Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally….Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world - but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeited.
©1991 Tanya Huff (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I live in Beijing and am thoroughly addicted to Audio Books.
I think the story line and the characters are both quiet good, but the writing isn't good enough to make either shine. I think for a first book, and one written in the early 90s, it's not a bad work, but it's not engaging enough to make it a decent read or to compensate for the dated feel of the work--often the plot line relies too heavily upon no one having mobile phones.
I did think that the narrator is quite good and does quite a lot to make up for what is lacking in the writing.
I don't mind the long commute anymore. Sometimes I even drive around town just to get to place I can stop.
I have been a fan of this series forever. I was elated to find it on Audible. But the reader was horrible! I couldn't stand it and quit less than 15 minutes into it. I honestly had a hard time understanding what she was reading. I am so diappointed. Tanya deserves better.
The main characters are Vicki, an ex-police officer turned private detective, and a vampire named Henry Fitzroy, who happens to be the illegitimate son of Henry VIII and writes bodice-ripper romance novels. In this world vampires are still creatures in story books and supposedly don't exist, but since the bodies were drained of blood the newspapers start spouting vampires with dire consequences, especially since it wasn't a vampire doing the killings. Vicki and Henry team up to discover who is murdering people around Toronto. Vicki also teams up with her ex-partner from the police force, which she sort of has a love/hate relationship with.
Since this book was originally written in 1991 it's a little dated, but has held up over time.
You also have flashbacks to learn more about the background of both Vicki and Henry which were interesting.
Looking forward to reading more in this series.
Could have used a better narrator but for the most part was able to distinguish the characters..
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I enjoyed this book very much. The plot was was good. My only complaint is that this reader's voice didn't show any type of voice change for the flashbacks. I had several listen overs. I came the the conclusion twice that the download from audible.com to computer or computer to iPod got messed up. Due to the number & variety of flashbacks used to explain character's background & such I would suggest a brief music score to differentiate them.
I liked the characters and the plot or premise. The first 3/4 of the book were interesting.
The last 1/4 Vicki finds out that the girl she works for was the girlfriend of the first victim, close friend and last one to see a later victim common since says if you have no other leads you checkout everything to do with her relationship with the two. Since she was the last to see her friend before she died wouldn’t the police take a statement with everything that happened up to the point of the murder. Another reason to check the lead out is her friend, the victim was “choosen” unlike the others. Instead of this lead they all pass around the lead the murderer wears a black leather coat, really. Vicki is suppose to be the best excop ever?
The vampire gets the message to meet her and who the suspect is and he sits waiting for a phone call for the address or to confirm... for Four hours. He could have found out where the guy lived and went himself, waiting for a call Four hours, really. The world will end at twelve he waits by the phone until10:30.
The last quarter of the story was not good.
Yes, it was the best of the last five books I have bought.
She was good. You could tell the difference in characters. She could work on her men's voices a little. I always compare narrators to Tavia Gilbert, Kirsten Potter and Jennifer Ikeda.
I really liked Viki, Henry and Mike. They could have another supernatural murder to solve.
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