Book Review: Snuff the Magic Dragon by Leslie Langtry

A collection of short stories from National Bestselling author Leslie Langtry...

What do the Minotaur, Rasputin, the first man hanged for murder in America, and the Countess of Blood all have in common? No, they aren't related. They all appeared on the Bombay Family's Hit List! In this collection of Bombay Bedtime Stories, you'll find out what Bombays did before Gin Bombay came along. From pet Dodo birds of the very first Bombay to Ancient Greece and 20th Century Russia, get the stories Bombay children have been told for thousands of years. Stories that have been shrouded in blood-sworn secrecy... until now!

Release Date: July 22, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from author

I really enjoy Leslie Langtry's writing, and her Bombay family series is a lot of fun to read.  You'd think that a series about a family of assassins would be emotionally heavy reading, but it's not.  These books are a treat for me, and I find myself picking them up when I need to read something that will leave me smiling.  

Snuff the Magic Dragon is a collection of short stories about the Bombay family.  Each story tells one family member's history, and details one of their more memorable "jobs."  I liked that the stories were historical.  The fact that the Bombay family's roots go back to Ancient Greece was mentioned several times in the series, and I was happy to read about the origination of the family business.

I love Langtry's writing.  It's clean, with no overly descriptive prose.  Her characters are all pretty level-headed and have no-nonsense personalities.  I love that!  Each story is told in the first person point of view.  I love a first-person narrative, but initially thought it could be confusing for a collection of short stories, since each chapter started with a new character, but it ended up being perfect for this book.

My one complaint about Snuff the Magic Dragon was that because each short story was so short, there wasn't a lot of depth to the book.  However, this book was a lot of fun to read, and I thought it was a great addition to the series.  If you're new to Leslie Langtry's writing, start with her first Bombaby assassins book: 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy.   

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