Demon Ex Machina: Tales of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, by Julie Kenner, is the 5th book in the series.
Kate is a busy housewife and mom, to say the least. Forced out of retirement, she has picked up her prior demon-hunting job since San Diablo has become a hub of demonic activity. Kate has also begun teaching self-defense classes and grudgingly allowing her daughter to follow in her demon-hunting footsteps. Her husband Stuart has returned. And so has her formerly dead husband Eric, who happens to have a demon inside of him. Time is running out for Eric. Kate, her family, and friends must find a way to free Eric from the evil demon without killing him (again) in the process.
Though this is a stand-alone story and past circumstances are explained well, it is helpful to have read the previous books in the series. Kate is a kick-butt heroine, who has her priorities in order. She always seems to find just enough time to slay her demons, throw an impromptu dinner party, and still have time enough for her kids. She’s a great mom, with slightly spoiled kids, and still maintains a decent relationship with her husband. Even when her former one still lingers.
This installment isn’t as action-packed as former ones. Though, there is no lack of suspense and excitement. The story revolves more around Kate’s relationships, and trying to free Eric from the demon that is bound to him. The overlying mystery in the story is complex and culminates to a climactic and satisfying ending.
I can’t praise this series enough. Kenner is a talented and proficient storyteller. Combining urban fantasy, zombie-like demons, real-life situations, and just enough humor; the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series is one of which I can’t get enough. And I love each episode no less than the previous. The series is fun and addictive. Don’t miss it.