One Dead Vampire

One Dead Vampire

In the city of Conquistos, California, things are frequently not what they seem. The police force has a strong gargoyle contingent, one of the high school’s best science teachers is a vampire, and Rocky Fitzgerald’s first great love—and current great frenemy—has rematerialized just when she thinks she’s got her life together. (Not rematerialized-rematerialized. Nichelle...

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Title:One Dead Vampire
Author:Kris Ripper
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One Dead Vampire Reviews

  • M

    Like it says on the label this is a mystery, and paranormal NOT a romance with paranormal elements. There is no sex (yet), only flirting. Settle in with a cosy blanket and tea. And tissues for when you snort the tea out of your nose.

    World building was fun and clever. The romance is going to be a slow burn, and the adventure along the way looks to be amazing! The cast is endearing and well rounded. (Sexily so, some of them!) And i am looking forward to seeing them again as much as our heroines.

    Like it says on the label this is a mystery, and paranormal NOT a romance with paranormal elements. There is no sex (yet), only flirting. Settle in with a cosy blanket and tea. And tissues for when you snort the tea out of your nose.

    World building was fun and clever. The romance is going to be a slow burn, and the adventure along the way looks to be amazing! The cast is endearing and well rounded. (Sexily so, some of them!) And i am looking forward to seeing them again as much as our heroines.

    Highly recommend. A+. Expect cozy paranormal mystery with a bit of romance, not hot sex. (Yet, I'm thinking)

  • Adrienne Y

    A cute little paranormal cosy mystery with a queer cast and a family and community orientation.

    The only thing that really detracted is that our detective jumps to conclusions instead of considering possibilities, and she overreacts when people point out that this crime may not have been committed by this bad actor.

    Funny, light, puts me in mind of an inexperienced Jessica Fletcher or Father Brown

  • K.K.

    I loved this book! The main character, Rocky, is endearingly quirky, witty, and badass. Her personality and inner dialog kept me smiling all the way through and, at times, made me laugh out loud. The supporting cast of characters, as in all Kris Ripper's books, is diverse, entertaining, and engaging. I hope there are a lot more books planned for this series because I'm looking forward to spending more time with these characters. If you like who-done-its with twists and turns, amateur sleuths,

    I loved this book! The main character, Rocky, is endearingly quirky, witty, and badass. Her personality and inner dialog kept me smiling all the way through and, at times, made me laugh out loud. The supporting cast of characters, as in all Kris Ripper's books, is diverse, entertaining, and engaging. I hope there are a lot more books planned for this series because I'm looking forward to spending more time with these characters. If you like who-done-its with twists and turns, amateur sleuths, witty banter, and wacky families that have each others' backs, this book is for you.

  • Emma

    I saw some people said the book started slow, but I was hooked from the beginning. Looking forward to the sequel!

  • Sadie Forsythe

    3.5, round up to 4

    Cute & fluffy.

    I generally loved Rocky and all of the side characters, plus all the representation. There's a fat and fabulous main character, several characters of varied sexual and gender identities—using any number of pronouns—and characters of several races. I do think this is a book not written for those invested in remaining with-in the confines of the comfortable majority. I suspect I'll see more than one review saying all of the pronouns and such were unnecessary or

    3.5, round up to 4

    Cute & fluffy.

    I generally loved Rocky and all of the side characters, plus all the representation. There's a fat and fabulous main character, several characters of varied sexual and gender identities—using any number of pronouns—and characters of several races. I do think this is a book not written for those invested in remaining with-in the confines of the comfortable majority. I suspect I'll see more than one review saying all of the pronouns and such were unnecessary or too hard to keep track of. But I think that's more a matter of what you're used to. It certainly works.

    I did feel like Rocky was too clueless about both the supernaturals and police procedure to have been raised in a supernatural cop family. Plus, I felt like all those cops/detectives enabling her compromising an investigation felt super unnatural. And the eventual reveal of the villain was too random to feel satisfying.

    The romance is secondary to the mystery and pretty mild. But, as I liked both characters, I was willing to roll with it. I was less able to accept that Rocky had given up her best friend because the friend had the audacity to go away to college.

    All in all, this was a higher than middle of the road read, but not five-stars for me. I'm well up for continuing the series though.

    Note: GR is doing the weird thing where it doesn't load the graphic for the stars. I think I've clicked 4-stars. If not, I'll correct it when the stars reappear. (Am I the only one it does this for?)

  • Pernilla

    If you like paranormal with vampires, and cosy mysteries, and lesbian slow burn potential romance, you will probably enjoy this. I'm not really into the first two categories, so this was only so-so for me. It's good, even if it's not the usual Ripper fare, but not really for me. Be warned: It's the setup for a series, so not everything is resolved here.

  • Vendela

    This series has potential! I received an ARC in return for a review, and I did like this, particularly the world building efforts with a supernatural society that felt interesting and new (a feat considering how many versions of this we’ve had, from Buffy and onwards). I thought the mystery aspect of it was weak, with the lead doing slightly too many harebrained things, and would like more Veronica Mars for the sequel. (I also wholeheartedly recommend the author’s romances.)

  • Cleo

    3.5 stars. Kind of like a goofier, queer, Californian Sookie Stackhouse - with a very diverse cast of supporting characters. I enjoyed this a lot but I don’t think it’s for everyone. I think it comes down to whether you’re entertained or annoyed by Rocky, the narrator and 20 something queer fativist instagrammer, life coach and unlikely amateur sleuth. Read the sample!

    The plot is pretty thin for a mystery, cozy or otherwise (and the romance is too understated for genre romance). It’s the first

    3.5 stars. Kind of like a goofier, queer, Californian Sookie Stackhouse - with a very diverse cast of supporting characters. I enjoyed this a lot but I don’t think it’s for everyone. I think it comes down to whether you’re entertained or annoyed by Rocky, the narrator and 20 something queer fativist instagrammer, life coach and unlikely amateur sleuth. Read the sample!

    The plot is pretty thin for a mystery, cozy or otherwise (and the romance is too understated for genre romance). It’s the first in a planned UF queer mystery series and it’s mostly an introduction to Rocky’s wacky hometown, where most of the humans are unaware that their friends and neighbors are supernatural beings.

    As a human, adopted into a gargoyle family, Rocky has a unique view of both her human and supernatural neighbors. She is also terrible at sleuthing (IMO) and I had to put the book down several times when she was about to do something dumb. I was surprised by the resolution of the mystery – and not in a good “wow that author was really clever with the plotting” way, but more of a “ok, that was random” way.

  • Ariadna

    When I heard that an author, whose books I've enjoyed throughout the years, was publishing an Urban Fantasy/Mystery novel featuring a diverse cast of characters, I was R-E-A-D-Y for it! So, imagine how surprised

    was when this novel ended up being a bona fide letdown. #YIKES

    Let me begin with the good stuff.

    There was a lot of representation when it comes to sexual orientations as well as characters who go beyond the gender binary. Also, iirc, there weren't any instances of homophobia or any

    When I heard that an author, whose books I've enjoyed throughout the years, was publishing an Urban Fantasy/Mystery novel featuring a diverse cast of characters, I was R-E-A-D-Y for it! So, imagine how surprised

    was when this novel ended up being a bona fide letdown. #YIKES

    Let me begin with the good stuff.

    There was a lot of representation when it comes to sexual orientations as well as characters who go beyond the gender binary. Also, iirc, there weren't any instances of homophobia or any kind of bigotry because a character wasn't straight, male or female. Several of the characters were POCs. Finally, there were a couple of instances in which characters spoke Spanish and (gasp!) and they were grammatically correct!!! (This is my soapbox, thankyouverymuch.)

    Oh, and the setting descriptions were quite solid. It's easy to pick up the California vibes/mood the book attempted to elicit in readers' minds. I had a super clear idea of what was located where, etc.

    Andddd that's all I can say for the positives. #SadTrombone

    Plotwise, the book was

    . The mystery leaned heavier toward the cozy side of the genre instead of something gritty or more realistic. There were several red herrings throughout the story w/r/t suspects and motives.

    However, just like in this author's other mystery series (I'm referring to the connecting storyline in Gays of Our Lives), the reveal of the actual!murderer was so random that it almost felt like a cheat to me. Mostly because there is nothing in the text that supports the reveal which, in turn, makes the identity of the murderer come across as super arbitrary. YMMV, obvs.

    One thing that will determine readers' enjoyment of this novel is how much they do or do not click with Rocky. She was the protagonist and her POV was the only one from beginning to end.

    Rocky had a sparkling personality...that can quickly get on your nerves. Her overall tone in the book was friendly and casual.

    My two issues with Rocky as a character stem from her connection to her family.

    1. She comes from a family of cops.

    So, even though it wasn't as if she was going to be a super detective, I'd expected her to have picked up at least one or two skills from her mom, dad, etc.

    Instead, every time she interviewed a suspect, she ended up getting super flustered. Which, in turn, made everything unnecessarily chaotic. Or she came up with really bad theories. Or she did things that made no sense given her familiarity with law enforcement officers.

    2. Rocky was a human being that was adopted by a family of supernatural creatures. She grew up knowing about shifters, fairies, etc.

    So...WHY WAS IT THAT HER REACTIONS ALMOST EVERY TIME SHE INTERACTED WITH A SUPERNATURAL BEING WAS

    ? The only exceptions being her immediate family and a fairy friend.

    But, like, she:

    - couldn't tell who was a vampire or a shifter;

    - couldn't figure out that other supernatural creatures existed;

    - had ZERO knowledge of how different groups of supernatural creatures worked with human society, etc.

    To me none of that made sense because it meant that her reactions were not matching

    .

    I'm gonna use this bit of dialogue from around the 80% mark to illustrate what I mean. Rocky was talking to [character who is a demon] about where the investigation is going. The conversation segued into Rocky saying "People die for [SPOILERY PLOT REASON].

    Demon!Character shrugged and then said "That is a very human concern, but I am a demon."

    To which Rocky responded: "So if I die right now you don't care?"

    ME: *Sigh*

    It's not so much that Rocky should've been an expert on all supernatural things. BUUUUUT her ongoing cluelessness abt 90% of things

    was annoying. It'd be like someone who grew up a family of mechanics was shocked to find out that cars need to have their oil changed every so often, frex.

    MOVING ON.

    Rocky had a potential love interest and their dynamic (though a little too argumentative for my taste) was fine. The love interest character had a pretty cool personality that included lots of common sense. FWIW, the romance was the secondary plot but there are no sex scenes, just a lot of talking and flirting. And maybe a kiss or two. :P

    In the end, this was a book that I'd call an "airport read". It's worth picking up if you want a fast, cozy mystery read with some queerness in it. I

    my expectations were higher than normal but, although they were not met, it's not as if I ended up hating the novel either.

    The first book in a series featuring a queer and fat female protagonist solving mysteries of a supernatural nature. I was more disappointed than not despite the book not being terribs. The humor was so-so and the main character never clicked for me.

  • Terri Jones

    I wanted to enjoy this one, but at 29% recognize that I am avoiding returning to it. I'm bored by the plot primarily because the heroine's life is dull. At this point, too, she's made so little progress in any plot element that my patience has expired. Ah well.

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