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Vampyres of Hollywood (Vampyres of Hollywood, Book 1) Hardcover – July 8, 2008
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Actress Barbeau and bestseller Scott (The Alchemyst) give a novel twist to one of the hoariest clichés of vampire lore in this compulsively readable dark fantasy. Secret vampires in the film industry have concocted vampire myths and disseminated them through horror movies to mislead superstitious humans (e.g., real vampires can walk by day). One of the biggest bamboozlers is Ovsanna Moore, a seductive centuries-old vampire currently producing and acting in B-movies with titles like Vatican Vampyres. When humans and vampires in her studio entourage begin dying spectacularly gruesome deaths, Ovsanna knows that someone is specifically targeting her. Since it's just a matter of time before investigating detective Peter King uncovers Ovsanna's vampire pedigree, she must solve the mystery or die and resurface somewhere else. Alternate chapters from Peter and Ovsanna's limited points of view build narrative tension. Briskly paced and full of fang-in-cheek humor, this novel is one of the more entertaining recent works of supernatural noir. (Aug.)
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Barbeau’s second Vampyres of Hollywood novel picks up about two weeks after the end of Vampyres of Hollywood. With the help of Peter, a handsome LAPD detective, Ovsanna Moore, Hollywood horror actress and producer—and a 400-year-old vampire—has destroyed the serial killer targeting celebrities. Now Ovsanna finds herself attracted to Peter, being stalked by weres, dealing with the family problems her chief assistant dragged from her Lousiana home, and the egos of vampyres/Hollywood stars. The story is told alternately from Ovsanna’s and Peter’s viewpoints. That adds to the fun—hearing the story of a cop who falls in love with a vampire, from his side. Comedy, drama, sex, and wit—this novel has it all. It should please supernatural, cinema, and romance fans. --Frieda Murray --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The main plot involves a serial killer that is killing the Stars and a hunky Beverly Hills detective named Peter King. Can passion be far behind? The book is also full of lots of other supernatural creatures,the history of Hollywood and the inside workings of LaLa Land.
Ms. Barbeau has a very readable writing style that is exciting, funny and sometimes graphic. This is the first book in the series. It is well worth reading.
Some of the murders are quite gruesome and work well, but the final reason for them is just dull. Maybe some more work would have lead to an interesting book.
(Spoiler alert for this paragraph.) For 3/4s of the book, Ovsanna has no clue as to why they are occurring. Then in a flash she has a hunch as to who the perpetrator is and that turns out to be who dunnit. (Character was never mentioned until Ovsanna is AT their home in Palm Springs.) There was a character that was obviously placed there to be a red herring. I was getting to fear that person would be the murderer and trust me, the book would have bounced off the wall if I had been correct.
There is a second book in the series and it is my understanding that a third was planned but either not finished or not published. I must confess that I have no interest in picking up the second book in this series.
When it comes to the writing itself, there is nothing wrong with the writing or the voice, but I wish the voice had been put to better use.
Beverly Hills police detective Peter Moore is on the case. He has pieced together the clues which inevitably lead him to the sexy and seductive Ovsanna Moore. But what he doesn't know is that Ms. Moore is actually a 500-year-old vampyre, and the Chatelaine of Hollywood in charge of all the vampyres residing there: the Vampyres of Hollywood.
Despite her vampyre heritage, Ovsanna is actually one of the good guys, and very much wants to help Detective King and the BHPD find the killer that the tabloids have dubbed the Cinema Slayer. But can she do this while still keeping her true identity under cover?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I'd probably place in the mystery or thriller genre, even though it was light-hearted and funny at the same time, all while still being paranormal due to the inclusion of vampyres. The dialog was quick, snappy, and very action-oriented, which kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. ;)
Another unique element was the use of two different first person point of views telling the story, such that one chapter would be told in the first person by Ovsanna, while the next was told by Peter. Though you might think this would get confusing, it didn't at all. Besides staying consistent in the switch between characters, each chapter heading was also denoted with either a gun or a set of fangs. (Cute, huh?)
The ending did get wrapped up rather quickly, though I wasn't necessarily disappointed by it either. Actually, my only real disappointment was that it was the end of the book.... and I wanted more! This was a great read and I'd certainly love to read more like this from Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott in the future.
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