Matt Hawkins isn’t a wizard. He’s not a werewolf, either. He doesn’t talk to ghosts, though he thinks he might like to see one some day. Matt’s just an ordinary, everyday kind of guy. So why is the oldest and meanest vampire in town suddenly gunning—or should that be ‘fanging’?—for him?
Maybe it’s his social skills, or lack thereof—but it wasn’t his fault he lost his pants in the middle of the mall. Perhaps it’s because he’s on nickname basis with the ghoul in a local cemetery. Then there’s the outside chance it’s the fact Matt’s one half of the vampire slaying team that is Night Call.
His partner is Mercy, a pint sized fighting machine with a killer wardrobe—and she’s the only tame vampire in existence.
Still, none of that explains why tenacious PI Erin McRea is digging through all the nastiest moments of his history in an effort to find him.
And somehow Matt has to find the time to see his therapist about that little temper problem he has…
About the Author
L.J. Hayward has been telling stories for most of her life. Granted, a good deal of them have been of the tall variety, but who’s counting? Parents and teachers notwithstanding, of course. These days, the vast majority of her story telling has been in an honest attempt to create fun and exciting ways of entertaining others (and making money). As such, she is still a mad (always provoked!) scientist in a dungeon laboratory (it has no windows. Seriously, the zombie apocalypse could be going on outside and she’d have nary a clue) who, on the rare occasions she emerges into the light, does so under extreme protest and with the potential hazard of bursting into flames under the southeast Queensland sun.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Blood Work is the first book in the Night Call series by Australian author, L.J. Hayward. If you’re in south-east Queensland and you have a problem with vampires, weres, ghouls, imps and the like, Night Call is your best bet. Matt Hawkins will sort it all out for a reasonable fee. He has got a clever arsenal at his disposal, but his secret weapon is his tame vampire, Mercy. His anger management problem, the one that sees him go berserk now and then, comes in handy when he’s clearing a dozen freshly-made vampires from a paintball room. Actually, those freshly-made vampires are a worry: lately there seem to be an awful lot more of them. And that’s not Matt’s only worry. Despite his efforts to stay under the radar, people are trying to track him down: there’s a three hundred year old vampire colonel, a refined English gentleman and an ex-cop PI. Matt’s pretty sure none of them wants to hire him, but it might have something to do with Mercy. Hayward gives the reader a great fantasy plot with plenty of action, a generous helping of humour and an exciting climax. Her world building is subtly done, with no obvious info dumps. Her characters are appealing for all their flaws, and fans of Jim Hines and Jim Butcher’s work will recognise certain elements of Isaac Vainio and Harry Dresden in Matt Hawkins. But Matt’s an Aussie through and through with his classic black Monaro sporting NYT CLL plates, his home in Redcliffe and his liking for the odd beer. The Brisbane setting will appeal to Australian readers, especially those from the Sunshine State, and this excellent debut (downloadable free from Smashwords) also contains the first three chapters of the second book in the series, Demon Dei. More of Matt Hawkins and co will be difficult to resist.
great book. set in Australia, Brisbane area. this book has a much more serious tone than the write up. the main character, matt hunts supernatural creatures. lots of action and things that go bump in the night.. looking forward to the next book!
I loved it , lots of action .If your looking for a supernatural read that's has a lot of character. You will love this book.Thanks for the great read, can't wait to read the next one!!