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Blood Will Tell [Paperback]

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When Professor Everett Land is found dead, detective Brandy Mather has a puzzle on her hands. The body is definitely his; dental records confirm his identity. But Professor Land is in his forties and the body is that of a very old man. What could have caused him to age so rapidly? Why is the corpse smiling? Brandy enlists the aid of computer scientist Dan Martin, who is smart, handsome, and anxious to help. Dan is almost too good to be true, and Brandy soon falls in love. But something is off about Dan. . . very off. Brandy's investigation soon throws her into the midst of small-town politics, bank robberies, and vampires.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2003
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100032  
ISBN13  9781932100037  

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More About Jean Lorrah

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jean Lorrah is the author of the Savage Empire series, "Blood Will Tell," and" Nessie and the Living Stone" and is the coauthor of "First Channel," "Channel's Destiny," and "Zelerod's Doom," part of the acclaimed Sime~Gen series. She lives in Murray, Kentucky. Winston A. Howlett has written for "Galaxy Magazine" and has completed a science fiction screenplay for a Hollywood film company.

Jean Lorrah currently resides in Murray, in the state of Kentucky.

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Some good ideas, but skipable  Sep 26, 2005
It's by no means the worst thing I've read, but it's not really worth spending that much time with, either. It's kind of a shame, because there are some interesting twists on the genre. Most of the vampires seem to want to have a mainstream life, which could be interesting, and she does deal a little with the difficulties for the vampire characters of trying to have a normal life while you have to keep changing identies. She also makes vampirism a genetic disorder, which is a nice science-y variation, but it gets screwed up with a goofy twist. It's genetic, so you can't pass it on, but if the vampire's really, really in wuv with a soulmate, they get to live almost as long as the vampire. Aaaw. This basically is to allow having your cake & eating it too for the main characters, and it's kind of annoying since the vampire character asserts that there's nothing supernatural about the disorder.
The big problem is that main characters aren't really that interesting, and have one of the flattest romances I've seen in a while. The "mystery" is see-through, and if the main character were actually as smart and inquisitive as she's supposed to be, the book would be about 100 pages shorter. The book is also trapped in a "Young Adult" writing style, so much so that I wonder if it was originally intended as one. If so, it would explain at least one of the rythm-killing tangents the book takes, where lead character cop Brandy goes to give a "keep your kids off drugs" lecture to the local PTA for an otherwise inexplicable half a chapter.
I really wanted to like this book...but I didn't.  Apr 21, 2005
I was so excited to find this book by an author who is from and still lives in my home state of Kentucky. The excitement ended by chapter two. The romance portion of the story is frustrating and the mystery predictable. The two main characters get together in chapter 1 (yes, chapter 1) and they are in limbo until later in the book...much later. The "mystery" in the story is probably only a mystery if you don't own a tv or this is the first book you've ever picked up. Free time is precious, spend it on Charlaine Harris or
Laurel K. Hamilton.
Hang in there  Jul 21, 2004
This book does start slow - but if you hang in there it is a great story. No real surprises - the hero is the hero and the villian is the villian (if you know what I mean...)A new slant on the old blood-sucker. I cared about Brandy and Dan and would like a sequel. The ending suggests there could be more...
One of the worst books I've ever read  Oct 25, 2003
The dialog is stilted, the characters boring, their relationship emotionless and it falls apart leaving the reader wondering why they ever bought this book. How it ever won an award is beyond me. I ended up skipping pages, but even that didn't help, so I just threw it away. If I could give it a zero I would.
AuthorZone.Com Book Review  Sep 2, 2003
Plain clothes officer Brenda Mather answers a late shift call from Jackson Purchase State University. There is a dead body of an elderly man in Callahan Hall. Her partner Church, Churchill Jones has already left for the weekend so Brandy answers the call alone. Lucky for her Campus Security Chief is Howard McBride a retired police officer. Coroner Troy Sanford's autopsy results disclose the ancient fellow laying dead in the History Department has died of natural causes due to old age. The case takes a definite turn for the peculiar when dental records reveal that the body is that of Professor Everett Land who everyone knows is a robust man in his forties.

Brandy engages the help of Dr. Dan Martin one of the school's professors in the Computer Science department. The pair determine Professor Land assumed a new identity some thirty or so years ago after he had reached his sixties under his previous name. Brandy is dumbfounded when the police chief declares the case closed and tells Brandy to get back to her other cases.

As Dr. Martin and Brandy develop a caring relationship she is convinced there is more to her loved one than is apparent. As time goes on Brandy begins to know for certain that Dr. Martin is not your average college professor.

Blood Will Tell is a page turner daring to take what is accepted lore regarding vampires and turn that cliché inside out. Writer Lorrah presents a well crafted work filled with good writing, fiduciary situations and characters, thought provoking situation and stimulating dialogue. Blood Will Tell is an appealing amalgam of romance, science fiction, and police procedure in which solidly punctilious main characters exhibit great strength of character in the face of impossible situation. Blood Will Tell stands in the class of P.N. Elrod's vampire mysteries.

Writer Lorrah sets the stage for excitement from the opening paragraph then carries the reader on a roller coaster of excitement right to the last page. Blood Will Tell is not a narrative for a dark stormy night alone when the lights are flickering and the reader is home alone.

Reviewed by: molly martin


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