Book Review: May Day by Josie Jaffrey

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.

Body bags on standby.

It’s nice to see Vampire fiction making a little bit of a comeback this year. It’s always interesting to see which of the ‘traditional’ elements an author keeps and which they discard. Our vampires (or Silver) this time are supernatural, blood drinking, high speed, excellent hearing but capable of being out in daylight and ingesting ‘normal’ food and (plenty of) drink.

This was an interesting mix of a decent crime story, politics and vampire life. The crime was well plotted and enough to keep the reader wondering what really happened through out the book. The Silver politics were interesting and added depth to the story, making it all the more interesting.

I enjoyed the relationships between Jack and her fellow Seekers, they were an interesting group that felt like long term work colleagues rather than all of them being friends – which is of course exactly what they were.

The only slight niggle for me personally was that Jack focussed on her love life a lot. A good proportion of her thoughts centred around it and her sexual feelings for two of the other characters. I’m sure it would work for other readers but I found it got a bit too much and I would have preferred this aspect toned down a little.

Overall a good crime story with a supernatural twist, I enjoyed reading this one.

With thanks to Josie Jaffrey for sending me a copy in exchange for honest review.

May Day is available now.

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