Ace, Jul 2001, 5.99, 224 pp.
Piper Pied considers herself to be the only normal person in her eccentric family, but that does not stop her from choking up at her grandmother's funeral. Since Piper shoveled the first payload of dirt on the grave, she inherits a Victorian house sitting on a secluded plot. Working part-time Piper feels she has the right atmosphere and the amount of time to write stories.
On her first morning in her new home, she finds a strange man in her kitchen. He introduces himself as Aelvarim an elf. He explains that her house sits on the corner between the worlds of man and fairy. He also insists someone killed her grandmother and apparently stole the manuscript she was working on before her murder. To insure the tale has a “happily ever after” ending, Aelvarim insists they must recover the book. At first Piper figures the stud muffin in her kitchen is another harmless lunatic until she steps into the land of the fairy. Now her adventures are just beginning with two realms at stake.
ECCENTRIC CIRCLE is a fun to read urban fantasy novel populated with creatures out of myths, legends, and a few humans. Piper is a strong person who does everything she is capable of doing to make things right for both orbs. Rebecca Lickiss is a witty storyteller who uses humor to lighten a serious plot. Hopefully readers will see more adventures of Piper and company in both planes, but especially on the other side of the vortex.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner