Reader Review by cloggie-downunder
The Stupidest Angel is the 8th novel by American author Christopher Moore and the third book in the Pine Cove series. This is a Christmas story with a big difference! Whilst it may start with an Archangel (Raziel) sent to earth to grant a child’s wish, any similarity to other Christmas tales ends right there. Moore brings together a cast of characters and a plot unlike any other. Raziel is well-meaning but stupid: he got distracted on the way to the first Nativity and arrived 10 years late. The town he picks for his Miracle, Pine Cove, is full of characters bound to make things even harder for him: Theo Crowe is the pot-smoking, pot-growing Constable; Theo is married to occasionally psychotic Molly Michon, ex-scream queen of the B movie silver screen reprising her role as Kendra, Warrior Babe of the Outland; Molly’s best friend is real-estate agent, Lena Marquez, still at odds with her ex-husband; Lena’s ex-husband is Dale Pearson, evil developer disliked by many; Theo’s best friend is biologist Gabe Fenton, pining for his ex-girlfriend, Valerie Riordan, the town psychiatrist; new in town is randy DEA pilot Tucker Case, hoping to score some female action this Christmas. Add Tuck’s giant Micronesian fruit bat, Roberto, a cast of dead people in the graveyard, and the child that Raziel has settled on, Joshua Barker, who witnesses what he believes is the untimely demise of Santa by shovel blow, and the scene is set. This tale includes sex in the cemetery, brain-eating zombies, pharmaceutically enhanced fruitcake, a sword-wielding psychotic, a wild storm and a bat in Raybans. Moore introduces concepts like Christmas Amnesty, Winter Denial and California Schadenfreude. Hilarious!