Book Review: Jeaniene Frost’s One Foot in the Grave

Posted May 26, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Jeaniene Frost’s One Foot in the Grave

One Foot in the Grave


Jeaniene Frost

urban fantasy that was published by Avon Publications on April 29, 2008 and has 357 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Halfway to the Grave, First Drop of Crimson, Death's Excellent Vacation, At Grave's End, Jeaniene Frost, Destined for an Early Grave, Unbound, This Side of the Grave, One Grave at a Time, Once Burned, Eternal Kiss of Darkness, Twice Tempted, The Beautiful Ashes, Bound by Flames, Into the Fire

Second in the Night Huntress urban fantasy series.

My Take

We enter with Cat on a vampire bust only it’s not a vampire Cat was expecting to encounter. Its her reactions to his identity that sets everything in motion for One Foot in the Grave, 2, with the kickoff at Denise and Randy’s wedding when Cat meets one of Randy’s groomsmen.

Oh, now just a minute! Cat met Ian in Halfway to the Grave, 1. How can Frost act as though Cat is just meeting Ian now??? There’s also an odd bit where Cat and Spade get reacquainted.

Before the wedding, Danny Milton again insinuates his nasty, little soul into Cat’s life when he inadvertently, and unrepentantly, sics another assassin on Cat’s ass which results in an old friend, Bones, finding Cat.

Doesn’t this just set off at storm at HQ. Don is furious believing Cat to be compromised while Tate is furious for other, more personal reasons.

Ninety-percent of the story is excellent and oh, so very life-changing! Bones affects huge, and I MEAN huge, changes in his and Cat’s lives. Cat finds out the identity of her father and the part that Don played in a huge part of her life while Ian gets a comeuppance he wasn’t expecting.

The Story

Special Agent Cat Crawfield is still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head — wanted: dead or half-alive — means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again.

The Characters

Cat Crawfield is a half-vampire who is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. Denise MacGregor is her best friend who’s marrying Randy.

Bones is a hundreds of years old vampire banished from Cat’s side. He’s been friends with Ian Flannery and Spade since they were turned. Mencheres was a pharaoh back before he was turned; now he’s a friend of Bones’.

Don Williams heads up the government agency for which Cat works. Agents include Tate Bradley; Juan, a valuable member of the team with his cheeky attitude; Cooper joins the FBI’s vampire-hunting team and proves his worth; and, Dave experiences a life-changing event of his own.

Annette De Witt. Danny Milton.

The Cover

I can’t get excited about this cover. Cat’s straddling a motorcycle and looking back at us quite grimly as a bat flies in front of the moon. I’d’a thought a scantily-clad Cat straddling a gravestone would have been more in keeping with the title…