The Vampire of Venice Beach A Novel Author:Jennifer Colt The hilariously dysfunctional crime-fighting duo of Kerry and Terry McAffee somehow survived the Butcher of Beverly Hills and the Mangler of Malibu Canyon. But will they be able to shine some California sunshine onto the Vampire of Venice Beach? — The action kicks off when the twins’ pal Darby Applewhite, a.k.a. Ephemera, Queen of the Undea... more »d, hires them to escort her hearse through the organized bedlam of the annual Venice Goth Parade. As a way of promoting the opening of the highly anticipated Dark Arts Gallery, Ephemera has planned to pop out of her coffin just as the hearse passes in front of the gallery. But while the twins are working crowd control, Ephemera suddenly pitches forward out of the coffin and onto the street—and Kerry and Terry are shocked to discover that the Queen of the Undead is in fact dead after all.
The stunt-gone-wrong gets more mysterious when the girls spot fang marks on Ephemera’s neck. Suddenly the parade of harmless misfits is transformed into a stream of potential suspects and the sleuthing sisters are plunged into a nefarious world of dentists specializing in prosthetic fangs, and a goth cult led by a blood drinker with a forked tongue. Will a host of welcome and unwelcome distractions—threats scrawled on their Harley in blood, vampires climbing through their skylight at night, amorous advances from Kerry's sometime love interest Detective Boatwright, and a litter of new puppies—derail the twins from getting their ghoul? Not bloody likely.« less