Dead on the Delta is the first book in the series by the same name from Stacey Jay and a Pocket Books Urban Fantasy.
So Much Danger, So Little Time...
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 six-year-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. . . .
Annabelle Lee lives in Donaldson, Louisiana within the sturdy fifteen foot iron fence that surrounds the town. When the mutation of fairies occurred - most survivors left town - but Annabelle stayed.
Being immune to the venom in the fairy bite makes Annabelle one of a very few who can venture outside of the protection of the fence without wearing a specially designed iron suit.
This makes her invaluable to the Fairy Containment and Control or the FCC. She is able to freely go into areas others can’t, collecting samples for tests, gathering evidence in crimes - whatever is needed. Due to this ability - the FCC puts up with a great deal of disrespect from Annabelle.
When a murder occurs, Annabelle believes it has to have been committed by someone within the boundaries of the fence.
A murder investigation is more than Annabelle bargained for when she joined the FCC - but there aren’t enough rum and cokes in the world to allow Annabelle to forget what she’s seen - or turn her back on it.
Dead on the Delta is a great read.
I love that Annabelle is so flawed - just going with the flow, never committing to more than she’s comfortable with (which isn’t much). I can’t wait for more in this series.
I give Dead on the Delta 4 out of 5 stars.
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (May 31, 2011)