I read this because a good friend loves this series. I've also seen several episodes of Blood Ties, the Canadian tv show based on this series, and enjoyed them. Vickie Nelson was a decorated homicide detective in Toronto before her degenerating eyesight forced her out at age 30. Refusing to take a desk job, she quit and opened her own PI office. When murder victims across the city are found with their throats ripped out newspapers begin blaming vampires. Vickie is hired by a victim's girlfriend and while investigating meets an actual vampire. Henry Fitzroy, the bastard son of Henry VIII, wants to stop the murders and remove the media spotlight from the undead. It was nice to read a vampire novel that doesn't revolve around a romantic couple. The reader knows who is behind the murders so it definitely falls into the thriller category rather than mystery. It's also fun to see Vickie working and arguing with her former partner Mike while figuring out how to work a homicide without police backup. Vickie working the daytime angles while Henry works the after hours shift makes them a great pair. I will definitely read the second book.