Friday, July 16, 2010

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, Book 1)
This book reminds me of the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs, with its tale of a recently changed female werewolf who is at the bottom of the dominance heap in her pack. Kitty works as a DJ on a late night radio station, and when she begins to get some call-ins about supernatural creatures, she decides to go with the flow and encourage more discussion of vampires, werewolves and other things that go bump in the night.

Within a fairly short period of time, her show becomes very popular, and it's obvious that some of the local supernatural community are actually calling in to talk with her about their problems. This doesn't sit well with the Alpha of her pack, Carl, or the head of the local vampire family, Arturo. Carl wants her to quit doing the show, but with increased popularity comes a syndication offer, and Kitty is able to bribe him with half the money she makes from the new show to allow her to keep it on the air.

Arturo resents the way the show may interfere with his authority over the vampires in his family, and he takes a bit more oblique method to silence her, sending a professional hit man to kill her. Recognizing her as a bit of an expert on supernatural matters, the local police call her in to help out with a series of murders that may have been committed by a werewolf  (Can you say, "shades of Anita Blake?"). Kitty's also got problems with internal pack politics and dominance struggles to deal with, so things get a little bit complicated. On the whole, however, this novel doesn't rise to the level of serious intrigue, and we pretty well know who Kitty's allies and enemies are at any given time.

A good first novel in a series that has potential. Very quick and amusing read. I've already reserved #2 at the library.

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