Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by C. Vaughn

I am continually loving the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. The latest novel, Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand is just as fabulous as the previous novels.

Already the alpha pair of Denver’s werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life.

Something just popped into my head…where was the dead man’s hand?  Here I am getting ready to write up the review and it dawns on me that I don’t remember where a dead man’s hand was mentioned.  I know I’m missing something, but anywho…

I loved this novel.  Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand gives us the perfect example of how a Vegas wedding is not always a good thing.  Although I will mention that it didn’t seem like Ben and Kitty had much time with each other considering they were planning their wedding. I don’t want to give anything away, but I could’ve used more Ben. However, what there was…it all worked.  The chemistry between the two is amazing, and honestly, I can’t wait to see what happens when Cormac shows up and everything goes to hell (could that be why the next novel is called Kitty Raises Hell?). I still love Ben and Kitty as a couple, but I’m still harboring a secret longing for a Cormac and Kitty fling.  But then something would have to happen with Ben and I don’t want to see that either.

As for the plot, it really wasn’t all that exciting, but it still kept me glued to the pages. It seemed like Kitty had more to do than she had time and yet everything she did was in some ways interesting. I think the most amusing part was meeting more “friends” of Cormac and Ben’s than anything else.  I’m kind of hoping that Brenda and Evan stick around.

Overall, Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand is another great novel by Carrie Vaughn.  This is one of those series that continually drags you in and doesn’t let you go; and, honestly, if you haven’t checked it out yet, you really need to.

Read Order:
Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Kitty Goes to Washington
Kitty Takes a Holiday
Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
Kitty Raises Hell (March 2009)

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  1. I think dead man’s hand refers to poker. According to wikipedia, it refers to a hand containing 2 aces and 2 eights. It was the hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when he was shot and killed. So for being in Las Vegas (poker) and being Kitty (danger and death), I guess it’s apropos.

  2. On SciFiGuy’s ( he explains what a Dead Man’s Hand is in his review for this book. Basically, it’s a hand during five card draw poker that has a pair of aces and a pair of eights. He explains it better though.

    I totally agree with your review. I missed Cormac in the last two books, and I still wish he & Kitty would have a fling too. I can’t wait until he gets out of jail, though I don’t think it happens in Kitty Raises Hell, since that one takes place immediately after Las Vegas.

  3. I want to say I saw over on Carrie’s blog that he does make an appearance in Kitty Raises Hell. However, Carrie could have been talking about Kitty #7

  4. Hi Jackie ~

    Just skimmed your review since I haven’t read this new one. I’m a huge Kitty fan and am happy to see your thumbs up review!

    Add me to the More Cormac list! Better yet, I also want to see Cormac & Kitty as a couple!!! Ben’s OK, but he’s too vanilla for me.

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