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Kitty's Big Trouble, Carrie Vaughn 14 February 2020

2011 urban fantasy, ninth in the series. Kitty Norville, the late-night DJ who has become the world's most famous werewolf, goes to San Francisco to help out a friend. Who happens to be a vampire…

And the "big trouble" is that most of the action happens in the shadow realm of the tunnels under Chinatown (because, obviously, they're still there in a magical sense even if you can't find them by mundane means any more). And that's handled reasonably well: Kitty realises that she is an outsider messing with local affairs, and does her best to use some unaccustomed tact, particularly when it turns out that, as well as werewolves and vampires, actual gods exist in this world too.

We waited. No one could hurry this woman or make demands. She could ignore the tableau before her forever, and that would be fine. And what a tableau—two Chinese women who obviously knew who and what she was and were awed into immobility; and three white-bread American tourists, rude and ignorant, cowboys in a china shop, as it were. If we didn't move, maybe we wouldn't break anything.

But the plot's very light, basically running from point to point without much in the way of investigation. Ben, Kitty's husband, with no outlet for his legal skills in this adventure, has been reduced to just someone who worries about her. And everyone is just, well, static; Kitty at the end of this book is basically the same person as Kitty at the beginning, and the same with everyone else – even though they now know that gods can be real, which you'd think would make for a bit of alteration in their attitudes to just about everything, they go on as before. It's very much an entry in a series rather than part of an ongoing narrative.

It's OK as that series entry, I guess, but it has surprisingly little to say.

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