One Grave at a Time by Jeanine Frost

(Night Huntress, #6)

How Do You Send A Killer to the Grave When He's Already Dead?

Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans's voodoo queen just keeps on giving - leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he take physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity - forever. But one wrong step and they'll be digging their own graves.

“There were words for what he meant to me, but if I studied every language ever spoken for the next thousand years, I still wouldn’t find enough of them to describe it.”

Although the story was a little cheesier than normal, it was still fun in the halloween haunt type of way. Bones and Cat are still adjusting to Cat's strange powers and changes, when they suddenly have a new villain - a powerful ghost determined to kill 'witches' every Halloween to boost his own power. Cat and Bones can't help but battle the fight, especially when it becomes personal and Cat becomes a new target.

I'll admit I didn't like Cat much at first, but she's grown on me as she's softened. She's still the same hard-fighting, take no prisoners warrior, but she's not as sarcastically vicious and the boulder on her shoulder has been chipped away. Bones is just fun and gorgeous, no complaints that department.

The series always shown with the side characters, with this one no exception. Sadly we get no Vlad for a change, and he was missed, but we finally get lots of Ian, who is awesome. Tyler is a fun new character to introduce, probably a one-book deal. Fans get Denise and Slade as well.

As always there's some humor and it works to lighten the load of a dark and gritty series. The villain is particularly vicious as he enjoys torturing his victims and burning them to death (the bastard), so there is no lightness with what they're fighting against. The end battle is multi-layered and broken into bits - even Cat doesn't escape unscathed.

I like how the author is continuing the ghost angle instead of hopping immediately into other foes - ghosts are underutilized paranormals in this type of series. There's a few new twists with the old team and plenty left to discover as the series continues.

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“I couldn't help shaking my head as I looked at him. Ian slept like a baby every morning - well, a baby who continually kept one hand down his pants.” 

“Brilliant landing. We´re trying to keep a low profile, and here you´ve gone and made it look like a meteorite hit.” 

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