BOOK #1 IN THE SARAH DEARLY SERIES! When fledging vampire Sarah Dearly’s fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…
Being in love with a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a job with the Ring. Thierry’s in for an unpredictable life of travel and deadly risk. It’s enough to make any woman reconsider saying “I do!”…well, any woman except Sarah Dearly.
In Las Vegas, for his first assignment, Sarah and Thierry must investigate a vampire serial killer leaving victims drained of blood, potentially exposing the existence of vampires to the whole world. But when Thierry’s past comes back to haunt him, and he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit, it’s up to Sarah to clear his name. Can she save him before it’s too late?
“Passive,” he repeated the word with distaste. “Sometimes, Sarah, it’s important not to jump into a swamp until you’ve properly assessed how many alligators there are.”
Immortality Bites Mystery is a new sequel series by Michelle Rowen with the same main character as the original series, Sarah Dearly. This actually came out three whole years after the end of the last series, and I didn’t even learn about this series until it was already over. After the last book in the original series, and frankly the rest of the series as well, annoyed me so much I was a bit apprehensive to start Immortality Bites Mystery. While Immortality Bites was a reread, so I remembered a little bit about what was going to happen, this is a completely new experience.
With the new series, we have a slight change in genre. We’ve gone from paranormal chick lit to cozy mystery with vampires. I actually found the change to be a very smart, good move on the part of Rowen’s. It adds a new level to the series that can definitely extend it out for a few more books. Rowen has also improved as a writer. I enjoyed Blood Bath & Beyond more with just this one book than I did for the first five books combined.
With the new series, we also get a complete change of scenery. Right of the bat, her “best friend” who constantly was talking shit about her isn’t around anymore, making it instantly a better book. Even then, she is still in the book, only we talk to her on the phone – and boy am I super glad she isn’t around anymore.
Las Vegas is actually a really fun place for Sarah and Thierry to be, too. It holds a lot of new, interesting things to show us. And we aren’t always just running back to a blood bar. Though, there is still some of that here, too. It did make me think of Anita Blake a bit too much, though. Everything that happened in Blood Bath & Beyond made me think of Anita Blake. There is even a little girl vampire in this book, which really sealed the deal for me. At least this little girl is happy, and actually a little girl, compared to the alternative crazy vampire in Anita.
Thierry is also way, way overprotective of Sarah. Sure, they’re hopping into a situation in which he can’t really protect her all the time. Yet, he wants to basically leave her in Canada and go off and do this for 50 years and come back. He wants to keep her safe by never, ever being around her essentially. He is such a lone wolf, has to do everything on his own. This is just as annoying as it was in the original Immortality Bites series. Yet, I also finally feel hope for the first time. I feel like he might actually be able to change finally. I have the hope they’ll actually become a real couple!
This is, a mystery. The plot plays out like a mystery. It wasn’t especially challenging, and it wasn’t especially interesting. But it was entertaining.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Immortality Bites Mystery series page!