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"a gripping suspense tale"

Police Capt. Jess Vandermire and Lt. John Brittain team up again in BEYOND THE GRAVE, Lina Gardiner's fabulous follow- up to GRAVE ILLUSIONS. This gripping suspense tale will have readers racing to the end, most likely in one sitting.

A killer with a penchant for well-to-do brunettes roams loose in New York. Bodies of dead women begin to appear, and Jess and Britt must figure out who's behind the attacks. But there's a problem. The appearance of the corpses coincides with strange periods in which Jess, a vampire, has blacked out. She has no idea where she's been or what she's done. With the help of her brother's prayers— Regent, a priest—she has so far maintained some of her soul's humanity unlike many other vampires. But the clues stack up against her, and she fears she may have killed these women. Britt knows she hasn't murdered anyone, but establishing her innocence proves difficult.

The romantic tension continues between Jess and Britt as well. They share a mutual attraction, but Jess fears she can't have a normal relationship, so she distances herself from Britt, but he refuses to give up, hoping to weaken her defenses. But, after Jess almost bites him, he does need to face the reality that she's not your typical girl next door.

Lina Gardiner has once again captivated fans with BEYOND THE GRAVE, a vampire police procedural. Fast-paced and filled with intrigue, Gardiner has written an exciting story starring those terrific characters fans have come to admire. I highly recommend it to any mystery and/or vampire fans. She writes her evil characters just as well as the good ones. Suspense abounds, guaranteeing shivers down the spine. The only caveat: the ending will leave readers drooling for the third installment.

Reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Posted March 9, 2009

SUMMARY

**A PNR Reviewer Top Pick**

Vampire Police Captain Jess Vandermire is hunting a serial killer vampire. The trouble is, Jess is experiencing blackouts, and every time she does, another woman turns up dead. Has she slipped over the dangerous slope into full vampirism? Is she the serial killer she’s hunting?

Lieutenant John Brittain makes it his job to find the killer and prove Jess innocent, but it’s hard to be human in a world of super-strong, super-fast vampires. His best weapon is his tough-cop intellect and he’s using it for all he’s worth. Yes, Jess is a vampire, and yes, she’s capable of killing. He knows, however, that she hasn’t committed these crimes, and he has the horrible feeling that if doesn’t catch the killer soon Jess will be the final victim.

As Jess and Britt wage war against this evil vampire, it becomes a battle for the last vestiges of Jess’s own humanity. Soon the question becomes, who will draw first blood?

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Mystery, Police Procedural

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Beyond the Grave
(Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter : Book 2)
by Lina Gardiner

Imajinn Books
October 1, 2008
Available: October 30, 2008
ISBN #1933417439
EAN #9781933417431
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