I love vampire stories, especially when they offer a different spin. This one is set in London and Cambridge shortly after the end of WWI, and the set..Show More »ting and era are quintesentially British. It's also an era we don't often see outside of a "cozy." (Think Downton Abbey.)
This, however, is a monster cozy, if I can coin a phrase. All the drawing room, stiff upper lippi-ness one expects from a British mystery, only the mystery is about vampires. Our hero is a world weary vamp who's fallen in love with a human woman, and this results in a tangle involving her family, and his family of monsters. What's clever is that the characters are dignified and properly attired while their world unravels. Of course, this doesn't prevent them from serving tea, or even brandy, if the day has been very, very trying.
And there is a complex villain who gave me the willies. I loved it!
Freda Warrington has created a cool mythology that is very different from what we're used to. Oh, the fanged ones still drink blood, but they also exist part-time in a parallel reality, (the description of which is amazing).
Jane Copland did a great job bringing everyone to life, and she's an important reason I'm continuing on with the series. She sets the perfect tone.
Note: This is not a book I listened to from cover to cover. I found I had to be in the mood for it. But when I was in the mood, it was awesome.