Series: Nocturne City Series, Book 1
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (March 2008)
Night Life is book one of the Nocturne City Series by Caitlin Kittredge. Nocturne City is a dark and gritty backdrop for a twisting mystery that starts with the death of a Jane Doe on its streets and the trail to finding her killer leads police detective and Insoli (lone wolf without a pack) werewolf Luna Wilder straight to her suspect, Dmitri Sandovsky. Dmitri is also were, pack leader to a local clan and someone that Luna finds herself working with to get to the bottom of a mystery that if not solved will not only result in more dead women but allow an evil force to manifest itself in Nocturne City.
Together with Dmitri and the reluctant help of her blood witch cousin Sunny, Luna follows a path of death, magic, intrigue and and police department posturing. It would seem that no truly positive outcome is possible as the stakes seem to get higher with every passing day that the killer is not found.
I had some trouble in the first hundred or so pages being able to be sympathetic to the heroine. She was extremely abrasive to those close to her as well as those she works for and it was hard for me to believe that anyone would put up with her. But after a sequence of events that happens in her own home, the story drew me in and had me until the end. The mystery took a few unexpected twists and turns and was tension filled for the remainder of the book.
Night Life is a tense and gritty read with a backdrop in Nocturne City that is alive and as much as part of the story as its characters. I am interested to see what develops between Dmitri and Luna in the future and look forward to the next installment.
Night Life is in stores now and book two in the Nocturne City Series: Pure Blood will be released August 26, 2008.