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Crowbones by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #8
Published by Ace on March 8, 2022
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Deep in the territory controlled by the Others—shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings—Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at first everything is going well between the humans and the Others.
But then someone arrives dressed as Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman. When the impostor is killed along with a shape-shifting Crow, and the deaths are clearly connected, everyone fears that the real Crowbones may have come to The Jumble—and that could mean serious trouble.
To “encourage” humans to help them find some answers, the Elders and Elementals close all the roads, locking in suspects and victims alike. Now Vicki, human police chief Grimshaw, vampire lawyer Ilya Sanguinati, and the rest of their friends have to figure out who is manipulating events designed to pit humans against Others—and who may have put Vicki DeVine in the crosshairs of a powerful hunter.
I completely love The Others series and the continuation in the World of the Others books, telling us about various outlying communities has the same setup. Vicki is an odd woman and doesn’t handle things the way most people would but it seems to make her uniquely suited to dealing with humans and the Others. This is the second book about this community following Lake Silence. In Crowbones, she has professors from local colleges staying at The Jumble and cabins. One of them is interested in a legend Crowbones along with other legends in the Others’ world.
Trickster Night becomes the kickoff to both Others and humans dying. Vicki, along with the police, and some Intuits, and Ilya Sanguinati work hard to figure out who is causing the trouble and deaths. Between learning about the legend and more about the Others and Intuits, plus the investigation and trying to keep people safe, there is much happening.
Evil comes in many forms in this series. I enjoyed the complex case and learning more about the world. I do recommend reading this series in order. There was also a nice moment with Meg. I still want to learn much, much more about the blood prophets and hope it is a focus in a future story.
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