she expects.
I strongly urge you to take time and unwind with Lizzie, Dimitri and the Red Sage. You won’t regret it.

Book Blurb for A Tale of Two Demon Slayers

Last month, I was a single preschool teacher whose greatest thrill consisted of color-coding my lesson plans. That was before I learned I was a slayer. Now, it's up to me to face curse-hurling imps, vengeful demons, and any other supernatural uglies that crop up. And to top it off, a hunk of a shape-shifting griffin has invited me to Greece to meet his family.

But it's not all sun, sand, and ouzo. Someone has created a dark-magic version of me with my powers and my knowledge--and it wants to kill me and everyone I know. Of course, this evil twin doesn't have Grandma's gang of biker witches, a talking Jack Russell terrier, or an eccentric necromancer on its side. In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2009 4.75