Who's murdering vampires in Los Angeles and throwing the bodies into the Dedhams' pool? Each victim has been branded, a distinct mark that is the calling card of femme fatale vampire Ann Hayes. The contemptuous undead beauty declares her innocence, but can the vampires believe her? Has Ann returned to reclaim Doug Dedham, whom she once loved? Or is she being framed?
Complicating matters are Madison's burgeoning feelings for both sexy vampire Colin Reddy and fellow "beater" detective Mike Notchey. The stakes have never been higher as Madison and the vampires race to solve the mystery and stop the killer.
"This is good, cheeky fun with a solid mystery, loads of possible villains and a genuinely sexy romp on the fang side."RT Book Reviews
"Refreshingly intelligent investigative work. . . Dark humor, edgy suspense, and an appealing cast of characters will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next book."Publishers Weekly
"This story has lots of surprises all of which gave credence to the story as a whole. A great read."Suspense Magazine
"Jaffarian's tantalizing, tangled mystery and well-drawn characters will keep readers interested in the action."Library Journal
"Sexy repartee, brisk plotting, and splendid supernatural scene-setting... a decidedly fresh spin on vamp lit."Sophie Littlefield, Anthony Award-winning author of A Bad Day for Sorry
About the Author
Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery seriesOdelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Roseand also writes general fiction and short stories. She is widely sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.
For the most up-to-date list of all Sue Ann's activities, visit the calendar page at www.sueannjaffarian.com.
Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries
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This is the second book in the series. I enjoyed the idea that a woman was thrust into the dark world of Vampires but not made into one. It's a little different and interesting! Enjoy!
"Baited Blood" A Madison Rose Vampire Mystery by Sue Ann Jaffarian: Madison Rose comes home to find a dead body in her grandparents' pool...and it won't be the last. Afterward, she goes inside to call her friend, Detective Mike Notchey, dry off and change clothes. When she comes back outside, she sees the body has been moved. Once she catches her breath, she realizes he is indeed alive...barely, and he's not a beater (human), but a vampire. Rushing inside, she wakes her adopted grandparents, Doug and Dodie Dedham, who just so happen to be vampires. After they take him out of the pool and remove the stake from his chest, Detective Notchey shows up. Better late than never. Nothing ever runs smoothly in this story. Not only does the injured vampire, Keleta, speak a foreign language, he has an unusual tattoo whose origin no one understands, almost no one that is. Surprise, surprise, Doug has the exact same tattoo. Since Keleta can't tell them anything, they call in the head of the California Vampire Council, Samuel LaCroix, who, of course, is a vampire as well. He is in charge of keeping the peace between vampires and beaters in his little part of the world. This book made me laugh in more spots than I can remember: from the way poor Madison seems to stumble upon the dead bodies, to how she wakes her sleeping, vampire grandparents, to the mixing of different animals bloods breaking up the monotony of the every day taste of human blood, to the new words I was introduced to such as "beaters." Jaffarian entertained me from the first word to the last. This story has lots of surprises all of which gave credence to the story as a whole. A great read just in time for summer, but I would recommend any time. Reviewed by Terri Ann Armstrong, author of "Morning Menace" & "Medieval Menace"
In Baited Blood, Sue Ann Jaffarian keeps the pace swift, the dialog smart with just enough humor to lighten the tension, and the ending a total surprise. Sue Ann says she researched vampire myths and legends but didn't read any vampire novels. It shows. Her unique novel doesn't echo any of the contemporary vampire novels popular today. Madison Rose is not a vampire. She works for them. She seems like a real person, not just a character, who has suffered multitude of bad breaks. Everything good she learned from her deceased grandmother who raised Madison until her death after Madison's parents died. Everything useful she learned in the foster care system. Madison has finally made it to Southern California and carved a life for herself, working in a small diner and going to community college at night. Then she had the bad luck to be kidnapped by bad guys with a blood draining business. She had the good luck to be rescued by Dog and Dodie Dedem, a vampire couple who live in Topanga Canyon. Through the Dedhem's and LAPD Det. Michael Notchey she's introduced to the California Vampire Council and its leader, Samuel (Blood in Vein). She's found a "balanced" life, working for vampires mostly at night and going to community college part time. For the first time, she has money in the bank, friends, and people who love her for herself. The Dedhams have listed her in their will as a grandchild and heir. Then, one morning, she finds a vampire in the pool with a wooden stake through his heart. After she rescues him, she finds that the stake didn't strike through the heart, and once it was removed, he revived. This jumps starts a complex story of cruelty, kidnapping, murder, vengeance, love and hate. If you like noir mystery in your vampire stories, Baited Blood will catch you, hook, line and sinker!