Vampire Chef Mystery No 2
April 2012/ 978-0-451-23645-6
by Laura Hinds
Charlotte Caine, proprietor of Nightlife, a New York restaurant
that serves both the living and the undead had some tough times
recently. After a murder took place at Nightlife, she had doubts
she could bring it back to life, but she did and business is good.
Events coordinator Felicity Garnett shows up at Nightlife in a panic.
She's freaking out because executive chef, Oscar Simmons has pulled
out of the job of cooking for the wedding of the decade. The Alden-Renault
wedding is to be an unusual paring of a vampire and a witch. Somewhat
reluctantly, Charlotte agrees to take over the job, for a hefty
fee, that is.
After Oscar suddenly dies, and things start to go awry even to
the extent of the groom's family starting to disappear, Charlotte
feels trouble headed her way once again. Chef Charlotte dons her
amateur sleuth hat to save the wedding, her reputation, and her
This is the second book in a truly unique series. I read and reviewed
the first book, A Taste of the Nightlife and enjoyed it
very much. I wondered if the sophomore entry would be as good. I
am happy to report that it is! Let Them Eat Stake further
develops Charlotte and gets her outside of Nightlife more. There
are new characters and new multispecies challenges.
I did find this book to be a bit scarier, but that is fine. After
all, the undead, no matter what the species, usually feel scary
to us mere mortals. Zettel has a unique series going here, she draws
a distinct picture of species interaction and then pushes the envelope
with imaginative details.
A fun read for ages 18 and up, you will enjoy the book if you like
humor mixed in with your paranormal murder mystery. There were more
than a few laugh out loud moments for me, and I highly recommend
this new series. You don't need to read A Taste of the Nightlife
to enjoy this book, but it wouldn't hurt if you did.
Reviews of other titles in this series
of Nightlife, No 1
Them Eat Stake, No 2