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OK, I started The Yiddish Policemen's Union and by the time I got halfway through things got so ose (after all, it IS noir) that I needed a break. So I'll review it after I finish it. In the interim I went on a reading jag in the AJ Hall does the Harry Potterverse (occasionally mixing in some other places) series of fanfics, aka the LOPverse which can be found here. There's a link to a recommended reading order; actually I'd recommend starting with the two novels which are, I believe, the first two actually written, and also strike me as the best of the lot. These are well written, well plotted novels, the first (Lust over Pendel) being a comedy of manners crossed with an adventure, the second (Dissipation and Despair) a "cozy" style murder mystery in the tradition of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series. The rest are a mixed bag of short stories, and include items historical to the main novels, crossovers with Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series, and "The Perilous Point" which ties up most of the loose ends in the relationships established in the novels. A brief warning about one of them,"The Kindly Ones" which is one of those annoying short stories that make you feel like you just read the first two or three chapters and lost the book - while it's pretty obvious what happens next, there's really room for development. Still I can understand the author deciding to quit while ahead, and anybody familiar with Greek mythology can probably figure out why from the title.

And speaking of titles, don't let those of the novels throw you off - the author's being playful. Now these ARE technically slash, involving Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom of all people... but actually it works, and the author avoids both porn and overwhelming angstfests (I can think of a few well known authors who could learn a lot from her handling of this theme). Go enjoy!