Josie Jaffrey brings us a stunner with May Day! Do you love a good murder mystery? Would it be even better with the addition of vampires? Of course, it would! And these vampires are not like any other vampires you’ve read about. Not a sparkle anywhere in this great novel!

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  • Title: May Day
  • Author: Josey Jafrrey
  • Publisher: Silver Sun Books on July 9, 2020
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy/Murder Mystery
  • Pages: 388
  • Format: e-Book
  • Rating: 5/5

Many thanks to The Write Reads and Josie Jaffrey for gifting me a free copy of May Day in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Murder, Rape, Abortion

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Synopsis of May Day

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.

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My Review

In Jaffrey’s world, a vampire is a Silver. Now, what if you are in a group of Silver trying to solve the murder of a hideous human? In truth, the world is better off without this monster on the streets. But this group of Seekers must find the answer.

When the Invicti butts in, the mystery grows. Are the Invicti involved? Are they covering up for lawbreakers? The direction of the investigation twists and turns sharply. The plot will keep you intrigued until the last page.

How about the characters? My favorites are Jack, short for Jacqueline, and Killian, the Baron of Oxford. Jack hates Killian, but under all the hate, she has a burning passion for the man. Killian, on the other hand, knows how much Jack loathes him. So, he goes out of his way to bring out her passionate side. He is a dastardly kind of fellow, but that is what makes him so delicious to read. The foil is that Jack has a huge crush on Tabitha, the doctor assigned to the case. But she can’t make the relationship work because she can’t keep away from the Baron’s spark.

I adored this book. There is nothing that I dislike about the novel. I love the relationships between the characters. There are a lot of characters in this book, but it isn’t hard to keep up with them as the descriptions are so fantastic. I especially enjoy how normal Jack is. She is a slob and is often hungover. She wears the same dirty clothes from the night before, not caring if she shows up to work smelling like gin from the drinking binge the night before.

I can’t wait for the next installment in this story. I have never felt this way about a series in my life, so I am anxious for the next one. My burning desire to find out what happens with Jack, Killian, and Tabitha is overwhelming. Will the Invicti interfere in the relationships? I need to know.

I am thrilled to award May Day a full 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this novel to anyone who loves some fantasy mixed with a daring murder mystery. I urge you to read this novel; you won’t be sorry.

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