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

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HONEYMOON IN VEGAS?


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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Grand Central Publishing
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Julie (jjmachshev)
I love Kitty. I want to be Kitty...er, 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...more
Chris
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...more
Cameron
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...more
Rita Webb
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...more
Vanessa
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...more
Sheri
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...more
Jim
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.
Chris
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...more
Julia
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
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...more
Cynthia
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...more
Karissa
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...more
Janice (Janicu)
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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...more
Brownbetty
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...more
Cherie
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.

This...more
Ithlilian
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
AH
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...more
mlady_rebecca
I'm deep into marathon reading mode. Finished this one last night and started #6 already. "Dead Man's Hand" wasn't quite as touching as the previous book. In this one Kitty and Ben go to Vegas to elope, and Kitty plans to do her show live on tv, but they both get involved in local furry politics - specifically a Vegas animal show where the big cats are all lycanthropes.

Not quite sure what to think about the kitty cats. Strangely alluring one moment, creepy as hell the next. And while there was a...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Kitty and Ben are already the alpha pair of Denvers werewolf pack. Now they are planning to get married human style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her radio show on live tv but her hotel is filled with werewolf-hating bounty hunters< elsewhere on the strip an old school magician might have the real thing and the Vampire community is harboring a dark secret, and the irresistable star of a suspicious animal act is determined to sedu...more
Mary-Michelle Moore
Should have been Kitty goes to Vegas :-) I loved how the wedding question was dealt with and the fact that Kitty and Ben are on the road once more. The details of Vegas were just enough to evoke the place without overtaking the story and while pack/werewolf politics are present and an important plot they did not take center stage for the entire book. The ending was a little abrupt for my taste but since I have Kitty's House of Horrors already loaded in my ipod I'll treat this as a part one of a...more
Charles Shingledecker
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
Gareth Otton
In Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand I began to feel as though these books have settled into a rhythm. Sadly they don't have the quality that first attracted me to the series and was so evident in Kitty and the Midnight hour but at least they have enough quality to make them enjoyable reads.

These are basically the equivalent of a hollywood thriller that has been made on the cheap and rushed out to please as large a market as possible with some quick thrills. This is not a bad thing as James Bond di...more
Douglas
Feb 12, 2014 Douglas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love werewolves, magic, Vegas, but not socialite parties
Normally I get worried whenever Vaughn takes Kitty out and about town. Of the few Kitty books I've read, the ones that keep things simple and limited tend to be best. When she adds too many characters, I feel the books tend to slow down as we meet everyone and slowly get to know them -- or in the case of vampires attempt to get to know them and get cryptic answers. This first paragraph sounds like I'm going to be negative and making you, dear reader, scratch your head and go, "Wait a minute, did...more
Sybylla
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Mags
Big stinking pile of Meh. Think I'm done with this series
Kasia
Pick up 1st book in the series if you like reading about werewolves. Vaughn's books kick ass. I loved seeing how the heroine grew balls and stood up for herself in the previous books. There wasn't much of that in Dead Man's Hand, actually I got the impression that this volume was just a space filler and build up for the upcoming 6th book. Hence the mediocre star rating.
Maggie K
Yesterday, I was home sick, and sat and read this book, and it was perfect in that context...A light, popcorn read that didnt require too much brain power.

Here, Kitty is in Vegas and meets up with some VERY odd were cats, a magician who seems a little too good at magic, and a hotel filled with bounty hunters. WHat could go wrong????

A solid 3.5
Tinika
As a writer, Carrie Vaughn’s greatest strength is in the depth she elicits from her characters - most of the time. Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand is the first time I have been disappointed with her skill. In the previous novels of this series, Kitty, Ben and their relationship have shown steady growth. Despite their getting married in Vegas, these things were stagnant in this book. The new bounty hunters were stereotypical good guys and bad guys which Ms. Vaughn usually avoids. Odysseus Grant is...more
Denise
Fed up with the endless details involved in planning a wedding, Kitty and Ben spontaneously decide to take off to Las Vegas for a few days and get married there instead. But nothing ever goes as planned in Kitty's world, and a bunch of obstacles need to be overcome before the wedding bells can ring...
A quick and entertaining read as always, though I'm still not a big fan of Ben and their whole romance story. Could someone break Cormac out of jail instead, please? Great cliffhanger ending, though...more
The_Book_Queen
Although I haven't yet read the first four books in this series, I'm pretty sure that Carrie Vaughn's work has managed to catch my attention-- in a good way, of course. A light, quick read, Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand is a great option for anyone who likes a bit of adventure and humor in their romance novels. And even though it's technically a paranormal, the para-theme isn't too strong, and I'm sure that even those readers who are not usually drawn to the genre would enjoy the series.


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Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.
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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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