Blood Bank, by Tanya Huff, is a series of short stories from her Blood series.
Most of the stories take place around Huff’s Blood Pact and Blood Debt. Also included is a proposed script for the Blood Ties tv show. Exciting, short mysteries laced with humor, made this a fun and easy read.
“This Town Ain’t Big Enough” is a sequel to Blood Pact, where Vicki has to deal with another vampire encroaching in her territory. Suspenseful and intense, this was probably my favorite short story.
“What Manner of Man” takes place in Henry’s past, where he tries to track down a spy. This was another fun one with plenty of intrigue, in the Regency era setting.
“The Cards Also Say” is another that follows Blood Pact. This time, Vicki hears an ominous message from a psychic.
“The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea” follows Vicki and Mike to a remote lake that the locals say harbors a monster. This story had plenty of humor surrounding the mystery.
“Someone to Share the Night” stars Henry who begins to feel a little lonely, so he takes out a personal ad.
“Another Fine Nest” involves Vicki and Mike tracking down blood-sucking underground bugs. This was very suspenseful, with a high “ick factor.”
“Scleratus” is a darker story, where Henry remembers his bloody past.
“Critical Analysis” involves Vicki and Henry trying to solve an impossible murder. These are always my favorite kind of murder mysteries.
“So This Is Christmas” throws Vicki into the role of Scrooge for this entertaining holiday tale.
In the “Stone Cold” screenplay, readers can compare this script to what eventually made it on the actual television episode.
With a wonderful arrangement of diverse stories, from humorous to more dramatic, this was definitely one of my favorite books of short stories. And Blood Bank is a wonderful addition to the library of any fan of the series.