BONE CROSSED by PATRICIA BRIGGS.
SOURCE: Ex-library book stock.
Car mechanic and sometime shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has learned, the hard way, why her race was almost exterminated. When European vampires immigrated to North America, they found Mercy's people had a hidden talent - for vampire slaying. Unfortunately for Mercy, the queen of the local vampire seethe has discovered her true identity.
The undead queen is also furious when she learns Mercy has crossed her and killed one of her vampires. Mercy may be protected from direct reprisals by the werewolf pack (and her interesting relationship with its Alpha), but that just means Marsilia will come after Mercy some other way. So Mercy had better prepare to watch her back.
..... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): I stared at my reflection in the mirror.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 201): "Witnessed," said the vampires. All of them. All at exactly the same time. Like puppets, only creepier.
MY THOUGHTS: With so many books being published under the banner of 'Urban Fantasy' I suppose its pretty hard to be totally original. And whilst Bone Crossed did contain some nice ideas - a werecoyote who suffers from panic attacks, a Snow Elf and an Oakman both of which were new to me - with its combination of werewolves, fae, ghosts and a vampire queen out for revenge it didn't have much new to offer as far as paranormal mysteries/romances go.
The first Mercedes Thompson book I've read though its the fourth in the series. Normally these books work well as standalone reads but (and I hope this makes sense) with Bone Crossed it didn't so much feel like there were merely references to previous events but that I'd opened a book and started reading in the middle of a story.
An average enough read, just not exceptional. This wasn't a novel that had me gripped me from the beginning though it did improve as the story progressed. I think my main disappointment however were the characters who featured briefly in the beginning never to be mentioned again. A shame when Mercy's pink glock toting, Doberman Pinscher owning mother sounded wonderful.
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