Blood Lines (Vicki Nelson, Book 3)
Penguin Daw (25th September 2007); Hachette Orbit (4th November 2004)
True horror is real life, as evident in this third instalment of the Vicki Nelson series.
The staff members of the Royal Ontario Museum are thrilled to receive a mummy – only they report it as an empty sarcophagus and nothing more when the mummy disappears. But two mysterious deaths at the museum catch the eye of homicide detective Mike Celluci, private investigator Vicki Nelson and vampire Henry Fitzroy. Each time the mummy acquires a new soul for strength, the victims instantly die.
Like the other novels in this series, there is no mystery as the culprit is well and truly revealed to readers early on. It says a lot that the most horrific thing is that resembling the closest to real life: Vicki’s experience in a Special Needs prison. Kind of makes you wonder that so-called ‘horror’ fiction is really something to distract readers from the true horror of life. That the author included this part is well worth applauding, because social commentary in urban fantasy (whether intended or not) often seems strangely absent.
I particularly love the setting. So many books in the genre are American-based, which gets a bit same-old after a while, so Canada is a welcome change. From the Royal Ontario Museum to the CN Tower, Toronto is a city I’d love to read more about. And the mummy is unusual subject matter that will appeal to readers who are bored with vampires (and Henry, for that matter).