Aazh took a leave to take care of his family problems. Skeeve thought it would be easy to live a couple of days without his mentor and for some short time it looked like he was right. Right until the moment his employer the King showed up and asked his court magician to substitute for him while poor overworked king takes a short vacation. Not a big deal, right? Wrong. It turned out the king was about to get married to a woman who would think nothing to kill a husband or two that had a misfortune to be in the way of her plans. So the real king thus escaped and Skeeve ended up with a bloodthirsty bride.
Now would be a very good time to use the most famous quote of the series - something Skeeve said in this installment, "When things are at their blackest, I say to myself, 'Cheer up, things could be worse.' And sure enough, they get worse."
Sure enough as soon as the bride arrived it turned out the poor guy had much worse problem on his hands: the Mob came and showed its interest in him. I do not need to say that even in the fantasy land if the Mod takes an interest in you your lifespan is about to get much shorter.
This time Skeeve is truly on his own.
My short review: it is funny; probably not as funny as the last book, but almost as much. We get to meet even more colorful characters that will play major roles down the road - most notably a couple of Mob goons.
Massha got a permanent position in the series.
Skeeve matured. He managed to solve half of his problems on his own until they became big enough for him to ask his friends for help. His confrontation with Aazh in the middle of the book also showed it.
All in all this is a good installment of the series which fully deserve 4 stars.