Besides of course the exquisite drawing of characters, and the wonderful size-neutral, life-happy, fat positive attitudes Lynne Murray brings to them.
However, in this novel, the ghosts are the thing; vampires are so nicely assimilated into the San Francisco scene that they are able to help with the ghost problem. The vampires have a committee and organization, no less! Sir John Falstaff the Vampire to the rescue, in a carefully planned and most ingenious fashion!
Yet Lynne Murray adds something extra to her zestful and riveting repertoire for mystery writing in this novel. Call it a combination of horror-cityscaping, gothic thriller and magical realism with which she manages to charge San Francisco's already eerie, but compelling weather, people and past. Her city--air, fire, water, earth magics--becomes a battleground for forces that may destroy it, and for people tied to those forces who will destroy themselves if they don't break free of them.
Falstaff Vampire Ghosts weaves the Lynne Murray spell, but with something a bit new and haunting in the mix: "If you're going to San Francisco," but in a minor key, with chord changes both frightening and playful and sad and redolent of dreams coming right off the Bay.
After having read this book, I may have to give in finally and visit San Francisco.
Frannie Zellman, author of The FatLand Trilogy