Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: One Grave at a Time

onegraveatatimeTitle: One Grave at a Time
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: August 30th, 2011
ISBN: 9780061783197
The grave is one wrong step away.
Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving-leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity--forever. But how do you kill a killer who's already long dead?
Jeaniene Frost does it again with an action-packed sixth installment of her Night Huntress series. In One Grave at a Time, Cat returns to her roots and takes on a supernatural killer of an unusual kind, continuing the ghost theme introduced in This Side of the Grave. With Bones at her side and some help from their friends, they go after one of the more brutal villains in the series so far.

I found this book to be fast paced, with lots of action and compelling drama as Cat, Bones and company take on this latest challenge. There are several obstacles to overcome and an interesting mix of new characters to help and hinder the progress. I’m never sure how I’m going to take to new characters, but by the end of the book I hoped to see them in future books, albeit for different reasons. 

The usual touch of humor in this series is amplified by appearances from Ian and Justina, and Denise provides her own special entertainment in one of the more intense scenes in the book. These secondary characters provide the necessary balance when circumstances become too intense, and I have to say I laughed out loud in more than one scene.

Bones is his usual ultra-sexy self, and I’m finding I like their relationship more and more in each book. I felt Bones’ presence in this story far more than in This Side of the Grave and the trademark, chapter-long love scene in One Grave at a Time didn’t disappoint. It was one of my favorite chapters in the book. I give Jeaniene Frost kudos for not resorting to the usual formula of break-ups and make-ups, instead giving us a very beautiful and rich story of love and commitment. It’s one of the reasons I love this series.

There was plenty of action in this book, especially the exciting conclusion. A very entertaining and engaging read, I would recommend One Grave at a Time to longtime fans of the series, as well as new readers, since it works very well as a standalone book.

There are a few unresolved story lines in this book, which I’m going to assume will be addressed in future installments of this series, and readers will  have some time to contemplate them, since no release date has been set for the seventh book.

We will just have to console ourselves with the upcoming Cat and Bones novella appearing in the anthology, The Bite Before Christmas, to be released on October 25, and faithful readers know that Jeaniene Frost has been working hard on Once Burned, the first book in Vlad's Night Prince series to be released next year. Lots to look forward to!


BonTempsCutie said...

Great review! I can't wait to read the book now!! And thank you for not giving anything away.

Anonymous said...

Great review! Cannot wait to get my hands on One Grave at a Time. Need my Cat & Bones fix, NOW!

Espana said...

Not the fresh from the grave zombie-types, but the dearly departed who are linked to the earth and now spend their days in spectral form. Thankfully, Cat's never far from her co-master vampire husband, Bones or she'd be in life-threatening danger because these considerable powers are on borrowed time.

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