Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville, Book 5)
by Carrie Vaughn
Review by Steve Sawicki
Grand Central Publishing Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780446199537
Date: 01 February 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the fifth book in the Kitty series, Carrie Vaughn's sometimes tongue in cheek universe where werewolves, vampires, demons and other supernatural creatures share the Earth with humans. Kitty is a werewolf with a radio show that explores and sometimes sensationalizes the supernatural. She's also the alpha wolf of Denver which means she has a lot to deal with and not always of her own choosing.
This time though, Kitty is getting ready to go to Vegas to get married and hoping everything goes as planned. Of course it does not and it seems that every time Kitty tries to get to poolside for an umbrella drink, something comes up to draw her away. If it's not the head vampire of Vegas, it's the troup of shape changers putting on a regular show at one of the casinos. Or maybe it's the two thousand year old cult she's uncovered or the hunters of the supernatural convention that's taking place in the same hotel as her wedding.
Carrie Vaugh continues to find new venues for her protagonist to explore and get in trouble in. While you need not have read the previous books to get through this one it will definitely help with your comprehension as there are a number of events that are referred to and which do have some significance in the plot of this book. You'll also want to do that because they're fun books. Vaughn writes in a fairly fast paced fashion, keeping the action moving rather than giving her characters too much time to figure out they're about to do things they probably shouldn't be doing. And her characters are once again enjoyable, personable, and probably people you'd like to spend time with.
I'm enjoying this series and Vaughn seems capable of continuing to produce at least a book a year, if not more frequently. I think what she's done with this character as well as the irreverence that pervades the series, sets this series apart from all the other supernatural series out there today. This is a fun series, with interesting characters who do interesting things in unexpected ways while trying to cope with problems that most of us can relate to. The next book in the series is already out with more to come after that. Go out and get started. You won't be sorry.