Blood Books

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The Blood series by Tanya Huff is a set of five books (and plenty of short stories) that was eventually adapted into the television show Blood Ties. It takes place in Toronto, except for the last book being in Vancouver. The heroine is Defective Detective Vicki Nelson, whose retinitis pigmentosa forced her to quit being a cop and become an Occult Detective. Her off-and-on Cop Boyfriend/ex-partner Mike Celluci is not terribly thrilled with her choice of lifestyle. Then Vicki ends up meeting Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Henry Fitzroy and partners with/dates/donates blood to him on a regular basis. The fourth main character is Tony Foster, a homeless kid that Vicki recruits to help give Henry blood, and ends up involved with Henry as well.

The books in the series are:

  • Blood Price
  • Blood Trail
  • Blood Lines
  • Blood Pact
  • Blood Debt
  • Blood Bank, a collection of stories featuring the main characters. There are a few flashback stories involving Henry, but most take place after the final book in the series.

The Blood series has a followup trilogy, Smoke and Shadows, following Tony and Henry's lives in Vancouver.

Tropes used in Blood Books include:

Mike: Why Elizabeth Fitzroy?
Henry: Why not? She had as much right to the name as I do.

  • Stealth Pun: Blood Trail is about a pack of werewolves living near London, Ontario...without a single mention of the Warren Zevon song "Werewolves of London."
  • Temporary Blindness: Vicki's eye condition makes her night blind.
  • They Fight Crime: In multiple pair-ups.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Henry, to a degree. He pays taxes and has all the ID the average civilian would think to look for - but to a police officer doing a thorough examination (Mike, in a fit of very poorly concealed jealousy that's pointed out by...everyone, really) there are enough holes to "drive a Mack truck through". Mike suspects Henry of being in the Mafia, as a result. He's very surprised, when he confronts Vicki with this and she laughs at him when he says it.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Blood Trail
  • Weirdness Magnet: Henry, since he's a vampire, gets this.