Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn #COYER Review

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Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn #COYER ReviewKitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Kitty Norville #5
Published by Grand Central Publishing, Tantor Audio on January 6, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 320
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Las Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping froufrou drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live television, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters.

Elsewhere on the Strip, an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding but her very life.

If you’d asked me two books ago, I’d never guess I’d be giving a future book 5 stars or it being in part because I LOVE Kitty WITH Ben. Just showed me! (Note, there are some spoilers from previous books in this review)

I love Kitty. I love Ben. I love Kitty with Ben and I love Ben with Kitty. That’s the main thing that came out of Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand for me. I was already on the way to complete acceptance after Kitty and the Silver Bullet, but now I’m 100% there. I guess Carrie Vaughn knew what she was doing after all, eh? 😉

So beyond the Kitty and Ben relationship – I loved the mystery in Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand – I was never quite sure what was going on behind the scenes or who Kitty should be trusting, which is absolute gold in a book for me. I also like the strength that Kitty’s found and FINALLY hung on too – it’s stuck with her for a consistent two books in a row now, so fingers crossed she won’t be retreating again! I do miss McCormick and I hope he finds his way into some future books, despite being in prison.

We also met some interesting new characters in this book and I’m curious to see if any of them will make much of an appearance in future books. I thought the “friends” from Ben’s previous world as a paranomral hunter were an interesting bunch and provided a fun tension to the story – Kitty was always nervous around them and I couldn’t blame her. I was never sure if she should trust them or not. And then another group I’m pretty positive will appear in future books because of the CLIFF that we got left on! Now, it’s more like a steep hill than a cliff, because you could survive without jumping into the next book, but I’m so not going to try that. I’m jumping in right away!

Oh and I still love Marguerite Gavin’s narration. She IS Kitty – no way I could read these and not hear her voices. And she’s spot on for the voice of a radio DJ – or as Kitty is in this book, a tv personality. Very cool twist and Margurite’s voice is just perfect for it!

As a side note – I still have no idea why it’s called Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, which kind of bugs me (I also don’t know why the last one was called Kitty and the Silver Bullet). I can find kind of rambling connections but they feel far fetched… I know it’s not important or really relevant to the review but it’s bugging me. Just saying!

5 stars Flipping Fantastic
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About Carrie Vaughn

Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.


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12 Responses to “Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn #COYER Review”

    • Berls

      I really like Ms. Gavin’s narration as well – and I think I like her better for this series than I did for The Hollows (though I read Hollows first, then listened so that could be why). I wasn’t sure I would love it when I first started the series, but I really do now. And it’s ending in August, so you can binge read like I’m doing now which is always a plus IMO 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lanie! Me too! I think the one I’m listening to now is going to be another 5 star read too. 🙂

  1. Ramona

    Fantastic, eh? Why is it that every time I read one of your reviews I go away thinking: “Hm, why didn’t I think to pick this one up?” 🙂 Sounds really flipping fantastic indeed!

    • Berls

      Lol I know the feeling. I actually have reviewed a few lately that were just okay, but I’ve been lucky to have mainly really great books to share right now 🙂

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