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''Bride of the Rat God'' is a HistoricalFantasy novel by Creator/BarbaraHambly.

The exotic Chrysanda Flamande (actually Christine Flint from Philadelphia) is a rising star in the SilentAgeOfHollywood. Her rich producer boyfriend Frank just gave her a beautiful old Chinese necklace, her down-to-earth sister-in-law Norah keeps her within shouting distance of the straight and narrow, TheRoaringTwenties are roaring and life is good.

Then her body double from her latest movie is horribly murdered, in circumstances implicating one of the studio's other stars. While the studio's spin machine springs into action, Norah gradually discovers that the murderer wasn't human -- and that Christine is also in danger. It's up to Norah and a small group of allies to keep Christine safe, with Christine herself providing occasional and dubious assistance. All while dealing with the everyday havoc surrounding the production of Christine's new movie, ''She-Devil of Babylon''.
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!!This novel provides examples of:
* ArtifactOfDeath: The Moon of Rats necklace was used in olden times to dedicate human sacrifices to the Rat God; any woman who wears it in circumstances resembling those of the original ritual will be dead within a month.
* BadBoss: Queen Vashti, the FemmeFatale Christine is playing in ''She-Devil of Babylon''. In one scene, she poisons a random servant just to make a point in her conversation.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When the director of ''She-Devil of Babylon'' starts ranting about the Philistines sabotaging his high art, Christine's response is to ask "Are there Philistines in this movie? I though they were Persians", and then to go in search of a script to make sure.
* CostumePorn
* CrosswordPuzzle: Norah does newspaper crosswords with a speed and confidence that impresses Christine enormously, but doesn't consider it a big deal because American newspaper crosswords are so much more straightforward than the English ones she's used to.
* DamselInDistress: Christine is being hunted by a supernatural being.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Norah has a dream in which she sees the last occasion on which the necklace was deliberately used to dedicate a human sacrifice.
* {{Epigraph}}: Each chapter begins with a quotation from the I Ching appropriate to the events of the chapter.
* EvilOverlooker: In two covers for the book, the Rat God looks over Christine.
* FemmeFatale: All of Christine's movie roles that are described in any detail.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: An actress wears a dress with marabou straps.
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: Los Angeles' Chinatown.
* GrandTheftMe: The Rat God can take over some people.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: A lot of famous actors and directors make cameo appearances, mostly at Frank Brown's parties.
* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler:The final battle against the Rat God]] is written as the cause of the [[http://www.westland.net/venicehistory/articles/pickpier.htm 1924 Lick Pier fire]].
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: The forbidden fruit from the garden of Eden makes a symbolic appearance in the seduction scene in ''She-Devil of Babylon''; this prompts a discussion among the crew about what kind of fruit it actually was. The director insists on a pomegranate, causing a whole bunch of problems that wouldn't have happened if he'd been willing to settle for an apple.
* LetsGetDangerous: Christine's [[spoiler:dogs turn into supernaturally strong dogs at the end to protect Christine from the Rat God]].
* MagicalCamera: The idea of photographs stealing souls is discussed, and winds up being a plot point.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Norah doesn't start out as a writer, but by the end of the novel she's embarked on a screenwriting career.
* OperaGloves: Christine wears a white pair on the cover.
* PopTheTires: Discussed in the car chase scene. They conclude that the tires are too hard targets considering none of them have any firearm experience, and they should go for the radiator instead. Then it turns out to be moot, since there isn't a gun in their car anyway.
* PrettyInMink: Christine has a sable coat, and chinchilla coat, and a monkey-trimmed jacket. She gives Norah the latter.
** Christine also wears a fur wrap on the cover of the book.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Miklos Hraldy, director of ''She-Devil of Babylon'', who obsesses about symbolism, complains about the studio cutting his earlier six-hour epic of human drama down to a length audiences will actually consider watching, and dreams of making the definitive film version of Creator/FranzKafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''.
* ProsceniumReveal: The novel opens with a young woman fleeing desperately, and ultimately futilely, from her doom. It then cuts to a film premiere, revealing the opening scene to be the climax of Chrysanda Flamande's latest film.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Christine is described as this.
* TheRoaringTwenties: And Christine seems to just want to party when she isn't working.
* SacrificialLamb: The stuntman, who also wore the necklace, is brutally murdered near the start of the book.
* SceneryPorn: The book gives detailed descriptions of some of the areas.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Christine is the title character, but Norah is the protagonist.
* SilentAgeOfHollywood
* SilverHasMysticPowers: And the use of silver in film production turns out to be significant.
* StageNames:
** Chrysanda Flamande, actually Christine Flint.
** A recurring background character is cowboy star Hank Silver, whose real name is Hans Schweibler.
* SwordAndSandal: ''She-Devil of Babylon''.
* TheyDo: [[spoiler:Norah and Alec decide to get married at the end.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery (or possibly YouLookFamiliar): Logistical restrictions result in one of the generals in Queen Vashti's army during the climactic battle of ''She-Devil of Babylon'' being played by the same actor as the underling she poisoned in an earlier scene.
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