Title: One Grave at a Time
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: August 30th, 2011
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
*If you have not read the previous books in the Night Huntress series, this may contain spoilers*
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?
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Every time I pick up a Cat and Bones book, I am always thrilled and enjoy every minute I get to spend with them. I have not read a book of Jeaniene’s yet that I have not enjoyed and One Grave at a Time is no exception.
In this book we rejoin Cat and Bones immediately after the dust settles from their ghoul problem in the previous book. Cat’s uncle is a ghost and not happy about it, and her old team seems to have found a new enemy in the form of a government agent. One thing that Jeaniene has always been good at is creating a villain you love to hate; Jason Madigan would be one of those guys. He is questioning everything about the facility that Tate has been running since Don died and going about it as rudely as possible. He also seems to have taken a special interest in Cat and messing around in her life where he is certainly not wanted. When he talked, I wanted to come through the book and punch him, so I have no idea how Cat managed to restrain herself. Unfortunately, I don’t think we have seen the last of Mr. Madigan and I am sure he will be a problem in future books.
If that wasn’t enough, they also have Heinrich Kramer to deal with. A religious zealot who thinks all women are witches and deserved to be burned, by his hand. He died years ago, but every Halloween he takes on corporal form and is able to wreak havoc on the lives of three women by torturing and killing them. When this gets brought to Cat and Bones attention, they immediately begin to track him down and put an end to the sicko. I don’t know if I have ever wanted to see someone in these books killed more than this guy. When people take their beliefs to the extreme like Kramer does and innocent lives are taken, it really burns me up. I relished watching Cat and Bones chase Kramer and give him exactly what he deserved!
Alright, enough with the bad guys, let’s talk about some of the good guys. My favorite part of these books has always been the relationship shared between Cat and Bones and my love of this continued through this novel. In the past Cat and Bones have always seemed to have something standing in their way or actively keeping them apart. I finally feel like we are past that point with One Grave at a Time. Bones says it better than I could though:
“For the first time in years, our relationship is solid, no one’s actively trying to murder us, and our closest mates are happy. Blimey, Kitten, if I were any more relaxed, I’d need a smoke.”
I had to laugh at that, one because it is funny and two because it is true. These two have been through more than their fair share of relationship problems and they deserve ever bit of happiness that they can get. It is nice that Jeaniene takes these two through the logical steps that they need to go through for a healthy relationship. She does not stir up trouble between them just to cause drama. The world around them is trouble enough and I am sure Cat and Bones will always find battles that need fighting, together.
Some secondary characters make brief appearances throughout the book, my personal favorite would be, Ian because whenever he shows up I automatically gravitate to him. I know, he is a bit of a bad boy right now, but I am holding out hope that he will settle down one or these days. 😉 My favorite quote from him in this book was in reference to Harry Potter. That’s right; Harry has even infiltrated the world of vampires. In this scene everyone is getting ready to run out the door and follow a lead.
Bones was already on his feet, Spade and Denise following suit, but Ian shot me a piqued look.
“You don’t mean all of us, do you? The movie’s not over.”
“You’ve seen this one before,” I replied in disbelief.
He shrugged. “Watching Snape make fun of Harry is my favorite part.”
Gotta love Ian. 😉 It was also nice to get to see Spade and Denise again too. I love that Jeaniene brings in old characters to help out and just get an update on how they are doing.
Overall, this is another fantastic addition to the Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones will keep your heart pounding for not only the action, but for Bones ability to always keep things creative with Cat. I will give you a hint as to what I am alluding to, you are going to look a flying in a whole new light after this book. That should be incentive enough to pick up this book and once you do you will be sucked in just like I was. As far as urban fantasies go this is by far one of my favorites and one you need to have on your shelf as well.
FTC: I received this ARC from the publisher.