The Gypsy boy had asked for Di's help - called on her for magical assistance - and she could not refuse, especially after he was slain practically on her doorstep.
But the vampire Di finds cradling the body isn't the killer - her's the Gypsies' protector, Andre LeBrel, who informs Di that there's more than one monster stalking the streets of New York.
Now it's up to Diana Tregarde, Guardian and practicing witch, to find the killers and destroy them... with a little supernatural assistance from a very friendly, and very sexy, vampire.
Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born 1950) is an American writer of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores.
Her other main world is one much like our own, but it includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. The Bedlam's Bard books describe a young man with the power to work magic through music; the SERRAted Edge books are about racecar driving elves; and the Diana Tregarde thrillers center on a Wiccan who combats evil.
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