Joy of the Widow’s Tears by Geoff Habiger and Coy Kissee

Reva and Ansee face fresh threats as a new evil is imported into Tenyl and threatens the city with an undead plague. Constable Inspector Reva Lunaria’s life is looking up. She’s managed to put two groups of unruly adventurers in jail and she gets word that her boyfriend, Aavril, has just arrived in port. She is looking forward to a relaxing dinner, a present, and maybe some time getting reacquainted after Aavril’s long absence. But Aavril’s ship has delivered more than a cargo of spices and exotic merchandise and a new evil begins to take root within Tenyl. Reva’s romantic evening is spoiled by news of a double murder. It should be a simple case, except that the victims have disappeared. Reva’s investigation barely gets started before Lord Constable Inspector Betulla contrives a way to get Reva suspended. With Reva temporarily off the force, the murder investigation is given to Constable Inspector Pflamtael, who is looking to find the fastest resolution to the case. Meanwhile, Seeker Ansee Carya investigates what appears to be a simple missing person case, until he discovers that the missing people – including the two murder victims – have become zombies. Now, Reva, with the aid of a halpbloed cleric, must work from outside the constabulary to figure out who is creating the undead, and how to stop the creatures before all of Tenyl becomes infected. (Taken from Amazon)

Thank you to the authors for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Joy of the Widow’s Tears is available now. This is the sequel to Wrath of the Fury Blade (you can find my review here) so there might be some minor spoilers which I’ll do my best to avoid.

Zombies, detective work, and snarky banter combine into madcap adventure in this enthralling sequel to Wrath of the Fury Blade. Main characters Reva and Ansee are back and in fine form, a delightful duo that I loved reading about.

Poor Reva will never have a chance to relax. Her boyfriend is back in town, but instead of rekindling their romance, she finds herself in the middle of yet another crime that is much more than some simple detective work and a case quickly closed. Oh–except she ends up being told in no uncertain terms that she isn’t allowed to be in the middle of things (being suspended kind of lends itself to that interpretation).

This suspension leads to Ansee doing the case solo. Sort of. There may be some slight infiltration of…mum’s the word. You wouldn’t really expect Reva to sit this one out, would you? This two-prong attack works fantastically for the plot, although I’ll leave it to you to decide how well it works for Reva and Ansee.

The world was well developed in book one, so the reader is able to go right into the book knowing the “rules” of the setting. While the world continues to be fantastic, the characters shone in Joy of the Widow’s Tears. Ansee is great, but Reva continues to be my favorite. She’s intelligent and more than a little headstrong. She and Ansee are polar opposites in many ways, and it works.

The book is fast-paced and full of suspense and fun. The series started out strongly and continues in that vein. I highly recommend both Wrath of the Fury Blade and Joy of the Widow’s Tears.

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