Jeannie Holmes: Blood Law – A Novel
Ah yes, my never-ending hunt for nice new supernatural detective stories. Sometimes it works out well (like series by Patricia Briggs) and sometimes not so well. Like this one.
It’s a “generic” detective novel with a bit of supernatural elements thrown in. For some reason it doesn’t work very well — characters seem to be pretty standard, development is a bit too slow and uninteresting. “Provocative and savvy” vampire heroine turned out to be not quite that savvy, and not very much provocative. Side-trips into “never-ever” to see her dad are a distraction and don’t lead anywhere interesting (is this a giant hook with a neon sign about where the development will go?).
Conflict between her and previous love is banal, and chain of events to further their bond is so predictable, I think if my life was like that I’d be a super-oracle with close to 90% correct forecasts of future events.
Main killer is also uninspiring and cliche. And the final outcome of the book becomes quite obvious around 70% mark, which is sad. By the way, where are other supernatural critters? I understand, that vampires are bankable these days, but still, don’t limit yourself…
I’ll skip on the sequel until I can get it for a dollar in discount bin. Or when I am really really bored.