La Vida Vampire
Nancy Haddock
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La Vida Vampire
Nancy Haddock
304 pages
April 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Francesca Marinelli is having to get used to the afterlife. Having been turned into a vampire in the early 1800s and then trapped underground for 200 years, she is playgin catch-up with culture and history, mostly through watching films. Cesca is living with her friend Maggie and working on her education, along with taking a new job as a Ghost Tour guide in St. Augustine, Florida.

Francesca's first day as a tour guide hardly goes smoothly: one of her guests turns out to be a vampire killer. When another guest turns up dead with evidence of vampire bites, Cesca is considered a suspect. When it becomes clear that her life is in danger, one of the policemen, Deke Saber, has to act as bodyguard. Will Cesca's awakening hormones and wildly-changing life be able to keep up with all the events going on?

La Vida Vampire is a really good, fun book, lighthearted and quirky yet also interesting. The murder mystery is well-written with a wide variety of suspects, magic, and other vampires all playing their part. A side plot about a giant Cat and a wizard working to protect Cesca feels rather incomplete, but that is, I presume, setting the ground for a future novel. The story of Cesca is well-resolved, and there are amusing moments as Cesca surprises those around her by not conforming to vampire norms. This is the author's debut novel, and she's clearly one to watch.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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