Book Review: Bloody Claws by: Winter Pennington


Bold Strokes Books

Publish Date:
January 17, 2012

From Publisher for Review

Trade Paperback

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Yule is a time to celebrate the rebirth of the light, but for Preternatural Private Investigator and Paranormal Huntress Kassandra Lyall, it’s about solving yet another series of crimes.

When a couple disappears from their quiet neighborhood home, Detective Arthur Kingfisher brings Kassandra in on the case. Faced with a bloody symbol painted on the couple’s bedroom wall, the cops are stumped. That is, until they find a body and their missing person’s report becomes a full-blown murder investigation. Kassandra realizes that someone is targeting the pagan community. The investigation brings up some heavy emotions, making it harder for her to play human in front of the law enforcement officers she works with.

In the midst of aiding the police, Kassandra finally finds herself at serious odds with Sheila Morris, the local werewolf pack’s Alpha female, when Sheila decides to abuse someone very dear to Kassandra. A certain Alpha has a bone to pick. The question is: Who’s going to pick it first?  

Review: We come back to Kassandra Lyall's world of shape-shifters, weres, vampires, witches, fey and other preternatural creatures. Bloody Claws is the third sojourn into Kass' life and things haven't gotten any easier. She's got a lot on her plate: a possible 'cheating lover' case, murders with strange symbols, confrontations with the local werewolf pack, nighttime attacks, and learning more about who she is and what she can do. Along with this, she's exploring the boundaries and permutations of her continuing relationship with Lenorre, the Countess vampire.

I was very excited to get back to Kass's world in Bloody Claws and I was not disappointed! The mystery of the bloody symbols was especially creepy and twisted, the showdown with the alpha of the werewolf pack was brutal, and the sex was sinfully wicked and tempestuous. Another plus for me - there was a lot of Eris! I was happy to see Kass get more comfortable in her own skin and in her relationships with those around her. I don't know if she always understands the impact her words and deeds have on others since she's lived so long trying to protect herself and her own secrets. It's good to see her truly letting others into her life and her heart more fully while still staying kick-arse against her enemies. I can't wait to see where life takes Kass next...

Kassandra Lyall Preternatural Investigator Series: Witch Wolf  (1), Raven Mask  (2), Bloody Claws (3), 'Harvest Sins' (Short story in Breathless: Tales of Celebration), 'Eris' (Short story in Women of the Dark Streets)


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