Book #27. Ghost Train to New Orleans, by Mur Lafferty. Paperback.
The premise of the series is that the main character, Zoe Norris, is a human who works for a publishing company that specializes in travel guides for monsters. So if you think that your co-workers want to wat you alive, many of Zoe's co-workers actually, literally, want to eat her alive.
Picking up shortly after the event of the prior novel, Zoe heads with some of her co-workers (including a Norse deity, a death goddess, and a soon-to-be zombie) to New Orleans to research their upcoming travel guide to that city. But Zoe is starting to realize that she is not as human as she thought. Her powers as a city-talker confuse and scare her, and know that they make her even more of a target to the monsters around her than she was as just a human.
There is a secret history and secret society, giving us a glimpse that this is a much deeper and darker world than we got from the first novel. This is the way to write a series like this, giving us contained stories that tell part of a larger tale.
This is an exciting book with a very fun, action-packed ending. The last few pages give us a tantalizing sneak preview of where we are going for Book #3 in the series – both in terms of geography and plot. I am very much looking forward to reading the next one whenever it comes out.
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble.
Info: On the Book Guys Show podcast, we talked to Mur on episode 082.