Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau Vampires, Book 9)
by Lynsay Sands
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061229770
Date: 01 March 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Last month in Vampires Are Forever, Thomas Argeneau searched desperately for his missing Aunt Marguerite. This month, Vampire, Interrupted gives us Marguerite's view of her disappearance and all of its excitement and misadventure.
Marguerite is finally free to choose her life. She'd been married for 700 years to a vampire who was not her lifemate. Therefore, he could control her and rule her. She had no freedom; her children filled an otherwise colorless life. So when her husband died she decided to become a private investigator and worked with a human PI to train her. Her first case was to find the mother of Christian Notte. Julius Notte had refused to tell Christian anything about his mother and had so far frightened off any investigators that Christian had managed to hire.
Marguerite would not be frightened off and believed Christian had the right to know who his mother was -- so she'd gone off to England to find this mysterious woman. Soon after an attempt on her life, Julius shows up to try to talk Christian and Marguerite into ending their search. At this point we begin the story from Marguerite's point of view and follow her adventures as attempts continue on her life.
Vampire, Interrupted provides more information about the vampire society and how it has changed over the years. Marguerite has embraced her new independence but is still dealing with the changes that have taken place for her kind and for women since she was turned. Times change and those who are nearly immortal must change with them to survive.
There's misdirection, intrigue, and many webs of deceit to be untangled before we get the usual happy ending of a paranormal romance. These are not your usual vampires, and perhaps it's the new and multi-layered society of the long-lived that makes it all the more intriguing -- don't many of us wish we had more time. Sands' vampires have many of the powers and benefits of being a vampire but few of the drawbacks.
All in all, an entertaining read.