Title: A Vampire In Edinburgh
It’s August in Edinburgh, and the world’s biggest arts festival has once again brought thousands of visitors to this historic city as actors, comedians and musicians from all over the globe come to showcase their talents for an international audience. But this summer, something is using the chaos of the Fringe to hide a far worse crime than bad theatre, and the hunter Cain must team up with new friends and old enemies to stop a bloodthirsty killer who is targeting the visiting performers. This year, there are more things to worry about at the Fringe than just getting a bad review…
A Vampire in Edinburgh is a Dark Dates short story (Cassandra Bick Chronicles).
Author: Tracey Sinclair
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dark Dates, Wolf Night, Angel Falls, A Vampire Walks Into a Bar
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: 6 November 2013
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Looking for something fun, snarky and oh so British in feel and flavor? Look no further than Tracey Sinclair’s Cassandra Bick Chronicles series! I’ve been reading these stories, and falling in love with the humor and ridiculously fun quirks of her characters, all brought together with an agency (think match.com crossed with a temp employment service) called Dark Dates that focuses on the paranormal.
In this installment, we are actually following Cain and Laclos as they have gotten wind of some unexplained disappearances in Edinburgh: the UK is under a series of treaties: vampires are not allowed to compel or kill, and hunting within the confines of major population areas is also not something that is done. But, with the Fringe Festival in full swing, the ancient city, full of alleys and warrens, tourists and artsy people from all over Europe: the pickings are ripe.
Cain is his usual irascible cranky self, dedicated to protecting the humans from the baddies, but not particularly fond of them en masse, his patience and control is being tested at every moment. When he notices another hunter at a poorly staged and created play, the two join forces to see if they can’t discover the source of the disappearances.
Dionne is a hunter (Warwick, not Dion) and is alternately disturbed by and drawn to Cain: especially when a caped and campy vampire named Laclos appears and is invading Cain’s space at every moment. Laclos is checking out the disappearances, finding the proliferation of actors and tourists and the potential to unleash his passion for flamboyant attention seeking to his taste.
The three join forces to find the killer of the actors in costume: not sure if it is vampire or other, and come face to face with their own insecurities and issues. Dionne is wondering if all hunters will end up alone, senile and on the razor edge: never having knowingly met an old hunter, and reaching the point where she might want something else. Cain is still recovering from the battle with the elder vampire he eradicated, and hurting from the rejection from Cass after revealing his true nature. Laclos is his usual self, curious about Cain yet doing his best to keep the angel off guard as he puzzles out just what he is.
The moments of laugh out loud funny contrast with the curious mix of human, vampire and angel to give a sense of both Cain and Laclos in situations when they aren’t ‘performing’ for or because of Cass. And, make no mistake: Laclos realizes that the only reason Cain has not allowed or caused his death is Cain’s feelings for Cass. Even though, he comes terribly close to Cain’s own thoughts that a battle to the death for them could go either way. Add to that, the commotion of the city in festival mode, the crowds and the noise, and Cain is even more cranky and impatient than ever…..
“Of the two sounds, Cain preferred the pneumatic drills and jackhammers; he’d taken to keeping on the opposite side of the road to any pipers, worried that he might snap and beat them to death with their own infernal instruments, though he suspected that might win him some serious applause from passing onlookers”.
Another great installment in the series, that is best read in order to avoid confusion, I’m glad to get back to it and read on.