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Bloodcircle (Vampire Files, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1998


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About the Author

P.N. “Pat” Elrod, best known for The Vampire Files and the Jonathan Barrett: Gentleman Vampire series, co-edited Time of the Vampires, and has stories in several other anthologies.  A great fan of Forever Knight, she collaborated with actor Nigel Bennet (LaCroix) on Keeper of the King and His Father’s Son.  She is currently working on a new set of toothy titles and branching into the mystery and science fiction genres.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441067174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441067176
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm best known for writing THE VAMPIRE FILES, a series about an undead vampire Jack Fleming whose first case is to solve his OWN murder! There's 12 books and counting, as well as a number of short stories about his adventures.

In addition to writing, I've gone into editing and had the pleasure of working with the top names in urban fantasy with several award-winning collections.

Lately, I've just signed to edit a new anthology for St. Martin's called HEX SYMBOLS and signed a 3-book contract with Tor for a new steampunk series, ON HER MAJESTY'S PSYCHIC SERVICE. I'm currently working on the first book, THE HANGED MAN.

I consider myself to be danged lucky to have a job that I love this much!

There's a lot more info on my website: www.vampwriter.com and, yeah, you figured it, I'm on FaceBook. Far too often for my own good! Drop in and hang out!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Kelly Wagner on January 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The third novel in the series about Jack Fleming, PI and vampire. In this book in the series, Jack goes searching further for Maureen, and winds up meeting Jonathan Barrett, an almost-200-year-old vampire who has landed a cushy job as a private secretary to a recluse. There are several mysteries surrounding the recluse's family and neighbors. Barrett (who appears as the star in a separate Elrod series) also wants to protect himself, and although he's not evil, his ideas about his own best self-interest conflict with Jack's drive to find out more about Maureen. When we find out some of the solution to the mysteries above, we get an interesting depiction of the fine line between sanity and insanity, expressed in terms before the word sociopath was is everyday vocabulary.
Those who already know that they like vampire novels, anything at all that features a vampire, can skip this review, and likewise, those who hate the whole idea of vampires can skip it. But for those trying to decide whether or not to read more of this genre, or whether the one vampire novel you've already read was a fluke, it may help to have some ways to categorize these novels. Thus: BunRab's Standard Vampire Classification Guide. First, most authors of vampire novels approach from one of the main genres of genre fiction; thus their background may be primarily in romance, or in science fiction/fantasy, or in murder mysteries, or in horror. Second, many vampire novels come in series; knowing whether this is one of a series, and where in the series it falls, may be helpful. Then we have some particular characteristics: - Is the vampire character (or characters) a "good guy" or a "bad guy"? Or are there some of each? - Are there continuing characters besides the vampire, through the series?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After cleaning up a few loose ends from their previous adventure, nice guy vampire Jack Fleming and his private agent friend Charles Escott try to uncover what happened to Maureen, Jack's former lover and vampire sire, when she disappeared five years ago. Apparently on that night she was at the estate of Miss Emily Francher, whose personal assistant Jonathan Barrett not only turns out to be a 160-year-old vampire, but also is revealed to be the one who sired Maureen. With plenty of in-jokes for those who still remember the soap opera "Dark Shadows," P. N. Elrod follows our hero and his faithful human companion as they seek to solve the mystery of Maureen's disappearance, which has been haunting Jack for years. Once again, Elrod saves the best for last, as the climatic chapters of this novel elevate the story line to a new level. What I continue to appreciate with these novels are not only how Elrod deals with the practical aspects of being a vampire, especially once they are staked, but how Jack never responds in a predictable manner. I also like the fact that "Bloodcircle," like its two predecessors in "The Vampire Files," are clearly part of a larger story, always "to be continued" and always compelling our continued interest. These books are fun reads, perfect for a day at the beach or living the commuter lifestyle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Baker VINE VOICE on July 1, 2004
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Book Review by C. Douglas Baker
If you have not read LIFEBLOOD, Book Two of the Vampire files, warning that this contains spoilers for that book.
BLOODCIRCLE, Book Three of the Vampire Files, literally picks up right where Book Two, LIFEBLOOD left off. After surviving his encounter with Gaylen, Maureen's diabolical and homicidal sister, Jack Fleming is found working his hypnotic magic on an initially recalcitrant police official to get out jail. Once on the loose, Fleming and Charles Escott go in search of Maureen, Fleming's long lost vampire lover.
Fleming and Escott's search for Maureen is the sole focus of BLOODCIRCLE. Their search leads them to the vampire Jonathan Barrett, Maureen's former lover who she turned to for help after her sister escaped from a mental institution placing Maureen in mortal danger. Little did Maureen expect that she would face danger from less likely quarters. Nor do Jack and Escott, for awhile anyway. Their encounter with Barrett leads to two murders and two attempted murders. And yes, Fleming gets his skull smashed in again (a quite unhealthy habit). Once again Escott plays the Sherlockian role as he pieces together the information he and Fleming gather along to the way to discover who wants Fleming dead (again) and why. Eventually the entire mystery, including that of Maureen, is solved.
If you liked the first two books in The Vampire Files then BLOODCIRCLE is definitely for you. Then again, if you did not like the first two books you probably will not read this review or BLOODCIRCLE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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Bloodcircle has proven to be as satisfying as the two before it. The conversation is sparkling, the plot gripping, and the world of the vampire, as always, totally engrossing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
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In this book, Jack meets Jonathan Barrett, from Red Death, and asks for knowledge of the missing Maureen. Jonathan states ignorance, but says that Maureen did come to him after she left Jack. I am rather partial to this book since I liked the character of Barrett. It is always interesting to see a character you've read a first-person narrative by through the eyes of someone else.
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