One of the last things Anita Blake had going for me was the Mother of All Darkness/Marmee Noir business. Despite her previously-discussed weird cultural confusion, I liked the ideal of a primordial being and a were-sabertooth tiger, and I appreciated the idea of the superpowerful Anita being up against someone who could still smack her around like a rag doll. A hero is only as good as their villain, and when the hero is kind of . . . iffy already, you need a darn good villain to keep them likeable.
Unfortunately, Marmee Noir was sort of handwaved to death in three pages, pretty much a casualty of the Power of Love. Later, LKH gave an interview where she said she'd written herself into a corner with Marmee Noir, and made her too powerful for Anita to defeat.
Now, I know we have several writers hereabouts. And lo, I say unto LKH: bull. There's always a way, it just takes some creative thinking.
What do you as writers think, my lasher friends? How would you have dealt with Marmee Noir? What were the chinks in her armor, the little facts that might have been used to defeat her?
Personally, I think the answer lies in Anita's necromancy. She doesn't really do much with it nowadays, thanks to the ardeur and its attendant superpowers, but at the bottom of it necromancy is control of and communication with the dead. I would've liked to see Anita dive deeper into the study of necromancy itself, possibly with an attendant risk-of-contaminating-the-soul plot, in order to find a way to defeat the ultimate dead woman.