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BOOK REVIEW – SARAH DICKSON – LADIES OF THE NIGHT - LILY  2005 Triskelion Publishing  15508 W. Bell Rd. #101, PMB #502, Surprise, AZ 85374 U.S.A. First e-published by Triskelion Publishing First e-publishing August 2005 ISBN 1-932866-08

 

One of a series of books in the Ladies of the Night series.

 

A novel about sexy female vampire running a Victorian brothel promises the reader lashings of horror, sex and violence from the outset. Sadly, while there is some terrific erotica involved, this story has surprisingly little violence, and virtually no horror or real dramatic tension to offer. .

 

When a vampire prostitute called Constance overfeeds and kills a customer, instead of using a generally accepted rule to exchange blood and other bodily fluids to enhance his sexuality, she escapes in a frenzy and leaves the brothel keeper Lily, (short for Lilith)  to face the police, and try to keep the scandal from ruining her business. .

 

 Inspector Holburn, a ruthless and tenacious detective, who is even prepared to kill men himself in order to set up the vampires, handles the case.

 

Lily’s increasingly tenuous position is made even more difficult for her when the nephew of the deceased seeks emotional and physical solace by visiting her brothel. Lily falls in love with the man, and the novel plays on how he will feel when he eventually discovers her true vampiric nature.

 

Lily is surprisingly merciful as a vampire queen. She doesn’t wish to kill the murderous Constance, but plans instead to help her control her blood-lust. Lily is aided in this by Lyon, a French vampire lord. 

 

Dickson pays too much attention to the very mild sex scenes so everyone in the book is terribly nice, except Holburn who is utterly unbelievable, and the vampires have few problems going out in daylight, or flying vast distances. The Victorian London and Paris settings are well used, but the novel really needs more villainy and power struggle. Instead we have a world in which every man conveniently seems to visit a brothel. Sensual at times, but ultimately lacking in any sense of true danger or conflict for its characters.  The problem is that the author doesn't want to write pure horror or a work of erotica so in diluting each with the other, she fails to offer either. 

 

Arthur Chappell

 

SEE ALSO A TO Z CONTENTS LISTINGS  ATHEISM / HUMANISM  CULTS AND BRAINWASHING  ENGLISH CIVIL WAR HISTORY  AND RE-ENACTMENT PAGES   EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)   .FILM REVIEW PAGES   FUNNY PAGES GENERAL ARTICLES   GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHS       HOME PAGE  LINKS TO OTHER PEOPLES PAGES    LISTS (MY TOP TENS OF EVERYTHING)   MANCHESTER, ENGLAND   MY FICTION MY POETRY  MY SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR PAGES  MY SCRIPTS   NEWS  PHOTOGRAPHS OF ME   UPDATES   WEBSITE REVIEWS  FACEBOOK - http://profile.to/arthurchappell/ My Space http://www.myspace.com/arthurchappell  E-MAIL  arthur@chappell7300.freeserve.co.uk   MY BOOK REVIEWS These reviews and abstracts cover just about every book I have read recently. Scroll through the whole alphabetical list of abstracts and reviews below, or look through the following genre and sub-category list SUB-CATEGORIES - CHILDREN’S BOOKS  CLASSIC LITERATURE  COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS  CULTS ENGLISH CIVIL WAR  EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)  FANTASY HISTORY HORROR HUMOUR MANCHESTER, ENGLAND NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES NON-FICTION PHILOSOPHY  POETRY  RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORIES A TO Z OF BOOK REVIEWS BY AUTHOR A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  (Superhero comics are listed alphabetically by the name of well known heroes, i.e., Batman Superman, etc).