Thursday, February 24, 2011
Kitty's House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn
Unlike most of this series, in this book Kitty only has one major conflict plot line for a change. The only side plot of note is that Cormac the bounty hunter has a possibility of making parole, which gives Ben something to do while Kitty is off foiling evil plots on her own. Some TV reality show producers convince Kitty to join a group of other supernatural beings and psychics, a magician and a skeptic in a remote location for a pilot production.
Joining Kitty at a remote hunting lodge in Montana we have her old friend the psychic, Tina, her erstwhile ally the magician ,Odysseus Grant, another werewolf and pro wrestler, Jerome, a wereseal named Lee, two vampires, Gemma and Anastasia and their human blood donor Dorian, a professional debunker, Conrad, and a second psychic, Jeffrey, and another supernatural talk show host, Ariel. The producers' stated purpose is to let people know what the supernatural community is really all about, and to show their interactions in a close quarters situation, but there's a more serious game afoot.
This one eventually turns into something like Murder on the Orient Express, as first all of the production assistants are found murdered and the producers missing, and all communications with the outside world are cut. As Kitty and her friends try to figure out whodunnit and why, and try to escape the hunting lodge, they begin to be picked off one by one, by predators that know exactly how to kill them. If you're paying attention, you'll figure out who the red shirts (for you Trekkies) are pretty quickly and know who will leave Montana alive, in the end.
Good build of tension and release, some character development on Kitty's part, and things move forward in the Long Game, as well.