BOOK REVIEW – Bloody Good, Bloody Awful, and Bloody Right Trilogy ( *** )
Georgia Evans’ trilogy is about a group of “Others” living in the English countryside in 1940 and their secret contribution to protecting the British Empire during WW2. Pixies, witches, were-animals and humans work together to defend their small village of Brytewood with its secret munitions plant safe from Nazi vampire saboteurs while keeping their own existence safely hidden.
A quartet of Nazi bloodsuckers slip into England during the Blitz, then split up to cause maximum mischief and mayhem. The premise sounds great and offers lots of potential. While the story we get is very enjoyable, there are never any details on the vampires’ success and failures outside of Brytewood. The story across all three books focus solely on each successive vampire as he enters the village and meets his eventual demise.
This oversight could be explained away by the necessity of focusing on the village’s supernatural residents, but there is a secondary plotline in Germany that follows a captive fairy with a telepathic link to the vampires. This second narrative flows through all three books, doesn’t reach a very satisfying conclusion, and replaces the story of those other vampires scampering about England.
I did enjoy reading the books. Ms Evans has a charming style and is quite good at providing details of the war’s impact on the average citizen: evacuees, rationing, blackouts, and a palpable fear that invasion was imminent. Her editor, however needs new glasses. Numerous typos caused me to stop and decipher what the correct word should be.
If you enjoy light adventure with a supernatural twist, these might be the books for you. Warning: like a lot of supernatural thrillers, each of these books contains a fairly explicit sex scene.