Friday, October 29, 2010


3 Cups

Alfred Rhys Smythe is in shock having just learned that his favorite brother Ian was found dead the previous evening, in his London Flat, by the landlord there to collect rent. Ian was an actor, a profession that Sir Neville, his father, deemed quite disreputable.

Inspector Arthur Jenkins of Scotland Yard and Alfred are good friends and comrades.  It had been Arthur’s unhappy duty to inform Alfred of the tragedy. The distressed Alfred must identify the body and vows to uncover the truth of his brother’s untimely demise. 
Both men are privy to a terrifying secret – vampires do exist. Smythe and Jenkins are tracking a small cult currently wrecking havoc in London’s Theatre District and believe they have finally discovered the identity of the evil vampire master.  Their purpose is to destroy the satanic creature without causing a panic among the innocent and unsuspecting populace.

Set around the turn of the 20th century in London, England, this horror mystery is written with nice gothic flair. The conversations and mannerisms of the characters all seem very characteristic of the prim and proper Victorian Era.  This story reminded me very much of a Sherlock Holmes mystery but with the paranormal twist.  Personally, I liked the book but I found the pacing of the first half rather slow as the stage was being set and characters brought under the spot-light. However, the tempo picked up considerably in the latter half, which was action-packed. The ending contained a couple of surprise elements that I found particularly satisfying. This is the final book in the My Soul to Take Trilogy. It is a stand alone book with minimal back story explanations.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

Book 1  Corpes so Lively (My Soul to Take Trilogy book 1)
Book 2  Enter Death, Stage Right (My Soul to Take book 2)

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