DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE
The promise of O’Hara’s debut novel is matched by her second Dark Brethren book. Although newly turned vampire Antoinette Petrescu is a key player here, the focus shifts to two different protagonists. Primarily a supernatural police procedural that is spooky, intense and graphic, O’Hara’s story boasts great characterization, which bodes well for this series. Edge-of-your-seat fun!
No longer with the medical examiner’s office, Kitt Jordan gets dragged back into the fray by her old friend Oberon. Kitt is still mourning her brother Dyan, and by teaching at the NYAPS campus she is hoping to get to see the twin daughters she was forced to give up at birth. A snow leopard shifter, Kitt has been exiled from her pride. The twins’ father Raven has a price on his head, but that doesn’t stop him from assisting Oberon on cases. The gruesome sacrificial murders of several students has the team working overtime — is this just the harbinger of worse things to come? (HARPER VOYAGER, Feb., 336 pp., $7.99)