THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST
If Victoria Holt met Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the outcome would be Raybourn's dark, sexy romance. The gothic atmosphere, combined with the suspicious hero and intrepid heroine, allow Raybourn to work her writing magic.
Writer Theodora Lestrange uses her inheritance to travel to the wilds of the Roumania to visit her friend Cosmina and her fiance's family. Theodora senses that the Carpathian Mountains hold many secrets and is attuned to the furtive stares of the villagers, the chill in the tales told of the deceased count's cruelty and the whispers about the new count, Andrei Dragulescu.
Will the former count return as a vampire? Is Andrei a danger to Cosmina and Theodora? Theodora doesn't believe in ancient superstitions until a young woman is found dead, with fang marks on her neck. While she sets out to uncover the mystery surrounding the murder she is drawn to the enigmatic Andrei. She refuses to believe he's a vampire, but if she doesn't find out the truth, she could be the next victim. (MIRA, Mar., 309 pp., $13.95)