Ghost Train to New Orleans

Orbit. Mar. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780316221146. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780316221153. FANTASY
In the first book of this series (The Shambling Guide to New York City) Zoe Norris took a job at Underground Publications editing an unusual series of books: travel guides for the zombies, vampires, and other supernatural creatures, collectively known as the "coterie." Her initiation into the secret world of the monsters living in the shadows continues as Zoe decides that the second guide they release will be for New Orleans, a haven for many coterie. The trip to the Big Easy is harder than expected as some of Zoe's coworkers are waiting for her to fail and her boyfriend is coming along to find a cure that will prevent him from turning into a zombie. Zoe is also concealing that she is one of a very rare group of human coterie that can speak to the spirit of cities, and New Orleans has been waiting for a citytalker just like her.
VERDICT Funny, smart, and original, this outing, with its appealing characters and unusual take on urban fantasy tropes, is a delightful addition to the series.
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