[rating:4]
Author: Stacey Jay
Series:
 Annabelle Lee #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 389
Published: May 2011
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First sentence:

Losing your lunch sucks.
Blurb

Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a sixyear- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

Thoughts

Dead on the Delta surprised me. I’d been growing more and more tired of the strong, stubborn female lead archetype who falls hopelessly in love (see: lust) and makes mistakes aplenty whilst vampires etc. roam the city, and so I had anticipated more of the same from this one but sure, whilst it was a little, it was also a breath of fresh air. Once Annabelle finished whining about this, that and the other at the beginning of the novel, she was actually quite a loveable and snarky character in whom we do see a little growth despite her instabilities. And whilst I did question her romantic decisions towards the end and may have liked to hit her over the head repeatedly for them, she’s just a little indecisive as opposed to the quite frequently seen ‘girl who is unable to make her own decisions’.

The story itself is great. Okay, so latter parts of the novel did get a bit weird for my liking but nowhere near the level of some other novels. Stacey Jay’s overall writing style was good enough to pull it off and keep me reading and enjoying the novel throughout. We have a murder case which gets more disturbing as the novel goes along, a hidden drug ring with more to it than meets the eye, a freakish cat who was oddly quite loveable, venomous and nasty faeries who drink human blood and one bite will either cause instant death or slow insanity amongst the 95% non-immune, as well as a romance that could be considered questionable at best.

If you enjoy urban fantasy and haven’t read Dead on the Delta yet then you need to get your hands on a copy soon. It is a fantastic read. There is something refreshing about it and the ending wraps up nicely, yet opens up enough of a follow-up to leave you yearning for the next installment.

The Annabelle Lee series

1. Dead on the Delta
2. Blood on the Bayou