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Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,059 Ratings  ·  380 Reviews

Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding
Mass Market Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 02, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
I love Kitty. I want to be, without Kitty's problems anyway. If you don't know who Kitty is, then you haven't been reading Carrie Vaughn's series starring werewolf Kitty Norville; and shame on you! This series is hilarious, scary, exciting, and sexy all at the same time. In the four previous books, Kitty's been turned, exiled, outed, hunted, and mated. Now her life continues in book five, "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" where she 'tries' to get married.

When all the brouhaha and decisi
This is most definitely my least favorite book out of this series. Wasn't a fan of Ben not really caring about his own wedding and I didn't like the whole cult thing. I love reading about cults, but this was just too weird.

Hopefully this series doesn't go downhill for me. :(
This is more of a 2.5 book. It's not bad, and like all the Kitty Norville books, it is a quick read. It's fun. It's a beach read, and doesn't pretend to be anything else (thank goodness). The darker tone from Kitty and the Silver Bullet isn't here, and its lack relieves fears that Kitty is going to be an Anita clone. For some reason, however, it is not as good as the others in the series.

First, there is the problem of the title. All the Kitty books have titles that refer to something in the book
Jan 27, 2009 Cameron rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Kitty gets to play with some new kitties! Watch for those claws, and are those boys bunny kicking or...!!!

Kitty's Vegas elopement suffers from quite a bit more than the typical cold feet dilemma: vapid vampires, lusty werecats, mysterious magicians, a gun show with itchy-fingered bounty hunters in her hotel, and the worst - a live televised Midnight Hour. It is the later that proves to be the most character building, the rest felt rather superficial. One thing I love about this series is that Ki
Rita Webb
Jul 21, 2009 Rita Webb rated it liked it
Shelves: werewolf
After plowing through 4 books in one week, I didn't think I could be disappointed in any of the Kitty books. Oh, there were little things that annoyed me here and there. Mostly related to character development. Some characters seemed flat, but the plot was thick and fast paced. The problems were easy to overlook.

But in Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, I thought the characters and the development wasn't just a little flat anymore. For one, Kitty and Ben are supposed to be in love. Kitty keeps sayin
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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Oct 19, 2009 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Kitty and the Dead Man's hand is a suspense filled all night read. Once again Carrie Vaughn pulls off another hit. Kitty is in Las Vegas planning to get married when trouble arises.

With bounty hunters on her tail, an old school magician who may be the "real thing", an animal act leader who lusts for Kitty, and a laid back Vampire leader, Kitty once again does not know who to trust.

Kitty is on a mission to find out what the hidden secrets of "sin city" are all about, as she is in a race for time
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
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Berls (Fantasy is More Fun)
This review appeared first at Fantasy is More Fun.

If you'd asked me two books ago, I'd never guess I'd be giving a future book 5 stars or it being in part because I LOVE Kitty WITH Ben. Just showed me! (Note, there are some spoilers from previous books in this review)

I love Kitty. I love Ben. I love Kitty with Ben and I love Ben with Kitty. That's the main thing that came out of Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand for me. I was already on the way to complete acceptance after Kitty and the Silver Bulle
3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story and addition to the series. Kitty and Ben are engaged and her ailing mother seems determined to guilt her into having the wedding quickly (while her mother's still around to see it...). Kitty and Ben are frustrated by the thought of all the planning and don't really want a big wedding so they decide on the plan to elope to Las Vegas to get married. When Kitty's boss finds out about the trip, he comes up with the idea for her to do a live show that's also o
Jul 19, 2013 Vanessa rated it did not like it
Not the most exciting installment in the series, the first few chapters were great-then it fell flat. Who knew a trip to Vegas in an urban fantasy book could be so painfully yawn inducing? Seriously-this book was the perfect solution to my insomnia for a solid week. Even a few villains thrown in half way through the book could not keep me awake (did I mention it was based in Las Vegas?).

Also, Kitty and Ben are losing their luster, I'm not as connected in their relationship as I was a few books
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 27, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it

Carrie Vaughn seems to have two main settings for these books: either In Denver (books 1 and 4), or Not In Denver (books 2 and 3). In Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand - it's a bit of both, but mostly it's Not In Denver. This time, Kitty travels to Las Vegas, which I guess is why the title is what it is (according to wikipedia, it's the name of a poker hand rumored to be held by Wild Bill Hickok at the time of his death).

*** Spoilers for earlier books from th
Jun 30, 2012 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Audio- Ben and Kitty head to Vegas to get married. They tried to do it the old fashioned way but it drove them crazy, Vegas sounded so easy. Right ? Nothing is easy for Kitty and Ben. First off they are booked into a hotel that has a gun conventions going on. Killers, hunters and other nasties fill the hotel. Then there is the weird magic act, that may not be a simple magic act. there is the Lion/Tiger and Jaguar show that has all of the supes suspicious. Wait there is more, The creepy decor of ...more
Erma Talamante
Jan 13, 2016 Erma Talamante rated it really liked it
Shelves: needs-reviewed
Full review pending...

Part of the sad little stack that was available in the jury waiting room... Don't worry. I returned it. :)
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
Another fun read, but I think she was pushing the story line a bit. Several new magical types added & the book ends on a cliff hanger, which I disliked. I don't have the next book, either.
Apr 11, 2016 Gökçe rated it really liked it
Vaughn karakterlerin başına gelmedik bırakmamak konusunda çok yetenekli. Düğün için Las Vegas'a gidip ortalığı karıştırmaları çok eğlenceli ve kolay okunan bir hikaye olmuş. Arada başarılı laflar da var. Özellikle Kitty'nin Ben'i kurtarması gerektiğini düşündüğünde "Bir adam kaç kez kurtarılmalı" demesi, cinsiyet rollerine güzel gönderme olmuş. Karakterleri sevdiğim için öyküdeki bir kaç aksamayı fazla takmadım. Vaughn artık seri yazacağını fark etmiş ve her romanda yeni gizemler nasıl koyarım d ...more
Tara Day
Feb 12, 2016 Tara Day rated it really liked it
Kitty’s back – and getting married to her pack mate and lawyer in Vegas. I like the change of settings in the books. Kitty likes adventure and she’s not big on planning. However, things never go truly right for the poor werewolf anyway. The hotel she’s staying at is hosting a convention full of gun-toting bounty hunters, the vampires are super not helpful, and there’s a few questionable characters that like turning things upside down for Kitty.

Ben’s helpful and not helpful in this book, full of
Charles Shingledecker
Jun 21, 2014 Charles Shingledecker rated it it was ok
I've loved every book in this series. Vaughn is a solid writer and Kitty Norville is a strong, interesting, and complex protagonist. I like Vaughn's twists on common tropes and in the past I tore through these books in record speed (for me anyway). But Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand just doesn't hold up to the first 4 books in the series. I bought this two months ago and the first 6 or 7 chapters just never grabbed me and yanked me through like the previous books. I think the problem, for me, was ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program here on Goodreads. Thanks to the author, publisher, and Goodreads for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Carrie Vaughn is nothing if not consistent. Book 5 in her series belongs right up there with the first 4. One of my favorite things about this series is that she explores new ground with each one. Consistant then would be the quality of the story. But this isn't just the same adventure with a few name changes and a
May 26, 2009 Julia rated it liked it
Kitty and Ben have been together as a couple for a year and have decided to get married. Not wanting or caring about all the hoo-haa of a big wedding they decide to go to Las Vegas. There, her radio producer puts together a tv show for her instead of her usual radio show, with a live audience. So, the wedding's made even cheaper wit the radio station paying for the hotel and flight. They are booked into a hotel with a big gun show where Ben’s former colleagues, of the monster hunting variety, ar ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Fifth in the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf radio talk show host who discusses the supernatural.

My Take
It is pretty funny how wedding-phobic Kitty is and how terrified she is of telling her mother. It just would have been so much safer if she'd stayed in Denver and stuck it out. Sure, Ben wouldn't have learned about his poker skills until later, but they'd both have been so much safer.

What is it with people who think you'll be safer if you don't know anything? I don't get t
Sep 11, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'd think that a series about a werewolf with a radio show would start to get a bit stale after a few installments. You'd be wrong.

Carrie Vaughn pulls out all the stops as Kitty and Ben head to Las Vegas so that Kitty can do a live TV broadcast of The Midnight Hour. And they plan to get married. Sounds like a plan, right? Unfortunately, there's a gun show in progress in the very hotel where Kitty will be doing her show. On stage. In front of hundreds of people. And in the midst of the crowd i
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it liked it
This is book 5 in the Kitty Norville series. It was definitely not a strong book in this series. The book really spent more time kind of setting up a new story.

In this book Kitty and Ben decide to go to Las Vegas to get married. Only things start to get complicated. Kitty's boss talks her into doing a televised version of her radio show while she's in Vegas and Rick asks Kitty to deliver a note to the Master vampire of Las Vegas. Things begin to fall apart when Kitty finds out about the local La
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined t ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Brownbetty rated it it was ok
Having finished the book, I don't think there is a dead man's hand in this book, or at least not one that isn't attached to an only-as-dead-as-usual vampire. A minor quibble, though.

I understand that a lot of people find the Kitty Norville books disappointing since Kitty hooked up with Ben (SPOILER) and those people would certainly not be placated by this one, where Kitty and Ben tie the knot.

To me, Ben and Kitty are an utter failure as a romantic couple, but, after all, I didn't pick this out o
Jul 05, 2009 Cherie rated it really liked it
Kitty and Ben, now the dominant alphas of the Denver area, have decided to tie the knot and make it official human-style now as well. Despite her mother's objections, a big, expensive wedding doesn't appeal to either Kitty or Ben, so they've decided to elope to Las Vegas instead. But trouble seems to follow Kitty no matter where she runs off to, and beneath all the glitz and glamour of the Vegas strip lies a darker secret... one that will put the lives of both Kitty and Ben in grave danger.

Jan 24, 2016 Suz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, audio
It's a good story, and I'm glad to see Kitty continuing to grow a pair, but I really didn't like the end. Not a true cliff hanger but certainly a fish hook that says "this story isn't complete and you'll have to buy another book to get the rest."

That shit generally pisses me off, especially when he series doesn't otherwise have them.

I'm being kind and not giving a single star rating as I usually do with cliff hanger endings, but it's a close thing.
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I loved the first few books in the Kitty series, but the recent installments just don't stack up. I don't particularly like Ben, and most of Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand seems to be about couple discussing things. Kitty is talking about dresses and planners and wedding stuff for awhile, then she is watching shows and talking to boring vampires. There was too much fluff in this book and not enough substance. It feels like a short story rather than a fully developed novel. When something bad does ...more
To all my Goodreads friends that are OCD about reading books in a series in order – my apologies, I read book 5 first. It didn’t really matter. Once I figured out that Kitty was a werewolf, all was good, and I jumped right in.

In this instalment, Kitty and her fiancé Ben travel to Las Vegas to tape a live episode of Kitty’s Midnight Hour show. They also decide to forgo all the wedding planning and have a small wedding ceremony in Las Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to some quiet, relaxing time by
Tyrannosaurus regina
Eh. I was looking forward to seeing how everything in Denver was going to shake out after the last book, and instead we go for a weekend in Vegas and a whole lot of wedding talk. At one point I had high hopes it might at least go in a creepy direction, but ultimately it felt mostly like filler.
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“I grinned at him. 'Jealous?'
He grinned right back. 'That's a trick question. If I say yes you'll accuse me of being paranoid and unreasonable, and if I say no you'll make some defensive crack about how I don't think you're worth getting jealous over.'
This is what I got for hooking up with a lawyer.”
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“My canine brethren?” I said. “I don’thave any canine brethren.”
“How can you say that! You’re a werewolf.”
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