Mark Julian, Vampire PI Mystery Books 1-3 by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella ~ Book Review by Karen

heaveny-host-coverTitle: Mark Julian, Vampire PI Mystery Books 1-3

Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella

Publisher: Ai Press

Cover Artist: Les Byerley

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/23/2014

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Paranormal

Blurb:

This is a series that takes place in NYC and involves a vampire, Mark Julian, who is the nephew of Augustus Caesar. He is a private investigator to the city’s supernatural community. He meets and falls in love with a human Detective named Vinnie Pasquale.

His secretary, a sex demon shape shifter named Jaime, who loves to dress in the style of the 1940’s, assists Mark. By book two she meets her future love, Jean-Claude, the crown prince of the City’s major werewolf clan.

Mark and friends solve cases while battling wits with Tortego. He is the autocratic head of the supernatural city govt, a former head of the Spanish Inquisition and a vampire who fears losing power to democratic counsel reformers like Jean-Claude.

By book ten you meet a cast that runs to approx., twenty and the reader not only has a mystery case in each book but also reads about power struggles, frustrated loves, prejudice against mixed supernatural couplings etc. unfold during the books thus far.

My View:

I am such a sucker sometimes, occasionally Brandilyn emails and tells us that there are some books without a reviewer, and this series was one of those. I had no idea what to expect, apart from the title and the blurb- which indicated that there are 10 books in this series.

When I started reading these, in particular the first 2 books, The Case of the Choirboy Killer and The Case of the Sterga’s Touch, I had a lot of WTF moments. The concept behind this series is really good, a  vampire, created in Roman times is now a modern day PI. His assistant is a gender fluid sex demon, and there are massive political issues in the whole supernatural society. Doesn’t that sound great ?

And there are times where the books are really good, but in Books 1+2  specifically there is way too much information being given to us, so as supposed to us discovering how Mark came to be a vampire, we are told. There is a great deal of information dumping in the first 2 books, and it really detracts from books that, for me, have the possibility to be good. I also felt that Mark’s roman provenance was overplayed by his continual use of Roman gods as expletives. I was actually waiting for him to say ‘by Apollo’s beard’ several times.

The 3rd book, The Case of the Heavenly Host is a much better book, and although it starts comically, with Mark investigating who murdered Vinnie’s mother’s friends dog and planning his wedding to Vinnie it does go to dark places, and ends in a bleak way – but one that given the circumstances actually feels right.

I do feel that the author, who seems to have a clear plan where this series is going, needed to have been edited and proof read a lot more strictly, and certainly some of the side plots, especially in Book 1, should have been stripped out, but I am intrigued, and want to see what happens next – especially after the ending of Book 3.

 

 

Links

Mark Julian, Vampire PI Mystery Books 1-3 on Goodreads
Ai Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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