"a brilliant debut"
Vampire Francesca Marinelli was trapped underground in a
coffin for 200 hundred years before being found when the
Victorian house above her was being renovated. A lot of
things have changed since she was buried but she has
managed to watch from her prison and keep up with what has
been happening on the outside. Released into a world
where vampires are a protected species and finding some
buried treasure under her coffin means life will be a lot
better than it was two centuries ago.
Cesca to her friends is a vampire who wants to enjoy her
afterlife. She surfs, dances and is taking some online
courses. She also enjoys reading and DVD's and is basically
making the most of what she has. With no real need to earn
money she decides to use her time to work as a ghost tour
guide. The job is perfect for Cesca who was actually alive
227 years ago and knows everything there is to know about
local history. However a woman from her tour group turns up
dead and things start getting a little complicated. Being a
vampire is sometimes not all it is cracked up to be!
Of course the murder victim has bite marks on her neck so
everyone looks to Cesca as suspect #1. With the help of
her friends and the sexy ex-slayer Deke Saber she is out to
make sure that she doesn't end up being charged with a
crime she didn't commit. Will she manage to find out who
the killer is and what the motive was? With her vamp
powers not exactly dusted off yet Cesca gets a lot more
action than she expected from her new life when she ends up
chasing stalkers, murderers and falling for a man who used
to kill vampires for a living.
This was a great, fun and interesting read. Readers will
be hooked from the first page and may find themselves
staying up all night to finish this brilliant debut. The
book has a new take on being a vampire and the vampire in
this case is a character you can really grow to like as the
A well written story this is the beginning of the
new 'Oldest City Vampire' series. This author with her
surfing vampire will be making waves in the genre and after
this book there can only be many more good reads to come.
Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted April 5, 2008