We all remember Fabian, Cat’s ghostly sidekick right? In One Grave At a Time, Fabian has a ghostly sweetheart, Elisabeth. In her day, Elisabeth was falsely accused of being a witch and was burned at the stake by vicious witch hunter, Heinrich Kramer. Elisabeth has not moved on to the other side after all these years because Kramer now exists as a ghost who can manifest into human form every Halloween. He continues his quest to murder women he accuses of being witches by raping, torturing and burning them once a year when he can establish human form. Elisabeth is determined to stop Kramer and has enlisted the help of Fabian and his vampire friends Cat and Bones.
Although it doesn’t last long before they are immersed in another adventure, Cat and Bones finally have time to exhale and relax. They aren’t on anyone’s hit list and their relationship is loving and solid. I love this because they’ve had some pretty hard times in the relationship department. It’s nice to see them rock solid in love and with no huge romantic obstacles to overcome. Unfortunately, and oddly enough though, the sexy times were pretty skimpy in this installment. No epic sex scene this series has become known for, however Cat and Bones are still pretty sensual in the…well…not exactly the bedroom. You’ll have to read the book for that info.
The hunt for the bad guy was full of fight scenes and really good action but there was something missing. Cat and Bones are determined to stop Kramer but for most of the story there was no personal connection for Bones and Cat to the villain’s crimes. Since the villain had no connection to their back-story at all, the overall plot seemed disconnected from the series and so the story lacked the emotional impact I look forward to in these books.
Cat is still funny and snarky, just not as funny and snarky as usual. Bones is hot, sexy and bad ass but just didn’t have the big presence he usually has. The villian was absolutely heinous and scary and I thought he was an excellent, unrelenting evil bad guy. But the personal connection to the series history was lacking.
One of the many strengths of this series is the brilliant secondary characters. I missed a lot of my old favorites but Ian made an appearance and was as “Ian-ish” as ever. I’m an Ian fan so points for “Ian-isms”. We’re introduced to a few new characters as well and things are changing for many of the established characters, particularly Cat’s old team.
I’m fairly sure my expectations for each book in this series are set by the previous books in the series. I love the Night Huntress books and expect awesomeness with each new installment. I was slightly disappointed in One Grave At a Time though, and I don’t think it quite lived up to the shining example set by it’s predecessors. It has all the elements that have made this a favorite series for me, it just felt like Night Huntress Lite. While I wasn’t wow’d I was still very entertained and I enjoyed being back in the Night Huntress world.
Favorite Quote: (From Ian)
“You’re shagging a woman who can turn into a dragon? Blast you, Charles, I am sick with envy!”