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It surprised me to discover that this novel was originally written in 1991. It has survived the passage of time remarkably well. It's the first novel in a series of five books by Tanya Huff which involve a former police officer-turned private investigator and the vampire son of Henry VIII who solve supernatural crimes together.
It's not a johnny-come-lately on the vampire novel scene; it was one of the earlier prototypes and works well. The private investigator, her former ex-boyfriend police officer, and the vampire who writes bodice rippers team up to solve a string of violent crimes which have been plaguing Toronto.
As a Canadian, I'm pleased to see/hear a series set in Toronto, and though I'm not from Toronto, the depiction is well done.
A series of what appear to be murders by a vampire takes roots in the city, and as the story hums along, it becomes clear that it's actually a demon who's terrorizing the city, and not a vampire. The book is as long as it needs to be.
The story is well written and engaging. It does't feel particularly dated, although the references to a Hibachi and the lack of cell phones make more sense now that I know it was written in 1991.
The narrator is okay but not great. Her attempt to depict male voices often comes off with an odd accent or intonation. She's a breathy narrator, and her vocal intonations are a little irritating. As with many narrators, she pauses in the wrong places and ends up fragmenting the narration. She can probably be forgiven for mispronouncing Manulife, but not for some of the other words she butchers. With a different narrator, this would be an even better book, but it's not bad. To the narrator's credit, she does a very good job depicting the empty-headed university students in the book.
It's certainly well enough done that I have purchased books 2 and 3 in the series. If the other books in the series are as good as this one, it should have a strong following. The ideas are original and inventive, and the dialogue and descriptions are well done.
This is a good book for fans of the supernatural series; it's lighter on romance than some, but that's not a bad thing. It's worth the credit.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. The story is good and if you can deal with the reader, it is fun to hear. I read the series in paperback several years ago and got hooked. If this had been my 1st exposure, not so sure I would have stuck with it.
What did you like best about this story?
Unusual composition for the main actors.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Strange sound to her voice. Definition of character voices varies -- same character, but sound is not always the same. Also, and maybe since I'm American, so many Scottish-sounding accents when the story is in Toronto, Canada is weird.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I enjoy the story twists and the interpersonal relationships.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
A really good, exciting listen with some interesting characters. I just love the idea of Henry VIII's illegitimate son being a vampire!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Anyone who was a fan of Blood Ties, will enjoy hearing the original story behind the show.
Huge fan of the campy tv show that was based on the book, so excited to finally read the books.
Great story involving vampires, demons, college students, cops & a blinding P.I. Vicki Nelson is hired to find the 'vampire' killer but the frustrated victims girlfriend & ends up running into a real vampire & end up teaming up to stop the real killer. Vicki is a force to be reckoned with & seems to form an easy friendship with Henry Fiztroy. I really enjoyed this story, was a great start to the series & can't wait to get the next addition.
I enjoy Justine Eyre as a narrator. Have listened to a few of her books & don't understand all the negative views people have put for this book.
Some suspense, some laughs, good story. Similar to the tv show but different. A lot more to the story. Can’t wait to listen to more.