LA VIDA VAMPIRE
by Nancy Haddock

April 2008
ISBN: 978-0425219959
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She’s been called “Gidget with fangs” - not very intimidating for a vampire, but that is fine with her. Francesca “Cesca” Marinelli works hard to be as unvampirical as possible. She likes to surf, she takes online classes, she even has a part-time job as a ghost tour guide in historic St. Augustine. She may be underdead but she is not dead. Cesca embraces each day of her afterlife the only way she knows how...with enthusiasm and a bottle of Starbloods.


Cesca had been buried for over two hundred years. It wasn’t until the renovation of a Victorian mansion that she was discovered and released from her earthen prison. Cesca is thrust into a strange new world that is politically correct to her kind. Her best friend, the woman who found her, is also Cesca’s sponsor. The government wants to know who and where each vampire is at all times. That is better than having an angry mob coming after her with stakes intended for her heart. There are still haters who wish to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. One of those revilers happens to be in her tour group. When someone from her tour ends up dead, the vampire-hater is Cesca’s first suspect. Unfortunately, she is the suspect in the eyes of the local police.


Preternatural investigator Deke Saber does not like vampires. When he finds out about Cesca he figures the murder is an open and shut case. Of course, the vampire did it. When the situation changes and he goes from interrogating Cesca to protecting her, Saber has to rethink his point of view.


There is so much more to La Vida Vampire than I can reveal in this review. There hasn’t been a vampire heroine this fun since Betsy burst on the scene. Cesca is addictive. She is smart, funny, and doesn’t take being a vampire too seriously. I didn’t like Saber when he was introduced, but when he began to see Cesca as a woman first his attitude changed. So I forgave him. All of the characters in this story are well-rounded and interesting. As soon as I finished La Vida Vampire I wanted to read it again. The good news is that, yes, there will be a book two. While mysteries were solved in this story some mysteries still remain. I can hardly wait to find out more about Tristan.


If you like humor mixed in with the paranormal suspense then don’t miss this exceptional debut by Nancy Haddock.


Reviewed in May 2008 by Rho.

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