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Book Review: The Librarian's Vampire Assistant (The Librarian's Vampire Assistant #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Librarian's Vampire Assistant (The Librarian's Vampire Assistant #1)
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
February 26, 2018
169 pages
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a Horribly Sunny Mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant.


Who killed Michael Vanderhorst’s maker? It’s a darn good question. But when the trail brings Michael to hellishly sunny Phoenix, Arizona, his biggest problem soon becomes a cute little librarian he can’t seem to stay away from. He’s never met a bigger danger magnet! Even her book cart has it out for her. And is that the drug cartel following her around, too? “Dear God, woman! What have you gotten yourself into?”

Things go from bad to worse when local vampires won’t play nice.

Can this four-hundred-year-old vampire keep his librarian safe and himself out of hot water? Can he bring his maker’s killer to justice? Yesterday, he would’ve said yes. But yesterday, he didn’t have a strange connection with a librarian. Yesterday, people weren’t trying to kill her.

Michael Vanderhorst is a 400-year-old vampire set to find his maker’s killer. The trail leads Michael to a vampire coven in sunny Arizona, and its leader clearly has something to hide. While in pursuit, Michael’s path crosses with that of a studious librarian and a connection is forged. Michael quickly finds their present predicaments are interconnected.

I’ve read two of Pamfiloff’s previous series, The King Trilogy, and Mr. Rook’s Island. The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant is remarkably different from these series. It’s a light-hearted mystery largely devoid of romance. The action and intrigue is well-crafted, and the dialogue witty. So while it certainly wasn’t what I expected, it was mostly entertaining.

The story is told by Michael, a self-professed gentleman who’s both erudite and cynical. His running wry commentary is amusing and lends a rather jovial tone to the book. The dynamic between him and his assistant Lula is comical, if not puzzling. It’s Michael’s connection to Miriam, the librarian, I find most perplexing. Miriam, after whom the book is titled, is still a mystery to me. Not much is revealed about the “danger magnet” and her character remains vaguely developed. She’s kind, naïve, and clumsy, evoking Michael’s protective urges. But the mousy, klutz attracting the notice of a beautiful centuries-old vampire is a pretty played trope, at least for me. I’ve grown more accustomed to Pamfiloff’s feisty, self-assured female characters.

I like Michael. He’s piqued my curiosity. While I’m not sold on the Librarian, her Assistant has me hooked. I look forward to the second installment.

3 ½ Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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