VICKI NELSON thought most of the bloodshed was behind her when she quit the Toronto homicide department due to the onset of tunnel vision, and set up shop as a P.I. But when she stumbles onto a vicious killing in the subway Nelson becomes involved in an investigation that leads her to partner with a studly 450-year old vampire and romance writer, Henry Fitzroy... who just happens to be the bastard son of Henry VIII -- also a vampire.
They team together to fight werewolf killers, mummies, and other supernatural horrors in an otherwise very regular Toronto. Nelson eventually is turned into a vampire herself by Fitzroy, in a last ditch attempt to keep her from dying.
Tanya Huff worked at Bakka, Canada's oldest SF and fantasy book store, for years, writing in her spare time, before she decided to shuck Toronto and write full time.
Unfortunately, despite a devoted cult following, the five-volume series was slightly ahead of its time, and had pretty much run its course by the time the final novel, Blood Debt, appeared in 1997.
A few years later, though, it received an unexpected boost in the post-Twilight vampire boom. A television series was produced for the Lifetime Network, filmed in Toronto (of course) and starring Christina Cox as Vicki and Kyle Schmid as Henry. Although the stories were occasionally intriguing, Blood Ties' low production values and particularly the cheesy special effects made it look a lot like several other Toronto rush jobs pumped out quickly to appeal to the larger American market. Night Heat, anyone?
It did, however, prompt the re-release of the entire run (with tie-in covers), and in 2008, one more book in the series, Blood Bank a collection of short stories. Since then a couple of new short stories have surfaced, but the author has stated she has no plans to cintinue the series.
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