Sunday, October 11, 2009

Reviewette – “Blood and Thyme” by Camille Bacon-Smith

Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2
Story: 6 of 25
Pages: 20

Blood and Thyme is a gentle vampire tale about a family catering business with a special clientele. Martin, a vampire, operates Red Heart Catering and is in search of a new chef. Exclusive and discreet, both humans and vampires number among its customers. Rita is hired to fill the position unaware of the nature of her employer or the special services the staff also provide. This leads to complications when Martin imprints himself on Rita, needing her blood to survive.

Blood and Thyme is an engagingly told story with many interesting characters and a setting that would make for a fine novel. It suffers somewhat from the brevity of the format and a hurried conclusion that doesn’t quite satisfy. Rita’s enlightenment arrives just a little too quickly.

Mammoth Rating: 3.5 TUSKS (of 5)

Camille Bacon-Smith: Author of the Daemon Eyes mystery series. She has a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania and currently lives in Philadelphia.


  1. I'm finding some short stories do seem rush right at the end, looming word count maybe. The build up is there, but then it ends so quickly that the story falls a little flat.


  2. Exactly Dottie! They either needed more pages or a different more tightly constructed lead up.


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