Well I'll come clean and say that I like Anita Blake: I felt this was a 3.5. I'd read warnings about book 6 onwards but to be honest the story is in keeping with the narrative developments in the previous books: rotting vampire corpses, dodgy sex scenes and power scuffles by night and a sulky but slightly more muscly Richard by day assisted by a smattering of physically attentive werecreatures.
The basic story line is a visit form the nasty Vampire council to put Jean Claude in his place. The subplot is of a firebug causing problems for the police and fire department in St Louis. Sadly I felt that Hamilton was too busy thinking up nasty punishments for team Anita in the main plot to fully develop the firebug plot, consequently the resolution to the subplot is somewhat abrupt.
Having said that, I liked meeting Asher, and the Traveller was interesting. Inevitably I'll read the next one: an amazing read? Perhaps not, but Hamilton still writes consistently and once you get this far into a series it becomes quite effortless to step back into to their world, so roll on Blue Moon!
Oh and does anyone else think that Twilight is basically a teen, sanitised Mormon reworking of Burnt Offerings: a sulky werewolf, cool besotted vampire, police as father figure, Vampire council coming to extract revenge, creation of the paranormal 'families', and the heroine reworked into a Mormon role where her power manifests once she becmes a wife and mother...