This was an exciting and fun start to a new urban fantasy series. I was immediately intrigued when I saw one of the main characters was a pharaoh and mummy. I love seeing unusual paranormal creatures in books and this is one I've never read about before in the role of good guy. Alex (the mummy) and Marcus (a vampire) are vice cops in Miami & they get called out to work a grisly murder scene. It appears to be the work of a serial killer. The two cops are willing to do whatever they need to do to stop the killings but this is complicated by a high wave of paranormal crimes across the city.
First books of urban fantasy tend to have a bunch of world building and this was no exception. Sometimes new worlds can be hard to follow but I did not find that to be the case here. While there was a complicated plot and a bunch of characters, I felt the threads all came together easily and as a reader I was able to follow along with no problem.
I really enjoyed both the plot and the author's writing style. I'm always on the look out for creative and new urban fantasy series so I was super excited to find that I enjoyed this. I will definitely read more books set in this world.
Police procedurals go supernatural in this gritty urban fantasy debut by Michael F. Haspil in Graveyard Shift
Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, born in ancient Rome, are vice cops in a special Miami police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, bootleg blood-dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes.
When poisoned artificial blood drives vampires to murder, the city threatens to tear itself apart. Only an unlikely alliance with former opponents can give Alex and Marcus a fighting chance against an ancient vampire conspiracy.
If they succeed, they'll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a race-war bloodier than any the world has ever seen.