Francesca Marinelli was entombed for 200 years before a woman renovating a house found her. She immediately began adjusting to the modern world and that meant taking a job, to avoid boredom. While guiding a ghost tour, she meets several odd people- characters worthy of her favorite mystery authors- and soon finds herself embroiled within a ‘whodunit’ when one of the tourists is murdered.
Cesca knows that to avoid being put down like a rabid dog she must clear herself and with the help of ex-slayer Deke Saber, and she begins exploring her vampire skills because without them she just might not survive to live La Vida Vampire.
I don’t want to give away the plot so this is going to be vague to an extent. I was pretty irritated that I didn’t know how Cesca, a vampire, survived without feeding until over halfway through the book. It was a niggling worm at the back of my head, but Ms. Haddock did explain how she survived. So if you’re reading the book just wait for it; it will be explored.
Cesca is billed as a vampire Gidget. She loves to surf and shop (at Wal-mart) and doesn’t like the taste of blood. She is determined to make the best of her undead life. The book is a light read, despite the murder mystery, and is the start of a new series called the Oldest City Vampire.
I didn’t too much care for the hero, Deke, because he started out as an ass. It seemed like he flip-flopped (emotionally) depending on who was around. When he was with Cesca he was almost nice, but later, with the sheriff, he was back to drilling her. This can probably be chalked up to professional appearance, but it rubbed me the wrong way, especially when paired with the secondary knowledge that comes with a shifter. I felt like I was supposed to wait for a certain character from Cesca’s past to show up and be with her. It could be why I wasn’t really into Deke.
In this world, vampires are protected like an endangered species. They are implanted with a microchip that tracks their movements and given handlers. Vampires must have sponsors, too, and Cesca’s sponsor is a sweet 41 year-old woman, who says Cesca is the daughter she’ll never have.