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"Tongue in cheek supernatural police procedural"

In Denver, Kitty Norville hosts the Midnight Hour show at KNOB radio. Tired of inane 90's retro music she asks her callers if they believe in vampires and werewolves. Shockingly she gets a bunch of callers with some providing profound comments or questions. Kitty responds sometimes tongue in cheek and others seriously quoting Milton. Two months later, Kitty's once a week show is a monster hit and about to go into syndication. Six months later the show is on 62 stations.

While on the air, Cormac the bounty hunter calls saying he has been hired to kill her. She stays on the air to persuade him to reconsider as they are being used by a mutual enemy and she admits to being a werewolf. When the police arrive too quickly, he offers Kitty a deal to let her live if she does not press charges. Detective Harden is irritated, but cannot do anything about it. Not long afterward Harden asks Kitty to look at a corpse, which she does. Kitty sniffs and realizes a rogue werewolf has killed a teenage prostitute. Further murders occur by this rogue with Kitty working with Cormac and Harden trying to solve the case.

Though everyone accepts Kitty is a werewolf without blinking once she comes out of the closet, the heroine is a terrific protagonist and holds the tongue in cheek supernatural police procedural together. Like the radio audience, readers will believe that vampires and werewolves reside among the humans. The story line is action-packed (pun intended) yet Kitty and several other key players come across as fully dimensional whether they are shapeshifters, bloodsuckers, purebred humans, or hunters. Carrie Vaughn provides a terrific tale starring the adviser to the paranormal crowd.

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 17, 2005

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 20, 2007

SUMMARY

VAMPIRES. WEREWOLVES. TALK RADIO.

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station--and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. But it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew…

 

Kitty and the Midnight Hour
(Kitty Norville: Book 1)
by Carrie Vaughn

Warner Books
November 1, 2005
Available: November 1, 2005
ISBN #0446616419
EAN #9780446616416
288 pages
Paperback
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Carrie Vaughn

Brave New Love: 13 Dystopian Tales of Desire
Kitty's Greatest Hits
Kitty's Big Trouble
Steel
Dark and Stormy Knights
Discord's Apple
Kitty Goes to War
Running with the Pack
Voices of Dragons
Kitty's House of Horrors
Kitty's House of Horrors
Kitty Raises Hell
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Kitty Takes a Holiday
Kitty Goes to Washington


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