Last Call At The Nightshade Lounge

Last Call At The Nightshade Lounge : A novel

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College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who's around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it's up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever-or whoever-is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore. Quirk Books is well known for their best-selling series Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which led the way in the creation of mash-up fiction. Both titles will shortly be released as films.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 21mm | 276g
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 1594747598
  • 9781594747595
  • 559,046

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"[Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge] features an appealingly sharp-yet-vulnerable heroine in recent college grad Bailey Chen, an effortlessly inclusive cast of fun supporting characters, and plenty of awesome snark. But as with the best humorous fantasies, the snark never gets in the way of the book's big, earnest heart, which it wears proudly on its (occasionally tipsy) sleeve."--Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex "Krueger's human cast is quirky and diverse, and...[he] keeps the story grounded in such a way that the reader easily forgets that they are reading fantasy and starts to feel as if Bailey's adventures could easily be their own."

"One of the most fun urban fantasies that I have ever read, with a sharp, kick-ass heroine who faces demons, a pushy mom, a possibly unrequited love interest and a plot to take over the world. You know you should be reading this with a tall, cool glass of your favorite libation close at hand."--San Diego Union Tribune

"Krueger's enjoyable light contemporary fantasy novel will satisfy fans of bars and bartenders...the winning main characters and the occasional histories of the drinks provide plenty of fun."--Publishers Weekly

"The main character makes this book great, as the voice and insight are believable and fun. This book will appeal to a wide range of sf fans as the rest of the cast is believable and the hidden world of tremens (demonlike creatures) is great."--Booklist

"Simply epic."--BookRiot

"Hooked immediately. . . a fresh and unique premise."--Geeks of Doom

"A novel of magic and mixology... an intriguing concept."--Paperblog

"With Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, Paul Krueger bursts onto the urban fantasy scene with a premise so amazing it's a wonder no one's done it before."--Light speed

"For a novel that does double duty as an entertaining read AND a recipe book for your holiday cocktails, Last Call at the Nightshade the way to go."-Geeks of Doom

"A fast-paced thrill ride...[w]ith shades of Buffy and Harry Dresden....when you throw in the cocktail recipes, Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge may just be the quintessential summer read."--Paper Blog

"Fast-paced, fun urban fantasy."--Fantasy Literature

"Magical booze, nasty demons and a whole lot of witty and quirky dialogue."

"I was pulled in and found it hard to put this book down...I wasn't ready for this fantastic world that Paul Krueger created to be over."--Reading is Better with Cupcakes

"If you are looking for a fun summer book to read while sipping a Long Island Ice Tea this is the book for you! Cocktails, magic, demons and a conspiracy fill the pages of a book which I found to be a lively read."--J.B. Dickey, owner, Seattle Mystery Bookshop

"An unexpected treat - effortlessly blending the supernatural and cocktails with the effortless skill of a master mixologist."--Helen Marquis, bookseller at Google Play

"This was a fun, fast-paced book. Who doesn't want to read about magical cocktails?"--Charity Park, librarian at Pope County Library System

"Excellent somebody get me a drink!"--Carolyn Harnick, librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library
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About Paul Krueger

PAUL KRUEGER is a fantasy writer and avid cocktail fan whose work has appeared in the Sword and Laser anthology. He lives in Los Angeles.
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