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Blood Price [Paperback]

Tanya Huff
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sophie
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"Blood Price" by Tanya Huff is the first book in a five book series revolving around Vicki Nelson, an ex-policewoman turned Private Investigator because of a degenerative condition that is slowly causing her to go blind. Add in Henry Fitzroy, a 450-year-old vampire romance writer and bastard son of Henry VIII and Mike Celluci, Vicki's ex-partner on the force and sometime lover, and you have the recipe for a compelling, exciting, and fun story. Huff has created an intriguing group of main characters and set them in the midst of a suspenseful and well-written mystery. Sure to please readers of fantasy, mystery, and even romance genres, "Blood Price" is one great read.
Something is stalking the streets of Toronto at night, tearing out throats and draining bodies of blood. After Vicki discovers the first body in a subway station, she is reunited with Mike Celluci, the primary homicide detective on the case, who she hasn't seen in the eight months since she resigned from the force. These two can't seem to talk to each other for long without yelling, but underneath all the anger, they still hold a deep affection for one another.
Vicki quickly begins to believe that the killer is far from human, but Mike stubbornly refuses to believe in a supernatural possibility. The media has started crying vampire, which is where Henry Fitzroy comes in. He has long since learned to survive without killing, and happily co-exists with the 3 million citizens of Toronto. However, the vampire frenzy the media has created is exactly what Henry doesn't want, for it is more than likely to bring about his demise.
Vicki and Henry meet under less than ideal circumstances when Vicki comes across Henry leaning over the newest mutilated body.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise Feb. 16 2004
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Vicki Nelson had been a cop on the Toronto police force until she was forced to retire 8 months ago due to a degenerative eye disease. She decided to become a PI but business had been slow until a murder took place right before her. The investigation brought her back into contact with her former police partner, Mike Cellini and also with a world she had only known as fiction. Vicki met Hugh Fitzroy, a vampire. The three pursue their separate paths to stop the wave of murders that is sweeping Toronto. Paths that lead from the university scene into the realm of demons.
The characters are interesting and promise to become more so as the series continues. The plot is well thought out and exciting.
This is a thriller, not a mystery as the culprit is known from the beginning. The interest comes from how the problem is solved and in the development of the characters. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Written in 1991 BLOOD PRICE was the basis for the television series Blood Ties. After becoming a fan of the TV show I discovered author Tanya Huff and was instantly blown away by her awesome writing. Now this 5 part series also has the added bonus of visual character references (in particular Henry the yummy Vampire). I will definitely be continuing on with this series and would highly recommend it to other fans of the paranormal genre. Despite the noticeable absence of cell phones and computers it holds up perfectly well by today's standards.

Vicki Nelson is going blind and because of her degenerative eye disease has had to leave her job with the Toronto police department. Now a private investigator the headstrong and intelligent P.I tackles most of her cases during daylight hours when she has some amount of reliable vision. One night however while waiting at the subway station she stumbles upon a murder victim and is immediately wrapped up in case beyond her wildest expectations. The case forces Vicki to call upon ex partner (and sometimes lover) Mike Celluci as well as befriending the 450 year old illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, a gorgeous vampire who makes a living writing historic romance novels.

The three main characters diverse personalities play well off each other and ooze sexual tension throughout. And even though all the love scenes are fade-to-black I surprisingly enjoyed having to use my imagination in a time when all books get down and dirty in vivid detail. Huff has also given us the advantage of multiple POV's within this story and I especially enjoyed Henry's numerous flashbacks, taking us back to when he was turned and his many adventures and lost loves after. I also liked the fact that this takes place in the real (Canadian!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series March 8 2004
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Like many others drawn to sci-fi/horror novels. I picked up this book after the recommendation of many on this site who compared it to the Anita Blake series. This series is definitely up there. It is a total of 5 books, and this is the first in the series.
Vicki is an ex cop turned private investigator who had to leave the police force because she is losing her night vision. One night at the subway station Vicki finds a murdered body, and even though she has left the force, she feels compelled to investigate this crime (and it helps that she is finally hired to investigate the crime). While investigating she meets Henry, a romance writer who is also a vampire. Henry has his own reasons to investigate the crime. Vicki is unable to see at night. Henry is unable to go out during the day. They both have to work together to discover the murderer.
I do not want to give too much away, but if you are looking for a good vampire series, give this one a try. You will not be disappointed. If you would like the exact order of the series, it is Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact and Blood Debt. This book and the entire series gets five stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great fun
It is lots of fun to see a cranky ex cop, scary doings and a tired old vampire who lives in an apartment in downtown Toronto. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard G. Schwindt
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the whole series
Read all the books and have a great time. You will want more. Then watch the Blood Ties tv series. ( 2 seasons)
Published 6 months ago by louise smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, excellent!!
This is one of the best books I have read in a while. I couldn't put it down!!
Published on Aug. 15 2008 by ap236
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but mostly groundwork
The storyline is different, and lightly entertaining. I wouldn't call it a page-turner, but it is a nice diversion. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a vampire book set in Toronto...
Vicki Nelson, an ex-homicide detective, now a private investigator has a lot of problems. She is losing her sight, she is facing an ancient force of evil and Mike Celluci, her... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Awesome!
After getting hooked on the "Dresden Files" books by Jim Butcher, I sought others in the same genre. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, tension filled read with top notch characters
I originally submitted this review in 1997 (before created the About You Page) and am resubmitting it under my public account as directed by Amazon. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by BarkLessWagMore
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Vampire Mystery
Something is stalking the streets of Toronto. Several victims are found with their throats torn out. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by Moe811
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Laurell Hamilton, But Fun All the Same
Blood Price is the first book in Tanya Huff's Vicki Nelson series. Vicki is an ex-cop turned private investigator who is having a hard time cutting her ties to the police... Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by Silmarwen
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