After having been left a bit off balance at the end of Halfway to the Grave when Cat leaves Bones to work for the FBI, I was anxious to start One Foot in the Grave. But was I in shock when the story opens four years after the conclusion of the first book!! Wow! The first half of the book focuses on Cat’s new life working undercover as a vampire killer, along with filling us in on her new friends and teammates. While I found this interesting and solid reading, I didn’t care for the fact that there was no clear storyline for me to latch on to.
Even after Bones finally returns into the picture, I still wasn’t certain where the story was headed. The book really read more like a paranormal romance, with the primary focus being on Cat and Bones's relationship. I didn’t mind it, but would have preferred a stronger urban fantasy storyline.
The second part of the book centers on protecting Cat from both an unknown assailant, as well as Bones’s sire, Ian. The book itself was highly addictive, but when I was done, I felt that there were flaws and holes. One thing that really bothered me was the need for an extensively elaborate and dangerous deception with respect to Ian. I often wondered why Bones didn’t just tell his sire the truth. In fact, my pondering escalated to the point of distraction.
There are some excellent twists revealed in One Foot in the Grave, game changers that I honestly did not see coming. These twists add much to the overall mythology and storyline, and I like the end results. I also enjoy seeing Cat and Bones together and rebuilding their relationship, although Cat’s jealousy did grind on me after a while.
The narration by Tavia Gilbert has grown on me, and I found that I really enjoyed her performances of both Cat and Bones. I decided I like his cockney accent, especially when he gets all lustful with Cat. The one voice that truly annoyed me is that of Cat’s mother. However, Justina is an annoying character, so I guess it fits.
Overall, I’m still addicted to Cat and Bones and look forward to listening to the next title. While One Foot in the Grave wasn’t perfect, it was exciting and worth the listen.