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Blood Pact (Vicki Nelson #4)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  4,231 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
The Blood Books are now available in "Blood Ties" TV tie-in editions. View our TV tie-in feature page here here. Vicki Nelson has received the call that no daughter ever wants to receive--that her mother has died. Marjory Nelson's coworkers at the Queen's University Life Science Department told her that she suffered a heart attack, and that they'd be waiting for Vicki to a ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Daw Books (first published November 1st 1993)
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Opening Line:"Mrs.Simmons? It's Vicki Nelson calling: the private investigator from Toronto."

BLOOD PACT is the 4th offering from Tanya Huff’s Blood (Ties) series. As a fan of the TV show I was thrilled to discover this series of books which now have the added benefit of visual references for our 3 main characters as they continue to battle both the supernatural and each other in their ongoing love triangle.

My favourite character here remains romance writing, bisexual vampire Henry Fitzroy. As th
HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

I have started the series many years ago and somehow still have not come around to finish it. Therefore, as I am determined to cut down on my TBR this was the book I chose to read next. I do not remember really much of previous book, surely I know the characters and all but not exactly what happened before. However, each book in this series focuses on some crime Vicki has to solve so it was not really a problem that I did not remember what happened before.

Out of all the books this in the series this is the one with the most... resonance with me, more so now than when I first read it.

Huff does an amazing job here in taking a character who has appeared on maybe one page of writing over all the previous books (and who has never actually 'appeared' they have just been a voice at the end of the phone)- Victorys mother - kills her and makes us feel so so bad that she is dead. I think the way Huff succeeds in this is the way Victory acts towards her. We
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I read about 1/3 into this book and came to the conclusion that I do not enjoy these stories, the writing, nor the characters to some extent. This surprised me because I enjoy the TV series, but we all know how transferring the written word usually incorporates changes beyond what the author's original intent was.

Anyway, I found the story a bit weird, and yet, dull. I skipped over alot of the gory autopsy stuff, which left me with the story around the characters. Once again Vicky was b
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Oct 12, 2009 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
I can't decide if this my favorite or Blood Lines is my favorite. Very good. Modern day Dr. Frankenstein turns Vicki's mother into a Frankenstein monster. The best part of this book was the ending. I won't give away what happened though. You'll just have to read the book.
4 1/2 Stars

What a ride! This modern version of Dr. Frankenstein and the monster was exciting, told in a very well-paced tale. The characters continued to be interesting to follow. I love the dynamic between the three and how it evolves further in this story.
Arliegh Kovacs
Blood Pactis the 4th in Tanya Huff's Blood> series. Vicki, Henry, and Mike are again working together to solve another mystery. [The first 3 books dealt with a demon (evil), werewolves (good), and a mummy (cursed).]
In this one we are on to zombies (well, not exactly the brain-eating sort). Vicki's mother dies, mysteriously disappears from the funeral home, the investigators are faced with what is going on with the living dead [not to be confused with the undead] and what evil scientist is exp
Feb 10, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in the series about Vicki Nelson, PI in Toronto. In this novel she receives extremely bad news in the first few chapters concerning her mother’s death – the news gets worse when she travels to Kingston and realises that her mother is being used in an appalling series of experiments. It is the tale of Dr Frankenstein brought bang up to date in a gruesome manner. While Vicki tries frantically to find out who is behind the molestation of her mother’s corpse, she is ably assi ...more
Rabenfrau (Molls)
Der Tod einer Angehörigen weckt nicht nur tiefe Schuldgefühle in Privatdetektivin Vicki Nelson, sondern führt sie auf die Fährte eines erschütternden Falles. Denn als die Leiche plötzlich verschwindet, sieht es die junge Frau als ihre Pflicht an, sich an der Suche zu beteiligen.

Gemeinsam mit Mike Celluci – Kriminalpolizist – und Henry Fitzroy – Schriftsteller und Vampir – kommt Vicki den Leichendieben immer näher, die es sich im Namen der Wissenschaft zum Ziel gesetzt haben, den Tod zu bekämpfen
hmmmmm... what do you do when you're in love with two men? one your expartner (in the police force) and one a vampire? hmmmm.... and she has sex with both of them (not at the same time)...

Vicki's mother is dead... and she had been trying to reach Vicki, but Vicki was pouting a bit because she had fought with both Mike & Henry... so she feels very guilty, so she had not returned her mother's calls...

She goes to bury her mother, and both Henry and Mike (though separately) follow her to Vancouv
May 08, 2011 Debora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ed ecco, finalmente, che sono riuscita a finire anche questa saga. Ovviamente comprerò anche gli altri due volumi, per curiosità, ma per me la fine resterà comunque questa. C'è poco da fare.

Ho faticato un po' a leggere questo romanzo, e credo che anche la scrittrice abbia faticato un po' a scriverlo. Non saprei, sono sensazioni.
Di fatto molti hanno trovato la trama forzata e scontata. Io l'ho trovata un po' pesante (emotivamente parlando visto che coinvolge la madre della protagonista) ma abbast
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 13, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Urban Fantasy
This is the fourth and strongest of Huff's series. This isn't the last, there's one more, Blood Debt, but this feels like the series conclusion with the last an afterthought. Like many works of urban fantasy, this involves a tough heroine who moves in a supernatural world. However, unlike characters such as LK Hamilton's Anita Blake or Harris' Sookie Stackhouse, the central character of this series, Vicki Nelson not only isn't superpowered--she's handicapped--losing her sight, forcing her to lea ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Inspired by the recent starting up of the TV show Blood Ties, I've gone and plowed through all five of the Blood books by Tanya Huff. These are all re-reads, but it's been long enough since I read them all that it was almost like reading them all over again. And it was a pleasure, especially after reading a lot more current urban fantasy--in her rather understated kind of way, Huff did her part to contribute to what you see in the more recent run of books.

First and foremost: as vampires go, Henr
Angel Graham
Aug 17, 2012 Angel Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thrillers, mystery, vampires
Recommended to Angel by: Rob Graham
This was an enjoyable read as were all of the "blood" books from Ms. Huff.

Vickie Nelson is a former Toronto detective, forced to quit when her eyes begin to fail due to a degenerative disease.

Mike was her police partner and on again-off again lover. When tempers flared between these two, all was right with the world, usually.

Henry Fitzroy is the bastard son of King Henry VIII, and a vampire. He's also, in a real sense, one of Vickie's lovers. (Mike being the other)

After fighting demons, mummies,
All Things Urban Fantasy
Of the many, classic Urban Fantasy books of the 90′s, the Vicki Nelson series holds extremely well. This strong source material lends itself well to revival, from the Canadian TV show “Blood Ties” to the recent reissues of the books themselves. Re-reading Victoria Nelson now, every description of Vicki brings to mind the strong jaw and dry sense of humor of her televised incarnation, adding to the experience of the re-read.

BLOOD PACT is an anomaly in the Vicki Nelson series, as there is very lit
May 23, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy supernatural love triangles
Recommended to Jennifer by: the previous three
Shelves: read-2010
The 4th novel in the Blood Ties series is a tad darker and more complex than the previous three. It begins with Vicki being quite frustrated with the two men in her life, Mike Cellucci (cop) and Henry Fitzroy (vampire) and their increasing demands for intimacy. She is so annoyed/out of sorts that she ignores several phone calls from her mom in Kingston. When she finally picks up the phone, ready to deal with whatever drama her mother has to give her, she gets the call that every child dreads, "Y ...more
May 21, 2012 Zsuzsanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Zombis könyvet olvasok. Iszonyat jó, csak cseppet megterhelő. Pihenésképp nézek egy kis Detective Conan-t, hozzá egy pár AMV-t. És a második alatt, amibe belefutok, hát mi szól? The Cranberries - Zombie....

Vámpíros krimi, csak ebben a kötetben sikerült pont zombikba belefutni. Tanya Huffot nagyon szeretem, érdekes a stílusa, egyszerre humoros és feszültséggel teli. Az meg, hogy az egyik főszereplő vámpír (ill. kötetenként més "legendás lény" kerül előtérbe), inkább "csak" arra való, hogy egészen
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Mar 14, 2016 Les Chroniques Aléatoires rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Après un troisième volume qui laissait à désirer, pour ma part on touche le fond avec ce volume… Bien que l’idée général aurait pu être intéressante en mettant en avant cette fois-ci des morts-vivants et des sorciers, ça sent surtout le réchauffer. Et on peut rajouter que la plupart des choses qui faisaient les points forts de la série ont totalement disparus :

-Vicki a perdu sa splendeur, n’est plus l’héroïne forte qui n’a peur de rien des premiers tomes. Elle est cette fois-ci fatigante, lassan
Kristine Sandy
Victoria Nelson is on the case again, but this time, the crime hits a lot closer to home. Stressed from increasing pressure to commit to either Mike or Henry, Vicki shuts down for a few days and does her best to ignore everything and everyone. After missing several phone calls from her mother, Vicki finally answers the phone to hear from her mother's friend and co-worker that her mother has passed away. Distraught, Vicki sets out for Queens University, where her mother worked as an administrativ ...more
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Huff, Tanya - 4th in series

It began with the call no daughter ever wants to get, the call that told private investigator Vicki Nelson her mother had died. Mrs. Nelson's coworker at the Queen's University Life Science Department told Vicki that the cause of death was a heart attack, and that they'd be waiting for her to arrive in Kingston to make the funeral arrangements. But what started as an all too normal personal tragedy soon became the most terrifying case of Vicki's career.
Jun 26, 2007 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: completists who enjoyed the first three in this series
Shelves: fantasy
The fourth book in Huff's Victory Nelson series, this one is notably different in focus from the first three. While Vicky struggles with the shock of her mother's death (which happens in the first few pages, so I'm not spoiling you here), she moves on autopilot through her usual investigative motions.

It's really the interaction between Fitzroy and Celluci that makes this book worth reading: Vicky's emotional distance leaves the two men to fill the void. They do their best, showing more dimension
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 10, 2011 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, series
This one was too good to put down, once I started reading I had to finish it. This series seems to get better with each book or maybe it is just that they are all good.

Vicki Nelson (PI and former Police Officer) finds out her mother has died so she rushes off home and without telling her friends, Vampire, Henry Fitzroy and her ex police partner, Mike Cellucci. When at the funeral a friend wants one last look at her mother – they find her body is not there. It turns out there is someone trying to
Heather Dalgarno
In brief - love love loved it! This is by far the strongest book in the series, with a deliciously suspense filled supernatural plot set against the emotional rollercoaster of the romance between Vicki, Mike and Henry. I can see why a lot of people think that this is the last in the series, and I have some sympathy for those that say it should have been. Without any spoilers this does bring the series to quite an intriguing conclusion, but I am delighted that Huff took it that little bit further ...more
Ward Bond
From Library Journal

The unexpected death of her mother and the even more distressing disappearance of the body drive private investigator Vicki Nelson to the end of her resources as she attempts to uncover a dark conspiracy while battling with her private grief. Huff's fourth fantasy/mystery featuring Nelson and her vampire partner, Henry Fitzroy, explores the borders of death and beyond with an intensity that is only partially lightened by touches of ironic humor. Written with the author's us

Debbie Heaton
May 03, 2012 Debbie Heaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Huff’s fantasy novel, private investigator Vicki Nelson receives the call no daughter ever wants to get, the call reporting her mother’s death. Cause of death is a heart attack and Mrs. Nelson’s coworker stands by while Vicki plans the funeral. What started out as a painful personal tragedy quickly turns into the most terrifying case of Vicki’s paranormal career. When Marjory Nelson’s body mysteriously disappears from the funeral home, Vicki, vampire friend Henry Fitzroy, and Detective Mike C ...more



I quit reading this one less than halfway through. Someone who's finished this one, can you explain how a Patricia Cornwall novel broke out in the middle of my vampire series?

There was, in the part I read, very little Henry, very little Celluci, and a lot of inane fighting about relationships (for someone who claims to hate relationships and fighting about relationships, Vicki sure goes out of her way to make sure the fights happen.)(Constantly.)

I don't rea
May 27, 2009 Punk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, fantasy
Supernatural/Mystery. We've done demons, werewolves, and mummies, obviously next up are CYBORG ZOMBIES. And they're pretty creepy and gross, the first bad guy in the series to actually come off as just plain wrong. The zombies and their keepers are also the first not to bog down the story with their POV. They didn't know exactly what was going to happen next and that created suspense! Oooh, suspense. This also has an exciting finish. There are still some slippy POV moments, but they're not as pr ...more
Jenny Delandro
I do not understand Vicki's anal behaviour towards her mother
Being a mother with children who live interstate I ring them as often as I can to catch up on what they are doing and how they are feeling and I pray that none of my children will treat me with such distain.

I have received one of "those' phone calls and you really do go into auto pilot to just get the business all done and dusted.

What a nasty shock when her Mum's body is discovered missing ... that was a shock

and the men start to toler
Cathy (cathepsut)
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