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Kitty Raises Hell, Carrie Vaughn 30 December 2019

2009 urban fantasy, sixth in the series. Kitty Norville, the late-night DJ who has become the world's most famous werewolf, thought she'd dealt with the problems in Las Vegas. But some of them have followed her home.

This book finally feels as though Kitty is acting sensibly: she has a responsibility for her pack, but she also has allies, and while she has unique skills she also doesn't have to do everything herself – and she realises it.

And when an ancient vampire turns up saying "I know what you're facing, and I can deal with it; I just want free passage through Denver", she doesn't automatically agree. Even when it seems like the only answer. Because she knows by now what vampires are like, and what it means when they seem to be offering you a good deal.

Separate from all that, the brother of an old and dead friend shows up to cause confusion, and there's a supernatural investigation show in town that Kitty wants to cross-publicise with – and, I think this is something this series handles uniquely well among things I've read, even in a world with actual blatant supernatural stuff that everyone knows about there's still fakery going on, and the ghost-hunters are so sensitive to that that they're very careful not to make the really big claims even though they think they're probably true.

I wish this situation had arisen earlier in the series; I'm not saying I didn't enjoy them, but I wasn't all that enthused, and if this had been the starting point the rest of the series could have been amazing. Ah well.

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