For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret - and is systematically massacring this ancient race. The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers.
Forced to hide from the light of day, Henry can’t hunt the killer alone so he turns to Vicki Nelson for help. As they race against time to stop the murderer, they begin to fear that their combined talents may not be enough to prevent him from completing his deadly plan.
©1992 Tanya Huff (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Urban supernatural mystery thriller about a partially blind detective and a vampire romance author. It is a series which can be read as a s stand alone without t a lot of the repetitive background. Henry Fitzroy is the illegitimate son of Henry the VIII and Vicki is a former Toronto, Ontario police detective. She was great at her job and loved her job. If is was not for the retinosa pigmentosa. She is going blind; she has lost her night vision and most of her peripheral vision.
With her night vision disability and Henry's day light disability they make the perfect detective team. Supernatural creatures are not the norm in Toronto so there is a learning / teaching curve between the vampire and detective. There is romantic tension between Henry, Vicki and Mike Celluci; Vicki's former police partner and sometime lover.
When Henry friends (wearwolves) need some detective skills, Henry gets Vicki to help out. The Blood Trail series formula is a mystery (initiated by one of the main characters), introduction of a supernatural event / character and rivalry between the guys over Vicki and a sexual triss to add spice.
I felt a bit ambiguous after reading the first book in the series so I decided to give this second book a try. I won't be reading more.
The story was OK, but very predictable with nothing really interesting or fun enough to overcome that issue. The characters are OK, but not likeable enough to make me want to hear another book about them. There was also a strong incest related portion of the storyline that I found really creepy. It was related to animals somewhat so maybe it shouldn’t have bothered me, but it still just made me cringe every time it came up.
The narration was also a problem for me. The narrator did a decent job technically – she enunciated well (though almost too well in places so it sounded forced), did a reasonable job of differentiating the characters and varied her tone and cadence to keep from sounding boring. I just couldn’t stand listening to her voice.
To be fair, maybe it’s just my personal preference, but she has a quavering, almost “old lady” quality much of the time, which made the characters all sound whiney and angry. I read paritally to escape real life frustrations so I hate listening to a bunch of whiney, angry people for hours on end. I think the author meant for the main character to come across that way to some degree (she’d been through a lot of loss and change and wasn’t adapting well), but the narrator’s voice made all the characters sound that way and it annoyed me so much that I just couldn’t get into the book.
This certainly wasn’t the worst book or narration, but I didn’t enjoy it.
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