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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire Chef (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234070
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I look forward to the next in the series and to see where the love triangle leads.
Theresa A. Brenum
Highly recommended for Zettel fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of paranormal mysteries, fine cooking, and a touch of romance.
Arthur W. Jordin
Charlotte is very likeable character and there is enough mild humor to keep the story feeling light, even during the action scenes.
C. Thilmany

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sevenmoonlight on October 27, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chef Charlotte is co-owner of Nightlife Restaurant with her vampire brother Chet. When a drunk customer who made a scene (in the presence of influential restaurant critic Anatole) is found dead the next morning, Charlotte's brother Chet comes under suspicion. The victim was a member of a powerful Maddox Witch family known for their Vampire hunting. Brenden Maddox, brother to the victim comes to the restaurant to ask questions at the same time as Anatole the critic (and a vampire) is there seeking answers too.

Charlotte starts working with both men to find out what is happening and why a man was killed in her place. The more she digs into the case, the more her brother looks suspicious. Both Anatole and Brenden seem personally interested in Charlotte which fuels their rivalry inspite of the fragile truce to work together.

There are several things about this book that are a pleasant surprise. Firstly it is definitely a cozy mystery in-spite of the vampires or romantic tension. The world building is simple with the least amount of fuss. The paranormal is out in the open now and the night life crowd enjoys a good meal (no human blood - that's illegal.) Charlotte is a bona-fide Chef and big sister, always taking care of her younger vampire brother Chet who the rest of the family has disowned.

Charlotte herself is a great character. The old saying never trust a skinny cook is employed here with Charlotte who has some curves and meat on her bones, which I always like rather than the same-old perfectly thin heroine. She is a bit feisty without being bull headed. She also doesn't get much sleep but a few short hours here and there. I really wanted to make her get some sleep after a while!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Thilmany TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My friend called me and told me I just had to read this book. She said it was similar to the Sookie Stackhouse series. Well I wouldn't quite describe it like that, but I'm really glad she made the recommendation.

Chef Charlotte Caine and her vampire brother, Chet, co-own the restaurant, Nightlife, which caters to vampires and their friends and family. While vampires can't eat, they can drink and the concoctions the restaurant serves are becoming popular, as is the food served to those who can eat.

On the very night vampire food critic Anatole Sevarin comes into the restaurant--this could be their big break--a man approaches a patron and causes a scene, resulting in a fire. They must shut down to clean up and the next day the man that caused the fire is found dead in the restaurant, drained of blood. Charlotte feels the need to protect her brother and find out who did it while worrying over everything associated with reopening the restaurant and how to pay her bills.

Besides Charlotte and the police, two others want answers. Surprising to Charlotte is Sevarin, the food critic. The other is Brendan Maddox, the cousin of the man found drained in the restaurant. He's a warlock, head of his own security firm and is keeping secrets to protect his family who were known for hunting vampires and pushing for changes to the laws that now accept vampires as citizens. Of course both are gorgeous and protective of her.

We get a lot of insight as to how a restaurant and kitchen are run, along with a many-layered mystery. Charlotte is very likeable character and there is enough mild humor to keep the story feeling light, even during the action scenes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 5, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this new mystery series, human chef Charlotte Caine runs a restaurant with her vampire brother Chet called Nightlife which caters to the "paranormals" as vampires, witches and warlocks, and werewolves who live among humans are called. When a celebrity restaurant critic, who happens to be a vampire, shows up Charlotte knows a postive review from him could mean instant success. But a drunk warlock shows up the same night and casts a spell that almost burns the building down, dashing any hope of a good review. Then the same drunk turns up murdered on the restaurant doorstep. Evidence points to Chet as the killer and as Charlotte struggles to clear his name, she discovers she must put her trust in a handsome warlock and a charming vampire who are also rivals for her heart.

Let me begin by saying I'm not into the vampire culture stuff made popular by recent books and movies and this book is one more author catching a ride on that particular wave. The story itself was typical of most "cozy" mysteries where the main character gets involved in solving a murder, finds herself the target of the killer, and is usually caught up in some kind of romance, and there really wasn't anything unique in the vampire/warlock/werewolf folklore. The vampires still can't be out in daylight and get nervous around stakes and silver. The witches play with fire. The werewolves turn at the full moon. What makes it somewhat different is the way the author creates a world in present time that focuses on their human side and the politcs involved with interacting as accepted members of society, including laws being passed that recognize them as having the same rights as humans.
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