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Blood Price [Paperback]

Tanya Huff
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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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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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Victory Nelson, a former homicide officer turned private investigator, stumbles upon a grisly ... scene where the victim appears to have been ravaged by a vampire. She quickly finds herself deeply entangled in the case when the victim's girlfriend hires her to investigate the vampire lead after the Police refuse to believe vampires exist.
Vampire Henry Fitzroy has his own personal agenda for finding this apparent vampire killer. Sure, he drinks blood but he certainly is not a killer. He's just trying to eke out a living as a romance writer and maintain a low profile in order to avoid having his head cut off and stuffed with garlic by superstitious, hysteria driven fanatics.
Norman Birdwell, a .. High School geek (complete with pocket protector), has been raising demons to seek revenge on all of those who have laughed at him. As Norman becomes obsessed with his newfound power he gets a little arrogant and unleashes a force he can't control.
Vicki and Henry join forces and find themselves confronting an evil more terrifying than they first assumed. If they can't track down the man behind the murders all hell is going to break loose.
Blood Price is a fast paced, tension filled read that shows us the dangers of the media and confronts us with the madness that is concealed just under the surface of many. The darkness is balanced with just the right amount of subtle humor like the following gem:
"Anything much happen today?" Greg asked sliding into the recently vacated chair. He should've waited a little longer. It was still warm.
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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 5 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 5 months ago by louise smith
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2009 by Buggy
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 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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