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When vampire detective Jack Fleming is hired by the wealthy Sebastian Pierce to recover a priceless heirloom bracelet, he eyes his reward in Pierce's daughter, an enticing girl with a hot-headed boyfriend. When vampire detective Jack Fleming is hired by the wealthy Sebastian Pierce to recover a priceless heirloom bracelet, he eyes his reward in Pierce's daughter, an enticing girl with a hot-headed boyfriend.


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When vampire detective Jack Fleming is hired by the wealthy Sebastian Pierce to recover a priceless heirloom bracelet, he eyes his reward in Pierce's daughter, an enticing girl with a hot-headed boyfriend. When vampire detective Jack Fleming is hired by the wealthy Sebastian Pierce to recover a priceless heirloom bracelet, he eyes his reward in Pierce's daughter, an enticing girl with a hot-headed boyfriend.

30 review for Fire in the Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Iona Caldwell

    The same flaws of the last one showed themselves in this one. Who did the crime became apparent about halfway in the novel. There seemed to be a lot of filler and dragging scenes that could've easily been removed. A carnal sin reared its ugly head in this one as well: Telling not Showing. There were paragraphs of exposition and narrative that the editor inside me winced and whined over. By this installment, it appeared as though the author experienced some manner of burnout. The same flaws of the last one showed themselves in this one. Who did the crime became apparent about halfway in the novel. There seemed to be a lot of filler and dragging scenes that could've easily been removed. A carnal sin reared its ugly head in this one as well: Telling not Showing. There were paragraphs of exposition and narrative that the editor inside me winced and whined over. By this installment, it appeared as though the author experienced some manner of burnout.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    The worst book in the series yet. Not only was the plot kinda boring, Jack's sudden bad reaction to hypnosis, his woe is me whining, his reluctance to come clean to Escott and the way everybody and their uncle suddenly managed to get the drop on him made me actually dislike him a bit and that has never happened before. Jack is quite a likable, sweet guy so this... this was a real shock. The most interesting part was the introduction of Kyler. I'm curious where that storyline's headed. Overall, qu The worst book in the series yet. Not only was the plot kinda boring, Jack's sudden bad reaction to hypnosis, his woe is me whining, his reluctance to come clean to Escott and the way everybody and their uncle suddenly managed to get the drop on him made me actually dislike him a bit and that has never happened before. Jack is quite a likable, sweet guy so this... this was a real shock. The most interesting part was the introduction of Kyler. I'm curious where that storyline's headed. Overall, quite a disappointment.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathi

    Starting to lose interest in this series, I have the next one on hold at the library so I'll probably read it, but unless it's great I don't know if I'll read any more. Starting to lose interest in this series, I have the next one on hold at the library so I'll probably read it, but unless it's great I don't know if I'll read any more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Jack and Charles have gained some small fame for their skill in tricky investigations, so it's no surprise when they are hired by a wealthy man, Sebastian Pierce, to try to find out what has become of an heirloom ruby and diamond bracelet stolen by one of his daughter, Marian's fast crowd of friends. Marian is a little faster than her daddy expects, and Jack finds this out on the first night of their hunt when she makes a daring play for him, just before her very jealous boyfriend walks in on th Jack and Charles have gained some small fame for their skill in tricky investigations, so it's no surprise when they are hired by a wealthy man, Sebastian Pierce, to try to find out what has become of an heirloom ruby and diamond bracelet stolen by one of his daughter, Marian's fast crowd of friends. Marian is a little faster than her daddy expects, and Jack finds this out on the first night of their hunt when she makes a daring play for him, just before her very jealous boyfriend walks in on them. With his vampire strength, Jack has no problem dealing with a jealous lover, especially paired with his nosferatu persuasive skills. One little passage that readers who are not of a certain age will not understand: "I hit the period and debated whether to turn it into an exclamation point...I backspaced, tapped the apostrophe key, and rolled out the sheet, adding it to the stack of deathless prose next to my portable." You had to have been there to get it. But the thief, McAlister, turns out to be more than just a thief. He and his accomplice have set up a basic blackmail racket - he seduces women of means, while his partner takes pictures, which are then used to extort money from the women. When he leads Jack and Charles on a hot chase through town, then turns up messily dead, the trail rapidly leads away from the usual suspects of family and close friends, deeper into Chicago's underworld - the mundane sort. Escott and Fleming have some messy misadventures as they confront a seemingly endless host of gangsters who either want the pictures or the stolen bracelet, which is worth about $15,000 (in the 1930s). I think this novel led Elrod down some alleys, herself, and ended up spanning two volumes, rather than fitting into the usual page count - the story in the next volume continues moments after this one ends. Things get darker before the dawn, here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Wilcox

    Startlingly disappointing book; fifth in a series starring Jack Fleming, a writer recently turned into a vampire who helps his friend Escott with cases. Enjoyed the first four in the series but struggled through this one. Escott (and Jack) are hired by a rich man (Pierce) to find a valuable bracelet stolen from his daughter, probably by her friend's boyfriend. Their investigation brings some bad people into their world. Jack seemed much whinier this go around and the writing just did not draw me Startlingly disappointing book; fifth in a series starring Jack Fleming, a writer recently turned into a vampire who helps his friend Escott with cases. Enjoyed the first four in the series but struggled through this one. Escott (and Jack) are hired by a rich man (Pierce) to find a valuable bracelet stolen from his daughter, probably by her friend's boyfriend. Their investigation brings some bad people into their world. Jack seemed much whinier this go around and the writing just did not draw me in to the storyline. First four in the series though were worth reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    The book was easy to read and I did like how it seemed that Jack had grown toward a little more maturity, but that quickly diminishes. He ends up getting hurt way too easy and ends up being kind of whiny. It also seemed that the case really had nothing to do with the bracelet, it was just a regular murder investigation through most of the book and seemed kind of hellbent on more revenge than anything.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Issam

    Honestly, I just skimmed through after the first third of the book. I almost never do this, and if this had been my introduction to the series, I probably would have stopped entirely. Luckily, I enjoyed the first arc (Books #1-3) quite a bit, and there's enough of a nostalgic vibe to give the series another shot. Skip this one though—It's recapped well enough in the next book. Honestly, I just skimmed through after the first third of the book. I almost never do this, and if this had been my introduction to the series, I probably would have stopped entirely. Luckily, I enjoyed the first arc (Books #1-3) quite a bit, and there's enough of a nostalgic vibe to give the series another shot. Skip this one though—It's recapped well enough in the next book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    One of the best vampire stories I've read. There's a little romance (it's really hard to find a vampire story that doesn't), but it is 90% very entertaining story line. If you like this genre, I would not pass these novels up. One of the best vampire stories I've read. There's a little romance (it's really hard to find a vampire story that doesn't), but it is 90% very entertaining story line. If you like this genre, I would not pass these novels up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Connery

    Not as much a serial this time, though it does end leaving the plot open.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    extra 1/2 star.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    1930s noir and a vampire with a heart who interacts with the mob. P. N. Elrod is amazing in her depiction of the time period. You can see, smell, feel, and hear it as you read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Allen

    If I can get one person, who reads urban fantasy, to go back and read this series, I'll have done my job as a reader, reviewer and librarian. If I can get one person, who reads urban fantasy, to go back and read this series, I'll have done my job as a reader, reviewer and librarian.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alana

  14. 4 out of 5

    ms.beau

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teawench

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Msprowles

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Smoot

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Johns

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gerry N

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Glen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mo Qui

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jan Novák

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Nelson

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