The Immortal Detective

CamCat. (The Immortal Detective, Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780744308013. $26.99. FANTASY
Kansas City Police Detective Celeste Crenshaw is intimately familiar with the workings of the deadly and decadent vampire realm. It’s where she was raised after her mortal parents were collateral damage in its never-ending war. But she never wanted to become one herself. When her family ignores her wishes and turns her anyway, she is caught between conflicting duties as she continues as a detective, working the night shift, hiding her secrets, and hunting for a serial killer, while also searching for others who may be worthy of the dark gift that she still isn’t certain she should have ever accepted. This is the first book in the “Immortal Detective” series, following the prequel The Immortal Twin, and starts in the middle of a saga that uneasily combines the necessary and prosaic hunt for clues and suspects of a police procedural with the kind of lush and sensual posturing of high vampire courtly politics similar to True Blood or Interview with the Vampire.

CORRECTION: This review originally stated that The Immortal Detective is the second book in the series; it is in fact the first book in the series, following the prequel The Immortal Twin. LJ regrets the error.

VERDICT Unevenly joining a slow-paced police procedural with a vampire dramedy of manners and blood, this novel isn’t an essential purchase.
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