May Day

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective (Seekers Book 1)

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
388 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2021
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    Book Review

Reviewed by K S Marsden for Readers' Favorite

Jack Valentine is a Seeker in Oxford - part of the paranormal police whose main job is to make sure the vampire society remains hidden from humans. When a human body drops at their feet during busy May Day festivities in Oxford, it’s up to Jack and her colleagues to get to the bottom of it. At first, they think it’s a scab (a feral vampire), and just want to stop them from killing publicly again, but soon there are more threads and mysteries than they could possibly follow.

May Day is the first book by Josie Jaffrey that I have read. This is the first book in her new Seeker series but is connected to her Solis Invicti and Sovereign series (all are part of the Soliverse novels). I think this explains why the world that Jaffrey has created feels so solid and believable. There were a few moments where, as a newcomer, I wondered if I was missing something, as some character relationships were already very developed, but overall, I really enjoyed the ride. I thought the vampire lore, the almost-police-like investigation, and the often ill-fated romance were all really strong threads of the story. I felt that all of the parts would have been strong enough to be a story on their own but mixed together, it made a book that was hard to put down. Despite all the serious stuff, there was a lot of light humor threaded throughout, and I loved the interactions between Jack and her friends. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.