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Otherworld Chills
by Kelley Armstrong
Order:  USA  Can
Plume, 2016 (2016)
Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've long enjoyed Kelley Armstrong's work from her Women of the Otherworld books to her more recent Cainsville novels and her various YA series. Now, in Otherworld Chills, she brings fans a collection of seven novellas and short stories that add new dimensions to many already familiar characters.

In Brazen, werewolf Nick Sorrentino deals with unfinished Pack business, the hunt for psychotic Malcolm Danvers, estranged father of the former Pack Alpha. Nick works with Vanessa Callas, a senior member of Rhys Smith's supernatural mercenary team, and attraction flares between them.

In Chaotic, after half-demon tabloid reporter Hope's dull date at a museum gala is interrupted by disturbingly gory visions (her mind is a chaos receiver), she begins to doubt the task she has taken on for the interracial council. Fortunately for her, Marsten (a dark and handsome werewolf) has her back.

In Amityville Horrible, after necromancer Jaime Vegas takes on a reality ghost show for a Cotard's syndrome charity, she's haunted by the spirits of murdered young women - but is it real or a scam?

It's all about vampires in Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word. Elder vampire/antiques dealer Cassandra DuCharme approaches vamp Zoe Takano with an offer to serve on the council. And Zoe sets up a sting involving immortality questers, in order to get a long overdue apology.

Off-Duty Angel stars 'dark witch, half-demon, part-time ghost, part-time angel' Eve Levine negotiating with the Fates and hunting with her angel partner in the 'bowels of the Great Library.' The Puppy Plan is a sweet story starring young werewolf Logan's choice of a Christmas gift for his sister. And in Baby Boom, Lucas Cortez's dad Benicio presses Lucas and Paige to have a child.

I enjoyed all these entertaining stories, but would recommend the collection mainly to the legion of established Otherworld fans who already have some familiarity with the characters.

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