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Blood Trail (Vicki Nelson #2)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  5,590 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
The Blood Books are now available in "Blood Ties" TV tie-in editions. View our TV tie-in feature page here here. For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret--and is systematically massacring this ancient race.
The only one they can turn
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Daw Books (first published 1992)
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Opening Line:"The three-quarter moon, hanging low in the night sky, turned even tamed and placid farmland into a mysterious landscape of silver light and shadows."

BLOOD TRAIL is the second book in the thoroughly enjoyable Blood (Ties) series. As a fan of the TV show I was thrilled to discover this 5 part series of books and except for the absence of cell phones you won't be able to tell they were written in 1991. Once more I was impressed by author Tanya Huff
The second book in the Vicky Nelson series introduces more supernatural beings — this time werewolves, although the lore isn’t 100% traditional. (For example, werewolves are born, not created; if you aren’t a werewolf, you won’t become one.) It deals again, and more directly, with the problems that occur for supernatural beings living in a human community. The plot itself is reasonably obvious, and the ingredients make the outcome obvious: the way they get there and the characters surrounding th ...more
I love how Huff handles a triangle. Her weres are awesome.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 10, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Love Dark and Urban Fantasy
Somewhere in the course of this novel it occurred to me why I became so attached to this series; it all has to do with an old television series--not the one adapted directly from Huff's, which I've never seen. Rather, this reminds me strongly of Forever Knight, a series about a centuries old Vampire, Nick Knight on the Toronto police force. In a way Huff one ups that old series--Henry Fitzroy isn't merely a knight. He's based on a real historical figure, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII of Eng ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Trail has Henry asking Vicki for help, regarding an unusual, often recluse family. It appears they are being picked off one by one.
Mike has a bee in his bonnet regarding Henry & decides to do some investigating into his past. Not that he's jealous or anything (um yeah right..).
Huff certainly knows her craft.Just to add I like that both books are written in the third person, you get in to everyones head, even the antagonist, TH does this really well, adding flashbacks of Henry's previ
Rabenfrau (Molls)
Die ehemalige Polizistin Victoria „Vicki“ Nelson arbeitet nun als Privatdetektivin in Toronto und ist dank ihres neuen Bekannten, den Liebesromanschriftsteller Henry Fitzroy – seines Zeichens Vampir und unehelicher Sohn von Henry VIII. – inzwischen an eher ungewöhnliche Fälle gewöhnt. So verwundert es sie nicht allzu sehr, dass sie und Henry von einer Familie von Werwölfen um Hilfe gebeten werden.

Die bei ihren Nachbarn eher als nudistisch veranlagt bekannten Heerkens leben auf einem Hof auf dem
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
Aug 08, 2013 Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire-lovers, fantasy-crime enthusiasts
Recommended to Zelda by: Blood Ties series
I liked this book better than the previous one. The supporting cast was more present and interesting.

In this story Vicki finds herself heading out from Toronto to rural Canada. Henry is asked to help in uncovering who killed a few of his old friends from a family he has been in contact with since WWII, and he asks Vicki to go with him. Mike gets into the mix too about half-way through, and messes things up a bit.
A fun thing about the story was that it takes place in the high heat of the summer,
Lianne Pheno
Mar 07, 2014 Lianne Pheno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avis tiré de mon blog :

Un second tome que j'ai bien préféré au premier !
J'ai trouvé que le point fort ce ce tome était vraiment les personnages.

Cette fois ci Vicki est contactée par Henry pour aider des amis à lui qui ont des souci. Les amis en question se retrouvent être des lycanthropes, et c'est sous leur forme de loup qu'ils sont tués la nuit. Vicki va devoir déterminer si on a affaire un un chasseur qui utilise la nuit pour s'amuser ou si la famille est réellement ciblée par quelqu'un qui
This is the second Vicky Nelson book I've read and have to say that I didn't think it was as good as the first. Throughout the first half of the book, Mike and Henry were barely mentioned. One of the reasons I enjoyed the first book so much was because of the dynamics between all three leading characters. Missed it this time. Had plenty of Vicky present, but got a little tired of all the werewolf stuff. Not only that, but I found the cast confusing - each werewolf had a 'wolf' name plus a 'human ...more
Carolyn F.
Sep 15, 2011 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was on the fence of who the bad guys were but I did have it narrowed down to two when their characters were introduced, so pat myself on the back. I like that the heroine isn't perfect. Towers over most men, including one of her love interests, and is slowly losing her sight.

This story was good and for having been published in 1992, is probably at the beginning of the werewolf/vampire craze. This book has both. A very small amount of romantic encounters. Most of the fade-to-black kind with lo
Amy Grossman
Jan 21, 2010 Amy Grossman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel from Tanya Huff's Blood Ties series, and it keeps getting better and better (guess it usually works that way!). I'm glad I just watched season 2 of the Blood Ties television series, because this book mirrored one of the episodes within that season (I love comparing the details between the two!). Blood Trail takes Vicky Nelson and Henry Fitzroy to London, Ontario to track down the cold blooded killer murdering family members living on a farm there. However, the family mem ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread Blood Price relative recently, and after watching a few more episodes of the Blood Ties TV series, I wanted to go back to the source material again. Hooray for books sitting waiting on my Kindle.

I really enjoyed this all over again. I had forgotten a lot of the detail, and it was lovely to revisit with Vicki, Mike and Henry.

I find the books relatively timeless - except for the cell phone thing - so every now and then a reference will surprise me, but I find that to be part of the fun. I
When I read these books originally this was my least favourite, but it grows on me with each re-read.

So often in supernatural tales vampires and werewolves go hand in hand, it has almost got to the point where it is a requirement, but Huff does well here in that her werewolves are different to those so often portrayed in other books.

I also like that Huff doesn't really string out Celluci not knowing what Henry is (well, at the least knowing he is not-human), nor does she give us a typical love
Jun 28, 2011 Esme_weatherwax rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is fluff but enjoyable fluff. I liked this book a lot better then book one, maybe b/c it had wolves in it and who can say no to wolves. I like the fact that this is a brake away from the usual soft vampire porn that most vampire books are.
I did enjoy this book, to an extent. In this novel Vicki and Herny travel to London, Ontario (I did not know there was a London in Canada!) to investigate a slew of werewolf deaths. The ‘whodunnit’ is intriguing and well-crafted, the werewolf mythology is smart and fresh, and some wonderful secondary characters are introduced…
BUT, there was one minor point I had a big problem with, and that’s what is influencing this entire review.

In ‘Blood Price’ a character called Tony Foster was introduced. H
Jun 12, 2017 Sheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the characters and the story line. It is set in Canada and I like that.
Kat Jones
Pretty good, and I do enjoy smartassed banter, but occasionally th characters were smartassed to the point of being obnoxious and unlikeable. And the whole trying to avoid were incest was just too creepy to merit 5 stars
The second book concerning Vicki Nelson, private investigator, and Henry Fitzroy, vampire and illegitimate son of Henry VIII.

The novel opens with Vicki accepting an invitation to Henry's place to talk about a possible new case. We have moved on a few months since the first book, with the flirting and dating between Vicki and Henry ramping up a notch. The new case involves a pack of werewolves leaving near London, Canada, who are being picked off one by one by a rather talented marksman.

Again, th
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Jun 08, 2011 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Toronto, August 1991. Es ist heiß und schwül als Henry, der uneheliche Sohn Heinrich VIII, und seines Zeichens Vampir, einen neuen Auftrag für Vicky hat: Zwei Freunde von ihm wurden erschossen.
Dass es sich bei Henrys Freunden nicht um normale Menschen handeln kann ist Vicky schon klar, aber es erstaunt sie doch, als der niedliche kuschlige Hund sich plötzlich in einen jungen Mann verwandelt. Henrys Freunde sind Werwölfe! Irgendjemand ist jedoch nicht damit einverstanden, dass Werwölfe mit ihm di
Henry… Vicki… Celluci… an unlikely trio…

Henry asks Vicki to help his were friends… someone has shot 2 of them in their ‘fur-form’, and they cannot determine who / where the threat is coming from… So the two of them go to the were family home to investigate… and an interesting home it is – with alpha male / female… 8 year old son, 17 year old twins, aunts, uncles & cousins, all living together… one cousin is a police officer (the first were to have a human job)… they keep to themselves in the
Aug 19, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Trail is the second book in Tanya Huff’s “Blood Books” vampire series. It can also be found as the second half of the omnibus volume The Blood Books, Vol. 1 (Blood Price / Blood Trail).

I love Tanya Huff’s take on werewolves. This book was originally published in 1992, well before most of the modern shapeshifter urban fantasies, and she dove right into the notion of what makes werewolves different from both wolves and humans. Thinking about those more recent tales, I particularly appreciate
Feb 21, 2017 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Vampires & Demons in the first book, to a family of werwolves in the second.

Henry takes Vicki for a visit to the country side. Not just for fun, mind you, but to help solve the murder-infour-footed-form of two werewolf friends of his. These aren't the traditional monster movie wers, they don't shift only when the moon is full, and they don't attack people . . . well, normally. And who'd have thought of a werwolf with a fur-name like Cloud?
Susan Koenig
Apr 01, 2014 Susan Koenig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever get into one of those moods where you want to read a certain type of book but nothing on the TBR pile looked appealing? Recently I needed a vampire book and my Amazon order was in the mail. We do own a vast collection of vampire novels. I browsed the shelves and picked up Tanya Huff’s Blood Price. I had read the series 20 years ago. But I didn’t remember them at all so it was like reading a new author. “Okay let’s see how they stand up over time.” Vicki Nelson, an ex cop and now a PI, her b ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Trail starts a few months after Blood Price ends. Vicki and Henry have been seeing each other, seemingly romantically. Vicki’s vision has gotten worse. Mike Celluci is still suspicious of Henry and has begun his own investigation into Henry’s past. Otherwise, they’ve been living relatively calm lives in Toronto.

Henry receives a visit from the children of an old friend who own a sheep farm in London, Ontario. They’re werewolves and two members of their pack have been killed. Naturally, goin
Jenny Delandro
When we meet up with these characters again there has been some time since their encounter with the Demon Lord.

Henry introduces her to his friends a werewolve family represented by twins Rose and Peter, Cloud and Storm in fur form

Two of their family have been killed and they want Vicki to find out who... Henry can't do it because it would be against the packs interests

Stuart, the pack alpha male, can allow a woman in to get it done but not another alpha male.

After interviewing neighbours and wor
Questo secondo volume ha definitivamente incastonato la saga di Blood Ties fra le mie preferite spazzando via ogni riserva.
Se durante la lettura del primo avevo mantenuto con cautela qualche riserva su questa ennesima saga di vampiri ora sono stata catturata in modo irrimediabile dal fascino estemporaneo di Henry, la caparbia indipendenza di Vicki e l'orgoliosa gelosia di Mike Celucci.

Non ci troviamo di fronte al classico libro narrato in prima persona dall'eroina di turno.
Qua abbiamo una molte

Wayne Spiceland
Oct 28, 2013 Wayne Spiceland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanya Huff is one of very favorite authors. Her writing is technically proficient, her matter-of-fact prose capable of sustaining humor, pathos, philosophical reflection, drama and suspense. Blood
, book two in her Vicki Nelson series, is no exception. Some people seem turned off by the constantly shifting POV, but I find it very easy to follow. While others find the style distracting, for me, it enriches the narrative and increases the suspense.

Whether her novels are science-fiction (the Va
May 15, 2009 Suz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is the second in this series that I've read. The premise is good, although I must admit that I'm rather tired of the worn out vehicle that is too commonly used of "police, detective, private investigator" etc. as the excuse for the mystery. It's been done to death and this series doesn't really bring anything new to the equation.

I enjoyed the werewolves in this book. They seemed much more pack centric in terms of their behavior than most books in the genre I've read. I got the sense that I
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Oct 14, 2013 Les Chroniques Aléatoires rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Après les vampires, voici venir les loups-garous, il fallait s’y attendre, c’était dans la logique des choses. Bien que les légendes urbaines soient utilisées comme d’habitude, l’idée de famille à la place de meute ou clan change la donne. Contrairement pour les vampires, il n’y a pas la possibilités d’une transformation et les liens entre membres est d’autant plus importantes. Alors quand il y a un mort, c’est tout une famille qui est sur le carreau…

Depuis la dernière enquête, on peut dire que
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"Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia: Although I haven't actually lived "down east" since just before my fourth birthday, I still consider myself a Maritimer. I think it's something to do with being born in sight of the ocean. Or possibly with the fact that almost no one admits to being from Ontario…

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