Review: May Day by Josie Jaffrey

Review: May Day by Josie JaffreyMay Day by Josie Jaffrey

on July 9 2020
Also by this author: The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1), The Silver Queen, The Blood Prince
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 312
Format: ebook
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If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.

May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.

May Day is Josie Jaffrey’s latest book in a new series called Seekers. It’s an urban fantasy story that follows newly turned vampire Jack (turned at 18, currently 20 in vampire years) as she gets a complicated case as a Seeker.

Jaffrey already wrote books about the Silver, vampires, and their hierarchy was already familiar to me because I read her Sovereign series. Cameron also returns as a character, but May Day only follows Jack’s perspective. I like how she ties her series together with things like these. It keeps people around to read the next series. It certainly made me interested. I don’t read a lot of urban fantasy or crime books, but when they’re mashed together, I’m willing to give it a try. And knowing that I like her take on vampires definitely helps.

I already met the characters of Jack and Killian in the short story Killian’s Dead. I didn’t like Jack much as in the beginning but she grew on me. I like her hardheadedness, her passion, her want for love. She has principles and isn’t afraid to act up on them. I’ve been rooting for her and Killian since the beginning and this one of those times where I don’t mind the enemies to lovers trope. I love it, I’m here for it.

The murder case is interesting and has so many layers. I’d say it’s perfectly written, but then again, I don’t have much experience with crime novels. I enjoyed it very much and it added more layers to the world of the Silver.

I give May Day five stars. A fast paced, vampire crime story, with interesting characters and deep world building. You don’t have to be familiar with the universe to enjoy this book, or have read the short story. If you like crime and vampires, you’ll love this.

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