May Day (Seekers #1) – Josie Jaffrey

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.

Body bags on standby.

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With massive thanks to “Dave” at The Write Reads for having me on this blog tour. And even bigger thanks to Josie Jaffrey for my review copy of her new novel May Day!

During the delight that has been 2020 so far, I have really struggled to read anything. When I have found myself able to read I’ve tended to go towards fantasy which is why May Day appealed to me.

Almost immediately I fell in love with Jack Valentine and as soon as Killian Drake was introduced… well… I knew Seekers was a series that I was going to have to commit to. May Day is the first book in the Seekers series and I cannot wait to see where it goes.

Jack Valentine is a member of the Seekers – sort of like the police of the Vampire world. She’s a fairly new vampire having been turned ‘Silver’ when she was 18 (she’s late 30’s in human years now). Jack along with her team have been drafted in to solve a series of murders which leads her to discovering not only the truth of the case but also the truth in what lead to her being ‘turned’.

Killan Drake *swoon*: local baron, holder of ALL the power, handsome, vampire… Jack’s arch nemesis. SO MUCH SEXUAL TENSION!

The book isn’t only about the murder case – it’s also about Jack and her love-life, her friendships, the complex character she is and the even more complex relationship she has with Killan. As a bi-sexual woman, Jack is pining for her first love while also trying to navigate her way through the complex maze of dating as a vampire in Oxford. I particularly loved her friendship with fellow seeker Cam who has his own love-sickness to contend with – they are an excellent comedy double act.

It’s always more difficult to write a review of a book I absolutely adored so just take my word for it – this one is a must read!

PS – I highly recommend reading Josie’s short story ‘Killian’s Dead’ as well – a short prequel to May Day and really sets the tone of what’s to come! You can get a copy on Josie’s website: https://www.josiejaffrey.com/


I received a complimentary copy of May Day as part of this blog tour. This review forms my honest and unbiased opinion.

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