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Kitty Takes a Holiday, Carrie Vaughn 16 May 2018

2007 urban fantasy, third in the series. Kitty Norville, the late-night DJ who has become the world's most famous werewolf, goes to a mountain retreat to work on her book. But, of course, trouble follows her there.

This feels like the middle book of a trilogy. People come and go, one recurring character is taken off-stage while another becomes more important but less effectual, and everyone's got into position for the next adventure to start… and then the book ends. There's some investigation of a couple of supernatural threats, but nothing Kitty does makes much difference there.

On the other hand, she's learning to accept the responsibilities she's developed, as a public figure and as a werewolf pack leader (even without a pack). This works well, and the reason I maintain an interest in the series is Kitty's development as a character.

The pacing is odd, with the climactic action happening at about the two-thirds mark and the remainder being a dreary clean-up. Various things happen for flimsy reasons (including lots of sex), and there's a sense that it's mostly because the author finds them convenient rather than because they make sense for these characters at this time.

There's nothing really terrible here, but this is a short and unsatisfying book and I'm oddly unenthused about finding out what all that setup was in aid of.

Followed by Kitty and the Silver Bullet.

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