Bloodstone is the third book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner and an ACE Fantasy.
Boston's diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice.
The killer - dubbed the South End Reaper - uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there's no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relations between Boston's human and inhuman residents.
As the bodies pile up, Vicky investigates - only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after much more than blood.
Vicky Vaughn is going about the business of demon slaying, trying to get back to the usual routine after the show down with her ‘cousin’ Pryce.
Things in Deadtown are settling down - sort of.
Vicky’s roommate, Juliet, is still AWOL - and Vicky is worried that Juliet may have gotten in over her head with the Old Ones.
Outside Deadtown, a killer is preying on humans - and that is making it harder for the inhabitants of Deadtown. Even though there is no proof that these murders are being committed by a Deadtown citizen - mandatory lockdowns are implemented - resulting in rising tempers.
When Vicky is kidnaped - her only hope of survival is Aunt Mab - but Aunt Mab is in Wales, a very long way from Boston.
Relations between Vicky’s sister Gwen and Aunt Mab are strained - but Vicky’s niece is just coming into her powers as a Cerddorion female - and Aunt Mab can use her assistance to get Vicky the help she needs.
But only if she can get there in time...
I enjoy the Deadtown series and Bloodstone is, so far, my favorite. I loved getting to know more about Aunt Mab.
I give Bloodstone 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace (September 27, 2011)