Preternatura Book Club: Halfway to the Grave, Chapters 15-16

 Welcome to this week’s “meeting” of the Preternatura Book Club! Today, we continue with the first book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, Halfway to the Grave.
Here’s how it works. Each week, I’ll post a summary (spoiler alert!) on two chapters, and we’ll chat about them. Try to minimize spoilers beyond what’s happened in the book we’ve read so far. You can read along, read ahead, or just stop by and read the summaries. After the Book Club has been up a few days, I’ll move it to archives so you can still come back and read. There’s a “Book Club” tab above. So, let’s get started!
When we last left Cat and Bones, they had returned from Charlotte and seem to have made a breakthrough in their relationship—but Cat’s still afraid of her mom’s reaction and wants to wait and see him again in a week, after she moves to her own apartment. The apartment is apparently a dump—Cat’s mom is not happy to be leaving her there. As soon as mom leaves, Cat calls Bones over, and they “break in” the apartment good and proper.
Next morning, after Bones had gone, Cat’s dorky neighbor dropped by to meet her. He’s a gawky college boy named Timmie. She invites him in for coffee, and he’s kind of clumsy and shy and awkward.
After class, Cat heads of the Batcave, and grows cautious as she feels someone there who isn’t Bones. She thinks he’s one of Hennessey’s men, throws rocks in his eyes, and takes him down with a pretend silver knife. He claims he’s “Crispin’s best friend,” but she doesn’t let up. Finally, Bones arrives and rescues his friend, who is one of his Australian inmate pals, Charles, AKA Spade. He has some info on one of Hennessey’s flunkies they might be able to use.
Cat won’t be talked out of going, of course, and to prove she’s capable, she wants to fight Charles. She has a knife in his chest in record time.
So Cat tarts herself up and lures the flunkie outside. They go to his car and take off. Before long, she has him semi-staked and Bones takes over. It doesn’t take him long to get the guy, Tony, to talk. He says Lola in Lansing knows Hennessey’s whereabouts, or at least how to contact him. They drive to Lansing, a three-hour trip, and wait for Lola to show up. Just before Dawn, Lola shows up in a red sportscar, and Bones stops her in the parking lot. She says she doesn’t know where Hennessey is, but she does know where Switch is, Hennessey’s enforcer.
Two guys jump from the roof, and Cat-who’s waiting in the bushes—shouts a warning. Tony takes that opportunity to make his move, and Cat easily kills him. Bones killed the others, so they make their getaway. Bones gives her a lecture on how she should try to wound her victims instead of killing them.

I find myself wishing Cat wasn’t a college student. I know she’s a little older but I work at my day job with college students all day—even a couple who are 22—and they’re SO YOUNG. It makes me feel as if Bones is cradle-robbing. And Bones frozen at 24 seems…weird. Why not make Cat 25 or 26 and Bones at least 30? I guess I haven’t seen the usefulness of having them be this young and it bothers me.
So, is Timmy an evil minion posing as a gawky college kid, or is he really a college kid?
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Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

7 thoughts on “Preternatura Book Club: Halfway to the Grave, Chapters 15-16

  1. You know, there are people who get married before they are 18, I know some. They are fine people, and still happy (I guess). But it totally ooks me out when I read about someone in a novel getting jiggy before they are like, 30. What’s up with that?
    Maybe if I wasn’t such an old fart myself this wouldn’t bother me.

  2. LOL, Teri–that was kind of the conclusion I came to about myself. Although when I first wrote Royal Street, my character DJ was 22, and my editor made me age her to at least 25–she said 22 was just too young. And then I aged her another three years between the first and second books, so she ended up being 28 and her significant others in their early 30s. Well, except the pirate Jean Lafitte, who’s pushing 250 but doesn’t look a day over 35.

  3. When I read about Timmy I thought he was just a collage kid. Now that you posted the question I wonder, guess we wait and read on.

  4. I never liked Timmie, not sure why. He just annoys me. On the other hand, I adore Spade. He is an incredible friend to Bones. Love him!

  5. Andrea and Roger….I instinctively didn’t like Timmy for some reason (and I work at a university so I love college kids!), which is why I wondered if he was a Hennessey pawn. Maybe not, though.

    Glad to hear Spade will be around in future books–the scene where Cat has him in the ground (and you just knew he was a friend of Bones’) was hilarious.