I didn't think much of the first book in this series, so I skipped number 2. A couple of weeks ago I decided to give it another chance and read Why Mermaids Sing. Either the writing has improved, or I've become easier to please, because I enjoyed it a lot. In my opinion, Where Serpents Sleep was even better. It's not high-brow and I don't think that Ms Harris' use of Regency-era language rivals that of Georgette Heyer in her Regency romances, for example, but a good read nevertheless. Now I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and I'm pleased to see that a sixth book is due out soon.