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May Day: If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective (Seekers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"This book was just fantastic. I loved every moment of it: the lore, the characters, and, of course, the bisexual mess herself, Jack Valentine. All of it was amazing." Writing Werewolf
"Do you love a good murder mystery? Would it be even better with the addition of vampires? Of course, it would! And these vampires are not like any other vampires you've read about. Not a sparkle anywhere in this great novel!" My Bookish Bliss
"I freaking loved it. I loved that it had so much depth to it. The characters were great, the romance was way more than I expected and I did not pick any of the twists and turns. Considering the amount of urban fantasy I've read that is a hell of an achievement." Maxine's Obsessions
"A fast paced, vampire crime story, with interesting characters and deep world building. You don't have to be familiar with the universe to enjoy this book, or have read the short story. If you like crime and vampires, you'll love this." Narratess
"A suspenseful story with a well-developed world, complex characters including a formidable bisexual detective, between a sexy doctor and an annoyingly alluring baron, May Day is everything I wanted in a vampire mystery and more!" Mind of Luxe--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0897NC74V
- Publisher : Silver Sun Books (July 9, 2020)
- Publication date : July 9, 2020
- Language: : English
- File size : 2281 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jack Valentine is a Silver, a race of vampires that live and walk amongst humans. They need to hide themselves from humans, so she works for a group called the Seekers. They are the law enforcement of sorts for Silver-related crimes. When a murder occurs on the first of May that seems to be Silver-related, she and her team are on the case.
The side characters in this book gave me life. Jack and her team of the Seekers were all unique and amazing, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the story to see how these characters grow in the future. I won’t describe them too much in order not to spoil anything accidentally, you should definitely just read this book for yourself.
Seeing Jack and Drake arguing with each other throughout the book was fun. The tension between these characters was undeniable, but they tried to deny it at every chance they got. Jack would do anything to deny her growing feelings to Drake. Jack did crush on Tabitha for the duration of the novel as well, so I am not quite sure which team to root for. I don’t typically enjoy love triangles, but I loved both couples so much that I couldn’t hold my anti-triangle grudge for long.
The unfolding mystery in this book was so fun to read! I wanted to figure out who had killed the businessman on May Day from the beginning, but I knew it wasn’t going to be a simple or easy mystery to solve. Jack had to explore nooks and crannies of the Silver lifestyle that she had never noticed or even seen before. Aspects of the lifestyle so disturbing that it made her question her new existence entirely. I loved the contrast of how the Silver interacted with humans while doing their investigation, and how the Silver interacted with other Silver while in a closed environment. Getting to see the small ways Silver can communicate with one another that humans wouldn’t even be able to notice felt like a real treat, like being able to access something that should have been closed off. I felt like I was in the secret Seeker society in this novel, learning the secrets of the world around them.
This book definitely touches on some disturbing topics, but they are luckily all listed out on the website Book Trigger Warnings. Thank you to those who constantly work on that website! Some parts of the story were horrifying/scary, but I always wanted to keep reading to hope that Jack would get justice for those being taken advantage of. None the more triggering things were done just because or to give the character random “growth” they were intricately woven into the mystery and the darkness of the world.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult fantasy thriller/mystery novel.
I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.
May Day is a gripping murder mystery set in the same universe as Jaffrey's other vampire series (Solis Invicti). It takes place in the present day, before the events of the other series. The focus is on Jack Valentine, who works to keep the existence of vampires a secret. When several humans are publicly killed on major holidays and the evidence indicates a vampire, the vampire government fears a serial killer. It is Jack and her partner Cam who investigate.
I mentioned in my review of Killian's Dead that I disliked Jack. As I read May Day, however, my opinion changed. She is much more relatable and realistic (except the vamp bit). And she doles out some vigilante justice that is oh-so-satisfying. Worth noting: she's bisexual.
What absolutely delighted me was Cam's role. He was my favorite character in the other two series, and I am so happy to see him again! His background is alluded to in the other series, and now readers get to glimpse it and get to know him better. Also, it's interesting to know where he will end up, hundreds of years down the line. I am interested to see how he gets there!
The development of the mystery was perfect for this fan of cozy mysteries and Sherlock Holmes. The investigation proceeds intelligently and unexpectedly. I didn't figure out the killer until Jack was en route to apprehend the guilty party. There are a couple of subplots that did not go as I expected, but made perfect sense when we got to the end. And what an end it was! Total cliffhanger.
Since finishing the other two series some time ago, I've been eager for another book in this universe. Now that I've finished May Day, I think I might be even more impatient for the next installment! I don't know what to expect, but I know it will be good!
A gripping murder mystery, a dash of romance, and some vigilante justice doled out by a bisexual vampire make May Day a unique and captivating read.
Note: Review copies of Killian's Dead and May Day were provided in exchange for honest reviews.
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Jacquelyn ”Jack” Valentine was 18 when she was turned into a vampire. Or Silver as they are called here. For 20 years she’s been working as a Seeker in Oxford. Seekers are part of the Silver police force and their job is to keep other Silver from bringing attention to their community. Humans are not supposed to know about Silver. Period. When a human is killed by a Silver in a very public manner (and not the first in a series of murders) the Oxford Seekers are on it. Then the London higher ups come to town and take over because they believe the murder is tied to their cases from London. Or is it? There is some shady shizzle going on and Jack’s team is stuck stepping in it.
Vampire detective isn’t a new thing, but who says it has to be new to be good? Jack is a great character. Brilliant at ferreting out clues and putting them together, but totally self-destructive personally. What a mess she is. And her hatred for the Oxford Baron, Killian Drake, is single-minded to the point of career suicide. Killian is a great villain, if you want to call him that. I’m not really sure at this point if he’s on anyone’s side except his own long-lived self. He’s fascinating and irritating.
There is some serious underhanded crap going on. There’s intrigue and mystery galore. There’s the whole who-can-you-trust paranoia. There’s also a murder to solve. And the icing on the cake is the personal life of Jack and how she just careens through her days and nights doing her job and making a mess of her personal life. She’s like a train wreck you can’t look away from and it’s glorious. I mean, a train wreck isn’t glorious. It’s just that Jack is a hot mess. Hell, you know what I mean. Anyway, to top it all off with a giant cherry is that ending. Holy shizzle. I can’t wait to grab book 2 when it comes out.