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Blood Debt (Blood Ties) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Sep 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Reprint edition (4 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640505X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405052
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.3 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,437,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An entertaining blend of warmly idiosyncratic characters, cinematic pacing and sharp-fanged humour (LOCUS)

The perfect vehicle for a diverting evening's entertainment (MYSTERY SCENE)

A fine mix of the detective story with the supernatural (SF CHRONICLE) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The fifth book in a razor-sharp series of supernatural thrillers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Ashurst on 6 May 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the FIFTH book in Tanya Huff's 'Victory Nelson, Investigator: Otherwordly Crimes a Speciality' series. The first four (in order) are: Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines and Blood Pact. I would strongly recommend reading them in order.
Ms Huff knows how to write unpretentious prose with a good sense of style, pace and humour. She makes the very occasional 'in' joke - but if you don't get them, you must be VERY new to the field.
Our heroine, Vicki Nelson, is the usual fictional private investigator - in that she is tenacious, aggressive and something of a maverick. A decorated police officer invalided out of the force due to deteriorating eye sight (the devastating condition retinitis pigmentosa), which has already rendered her night-blind, the book opens with her witnessing a gruesome murder. This turns out to be the first in a series which has the local (Toronto) press screaming that there is a vampire on the loose.
Like the best stories, Vicki isn't the only interesting recurring character. There is her ex-partner (in both senses), Mike, still a serving police officer. And then there is Henry Fitzroy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII (a nicely researched touch) and, of course, vampire.
All three of them are trying to solve the murders and we are swept along by brisk plotting and interesting characterisation.
I dislike the 'if you like this, then you'll like that' sort of recommendation, but we all use it because it is SO useful! If you like Laurell K Hamilton's stuff - or even if you find her books overly, shall we say, sexually obsessive? then you'll love these. If you are a relative newcomer to the genre, but like detective stories, you'll like these too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blood Debt is the latest in Tanya Huff's series of books featuring Henry Fitzroy, a Tudor-age vampire who writes Elizabethan Romances for a living, Victory Nelson, a former Toronto Policewoman turned Private Eye, and Mike Cellucci, a Toronto Police Detective. As in the earlier books in the series, the mystery around which the plot revolves is engaging, and the dialog is witty and full of genre-related in-jokes. I would have given the book a 9 or 10, except for the fact that the first two books in the series are clearly superior. Hence, for relativity's sake, Blood Debt gets an 8.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
xcellant book. Nicely ties up a number of the loose ends from the previous "Blood" books, yet leaves just enough of an opening that she could bring it up again.

That being said, I hope she doesn't. I like Vicki Nelson and the relationships that are built in this series. However, with the constant taste of violence in their relationships towards each other (the violence, as well as the relationship), I'm not sure that bringing them together (closely) would be a good idea in the long run...something akin to playing with nitro glycerin, just to see what would happen.

Huff's a good writer. And, long run, should she write another book in this series, I'll likely get it. But I'll have bloody high expectations of her. And with good reason...she rarely lets me down.
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By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Private Investigator Vicki Nelson has only been a vampire for two years. She spent the first year in Vancouver with her sire, Henry Fitzroy, as he helped her learn to survive. But every vampire knows that once you create another of their kind and spend a year teaching it, the two must part ways due to their territorial natures. So after one year with Henry, Vicki returned to Toronto and her mortal lover, Detective-Sergeant Mike Celluci, who welcomed her back with open arms.

When Henry calls for Vicki's help, Mike takes time off from the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department to go with her. A ghost is appearing to Henry as he wakens each night. (And only to Henry.) Henry can ask only one question and if the answer's yes, it disappears quietly, and if the answer's no, it screams. When it screams, Henry senses a multitude of dead voices and an innocent person nearby dies. The ghost is scaring people to death.

Vicki and Henry have no choice but to work together if they are to lay this specter to rest. As the pair attempt to overcome their territorial natures and investigate the possibility of organ-legging, Mike does his best to keep Vicki and Henry from killing each other.

*** THREE STARS! This is the last full-length story in the Blood Series. For those wanting more, there is a book (anthology) of short stories titled Blood Bank. (Available only in paperback at the time of this review.) Vicki and Mike also make an appearance in one other anthology (one story among thirteen total) titled A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters.

Author Tanya Huff puts her unique spin on the urban legend of someone waking to find one of their kidneys missing. In this story, a secondary character explains to readers why the odds of it ever happening for real is slim-to-none.
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This is the fifth and last book in the series by Tanya Huff about Vicki Nelson, Henry Fitzroy and Mike Celluci. We pick up the tale as Henry finds himself haunted by a tormented ghost and realises he needs the specialist help of Vicki.

It is hard to review this book completely without spoiling the events at the end of Blood Pact, but I shall attempt it!

Although there is a ghost involved, the mystery itself is the most mundane out of the five books - concerning an organisation set up to profit from the harvesting of organs. Since Huff persists in signposting her villains, making identifying them extremely easy, these books are not whodunnits and so Huff has to rely on ramping up the tension from supernatural elements. Here there are just human foes - when you have humans one side and vampire the other, you already know who will win (or who should do!), which means the central mystery has no real tension or ambiguity over the resolution.

Instead Huff concentrates on writing tension into the relationships between the three main characters, who have been involved in a love triangle from the second book in the series. I liked the way Huff dealt with Vicki and Henry in this book - it was both heart-breakingly sad and yet hopeful at the same time.

Mike remains a fabulous character. He is by far my favourite character of the series. I love his nobility and his desire to see justice done - but within the parameters of the law. Henry describes Mike best with this:

"Henry had done what he could, but he hadn't been strong enough to finish; he needed more blood. Michael Celluci had offered his, even though he believed that it meant he'd lose everything.
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