Title: The Case of the Thwarted Lovers
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Series: Mark Julian, Vampire P.I., Book Six
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Gay romance, Paranormal
Publisher: Ai Press
It’s been a long shift for Detective Vincent Pasquale. Back at his desk at the station he finds a phone message from his vampire spouse, Mark, waiting for him.
“Hi. I figured calling your station phone number was more secure than using a cell. Listen our friend Dexter found something about who may have tried to frame Jean-Claude. Turns out that there is a lot more to this thing! It’s big. Jean-Claude and Jaime are meeting me here before we all head over to see Tortego at his offices. We should be there in a half hour and we figure this meeting will run most of the day. If you can join us fine but if not I’ll tell you about it later after your shift is over. Call me.”
A few moments later a report comes into the station about a possible terrorist bomb explosion at a Midtown office building. No survivors are reported. To his horror Vinnie realizes the bombsite’s address is the exact location of Tortego’s offices. In a panic Vinnie rushes to the scene where, out of nowhere, he is shot from behind by an unknown assailant. Its’ four funerals and a wedding, as the newest Julian book unfolds.
Over in a small studio in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, Aurelius watched with increasing anger at the unfolding news reports about the disaster. He had been plotting his future actions while listening to the television when some foreign sounding reporter first announced the blast. Curious about such destructive power he had focused his attention on the reports. Unexpectedly Marcus was cited as being among those killed, Aurelius body tensed and a sensation of cold fury took hold of him. For the last few hours he had been riveted to his chair watching the news. Marcus is dead, his mind repeatedly said as the ache of losing his boyhood lover for a second time rent his insides. Sweet Venus, please let this be some dream. Then he heard the newscaster announce Vinnie’s death. Suddenly an image of Marcus and Vinnie together in the underworld and beyond his reach hit home. The former Roman legionnaire’s gut went cold. “Whomever did this will pay,” he loudly swore, ignoring the taboo of referring to them by name, he called out the names of the furies. “Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo,” he yelled using an ancient Roman expletive not heard in almost two thousand years.
This series caught my eye when the I saw the PI in it was a vampire. I love vampire stories. After reading the first book I fell in love with the characters, especially the PI’s assistant. She/he is funny and really gives the books a fun twist.
The most current book is fun when the MC’s end up ‘dead’, and the twist at the end made me giggle (not telling though). The ongoing storyline winding through the books keeps you wanting the next one, but, each book also has it’s own complete story as well.
Trigger warnings – I know that a few of my followers have triggers and so I would like to warn everyone. This series of books includes scenes of rape/abuse. Some are shown as flash backs and some are in the present time of the book. I personally do not think they take anything away from the stories but I will leave you all to come to your own conclusions.
Prizes: 2 bundles of Books One, Two, and Three in the Mark Julian, Vampire P.I. Series
More in the Mark Julian, Vampire P.I. Series
While each individual mystery can be read as a stand along, there are storylines that continue from one book to another, so we recommend you use the series in order:
Book One – The Case of the Choirboy Killer
Book Two – The Case of the Strega’s Touch
Book Three – The Case of the Heavenly Host
Book Four – The Case of the Vampire Hunter
Book Five – The Case No One Foretold
About the author
L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. “I guess it’s a love affair that I have with her,” he once said. “I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.”
When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.
Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a “letter Lounge” albeit under a different name.
He can be reached at L.G.Fabbo.Gonnella@gmail.co