Book Review | May Day | By Josie Jaffrey





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May Day
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.





My thoughts






Narrative and Plot





As the first book in the Seeker series, May Day has a lot to offer in the form of plot and world-building. It is perhaps one of the strongest foundations for the story. The characters are rich with history and there are centuries of politics involved.

A simple murder investigation leads to them digging deeper into matters that are beyond their control. Yet, Jacqueline Valentine and her team of seekers are determined to bring the murderer to justice.






Characters and Conflicts







Jacqueline is a flawed character. In a human world, she could have been called the cliched, chaotic alcoholic detective. But this is the story of Silvers and so, she is a fairly young seeker with little discipline in life. Jacqueline or Jack is impatient and impulsive. She speaks her mind and does not shy away from conflict. Yet there is something likeable in her self-deprecating humour and devil may care attitude.

However, the love triangle situation in the story was tough to buy as far as I am concerned. I get what the story aimed for making Killian this irresistible ancient vampire, but Jack’s hatred came off too strongly to buy anything between the two as organic.

Other than that, the whole ensemble characters were fun to read and added much-needed colour to the story. Even the negative ones stood out.












May Day is the perfect beginning of a series. You never know what to expect next. There is a wholesome thriller story yet, there are so many loose ends left that you cannot wait to read the second book. 










About the Author














I received a copy of the book from TheWriteReads in exchange for an honest review. 
 This review is published in association with TheWriteReads Ultimate blog tour for the BBNYA title winner 2021.











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3 Responses

  1. Ellie Rayner says:

    Great review Rejitha!

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