Title: The Case no one Fortold + The Case of the Thwarted Lovers (Mark Julien Vampire Detective Books 5 + 6 )
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Publisher: Ai Press
Cover Artist: Louca Matheo
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/09/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Two men engage in an altercation in a movie lobby. Later one of the men turns up dead in a New York City alley. But this is no ordinary murder. The dead man is a sex demon and his fellow combatant was Jean-Claude Roué. Now the werewolf is accused of his murder and faces a trial by before a supernatural tribunal. If Jean-Claude is convicted it will mean his execution. Mark Julian is away on a personal investigation in Kenya so Tortego, the crafty vampire chief, goes to an unusual source for help. Using his powers as head of New York City’s supernatural community he appoints Mark’s human partner, Detective Vincent Pasquale, to be one of the three judges for Jean-Claude’s trial. Now Vinnie must not only fight to clear his friend he must deal with his supernatural co-jurists: the werewolf Viola Lupa and the sex demon J. Dale Carter. Both of his companion judges are on record as sworn enemies of “any mixed supernatural mating.” Throw in a shifty shape shifter named Andelan Clarke, Ja-ne the original Oracle of Delphi and, a sexy TV newsman from the island of Guernsey who appears to be more interested in Vinnie than any story and it truly becomes “The Case No One Foretold”!
It’s been a long shift for Detective Vincent Pasquale. Back at his desk at the station he finds a phone message from his vampire spouse, Mark, waiting for him:
“Listen our friend Dexter found something about who may have tried to frame Jean-Claude. Turns out that there is a lot more to this thing! It’s big. Jean-Claude and Jaime are meeting me here before we all head over to see Tortego at his offices. We should be there in a half hour. If you can join us fine but if not I’ll tell you about it later after your shift is over. Call me.”
A few moments later a report comes into the station about a possible terrorist bomb explosion at a Midtown office building. No survivors are reported. To his horror Vinnie realizes the bombsite’s address is the exact location of Tortego’s offices. In a panic Vinnie rushes to the scene where, out of nowhere, he is shot from behind by an unknown assailant. Its’ four funerals and a wedding as the newest Julian book unfolds.
Having read all six of these books in a week, I am at a loss to know what else to say about these books.
The dedication and hard work that it takes to write, let alone the creative spark that starts it all off is something that I don’t possess. And I totally admire and respect those that write, so when you read something that doesn’t work for you, it can sometimes feel..disrespectful I think to be overly critical.
However, that being said, while this series is imaginative, and the premise is original, it was for me way too heavy on informing the reader, as opposed to allowing the information to flow through, and trusting the reader to get what was intended.
The whole series needs editing, there were lines like ‘he covered up his destination, so that no one would guess his destination’ and entire chapters dedicated to past exploits in Kenya featuring characters that never appeared elsewhere.
It also takes a lot for me to comment on sex – or lack thereof in a book, a good book is a good book- but the sex scenes were pointless, they didn’t fade to black and they weren’t graphic. They were devoid of heat, and added nothing.
Overall this series could have been terrific, there were nods to 1940’s noir all over the shop, and huge potential for exploration of diversity with some of the characters, but it was over written and full of exposition.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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