Well, well, well. Queen Betsy is at it again. Sorry to say there’s no shoe shopping in “Undead and Unwelcome”, MaryJanice Davidson’s latest. However, Betsy and Sinclair DO learn a bit more about werewolves and BabyJon…and Betsy’s sister, the daughter of Satan. Sound funny? Oh, the whole series is a side-splitter. Picture a self-absorbed, shoe-loving, fairly normal, not-so-bright, teetering-on-30 woman. She goes out on her birthday, has a horrible time, gets hit by a car, and wakes up a vampire–not just any vampire though. Oh no, she’s the prophesized Queen of the Vampires! Has this changed Betsy? Uh, nope. She’s still self-absorbed, still loves a shoe sale more than anything, still has more stereotypical ‘blonde moments’ than are good for her, and still hangs out with her best friend from way back. But the last two years HAVE seen some changes: she’s now married to hunky Sebastian, found a sister she never knew about (yes, the one who turned out to be the daughter of Satan), accidentally bit a friend, cured a werewolf who couldn’t change, and many other exciting and zany adventures you’ll just have to read about.
Why do I enjoy this series? It’s vampires without the angst. I mean, Queen Betsy is the antithesis of angst…unless we’re talking knock-off shoes. The series is a bit sillier than Charlaine Harris’ ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ and maybe I just like the fact that reading about Betsy’s antics and though-processes makes me feel like a genius. I laugh, I shake my head at Betsy, and I laugh some more. How can that be bad?