It began with the kind of call no daughter ever wants to get - a call from the Queen's University Life Science Department to tell private investigator Vicki Nelson her mother had died. But what started as an all too normal personal tragedy soon became the most terrifying case of Vicki's career. When Marjory Nelson's body mysteriously disappeared from the funeral home, Vicki immediately called in the two men in her life – vampire Henry Fitzroy and homicide detective Mike Celluci – for help. Vicki swore she'd find the culprit, and see her mother properly laid to rest. But what she hadn't countered on was that someone at Queen's University seemed determined to keep Mrs. Nelson on the job-alive or dead! Blood Pact - Penguin Group USA
One of the most unique things about Tanya Huff's Blood books is that, even though they are classified as vampire novels, they aside from the vampire Henry Fitzroy helping Vicki out with her cases. The villains who are usually the main focus of the books are myriad creatures ranging from werewolves to mummies, and our latest is using science to bring back the dead.
This book was interesting where it didn't focus on the supernatural side of things but rather the science. There were more mechanics in the series about how the process was achieved but Huff was still stretching the characters a bit, and there wasn't enough character development in the first three books for her to stretch. I would have liked to see more character development for the three main characters and more ways to describe Henry Fitzroy than continuously bringing up he's the bastard son of Henry VIII. After three books I think that the reader have gotten that part down.
Another issue that I have is that Vicki clearly has a horrid temper and very little tolerance skills. And I find it amazing how these two guys is so taken with her.
However, with that said, Huff did bring up some real ethical issues with using human experiments for the sake of science and it took grave robbing to a whole new level. This book was a lot darker than her previous novels and was crime thriller rather than supernatural. I enjoyed this a lot better than the last book. The ending was interesting and I'd like to see how Huff is going to let it unfold in the fifth and final book.