Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn

Two little wolfies sitttin’ in a tree….K I S S I N G! First comes biting then comes shifting, then comes marriage… Okay, my lame attempt at werewolf wedding humor probably falls short. LOL Needless to say that Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand is the installment where Kitty and Ben are supposed to tie the proverbial knot. But hey, it just wouldn’t be a real day in the life of Kitty Norville if there wasn’t some type of paranormal shake up and chaos right?

Even though Kitty and Ben are mated, they are going to make it legal. Kitty’s mom wants the big fluffy Billy Idol white wedding (okay maybe not Billy Idol, but you get my drift), and Kitty wants it small and simple. What better way to escape wedding planner Hell than to elope. To Vegas no less! Should be easy enough, but when vampire Rick asks her to do him a favor and hook up with the head vamp in Vegas coupled with a hotel full of bounty hunters, things start to get a bit dicey.

We are five books into the Kitty Norville series, and it is amazing at how much Kitty’s character has grown both personally and professionally. Carrie Vaughn keeps molding all of these characters and shaping them like an artist would with clay. Stretching them to their limits yet keeping them strong enough not to break and remaining believable.

The secondary characters in this book are engaging and quite entertaining and lend a solid layer to the plotline. I would say I am really looking forward to reading book six Kitty Raises Hell next month, but I would be lying. Since I have already read it and it too knocked my socks off! I love it when publishers and authors team up and do back to back releases like this. It is like a double shot of paranormal goodness that keeps you craving more.

Book Stats:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446199532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446199537

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Books in the Kitty Norville series in the order they should be read:
Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Kitty Goes to Washington
Kitty Takes a Holiday
Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
Kitty Raises Hell


Two little wolfies sitttin’ in a tree….K I S S I N G! First comes biting then comes shifting, then comes marriage… Okay, my lame attempt at werewolf wedding humor probably falls short. LOL Needless to say that Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand is the installment where Kitty and Ben are supposed to tie …

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The Bitten by Books founder Rachel Smith is an avid reader and has been since the early 70â€ēs. She enjoys primarily paranormal fiction, but can occasionally be caught reading non-fiction, chic lit or books on esoteric subjects. When not reviewing books you can find her blogging about her favorite products at Weird Stuff In My Desk or creating jewelry at her other business A Charming Time. Rachel has worked as a spiritual counselor and teacher for many years. When not reading or hanging out online this Pacific Northwest native enjoys spending time with her husband and playing with her pack of ferocious dogs and listening to music.


  1. You have no idea how jealous I am. 😀 Drooling in anticipation over here!

  2. The series sounds so good…it’s definitely on my TBR list! I’ve read a bit on the author’s blog too, and I’m very interested in the character arc of Kitty. She sounds realistic, flawed, and, uh, human, so to speak. 😉 I look forward to reading them.

  3. I linked to the contest here:

    and for favorite scenes: well, all of the radio shows are great, especially the advice to go into a wood at full moon, tie a steak to your face and wear a sign saysing “Eat me, I’m stupid” to become a werewolf.

    Despite that, apart from Kitty herself my favorite character would be TJ, still miss him…

  4. Delania McFarland

    I cannot wait to get my greedy little paws on this book. At one point i had given away all my Kitty books but after a few months i bought it in Omnibus form. I should have know better than to get rid of a series that kept me laughing and sometimes crying throughout each and every book. I agree with the post above i miss TJ too, but i understand his death was extremely important to Kitty’s development. Hope this series is around for a long time to come.

  5. I’m really loking forward to this one too! Carrrie is probally my favorite character but I like Ben. He helps balance her out a bit. I agree that The radio shows are a blast. I love to read those and just laugh at the callers. I love when they do back to back releases too! Less waiting time is always good!:)

  6. I have never read any books in the Kitty Norville series. Werewolves, bounty hunters,vampires & a wedding in Vegas? I am
    ready to have some fun & sink my teeth into
    this series.

  7. Hello and I must say that reading and having reviewed Carrie’s books are a rare treat for anyone who loves a great Paranormal.
    (Sighs) *Missing my reviewing days…*

    Anyways its funny to hear that her and Ben are tying the knot so to speak, I have to say
    to say that Ben is a great character but I
    really do like Cormac. I hope that he gets
    out soon. yumm now that man is an Alpha!!


  8. If you haven’t read Kitty, shame on you! Carrie Vaughan is the best, and she has set a precedent for women’s paranormal with the ‘Kitty’ series. What’s not to love, with the irony of a werewolf named Kitty? It’s genius, engaging and gripping! I am so looking forward to this book, why else would I be entering contests, I’m hoping I’ll get my copy before anyone else!!

  9. I cant wait to read this. I also love it when authors do back to back releases. Although sometimes a month is still a long time to wait.

  10. I’m surprised that it is not ben getting tied into knots for thinking about work when there is kitty to be played with. I looking forward to two good books 🙂

  11. I can’t WAIT for the release of this book! Racheal Caine’s Weather Warden series is my fav, but Carrie’s Kitty Norville series runs a close 2nd! GREAT stuff!

  12. I obviously need to hurry up and read Kitty and the Silver Bullet…Kitty and Ben mated and getting legally married?!

    Okay…I’m not really digging this particular storyline; I wasn’t enthused when Ben got turned during Kitty Takes a Holiday. Not that I necessarily wanted her to hook up with Cormac (that would have been TOO obvious), but there may have been someone more…I don’t know. “Suitable” may be too strong a term, but I would have liked to see Kitty play the field a bit (hey…maybe some hijinks with vampire Rick) before she settles down with someone.

    That wont’ stop me from reading Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, though! 😀


  13. I am soo excited about this release!!! I have to agree that Kitty has grown so much since the first book. Her character has learned a lot of things and one of the being that “things will NEVER go her way.” But she has hing in there and found how to live life the best she can with what is dealt!!

    Keep writing and I will keep reading! Thanks!

  14. I am so waiting for this book. So much anticipation surrounds the Kitty saga. I love that she has 2 books comng out back to back but also sad because I will have to wait for moe after that.

  15. Wow! You already got to read both of the new books. I’m so jealous. One of the things I really like about the Kitty series is the growth of the characters, and am glad to hear it continues! 🙂

  16. I love how they go to Vegas to have a simple, nonexciting wedding and they get everything butt. Although, I do want to find out more about those werecats working for Taimut.

  17. This one went by way too fast for me, which is why I’m really glad that Kitty Raises Hell is out so soon after this one. I wish Kitty & Ben would have gotten married in the woods with the pack by their side, but Vegas makes it much more exciting!

  18. I have seen some posters about kitty raises hell, from the way you guys are reviewing the series it really has piqued my interest, so I guess come friday there are gonna be more books on the ole amazon wish list that I am going to order, now I truely know that my cc is going to take an extended vacation….. Oh the hubby gonna regret giving me blanket permission to go online to order books…….

    Cindy Mac

  19. I absolutely love this series, and am so dipressed that I still have yet to read this one! Whenever the Vamps are in the mix, things definitely get a little hairier! Lol