Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville Series #5)

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville Series #5)

by Carrie Vaughn

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Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life.

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ISBN-13: 9780446199537
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Series: Kitty Norville Series , #5
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 524,225
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 3.96(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She holds a Masters in English Literature and collects hobbies—fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Her website is

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"Readers of Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will appreciate Kitty's sarcastic wit, ingenuity, and independence." —-Library Journal

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Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville Series #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
Kitty and her fiance Ben go to Las Vegas, both to do those things that stay in Vegas and those that don't, since they're legally binding. (That's my oh-so-clever way of saying they plan to get hitched.) This also gives Kitty a chance to do a TV version of "The Midnight Hour" and plug her memoirs. The vacation turns out to be unrelaxing as both of them manage to get into trouble. For Kitty, it's the very odd local therianthrope community. I do admit she annoyed me a little with her pursuit of the animal troupe despite a number of people warning her that they were dangerous.
Paranormal77 More than 1 year ago
Carrie's story lines just get better and better. Kitty's witty remarks and constant involvement in trouble continue to keep me as a reader involved. It is not often that a character like Kitty runs into a cult that will stop at nothing to lure her into their lair. I mean a show that looks as intriguing as that of the cult is enough to pull in any radio show host. I cant wait to read about Kitty and Ben's next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has just the right amount of romance with not going overboard. Very well written plot and mystery to keep you guessing who is the bad guy. this series has got me hooked. definately just as good as the others in the series just wish they were a little bit longer because i like to read alot. its a book you dont want to put down.
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I just love the Kitty series. This one was just as good as the others. I love how Kitty just can't stay out of trouble. I did miss Cormac, who's still in prison. If you haven't read any of the Kitty books, this book can stand alone.
BellaMiaow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bah. I didn't like this nearly as much a the earlier ones. It felt as if there were too many different plot threads, and the ending just wasn't that satisfactory. And leaving something hanging to be resolved in the next book? BAH!
astults on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty and Ben now engaged. Like all things in Kitty¿s life¿ nothing goes as planned. They decide to elope and have a Las Vegas wedding. Ozzie, her boss, approaches Kitty about doing a live studio show while she¿s there. It¿s her chance to do a tv show on her terms this time. The trip turns into a working vacation. Her mother insists on being there for the ceremony. And guess what? The hotel just so happens to host a gun enthusiast convention at the same time which might not be so bad if some of those enthusiasts didn¿t make their living as werewolf hunters.The lights, crowds and sounds set the wolf sides of Kitty and Ben on edge because it dulls their senses. Vaughn gets the setting on the Las Vegas strip completely right. I was in Las Vegas two years ago for a friend¿s wedding and this book brought back some good memories. Even the details about the weather at various times of day are spot on.While Ben plays poker, Kitty meets the Las Vegas Master vampire and becomes intrigued by two acts she¿d like to feature on her show. The first is magician Odysseus Grant who seems to use real magic in his act. The second is the trained animal act (lions, and tigers but no wolves, oh my!) of Balthasar, King of Beasts. Kitty wants to know if the were-felines are there against their wishes or not. Odysseus and Balthasar don¿t get along either which makes Kitty curious about their history.This book felt like a long setup for Kitty Raises Hell so I¿m glad these two books were published a month apart. There is a lot of action in this one and it¿s possibly the sexually raciest of the series. Kitty and the Dead Man¿s Hand continues the theme of The Long Game which was introduced in Kitty and the Silver Bullet when Kitty learned more about vampire politics than she cared.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty light read, and mostly short on plot sadly.Kitty and Ben decide to elope to Las Vegas rather than go mad sorting out a big wedding. Rick asks them to deliver a "hi" to the Master of Las Vegas.Then things get fun - the hotel they're staying in has a gun convention, with a sub-convention of werewolf bounty hunters... There's some lycanthropes that seem a bit off, and a magician that just might be doing real magic...But the glitter and glitz of the location fail to distract enough that the thinness of the plot isn't obvious. You can, almost from moment one, work out what's going to happen next and the quirks and activities that emerge rather unexpectedly are fairly obvious set ups for later heavy-handed exploitation as plot devices. Hmm, we need Ben out of the way, in Vegas. I know, we'll make him a poker player who suddenly finds as a werewolf his senses help him. That way he can spot a cheat, get kidnapped by a gangster, but still not be at real risk because he's a werewolf and the gangsters don't know. Please!
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty and Ben, now the dominant alphas of the Denver area, have decided to tie the knot and make it official human-style now as well. Despite her mother's objections, a big, expensive wedding doesn't appeal to either Kitty or Ben, so they've decided to elope to Las Vegas instead. But trouble seems to follow Kitty no matter where she runs off to, and beneath all the glitz and glamour of the Vegas strip lies a darker secret... one that will put the lives of both Kitty and Ben in grave danger.This fourth book in the Kitty the Werewolf series is a bit lighter on the action than the previous books, but only slightly so. It focuses a bit more on Kitty and Ben's personal life and lets you see a bit deeper into that side of them, further endearing their characters to you. It may be the action which initially draws you in to this series, but it's the characters that will keep you coming back for more. Kitty and Ben rock!! :)
enemyanniemae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You'd think that a series about a werewolf with a radio show would start to get a bit stale after a few installments. You'd be wrong. Carrie Vaughn pulls out all the stops as Kitty and Ben head to Las Vegas so that Kitty can do a live TV broadcast of The Midnight Hour. And they plan to get married. Sounds like a plan, right? Unfortunately, there's a gun show in progress in the very hotel where Kitty will be doing her show. On stage. In front of hundreds of people. And in the midst of the crowd is a whole group of lycanthrope bounty hunters. Needless to say, Wolf doesn't like any of that too much.Ben finds distraction in a poker tournament and Kitty takes in both an animal act and a magic show. As usual, nothing is what it seems. Ben disappears right before the wedding. Although the police believe that the mob is involved, everyone else (including Kitty's parents) thinks it's cold feet. Kitty knows differently. This book is a miniature Vegas act. It's slick. It's clever. It's thrilling. And it's left me wanting more more more. Carrie Vaughn is fast becoming one of my all time favorite authors.
MelindaLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not Vaughn's best work. The story seemed disjointed. I have no clue what the title refers to - what dead man? What hand? The secondary characters were not written well enough - I kept forgetting who they were, and I read this book within a 48 hour time span. I still don't buy that Ben is the right man for Kitty. Kitty falls (again) for a trap, knowing it's a trap. Come on, Carrie Vaughn, show us that Kitty is intelligent and thoughtful! I want Kitty to be an Alpha that is good, not a reactionary, self-centered one.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this series. It has the perfect amount of werewolf personality to human control. Some series it too much wolf and not enough humanity, and others that are switched. Unfortunately, this book doesn't quite compare to the previous volumes. It seemed like it would have made a great short story, but doesn't work as a full length novel.
gttygrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the best of the series. Each of the first four landed some serious punches to the reader, with resolutions that had long-lasting emotional consequences for Kitty. I didn't feel that in this one. I also didn't feel like the story really started until halfway into it. And I think the summary on the book jacket gave something away loooooong before the narrative brought it up.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Give a brief summary of the book:Kitty is in Vegas with this book and about to do her radio show on live television. But nothing is ever simple when Kitty is involved and before she knows it she is tangled up in a web of bounty hunters (that kill werewolves like her for a living), vampires, a magician, and a band of performing lyncanthropes. Vegas is never dull especially where Kitty is concerned :)Likes?What I liked about this book is that we continue to see Kitty and her struggles to lead a semi-normal life. And once again the reader is caught up in the adventures that Kitty finds herself in. Kitty isn't the "sit back and wait patiently" type of girl and I like that about her. She may find herself in the midst of trouble but she always is trying to help someone or do something for someone else. It makes her a really strong female main character and I like reading this series because of it. Dislikes?I can't quite put my finger on it but this wasn't my favorite of the series. I think that the plot fell a bit flat for me and while I did enjoy it, I wasn't "wowed" by it. I can't go into detail without sharing spoilers but suffice it to say that I didn't like Balthasar's character and couldn't figure out why Kitty dealt with him. Maybe not so much dealt with as I couldn't figure out why she didn't stay as far away from him as possible right off the bat. It just wasn't my favorite book in the series and that is the best way to put it.Additional Thoughts?Hmmm....yeah...I want to be clear that I did like this book. I just didn't love it like I have the previous ones. I'm still a fan of Kitty and am always interested to see what kind of trouble she will get herself into. And I still think that you should give this series a try if you haven't yet but start with the first book, Kitty and the Midnight Hour.
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty heads out of town again, this time for Las Vegas. She somehow was talked into hosting a live television special in the City of Sin and in delivering a message from Denver¿s Master Vampire to the one in Las Vegas. Add to that a wedding, a poker tournament and mobsters; what could be more fitting for the setting of this novel?Kitty is booked into the same hotel that is hosting a gun show and some of the conference goers are not too keen on her kind. It does not take much to make an enemy of someone who already has it in for you. Where Kitty goes, you can be sure magic and danger will be close behind, and sure enough, Kitty and the Dead Man¿s Hand has some of both. Las Vegas is the home of many secrets and Kitty quickly finds herself tangled up in the middle of several.Although I liked Kitty and the Dead Man¿s Hand, it got off to a slow start. Considering the characters that needed to be introduced for the set up of the various plot threads, including the main one, it probably could not have been done any other way. In addition, I wish the author had gone a little farther with certain threads in the novel, but perhaps that was in part due to the limitations of a first person narrative.Something I really liked about Kitty in this book is how she used her cell phone to warn her friends when she was about to jump into trouble. Sure, she didn¿t stay put like she promised and ran head first into trouble all by herself. But at least she reached out for help, even if a little later than she should have.One of the strongest things Kitty has going for her are her friends and how they will stand by her during the worst of moments. Kitty may not be able to tackle the biggest evil in the world on her own, but she is a team player¿most of the time¿and she is not afraid to stand up for herself no matter how afraid she might be.Carrie Vaughn has created an interesting storyline which holds a lot of promise in developing further in future books. Although this was not my favorite book in the series, Kitty and her friends continue to keep me entertained and interested in their adventures.
coolpinkone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to join in on the tour and read this series, but started having regrets because I am probably the least likely person to read a book on a werewolf. I didn't even know what the word lycanthrope meant. I don't know the legends, and myths of the whole genre. Yep.. I am a newbie to the werewolf world. But guess what? I enjoyed the book! I read part of the first book in the series to kind of get in the groove of the series and of course due to reading deadlines, I had to jump into the last two books right away for this tour. Hey I liked it!I am going to read the whole series from beginning to end and review each one. I like Kitty, Ben and the whole werewolf thing. The Vegas setting is familiar to me. Fun books!!! I will continue to read on and enjoy. I also like that they aren't too too scary but just enough suspense for me.I like the fact that these are cuddle up and read in a night or two. I also like Kitty, she is honest, brave and very cool!
The_Book_Queen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I haven't yet read the first four books in this series, I'm pretty sure that Carrie Vaughn's work has managed to catch my attention-- in a good way, of course. A light, quick read, Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand is a great option for anyone who likes a bit of adventure and humor in their romance novels. And even though it's technically a paranormal, the para-theme isn't too strong, and I'm sure that even those readers who are not usually drawn to the genre would enjoy the series. Vaughn has a way of writing what should be a very complex story line in a simple way-- that is, not to say that her work is simple, as in 'boring/slow', but it's not extremely difficult to follow. Like I said, I jumped into the series more than half way through, and I wasn't lost, although after finishing the book, I knew I wanted to go back and read the first books simply for the enjoyment, not necessarily because I needed to in order to move on to the newest book. It was a fun read, and I finished it in one sitting. The characters were interesting, and I'd like to read more about Kitty's life-- it seems to be full of all kinds of adventures and troubles. Plus, I'd like to read the next book to see what happens with the mysterious Master Vampire that came into play at the end of this book. The only problem I had was with Ben, her mate. For some reason, I didn't really like him in this book... I don't know if my opinion would be different if I had read the series from book 1 on, and been introduced to him, got to know him, and saw how the two of them connected. Maybe. But it seemed like he was kind of distant in the book, and for being Kitty's mate, he almost seemed to take a backseat in the story, more like a sidekick or minor character instead of being the heroine's mate and therefore more like the story's second hero. Or was this just my imagination? I almost didn't believe their love, but again, I think this could be because I skipped the first few books, where most of their major connecting would have first occurred. Maybe it's because I'm use to books where the romances is more explicit and, well, there? There wasn't one sex scene between Kitty and Ben in the whole book, and that's not what I usually look for in my romance novels. I'm not saying it had to be a full blown erotic novel, but I do wish it would have had something more to it, both for entertainment and to show their love. Don't get me wrong-- just because I had a problem with the romance in the book, that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand -- I did. But after finishing it, I saw it more as a really light chic lit type of novel, a charming and quick read on a long day. But nothing really deep or romantic, I'm sorry to say. Again, maybe I would have been happier with the romance element in it if I'd read the series in order, I'm not sure, we'll have to see. I do plan on going back to read the first ones, as soon as I get some spare time. 4/5 STARS! A nice read for anyone, whether you are big on paranormal books or not. Charming, entertaining, and unique, I'd love to read more of Vaughn's work. Especially Kitty's novels. After all, life isn't easy for Kitty, and the troubles she experiences along the way will give you a few chuckles and make you realize that no matter how bad you may think your days has been going, it could be much, much worse!
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Kitty. I want to be, without Kitty's problems anyway. If you don't know who Kitty is, then you haven't been reading Carrie Vaughn's series starring werewolf Kitty Norville; and shame on you! This series is hilarious, scary, exciting, and sexy all at the same time. In the four previous books, Kitty's been turned, exiled, outed, hunted, and mated. Now her life continues in book five, "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" where she 'tries' to get married.When all the brouhaha and decision involved in a big wedding get to be a bit too much, Kitty and Ben decide to get married in Vegas. Once her boss finds out, cool would it be to do a live show in Vegas? Yeah, that's about how Kitty's life goes. So instead of frou frou drinks by the pool, Kitty's looking at work, delivering a message to the Vegas Master Vampire, and (yes, only Kitty's life could be so screwed up) dodging the gun-show expo supernatural-haters who also happen to be booked in the same hotel! And I shouldn't forget to mention the magician who seems to be more than a showman and the animal act at one Vegas hotel that may actually star shapeshifters! But if you want to know more, you'll have to pick up your own copy...mine's already sitting on my keeper shelf.This series isn't really romance, and it isn't really urban fantasy, and it isn't really suspense, and it isn't really mystery. It's a bit of all of them rolled up in snarky dialogue and sharp plotting. I just wish Carrie Vaughn could write faster :)
demonite93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately I had no Idea that this book was apart of a series when I picked it up. The book did a good job of explaining stuff that happend in previous books, so it was easy to follow. It was an easy read with an interesting story. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. I was reminded of the Anita Blake books, I don't know what series came first but if you like these books check out Anita Blake too(she gets pornographic toward the end of her series tho, fair warning.) The whole story line of vampires and lycanthropes being real and tring to out themselves and be apart of society catches me as an interesting way to look at everything. Like I said it was a good read and I'd recommend it.
MisfitRhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though they're mated as wolves already, Kitty and Ben are going to make it official the human way. Getting KNOB to pay for a trip to Vegas where she can sip fruity drinks by the pool and do a televised Midnight Hour is the perfect time to do it. Or so Kitty thinks. Staying in a hotel where the gun show consists of werewolf hunters isn't a very good start to the weekend that's supposed to be fun. But then she has to go and get the attention of a group of potential shapeshifters and a magician who may or may not be the real deal. Needless to say Kitty finds herself in all sorts of trouble before she and Ben manage to tie the knot.It's kind of hard to say much more about the plot of this one. To be honest I enjoy this series a lot but this story would have made a good anthology addition instead of a full novel. It's not that the story is bad¿it's entertaining enough¿it's just so transitional. It's more or less taking readers from Kitty and the Silver Bullet to the real storyline she wanted to do here... the one she sets up to be executed in Kitty Raises Hell. I still don't like Ben. He's really boring as a hero to me as a reader and he's even less interesting this time around. I get why Kitty like him and that's all that keeps me from hating him. In fact, it took me months to read this one because it was pretty dull between Ben and the slowly progressing plot. Unlike Kitty and the Silver Bullet this one has very little action. Should you bother? Well yeah, if you're a reader of the series and you want to be fully informed for the next in the series. I'm not 100% sure you could skip it completely. But on the same token maybe you can. This book leaves off in a sort of cliffhanger fashion that I imagine requires some recapping in the first chapter of the next book. I'll let my fellow readers be the judge.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I mostly enjoyed this next entry in Kitty's series. I wish Ben was a little less flat as a character, but part of me is glad to see a heroine who doesn't fall for someone who treats her badly. Something about the book felt a little flat, but I think it was actually well structured. I'm actually more excited about the way it set up the next book.
dcw888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty Norville is getting married, but she doesn¿t anticipate all the responsibility that goes along with the wedding plans. Las Vegas! When her boss finds out she¿s traveling to Vegas to get married, he suggests she throw in a little business while she¿s there and do a live installment of her radio show. Las Vegas brings her more than just wedding troubles.I had committed to reading this Book 5 if the Kitty Norville series before I had completed the first four books. I had read Book 2 and had some background, but was worried I hadn¿t read the others yet. It didn¿t matter. Carrie Vaughn does an excellent job building on past books, but if you didn¿t read them, you still won¿t feel lost. Again, I enjoyed the character of Kitty Norville as Ms. Vaughn continues to present us with the trials Kitty must endure to be human and wolf in an intolerant society. In Kitty and the Dead Man¿s Hand, the characters are questionable until the end ¿ the author kept me guessing. I didn¿t find myself ¿on the edge of my seat¿ throughout this book, but I did enjoy the characters, the conflict, and the wondering. I give this book 4.5 stars only because I was able to put it down in between sittings.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These books are not deep, they do not make you think about the bigger issues in the world, but they are great escapist entertainment. Kitty is getting married and all sorts of chaos ensues when she visits Las Vegas to do the deed. Lots of fun, I really hope the magician character shows up in later books, he was so mysterious, especially when you know what most of the characters are in their intro into the series: human, were, vamp...Love the magician.Always enjoyable, keep em coming!
AK_Doug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun times, Kitty can't go anywhere without something huge going down. Same strong heroine, same sharp wit, same fast pace, this series never gets old.
moppety on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The previous books in the Kitty Norville series have been light, fun reads and "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" is no less. Kitty is a fun character and her story arc has followed a logical progression. I'm not left wondering "Huh?" when she takes a course of action. The storyline is easy to follow, the characters are interesting, the plot is light. A great poolside read.
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty and the Dead Man¿s Hand follows our heroine and her sidekick/lawyer/fiancé, Ben, to Vegas, baby! Yup, they¿re gonna tie the knot, drink frou frou drinks with little umbrellas and soak up the sun. Of course, our workaholic werewolf can¿t resist the offer to do a live tv show from Vegas, while Ben finds out that werewolves special abilities lead to ¿special¿ poker playing advantages. While looking for special acts to feature on her tv special, Kitty comes across a Vegas magician who might be much more than he appears, as well as a live animal show, featuring so much more than just animals. All this adds to the issue of the convention in the same hotel as Kitty and Ben. A convention of werewolf hating bounty hunters, who seem pretty determined that Kitty¿s frou-frou drinks by the pool just won¿t ever happen.I don¿t know how Carrie Vaughn does it! Each book in this fun series has something to offer. Its always interesting to see what direction the author is going to go, and its always fun to watch Kitty¿s relationships grow and change. I think I¿ll miss the series when I complete number 6!