The girls at Wiggons' School for Elegant Young Ladies believe that a vampire is living on the estate nearest them. Vincent, Lord Atwood never comes out in the light of day and visits his wife's grave at midnight each night. After all, he fits all the criteria in their favorite horrid novel 'Wake Not the Dead!' Even the villagers believe it. Tess Crawford, their teacher at the school, just laughs at their silliness. Unable to sleep one night, Tess takes a midnight stroll. She is near the cemetery when a sudden storm bears down and Lord Atwood helps her to take cover in his family's crypt. When they are finally able to emerge after the storm, they find uprooted tombstones and trees and a school that is so damaged that it must be entirely rebuilt. Lord Atwood (very) reluctantly offers accommodations for the 36 pupils and the teachers. Tess is hesitant to move into Atwood Hall because she knows that one of Atwood's friends is hunting her and intends intent on possessing something that she has and sending her to the gallows for a happening in her past. This is a unique and engaging plot that moves along at a quick pace. The hero is one of the most endearing that I have come across recently. The heroine is good and the three 'vampire mad' students had me chuckling. This is a good combination of mystery, humor, and romance and I am anxious to read more by this author. Normally I deduct from my ratings for editing errors but I enjoyed this book so much that this time I didn't. However, if you are seriously bothered by them (as some reviewers have been) you might want to pass on this one.
For those interested, there are no language or sexual situations to offend any readers.