Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Length: 392 Pages
Date Published: July 9, 2020
About the Book
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.
May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.
About the Author
Josie is the author of multiple novels and short stories. Most of those are set in the Silverse, a pre-and post-apocalyptic world filled with vampires and zombies.
She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA). Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.
She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.
Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.
“Some versions of me get washed away with the years and some embed like bullets then fragment until they’re too small to pull back out again. The pieces I can’t shake aren’t always the ones I’d choose to keep… It’s the broken parts that get lodged in your bones.”
Jack is insistent that Grant, the man dumped from the tower on May Day, is dead because of Drake. She will make sure the truth comes out, and people will see Drake for who he really is. She has a group of people helping her to solve this murder, but she wants to do things her own way, even if that single-minded focus is clouding her judgment and not letting her see what’s right in front of her.
Jack is so intent on pinning this on Drake that even her coworkers tell her she needs to let up. But she doesn’t want to hear it, so she’s missing vital things. Once Jack calms down a bit with her obsession, you start to really like her. You like the way she’s strong in her convictions, that she can look past things that others can’t or won’t see. She has a special brand of sarcasm that is incredibly amusing.
This is such a fun read. I love the representation, the lore, and the setting. May Day is rich in details and multi-faceted, with romance, mystery, and fantasy, and Jaffrey has ticked many boxes for the reader. This series will go far, and I cannot wait to start Judgement Day.
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