I was lucky enough to be sent the first book in the series, which I read so I know how Mark and Vinnie got together, and I loved that book. I have to say these is very different to what I would normally read, but the author keeps you hooked with the goings on in the books, and I can honestly say I love this series.
In this book, it was Vinnie who took to the main stage, and an awesome job he did too, I really loved how he took things over in the court, and how he handled his fellow judge Dale. Mark was away at the time, but I think to begin with he was wondering what was happening, but then seemed to forget about it all - but I am sure there was something else going on then, especially with the ending in this book.
If you love reading about shape-shifters, vampires, werewolves and any other shifter you can think of, and you love a good mystery then this series is for you. I will be looking out for the future books in this series, just to see if Mark and Vinnie are able to solve the big mystery that is hanging over them, and if they both survive this investigation with their love and lives intact.
Please also see below for the brilliant Guest Post that I was sent to add to the review, it explains the series a lot better than I can :)
Before I begin let me give a tremendous thank you to Gay Media Reviews for asking me to do a guest post. Blogs like this let a writer connect with his readers and potential new ones. I hope, after reading this post, they don’t regret hosting meJ.
I also think introductions are in order before I tackle this subject. My name is L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella. I write the Mark Julian Vampire PI mystery series. So yep, that is a plug just in case anyone reading that line was unsure about it.
My mysteries take place in contemporary New York City. Well, to be fair, they take place in the supernatural world that exists in tandem with this contemporary city. But, from my books title, my hero is a private eye who happens to be a vampire. By the way, would now be a good time to mention he has a shape-shifting sex demon secretary who prefers to dress in the style of the 1940s? She rocks, but I’m prejudiced about her. But she is another possible post topic.
The point of this post is the traps that await me when I sit down to write one of the Julian books. Since my hero is a vampire who died at the dawn of the early Roman Empire it stands to reason he has been alive for quite some time. That fact is a two edged sword when I write the books. On one hand I can weave his recollections of his past lives into each book thus, I hope, making it a richer reading experience.
BUT, and it’s a big one, when I’m writing a “past life” section I know I need to be sure about every fact during that time frame. I’m not just talking about getting the correct dates though, that helps a lot. I mean getting right the critical details of that period. If I write about a costume, a ceremony, a physical description of a building/room even the spelling of an ancient word I need to be pretty darn sure about it. Why? Well first, I feel it’s my responsibility not to be slipshod with my books and thus my readers. The second is fear based: if I mess up someone, e.g. reader, will let me know and fast. I do not want to lose that trust from any of the people who read my books. So I research an era of the past then research it again from another angle.
Most times this process is not a problem. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult especially when historical sources do not agree on what was going on or how things were done etc. In those cases I take my best shot. I go with one side or the other’s interpretations and cross my fingers. Worse is when there is only a vague historical record of that time frame. When that happens I stick to the current historical thoughts about the period.
In the end it’s really all about making the book fun and informative too. I picked my hero, or rather he picked me, so we both make the best of it. I may not write like Tolstoy but I think I write a rattling good yarn. But do not take my word for it. Go buy one of the books in the series and check me, and Mark Julian out. Now about that secretary ....*wink*
“I fail to see how hiring another killer will solve the issue,” the woman sharply stated in annoyance while staring over at the man seated across from her. “I mean the last set of vampire murders hardly solved the problem did it? In fact, that spectacular failure may have potentially cast a rather unwelcome light upon our activities.”
“I have to agree that your hiring another assassin to remove the persons on your new hit list was hardly inventive,” the tall man next to her added as he stared at the same person to whom the woman had just spoken too. “Besides, was killing all those other vampires truly required?” He grumbled. From the tone of his voice it was clear that he too shared the woman’s irritation with the person opposite them.
The slightly built male individual to whom they had addressed their criticisms said nothing for a few seconds. From his facial expression however, it was obvious to them all that he was inwardly seething over their comments. After a minute however, his face lost all outward hint of his internal anger. “I think disposing of those vampires who sat on that commission was unavoidable.” He calmly replied. “They knew too much about our plans, or else they had too many suspicions based upon what they inadvertently discovered in the records.” He gave them a chilling look; grinned at the discomfort it gave to the others in the room then continued speaking.