The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

Today, I’m going to review book two of the Anita Blake series called The Laughing Corpse.  It’s 293 pages long, published in September of 1994 by Ace books.  It was also featured in an anthology with the first and thrid books called Club Vampyre, and takes place a month after the events of Guilty Pleasures.  The copy is on loan and I have not been compensated in any way to give a positive review.  We good? Great! On with the show!

As I said the book starts a month after the events of Guilty Pleasures where were are again seeing the world of an alternate St. Louis through the eyes of our protagonist Anita Blake.  We start out with her and her boss meeting a prospective client for a zombie raising, but the zombie Mr. Gaynor wants raised would require a human sacrifice.  Anita, refuses, but the client won’t stop trying to persuade her any way he can.  There also seems to be a killer zombie on the loose, killing off families at a time, and it’s up to Anita and RPIT  to find it before it can kill again.  Tracking down the person that raised the zombie seems to be just as impossible as finding the creature itself while still dodging Gaynor’s attempts at getting her to work for him.  She will have to ask for help from people she would really rather not face, one she’s never met, and one she wishes she’d never seen in order to help the police unravel the grisly murders.

As with Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse is the name of a local vampire run business; a comedy club where vampires and even zombies are put on stage for entertainment.  Jean-Claude is back, now as the Master Vampire of the city, and he’s been trying to get Anita to see him for weeks, with no luck.  She would rather he just leave her alone.  Catherine’s wedding is almost here, and there’s a bit of issue with the bride’s maid’s dress, particularly how to make it hide all of Anita’s scars, but that is a minor detail when faced with killer zombies, mad voodoo priestesses, amorous vampires, and rich men lacking ‘no’ in their vocabulary.  The book is full of action and suspense.  The sexy meter is a little lower than book one since there’s less of Jean-Claude trying to seduce her, and more of him showing just how ruthless he really is.  There’s also the added bonus of getting to know a little more about Anita, and also getting a peek into Jean-Claude’s psyche.  They learn a little more about each other by the end of the book.

Would I recommend it?  Do you really have to ask?  Yes I would!  It is a gripping police procedural mixed with paranormal horror.  No, there isn’t much in the way of romance, but it is a must read if you would like to experience the gritty details of the character’s lives, and Laurell’s writing style is so compelling.  And remember, it is only book two of a currently 20 book series.  I’m off to finish number 3!

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About Cici Brown
I'm a happily married mother of two and a half. I'm usually pretty bubbly and in some cases, according to my husband, too open about everything. I am and always will be a gamer geek, though I haven't table-top roleplayed for many years. I still manage to hit an MMO or two. My interests include most things geek and Vampire fiction, though not the sparkly kind, that's not vampire fiction. I have goals towards publishing that have yet to be fulfilled but one day...

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