Smoke and Shadows (#1)

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When Tony Foster relocated to Vancouver with his vampire Henry Fitzroy, he knew it was his chance to get his act together. In an example of art echoing life, Tony landed a job as production assistant for the syndicated TV show Darkest Night, a series about a vampire detective. And except for his unrequited crush on the show’s handsome costar, Lee Nicholas, Tony was pretty content.

Until everything started to fall apart on the set.

It began with shadows­­—shadows where they didn’t belong, that almost had an existence of their own. Tony tried to ignore it—until he found Nikki Waugh’s body, and felt the shadow’s touch, and a stunt crash went wrong for no discernible reason—and Tony knew that he had to find out what was threatening everyone on the set.


“Tanya Huff’s attempt to make SMOKE AND SHADOWS look effortless can’t hide the fact she writes well and obviously had almost as much fun as her characters.”

The Guardian

“Slippery shadows, snappy dialogue, and enlivened with campy comments […] heavy with fang-in-cheek fun.”

Publishers Weekly

“An exciting creepy adventure from a popular author.”


“Readers will be happy that Huff has returned to this world, blending horror, mystery, and fantasy elements seamlessly for an entertaining read.”

RT Book Reviews

“The author’s delightfully light touch lends a sense of timeliness to this effortlessly told fantasy mystery.”

Library Journal

“Plot-driven, at a pace worthy of NASCAR, and the characters are well-drawn and compelling. Huff also takes aim with a freshly sharpened stake, skewering conventions with finesse and style. Huff’s novel amply demonstrates that genre fiction doesn’t have to be junk-food fiction.”

The Globe and Mail

“I’m going to want to read this one again, just for the pleasure of Huff’s trademark dialogue, her character interactions, her cutting wit and her clever, if black, humor.”

Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Lots of action and amusing show-biz details keep things moving for a fun dark-fantasy adventure.”


“Suspenseful and well written.”

Science Fiction Chronicle

“This inventive adventure combines fantasy, horror, and mystery, making a unique stew of unexplainable events, detective work, and things spotted out of the corner of one’s eye. Older teens who enjoy dark urban fantasy or mysteries with paranormal elements will enjoy this book.”


“A must for Tanya Huff fans, it’s also well worth a look for anyone who enjoys “behind the scenes” stories about the film industry. Highly recommended.”

Infinity Plus Reviews

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