Poison Fruit

Roc: NAL. (Agent of Hel, Bk. 3). Oct. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780451465313. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698158634. FANTASY
A slick lawyer in Pemkowet, MI, is buying up property, and Daisy Johanssen (half-demon agent of the Norse goddess Hel) is tasked with uncovering what purpose he has in town and whom he represents. Her investigation is diverted by a predatory creature of the fae who feeds on nightmares, literally scaring one poor person to death. As the liaison between Hel and Pemkowet, Daisy is responsible for managing any supernatural dangers to the human residents, but the distractions of two very different men in her life make it difficult for her to do her job.
VERDICT This third urban fantasy series outing (after 2013's Autumn Bones) is the opposite of Carey's epic fantasies (Kushiel's Dart), but it is light and fun. With Daisy's romantic triangles, she will appeal to readers who miss Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse. The small-town setting and variety of inhuman creatures keep things lively.
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