Ciao, amici! I read C.S. Boyack’s The Ballad of Mrs. Molony a while ago, and I haven’t taken the time to write the review. And I’m embarrassed about it. I’m a writer. I know how important those reviews are. I have no excuse other that I didn’t take those two minutes to do it. So, I just did. Posted to Amazon (if they’ll let me) as well as Goodreads and BookBub. And now I’m sharing my thoughts here, too, for those of you who have seen this in the blogosphere but are still on the fence about it. It’s a short read and this is the perfect season for this kind of story. And (spoiler alert) I loved it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Clever New Twist on a Classic Old Trope
If the sun is down and you’re hearing noissssessss, it might be a vampire. One particular vampire—with crooked teeth and a speech impediment. It makes him quite impossible to miss.
And that’s precisely the point. Boyack’s done it again. He’s taken a classic trope—the vampire—and turned it on its head. Kevin isn’t your sexy, compelling blood-sucker. You won’t find him bare-chested on a book cover or sparkling in the sun. He is unique, though. And he’s the perfect catalyst for Lizzie and the hat’s latest adventure. Lizzie is on the cusp of trusting Kevin, teetering on the edge of pitying him after hearing his story. The hat? Totally doesn’t buy it. Doesn’t trust him and wants to put an end to Kevin and every other vampire in the area. Thinks he’s leading them into a trap.
Who’s right? It was so much fun finding out. As all hat adventures are. The banter is first-rate. The pace is tight and even accelerates breathlessly at the end. I love the way he’s worked the music into the story, and the Mrs. Molony twist was positively brilliant. This is a fast and fun read worth every one of the five stars I’ve given it. Highly recommended.