Carrie Vaughn

Gollancz (2009)

ISBN: 978-0-575-09004-0

Reviewed by Mitenae

Kitty and Ben are getting married … in Vegas and her boss has talked her into doing a TV special of her radio show the same weekend. And she still has to tell her mother who’s battling cancer and expects a traditional wedding. Rick asks Kitty to pass on a message to Dom while she’s there, but Las Vegas holds more secrets than Kitty will ever wish she knew.

It seems that where there are vampires there are werewolves and this novel is no different nor is it at all new or inventive. The werewolves are typically pack oriented and subservient to the vampires, who are all about sex and blood, all of which has been done before.

For me the world lacked depth and texture. It felt flat and was missing a spark that for me would have brought it alive. This could be because I’m new to this series and am not familiar with the previous novels or Kitty’s backstory.

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand is marketed to fans of the series and, if like me, you’re a new reader, it is worth being familiar with the previous novels before reading this one. For me there are better werewolf/vampire novels out there than this one.