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Murder in Vein (A Madison Rose Vampire Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Ann Jaffarian
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Book Description

The sight of the blood covered fangs exploded from her deep memory like a ball
through a plate glass window. The man had bitten Bobby, torn into him like a barbequed rib on the Fourth of July.

Vampires. Vam-pires. Real live—er, dead (undead?)—bloodsucking vampires, living in the City of Angels. Madison Rose, a street-smart twenty-something waitress would never have believed it—until a vampire thwarts a vicious attack against her by appearing in the nick of time and finishing off her assailant in one tasty bite.

Madison has been saved by the vampires—or has she? She learns that women have been going missing; their lifeless bodies turning up drained of blood. Now the murderer is after her. As the violence escalates, Madison, LAPD Detective Notchey, and a cadre of alluring and dangerous vampires search for the true killer—while Madison keeps a wary eye on the skittish and thirsty vampires. Will she survive to see the light of day?


"Like Stuart Kaminsky, Jaffarian juggles her franchises deftly, giving each a unique voice and appeal. Her latest series kickoff may be her best yet, blending supernatural sexy with down-to-earth sassy."
Kirkus Reviews

"Though Madison is no Sookie Stackhouse, she's definitely a keeper."
Publishers Weekly

"It will no doubt appeal to many paranormal mystery fans. . .[Murder in Vein] is recommended for its likable characters and intriguing plot."
Library Journal


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About the Author

Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery series—Odelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Rose—and also writes general fiction and short stories. She is widely sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

For the most up-to-date list of all Sue Ann's activities, visit the calendar page at


"Sue Ann Jaffarian never fails to make me chuckle with her three mystery series starring paralegal Odelia Grey, ghost Granny Apples, and now Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries

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  • File Size: 1590 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK; Original edition (September 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VPXD7I
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires, Blood Lust and Murder August 16, 2010
I'm a fan of Sue Ann Jaffarian's other mystery series, but don't tend to read vampire stories so wasn't sure what I would think, but I loved this whodunnit, which delves into the world of vampires and vampire envy. Madison Rose finds herself shocked to discover that vampires are real, and that she almost died because of them. She goes to live with her new vampire "grandparents," who wind up becoming the only family she has, only to become the target of those who think if they kill her, they are on the fast track to permanent (as opposed to retractable) fangs. Jaffarian sends up vampire envy while introducing a whole new cast of characters, including a vampire council, with her own twist on the genre. She manages to make this a believable world, as she did with Ghost a la Mode, and Madison is an engaging heroine who is by turns wary and curious about the undercover community that takes her in. If you're a Jaffarian fan, you'll definitely want to check this out, and if you're a newcomer to her work, you'll enjoy the sly humor as well as the covens, clubs and coffins that populate Murder in Vein.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fang-In-Cheek Indeed November 17, 2011
"Murder in Vein" is the first in a new series of supernatural mysteries. Author Sue Ann Jaffarian, who already has two successful mystery series to her name, boldly takes on two very dedicated fan bases with the new Madison Rose Fang-in-Cheek series: lovers of mysteries and lovers of vampire novels. Neither group of readers is always easy to please, but if any author is capable of such a feat, it is Jaffarian.

Known for her blend of humor and mystery, Jaffarian adds a dash of horror and romance to her newest novel. The book beings with what seems to be a new trope in vampire lit - the damsel in distress waiting to be rescued by the handsome, romantic, "bad-boy-who-really-wants-to-be good" vampire. Jaffarian quickly turns this scene on its head and from this moment forward the readers knows that they are in for something other than the usual teen-lit vampire romance. Instead of a heroic, yet damaged male vampire, Madison Rose (not Rose Madison as she is quick to point out) is rescued by Doug and Dodie Deadham, an elderly couple of vampires out for an evening stroll. To further disrupt the reader's sense of equilibrium, this seemingly grandparent-like duo proceeds to viciously kill and eat another person while in the process of helping Madison.

This opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the book. The novel is a blend of humor, strange circumstances, and enough mystery to keep the plot moving. Madison is a young woman with a troubled past and despite their strange meeting, she comes to find a pseudo-family in the Deadhams and their strange vampire community.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best Yet ... August 11, 2010
By Susan
I'm a long time fan of Sue Ann's books, and she never ceases to amaze me with the depth and breadth of her interests. First murder, then ghosts and now VAMPIRES!!

I believe 'Murder in Vein' is Sue Ann at her writing best ... funny, intriguing, engaging and literate. And her character development is wonderful! Madison Rose (what a great name!) is in for the ride of her life when she gets involved with the neighborhood vampires. What is she thinking??? Find out by reading 'Murder in Vein'. You won't be sorry.

I can't wait for the next in the series :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read. February 14, 2011
By Anne
I've read Jaffarian's other mystery series, but not the one with the ghost. I found the mystery series an ok, easy, breezy read. I started off not liking this as much. I found many of the characters, including Madison, kind of unlikeable. I ended with a positive impression, but would recommend people get the book at the library first before spending $10+. I am interested to see what happens next with Madison and whether or not I warm up to the other characters.

Without spoiling, I will say the very ending was a surprise. Perhaps realistic though.

I did not find this book to be excessively bloody or violent even if the majority of the characters weren't vampires, it is labeled as a mystery. That usually entails death and unpleasantness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3-1/2 stars: middle of the road vampire series October 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
3-1/2 stars: Hmmm...what do I say about this book? I have really mixed feelings about it, hence the 3-1/2 stars. I couldn't quite give it 4 (when I compare it to other books I've given 4 stars to) yet it doesn't quite rate a 3.

The book started off very shaky for me. The writing felt very unpolished and perhaps that is why I didn't quite get sucked into the story immediately. The writing left me feeling ambivalent to all the characters and what was going on plotwise. As the book progressed, the writing improved; it felt more like an experienced writer to me and I was able to get into the story more. I plowed through the book in about a day, so I can't say it didn't keep my attention, but something was just missing from it. Maybe it was a connection to the characters. I really liked Dodie, Doug and Samuel, but I just couldn't rally any special feeling for Madison, Colin or Mike. I didn't dislike them, I just didn't care all that much about them.

The storyline was good but nothing spectacular. Again, it held my attention but didn't elicit any strong feelings. I will say that by the end of the book, the characters had gained enough potential that I will probably give the second book a try and see if my ambivalent feelings for this book were just a matter of having to "get into the series". I have had other series where I didn't love (or hate) the first book but the second book really sucks me in.

**Note on Kindle edition: First let me say, I checked this book out from my library's Overdrive system, but my understanding is that the kindle files we download to read are the same ones that we would get if we bought it from Amazon, since you download library books directly from Amazon. Anyway, the file for this book was less than spectacular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
A little different but enjoyable series. I know I should feel something for the main character but I dont. I actually fel sympathy for the vampires. Waiting for book #3.
Published 19 months ago by Disappointed
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire commumities!
Not exactly what I expected, but I still could not leave it alone! Madison is sassy yet sweet, but she needs more in her life than school and vampires! Read more
Published 23 months ago by ronnabella
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and imaginative vampire society
Murder in Vein is a fast moving murder mystery set in a fully imagined vampire society with few human assistants. Read more
Published on April 27, 2013 by Elizabeth H. Calafiore
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this
I enjoyed the book and will read more from this author. Good characters left me wanting more. I look forward to spending more time in this world.
Published on March 5, 2013 by D. Weisman
4.0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long?
I've been a fan of author Sue Ann Jaffarian for years. It began with her Odelia Grey series then continued with the Granny Apples books. Read more
Published on March 5, 2013 by esorlitse
5.0 out of 5 stars Just started
Just started reading this book. So far, it is interesting and I can not wait to learn more about the characters. I do like vampire books.
Published on March 2, 2013 by Beverly Babcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fun book to be transported into the world of vampires without being too cliché. The mystery aspect kept me enthralled and I finished the book in a single day. Read more
Published on February 23, 2013 by melissa otto
5.0 out of 5 stars A SOLID 4.5 stars
My review assumes you've read a synopsis elsewhere.

Madison Rose is a young woman that life has treated very badly since the age of 8. Read more
Published on February 17, 2013 by VoiceofReason
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit grisly for my taste
I love paranormal romance, and I love mysteries, so I thought this book would be a great fit for my tastes. Read more
Published on February 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss!
I absolutely loved the Madison Rose series. I have NEVER been one to watch vampire movies or read the books; but because I really enjoyed Sue Ann's other books and really like the... Read more
Published on February 4, 2013 by ibcynthy
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More About the Author

Like her character Odelia Grey from the Odelia Grey mysteries, Sue Ann Jaffarian, is a middle-aged, plus size paralegal. She lives in Los Angeles with her two cats, B and Raffi. She writes mysteries and general fiction, as well as short stories.

Under the pen name of Meg Chambers, Sue Ann also writes the Winnie Wilde erotic romance series.

In addition to writing, Sue Ann is sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

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