Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand ends like a Hollywood movie might. Kitty and Ben manage to escape from the clutches of their enemies and get married. Unfortunately, Kitty’s happily ever after has been delayed. The Band of Tiamat, a lycanthropic cult that worships an ancient goddess, is not willing to just let Kitty go. They’ve sent something after her, a creature who likes to play with fire. Kitty, worried about the safety of her pack and her family, turns to the vampire master Rick for help. As the situation escalates, Kitty can’t help but be frustrated with the little Rick that has done. Then a vampire named Roman comes to Denver, a vampire that says that he can stop the monster that’s after her. Kitty is conflicted. She doesn’t know if she can trust Roman, but as the creature turns from property damage to downright murder, will she be able to defeat the monster without his help?
In this book, the sixth of the Kitty Norville books, Kitty has never been up against anything so powerful. Fortunately, she has plenty of allies. In Vegas, magician Odysseus Grant is working to infiltrate the cult. In Denver, Kitty is helped by Detective Hardin, and the stars of a ghost hunters-esque television show, Paradox PI. Still, even with all of her help, it’s difficult to tell how Kitty will get out of this one alive, which makes the book very suspenseful at times. One thing I really enjoyed about Raises Hell is the fact that Kitty’s radio show played a larger part. Although I enjoyed Dead Man’s Hand, the radio show aspect of the book is one of my favorite parts of the books. It’s good to see more of it here. One thing I wish the book had focused on more was the werewolf pack aspect. I like the fact that Kitty rules her wolves primarily through persuasion, not physical force, and I really enjoyed the scenes we had here. I just wanted to see more of her in “alpha mode” than I got to see here. All and all this was a satisfying edition to the Kitty series. In the back of the novel is a preview for the next installment, Kitty’s House of Horrors. Apparently after a werewolf sacrificing cult and a fire wielding demon, Vaughn could only find one more thing more terrifying to focus her next book on. Reality TV.
I cannot wait to read it.
Rating: four and a half stars
Length: 322 pages
Similar Books: This is a bit of a spoiler, but the Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine has more genie fun.
Other books I've read by this author: Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty goes to Washington, Kitty takes a Holiday, Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (my review)
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