A fantasy novella.

Publication year: 2008
Format: ebook
Page count: 54
Publisher: WMG Publishing, through Smashwords

Tara Miller was the best troubleshooter with Abracadabra Incorporated. She made quite a lot of money but was burned out so now she’s retired. She bought a small magic shop in France and has struggled to get clients. The shop is finally doing relatively well and Tara decided to splurge on a shopping trip in Paris. In a small shop she senses magic and to her amazement she recognizes a real dragon’s tooth which is on display for the tourists. She knows that she shouldn’t get involved but she just can’t help herself.

Dragon’s Tooth is quite short but manages to introduce interesting characters and a world, and tell a nifty story. There’s quite a bit of humor in the story, too.

Tara is a determined, intelligent, competent woman. She’s been in tight spots before and knows how to take care of herself. She’s also very responsible and wants to protect innocents. In short, she’s just the sort of protagonist I love. In contrast, the other characters are more or less shifty. I loved how Tara didn’t take any bullshit from any of them.

The setting is the modern world with magic and magical creatures. Abracadabra Incorporated has been around for a long time and has evolved with times. Now, it’s a corporation which specializes in magic. The troubleshooters roam around the world looking for unlicensed magic and magic users, and either putting them out of business or making them an offer they can’t refuse. Considering how much talent they should have at their disposal, I was a bit surprised by their current employees.

Short and enjoyable story. Has she written anything else with this world or characters?