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P dead on Nightlife's doorstep Now with her brother under suspicion for the murder Charlotte has to re open her restaurant and clear her brother's name before they both become dinne It's somewhere between a 36 and a 38This book has potential and I find that I like the main character's Type A personality This is a New York book and the main character lives a few blocks away from me If that block actually existed Someone should've checked their Google MapThe mystery is interesting but the characters could use a little developing The mystery surrounding the Midnight Moon thing? anti climactic in my opinionThe love interests? Well one wasn't described all that well and the other well he's a little boyish Yet I love them bothStill a good start and let's just hope it goes upward from here on out Oil Painting is a New York book and the main character lives a few blocks away from me If that block actually existed Someone should've checked their Google MapThe mystery Putins Russia is Seducida (Esclava victoriana, interesting but the characters could use a little developing The mystery surrounding the Midnight Moon thing? anti climactic Essential Juices and Smoothies in my opinionThe love Buttermilk Graffiti interests? Well one wasn't described all that well and the other well he's a little boyish Yet I love them bothStill a good start and let's just hope Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink it goes upward from here on out

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A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef, #1)

Charlotte Caine isn't called the Vampire Chef because she's a member of New York's undead community she just cooks for them Her restaurant Nightlife is poised to take the top slot i Chef Charlotte is co owner of Nightlife Restaurant with her vampire brother Chet When a drunk customer who made a scene in the presence of influential restaurant critic Anatole is found dead the next morning Charlotte's brother Chet comes under suspicion The victim was a member of a powerful Maddox Witch family known for their Vampire hunting Brenden Maddox brother to the victim comes to the restaurant to ask uestions at the same time as Anatole the critic and a vampire is there seeking answers tooCharlotte starts working with both men to find out what is happening and why a man was killed in her place The she digs into the case the her brother looks suspicious Both Anatole and Brenden seem personally interested in Charlotte which fuels their rivalry inspite of the fragile truce to work togetherThere are several things about this book that are a pleasant surprise Firstly it is definitely a cozy mystery in spite of the vampires or romantic tension The world building is simple with the least amount of fuss The paranormal is out in the open now and the night life crowd enjoys a good meal no human blood that's illegal Charlotte is a bona fide Chef and big sister always taking care of her younger vampire brother Chet who the rest of the family has disowned Charlotte herself is a great character The old saying never trust a skinny cook is employed here with Charlotte who has some curves and meat on her bones which I always like rather than the same old perfectly thin heroine She is a bit feisty without being bull headed She also doesn't get much sleep but a few short hours here and there I really wanted to make her get some sleep after a while Brenden is the reasonable member of the Maddox witch family and is willing up to a point to investigate his brother's murder with Charlotte and Anatole rather than solo Anatole is an old vampire who enjoys having a secure life and really doesn't want to live in the closet or is that the coffin? any so solving the murder is critical to him Charlotte just wants to clear Chet and maybe even herself from the police's list Both Brenden and Anatole are classic dangerous charmers Brenden is dark and human Anatole is blond with old world romantic ideas and fangs This sets up a competition between the two for her which could be interesting in future books I found it interesting that usually I clearly like one potential love interest than the other in these setups but I thought both had their good points in this case If you have read the book perhaps you could chime in with your thoughts on thatThere is occasional humor without feeling forced I like humor in my books but only when it sounds natural and this did to me The plot has enough developments to keep the reader interested without moving into the urban fantasy dark mode It was paced well without any dragging middle It is a solid cozy mystery just with vampires and witches The climatic confrontation with the killer is satisfactory and I had developed my ideas of the whodunit and why as the story progressed The wrap up leaves enough open for the next book to have both Brenden and Anatole as recurring characters which I liked both of the characters so that workedAs far as I am aware this is a uniue book It has the standard vampires werewolves and the usual cast of creatures but in true cozy format not the dark gritty or sexy urban fantasy world The heroine does not wield a sword or have any abilities past the kitchen It has all the ingredients for a successful cozy a murder mystery a likable heroine interesting supporting characters pinches of magic and danger mixed with sprinkles of romantic tension served up with a paranormal world that is integrated smoothly I wonder why nobody has thought to do this vampire lite before Likely because not just any author could pull this off as well as Ms Zettel has I will certainly be anxiously awaiting the next book to be releasedObtained Through from publisher for an honest reviewPlease join me at my mystery book blog

summary A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef, #1)

N the world of haute noir cuisine But when a drunk customer causes a scene a glowing review from the city's top food critic doesn't seem likely especially when that customer winds u Starts out as interesting but too soon trades from mystery to a very very very bad romance First you have Charlotte; Foodie supreme and a rather pronounced hater of all thin women The biggest mystery really is exactly why in all paranormal romances which apparently is what all paranormal stories are do all sexy male supernaturals ALL fall in love with the rather unappealing unattractive and bad tempered heroine of the story Charlotte is convinced that everyone except her is an idiot She acts like her brother is still a little kid even though he seems to be far mature than she is In fact she expects him to tell her everything he is doing even though she tells him nothing as if she were a parent The reason she thinks he is immature is that at one time he fell in love and believed in it In Charlottes opinion only sixteen year olds believe in true love In my experience sixteen year olds are far too cynical to believe in anything not selfish Even worse; She has NO reason to investigate the murder None her brother is in danger BECAUSE of her investigation The police are involved She finds incriminating evidence that could end up putting her or her brother in jail only because she was investigating after everyone including the police asked her not to The mystery is so uninteresting and badly laid out you won't even notice its there


10 thoughts on “A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef, #1)

  1. says:

    The concept of vampires moving openly in society though of course not in broad daylight is a popular one in recent times The idea that they might want to dine on something besides blood whether real or synthetic is not In Sarah Zettel's world vampires also find nourishment in broth eggs and milk and haute noir dining is starting to become popular Menu items for the undead in our heroine Chef Charlotte Caine's restaurant include chicken miso broth pumpkin soup with a foamed raw veal sauce or crème fraiche for humans and a Special Blend sangriaCharlotte and her undead brother Chet have recently started the after dark restaurant they call Nightlife and on the evening that we meet them a vamp food critic by the name of Anatole Sevarin has unexpectedly come in Charlotte is of course excited and nervous so she is understandably vexed when one of the human customers complains about her meal and asks to see the chefAfter a seuence of events during which a young warlock male witches are called warlocks in this world hey it's her world she can call them what she wants enters and unsuccessfully tries to get the fussing woman to leave with him then throws a fireball and sets off the sprinkler system Charlotte looks around to find that the critic has vanishedReturning the next morning after a visit to the farmer's market Charlotte is somewhat surprised to find the corpse of the warlock lying inside the door Charlotte takes this personally since as the scene of a murder her restaurant will be closed for an unspecified length of time Since she has nothing else to do Charlotte decides to find out who killed Dylan Maddox and why he was left in her restaurantThis is a fine addition to the new ish mystery genre of paranormal cozies It's easy to identify with Charlotte and not just because the story is written in the first person from her point of view Zettel is very good at putting the reader into the chef's skin while at the same time providing enough perspective to notice things that she doesn'tThe book includes a preview of the next in the series Let Them Eat Stake due in April 2012 but no recipes for vamp friendly cuisine


  2. says:

    I liked Sarah Zettel's Camelot uartet a lot on first reading but it didn't stand up very well to me writing an essay on it This I felt the whole way through how she was manipulating the readers' thoughts and feelings I could feel it and it annoyed the heck out of me but I still couldn't put it down So I'm wavering between two and three stars here I don't know if I can explain how ambivalent I feel about it I've changed the star rating three times so far in typing this paragraphI wasn't in love with the characters I was reminded constantly of other books Robin McKinley's Sunshine for one with the first person female narrator who loves to cook isn't conventionally brave and gets messed up with vampires and has two men with whom she has sexual attraction one of whom is a vampire and the other of whom is a warlock I don't remember exactly the details of Mel in Sunshine but I seem to recall some details which pointed in that direction And of other urban fantasy books The tone really didn't come across as anything new and sorry but I don't think Zettel is that skilled at writing mysteries She doesn't give you the tools to solve it yourself which makes it confusing and that bit boringAnd yet I wanted to know which guy she picked I wanted to know her brother'd be okay and she'd reopen her restaurant There was enough there to keep me turning the pages I even think I'll probably read the seuel though I'm in no hurry I'm just disappointed


  3. says:

    Chef Charlotte is co owner of Nightlife Restaurant with her vampire brother Chet When a drunk customer who made a scene in the presence of influential restaurant critic Anatole is found dead the next morning Charlotte's brother Chet comes under suspicion The victim was a member of a powerful Maddox Witch family known for their Vampire hunting Brenden Maddox brother to the victim comes to the restaurant to ask uestions at the same time as Anatole the critic and a vampire is there seeking answers tooCharlotte starts working with both men to find out what is happening and why a man was killed in her place The she digs into the case the her brother looks suspicious Both Anatole and Brenden seem personally interested in Charlotte which fuels their rivalry inspite of the fragile truce to work togetherThere are several things about this book that are a pleasant surprise Firstly it is definitely a cozy mystery in spite of the vampires or romantic tension The world building is simple with the least amount of fuss The paranormal is out in the open now and the night life crowd enjoys a good meal no human blood that's illegal Charlotte is a bona fide Chef and big sister always taking care of her younger vampire brother Chet who the rest of the family has disowned Charlotte herself is a great character The old saying never trust a skinny cook is employed here with Charlotte who has some curves and meat on her bones which I always like rather than the same old perfectly thin heroine She is a bit feisty without being bull headed She also doesn't get much sleep but a few short hours here and there I really wanted to make her get some sleep after a while Brenden is the reasonable member of the Maddox witch family and is willing up to a point to investigate his brother's murder with Charlotte and Anatole rather than solo Anatole is an old vampire who enjoys having a secure life and really doesn't want to live in the closet or is that the coffin? any so solving the murder is critical to him Charlotte just wants to clear Chet and maybe even herself from the police's list Both Brenden and Anatole are classic dangerous charmers Brenden is dark and human Anatole is blond with old world romantic ideas and fangs This sets up a competition between the two for her which could be interesting in future books I found it interesting that usually I clearly like one potential love interest than the other in these setups but I thought both had their good points in this case If you have read the book perhaps you could chime in with your thoughts on thatThere is occasional humor without feeling forced I like humor in my books but only when it sounds natural and this did to me The plot has enough developments to keep the reader interested without moving into the urban fantasy dark mode It was paced well without any dragging middle It is a solid cozy mystery just with vampires and witches The climatic confrontation with the killer is satisfactory and I had developed my ideas of the whodunit and why as the story progressed The wrap up leaves enough open for the next book to have both Brenden and Anatole as recurring characters which I liked both of the characters so that workedAs far as I am aware this is a uniue book It has the standard vampires werewolves and the usual cast of creatures but in true cozy format not the dark gritty or sexy urban fantasy world The heroine does not wield a sword or have any abilities past the kitchen It has all the ingredients for a successful cozy a murder mystery a likable heroine interesting supporting characters pinches of magic and danger mixed with sprinkles of romantic tension served up with a paranormal world that is integrated smoothly I wonder why nobody has thought to do this vampire lite before Likely because not just any author could pull this off as well as Ms Zettel has I will certainly be anxiously awaiting the next book to be releasedObtained Through from publisher for an honest reviewPlease join me at my mystery book blog


  4. says:

    35 stars So what happens when a really great author decides to write a formula genre novel? You get A Taste of the Nightlife a cute but uninspiring mysteryparanormal romance I really adored Sarah Zettel's Fool's War I gave it one of my very few five star reviews so I was hoping for from this book despite having my doubts when I read the description I'm a fan of this genre so I hoped she'd write something a bit special than the typical book but it was really checklist cozy mysteryparanormal romance Charlotte is a very typical average woman heroine who is a bit grouchy isn't beautiful is short and curvy and hasn't had a date in a year and yet of course the two absolutely stunning guys she meets are instantly head over heels for her after they've exchanged maybe five words And this is despite the fact that one is a super powerful and very old vampire who could be a king among his kind And the other is a powerful warlock who on the surface has every reason to dislike her and is in the middle of a family crisis and shouldn't be interested in romance at all right now But both are completely charmed by her are willing to risk danger to help her and aren't bothered by competing with each other to boot Because love triangles are the staple of paranormal romances gotta have 'em check Anyway the characters are cute the mystery was fine all of it was enjoyable but none of it was especially uniue It just felt like a good author having fun with a genre that she enjoys putting a positive spin on it without making any great impact If you like cozy mysteries this is a good bet for you The romance is mild just a few kisses but the guys are very handsome It's definitely not going to be a hot sexy series I think the subtitle sums it up when it says that it's A Vampire Chef Mystery So expect cute cozy paranormal mysteries with a dash of romance


  5. says:

    I read a lot of urban fantasy and expected to find this book to be right up my alley Sadly I found it lacking in somethingCharlotte and her vampire brother Chet own Nightlife a restaurant that caters to both humans and paranormals After a disturbance from a guest shuts them down for the night that same guest is found dead the next day in the restaurant foyer Because Charlotte and Chet are both potential suspects Charlotte sets out with some unexpected help to solve the murderI think it was Charlotte's personality that I found hard to follow I wanted to understand her better and even now I don't really get what she's about other than that she loves her ocupation I also found myself stumped by strange choices in wording For example Marie Our Pastry Chef Now she mentioned her sous chefs lines cooks servers etc but Marie was always mentioned as Marie Our Pastry Chef hyphens and all every time Not a huge problem except that it made me stop every time I read it She also used the words vamplette and nebbish to describe people I don't understand vamplette at all but nebbish was even interesting because she referred to this nebbish individual multiple times and we never even meet him Is that the point? That he's unimportantthus the nebbish?On the bright side I actually think there's potential here for future books so long as Charlotte gains a personality Her best point in the book when I finally felt I might like her was when she cooked for the poor using the foods she knew would just go bad while the restaurant was shut downI won a copy of this through the goodreads first reads giveaway


  6. says:

    Starts out as interesting but too soon trades from mystery to a very very very bad romance First you have Charlotte; Foodie supreme and a rather pronounced hater of all thin women The biggest mystery really is exactly why in all paranormal romances which apparently is what all paranormal stories are do all sexy male supernaturals ALL fall in love with the rather unappealing unattractive and bad tempered heroine of the story Charlotte is convinced that everyone except her is an idiot She acts like her brother is still a little kid even though he seems to be far mature than she is In fact she expects him to tell her everything he is doing even though she tells him nothing as if she were a parent The reason she thinks he is immature is that at one time he fell in love and believed in it In Charlottes opinion only sixteen year olds believe in true love In my experience sixteen year olds are far too cynical to believe in anything not selfish Even worse; She has NO reason to investigate the murder None her brother is in danger BECAUSE of her investigation The police are involved She finds incriminating evidence that could end up putting her or her brother in jail only because she was investigating after everyone including the police asked her not to The mystery is so uninteresting and badly laid out you won't even notice its there


  7. says:

    It's somewhere between a 36 and a 38This book has potential and I find that I like the main character's Type A personality This is a New York book and the main character lives a few blocks away from me If that block actually existed Someone should've checked their Google MapThe mystery is interesting but the characters could use a little developing The mystery surrounding the Midnight Moon thing? anti climactic in my opinionThe love interests? Well one wasn't described all that well and the other well he's a little boyish Yet I love them bothStill a good start and let's just hope it goes upward from here on out


  8. says:

    This is a cozy with real bite


  9. says:

    Charlotte and Chet siblings AKA C3 and C4 Their parents' names also started with C open a vampire friendly restaurant The business is going well until a warlock is found dead with 2 punctures on his neck Suspect #1? Chet who got turned into a vampire as a teen However the coroner finds that the punctures are from needles not fangs Charlotte is suddenly caught in between a feud of vampires and warlocks and the black market of human bloodThe mystery itself was good but two things bothered me The swearing not a lot but enough to be annoying and the lack of recipes I also am not up on my paranormal vocabulary and I didn't understand some of the terms At this point I'm not sure if I'll read of the series


  10. says:

    What a great start to a mystery series It's no secret that I love all things paranormal and this book and author definitely made a place for itself on my must read list when the next installment comes outWe have Chef Caine aka Charlotte Caine the chef and part owner of a NYC restaurant called Nightlife She's got a brother who is a vampire and he apparently has gotten himself into some trouble Which has resulted in a dead body being found in the restaurant Chef Caine finds herself needing to balance a food critic who is also a vampire a anti vamp family who also happens to be a family of witches a suad of police dedicated to all things paranormal getting her restaurant back open and solving the mystery This reminded me a little of Madelyn Alt's bewitching mysteries It's a light little book with a little comedy a lot of mystery a neat paranormal setting allusions towards a little romance and the solving of a mystery with a little actionThere were moments when I chuckled out loud while reading this And I am definitely a fan of Charlotte and her thought processes I also instantly loved her attitude and sarcasm Her roommates are a great compliment and great story telling device as they are in some ways comic relief and in some ways they provide great potential for in the series without feeling like they were just dumped on us later to be able to come up with a story Our Russian vamp and our security consultant witch provide the potential for a love triangle of sorts and unlike the triangle that Ms Alt constructed early on I like both of these two characters very much There is just enough cooking to intrigue me and it's nicely overdone so I didn't feel stupid or overwhelmed by the cooking terms references or explanations In fact if the author has any experience it was a nice little look inside the kitchen of a good restaurant The only real downside is that also like Ms Alt's stuff the answer to the mystery sort of came out of no where I am not sure the reader really had all the information necessary to figure it out Having been introduced to mysteries via Agatha Christie I like to be able to look back as go ahhhh There were the hints that I should have seen but I missed and I am not sure this really had that But there was just enough action humor and like ability to the characters that I think I have found another mystery series to follow Ms Zettel has written a culinary mystery that would lead me to want a reservation in her establishment ps The preview for the next in the series was eually intriguing and has my mouth watering for it's release


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