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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reissue edition (28 Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886775302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886775308
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,840,149 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 third 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book starts where the last of the Vicki Nelson books leave off. Henry, the vampire and the bastard son of Henry VIII is having dreams about the sun. He enlists Vicki's help to find the reason behind these nightmares. What they find is a life stealing mummy intent on taking over the city. While this book does not quite measure up to the previous two novels it does a good job a bringing the main characters to the next level of familiarity with the reader. This is an enjoyable series that proves that Ms. Huff is one of the better authors in this genre. A must read for any fan of horror or detective novels.
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By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2012
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After being diagnosed with an eye disease, Victoria "Vicki" Nelson left the police force and became a private investigator. Since then, Vicki has become physically involved with Henry Fitzroy, a vampire. Vicki still has a relationship with Detective-Sergeant Mike Celluci, a homicide investigator with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department. Last April the trio had to deal with a demon, part of August had them associating with a pack of werewolves. This time it is a mummy.

After spending three centuries in the dark, locked immobile inside a sarcophagus, the last remaining wizard-priest of the god Akhekh emerges. The sarcophagus and the mummy it contained have only recently become the official possession of the Royal Ontario Museum. Those few who saw the mummy are quickly killed or have their minds wiped. Though Mike did not see the mummy, he is positive that he had been told it existed. Yet suddenly the mummy is gone and the person who had informed him of its existence now claims that they never said so. Mike's boss, Inspector Cantree, soon forbids him to continue his personal investigation. With his hands tied, Mike hires Vicki to locate the missing mummy.

For over four hundred and fifty years Henry has not seen the sun. Now he sees it in his mind every night when he wakes. Henry fears that it means he may walk into the sunlight and end his existence, even though he does not want to die. Vicki promises to be there with Henry each morning, when the dawn reaches out to take him. She would fight with him. For him. She would not let him burn. In the meantime, Vicki spends her days searching for a mummy that walks the streets of Toronto, a mummy who brought with it the power of ancient Egypt.
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Another solid entry into the series about Vicki Nelson, a PI with a degenerative eye disability, Henry Fitzroy, centuries-old vampire and son of Henry VIII. Since he plays a much bigger part in this book, mention should also be made of Mike Celluci, police officer and sometime lover of Vicki.

In previous novels Huff has tackled vampires (obviously), werewolves, summoning demons and here she wanders into the realms of ancient Egypt and mummies. In the slow burn start to the book a new sarcophagus is found by Dr Rax, curator of the Royal Ontario Museum, and brought to Toronto. After a series of mysterious deaths, the situation comes to the notice of Mike, who starts to believe that an actual mummy might be haunting the streets of Toronto. When he is pulled from the case, he asks Vicki to investigate on his behalf. Eventually Vicki pulls together the threads to realise that the people of Toronto are in mortal danger and time is running out for the mummy to be stopped.

I have to confess, this was my least favourite of the books so far. The main essence of the plot took a really long time to get started properly - for a while it was just so much Egyptology claptrap - and the subplot concerning Henry and his fear of going mad because of his dreams was dull. I disliked the period in the book that Vicki spent in jail, since it affected the pacing of the book hugely, and the ending was a bit of a letdown and a copout.

For once, as well, I didn't enjoy the characters as much. Considering he is an all-powerful immortal who walks the night, Henry is incredibly whiny and vulnerable in this book. Mike is just annoying. And Vicki seemed once more pushed to the sidelines (as I felt with the second book).
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By Rebecca on 15 Nov. 2010
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What surprised me the most about this book was finally getting to read about the "baby in the backpack" thing that clearly traumatized Tony so much that he thinks about it all the time in the Smoke books. All right, what actually surprised me that this ended up not having to do with a dead baby in, like, a knapsack, as I had thought, but in fact involved some sort of back-facing snuggly. Oh, those wacky Canadians! Anyway, besides my realization that I'd been an idiot, this particular volume of the series didn't do much for me. The parts where Vicki is falsely imprisoned did succeed in freaking me out, but in general I found the book too long and a bit blah.
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its october in toronto and the weather is rain, cold and not very nice. vicki is on the case of a 3000 year old mummy that has risen from its coffin. meanwhile henry is having dreams about going into the sun so vicki has to keep close eye on him, which is also making things much more complicated between her and celluci, as if that could happen!!!! will the three of them track it down before it takes the whole town under its spell.
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