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The Blood Books, Vol. 1 (Blood Price / Blood Trail) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2006
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There are two novels in this collection-the first two Huff wrote about former Toronto police detective Vicki Nelson whose degenerative eye disease forced her to retire and become a private eye. The first book, Blood Price, is virtually identical to the Blood Ties series pilot. A series of murders in Toronto appear to be the work of a vampire but Vicki, who has been hired by a victim's girlfriend to find the killer, soon discovers a demon is at work. This is the novel that introduces her on-again off-again cop boyfriend Mike Celluci and where she meets vampire and romance novelist (!!) Henry Fitzroy. Who also just happens to be the bastard son of Henry VIII which means he has issues of his own.
The second novel, Blood Trail, takes Vicki out to the Canadian countryside to investigate who is the sniper taking deadly aim at a family of werewolves who just happen to consider Henry a family friend. I think I actually liked the second novel better but maybe that's because I hadn't seen it recently adapated for television.
There is lots of romantic tension between Celluci and Henry and I do enjoy Vicki's relationships with them both but the emphasis in these stories is on the action and detective work which made me very happy. Vicki is a smart character who is angry about her condition robbing her of her independence.Read more ›
Everyone is capable to smart choices and logical thinking.
It took me no time to breeze through vols. 1-3.
These novel focus on the actual mystery/action/conflict. There is some sexual tension and little bit of sex, but it more alluded to than shoved in your face (no detailed sex scenes, YAY!!!). The characters of Vicki, Celluci, and Henry are 3-D and well thought out. There are snippits from Henry's past, which I love. It makes him more of a character than on the TV show where he just shows up, does the vampy thing, and goes on. Vicki is an amazing strong heroine who takes no crap from anyone.
As someone else stated, the first novel follows the TV Pilot exactly. I already knew what was going to happen, so it was a little dull. Not because of the writing though. The second novel was very good, with a family of werewolves who are being killed systematically by silver bullets.
Another thing I like about these novels were the "villians". Instead of just pure evil people, like in so many other novels, these villians are fairly normal people who slowly are tempted into evil. Nice touch and more believable.
Victoria Nelson -- Vicki -- is a former Toronto homicide detective who had resigned for medical reasons. She had been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa and experienced various visual disorders, including night blindness, tunnel vision and myopia. Now she works as a private detective on cases that don't overtask her senses.
In Blood Price (1991), eight months after leaving the force, Vicki witnesses the death of a young man attacked by something that tore out his throat. Her former partner -- Mike Celluci -- responds to the call. As usual, she and Mike fight over everything, but even Mike confesses that he had missed fighting with her.
Now she can't seem to let go of the case, particularly when similar deaths occur. The media start speculating about the murders being vampire slayings. She keeps calling her friends in the coroner's office and the Criminal Investigation Division to find out more information. She even goes to the scenes to look for clues missed by the police.
One night, she catches up with the killer just as he is disappearing. She also finds a vampire on the scene, but he punches her out and takes her to his apartment. Henry Fitzroy, the vampire, has a choice: kill her or trust her with his story. He takes the second course, although he can always remedy any mistake by killing her later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very novel concept-a vampire who is not independently wealthy and must work for a living. Add in one frustrated former detective in Vicki Nelson, hampered by her failing eye... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sincerelyink
The two-books-in-one were just okay. I didn't particularly like the characters, but then again, I didn't particularly dislike them either. Read morePublished 10 months ago by bonnie_blu
This book is one of the good ones for sure. I love the prices compared to new books and the quality of the books seems very accurate as stated in the listings. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Gene Sechrest
The outside of the book looks a little rough, but the inside paper's in good condition and the print is crisp and easy to read.Published on August 16, 2013 by Mary Brown
"Blood Price" was Huff's first book, and it definitely shows. Her writing in it is weak and inconsistent. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Kelly
I watched the series (Blood ties) before reading this. I love how, atleast so far, that the book and show are pretty close in comparison. I'm ordering the rest of the set!Published on March 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Some lovely, evocative passages and decent character-building. The first story is by far the most cohesive and logical of the group, although it suffers from some tediousness and... Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Pallas
Victoria "Vicki" Nelson had recently been diagnosed with Retintis Pigmentosa. She is slowly going blind. She already has no vision at night. Read more
I'm honestly surprised by how many people actually like this series. I can't understand it. When I bought the book, I was very hopeful that it would at least be decent, as there... Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by embep