Enjoyable read, well written, interesting characters, humorous murder mystery with a twist. Looking forward to reading next book.
Good protagonist, well plotted. Well blended "para" with the normal entities. Somewhat more realistic (if you can say that) than some of the other series. Looking forward to the next installment.
This is the first book in a light and fluffy chick lit series with a heroine whose restaurant, Nightlife, caters to supernatural gourmands in Manhattan. Thirty-year-old Charlotte Caine is a master chef who has found her calling in "haute noir" dining—the preparation of liquid nourishment for vampires (aka nightbloods) and raw-meat-based meals for shifters. (In this world, vampires can digest liquids other than blood, but no solids.) Charlotte's brother, Chet, is the fanged one in the family, but Charlotte herself is a nonmagical human. Zettel tells the story in the first person from Charlotte's point of view, and she handles the difficulties of that POV better than most. The book has many aspects of cozy mysteries: the discovery of a dead body by an amateur sleuth who must contend with a variety of colorful suspects and several red herrings until she solves the crime all by herself. But this book has a lot more violence than the typical cozy mystery, including a scary vampire attack and a fiery vampire death, both with enough graphic details to make you grit your teeth and swallow hard. The scary scenes are balanced by lightweight foody episodes as Charlotte uses the mindless tasks involved in food prep to keep herself from self-destructing as her carefully constructed life begins to fall apart. All in all, this is a cute, somewhat violent, series with well-defined world building, interesting characters, and a complex plot line. Check out my full review at FangFiction.Blogspot.com.
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