The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

May 30th, 2018 Kimberly Review 29 Comments

30th May
The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
The Librarian's Vampire Assistant
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: The Librarian's Vampire Assistant #1
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Purchase
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

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.

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The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff grabbed my attention through Facebook Ads.  A librarian, and a vampire? Yes, please. This was a cute paranormal mystery with suspenseful aspects and hints of romantic infatuation.

Caffeinated Aspects

  • A  coffee drinking four-hundred-year-old vampire who dresses in suits and barely looks legal arrives in Phoenix Arizona to retrieve his maker’s ashes.  He also wants to know how and why his maker was murdered. While getting a latte, he watches a young woman nearly knock herself out at the counter, knock over a stack of lids and play frogger crossing the street. It turns out she is a librarian, and when he ducks in to get out of the sun she thinks he is applying for the assistant library position. He applies for the fun of it, having no intentions of accepting because he is intrigued by this clumsy, sweet librarian.
  • We are treated to two mysteries that weave themselves together. The first is who killed Michael Vanderhorst’s maker and the second is who attacked the librarian and why. I thought the author did an excellent job of pulling these threads together.
  • The vampires in this world while hidden from society actual eat, drink coffee and don’t turn to ash in direct sunlight.
  • We gain some insight into the hierarchy of the vampire world.
  • We get some humor thanks to banter between Michael and his saucy assistant.
  • The murder mystery’s how and whys had an exciting twist.
  • Weird things happen at airport car rental agencies.

Decaffeinated Aspects

  • Michael is four-hundred years old and looks wet behind the ears. When one has lived as long as Michael, you expect a certain amount of wisdom. While his mannerisms and speech reflected this, as did his knowledge on subjects he often acted like a typical twenty-one-year-old.
  • I loved his snarky assistant but a scene at his studio apartment left me disappointed in her. She deserved better, and I expected more from her.
  • There is an infatuation of sorts that develops, and it has Michael making huge decisions. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel it.
  • I would have liked more involvement in the investigations.

The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant was a fun “cozy” type mystery with paranormal elements, and I am curious to see what the next book in this series brings.

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29 Responses to “The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff”

  1. Wattle

    This sounds kind of cute. I do like my cozy feel mysteries, added vampires are always fun. I might have to check this one out, thank you for sharing!

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  2. Dani

    Sounds intriguing. Never came across this author. Thanks for the review, I’ll go check her out in Goodreads.

  3. Tyler H Jolley

    It would have been a really interesting arc to see Michael struggle with sounding young when in fact he’s full of history and knowledge. Maybe that would have been to obvious? But other than that, great book for sure.

    • Kimberly

      I could understand if he was playing a part to fit in, but it wasn’t consistent. He seemed confident in business but romance not so much.

  4. Lover Of Romance

    What a great review you have here. I adore this author, her books are so unique and different from any other pnr I have read. And I love the whole vampire and librarian set up.

  5. Heidi

    I appreciate your honesty with this one. It sounds fun, but I think I will hold off and watch for the next one to see if it improves.

  6. Debbie Haupt

    This is a new to me author. I love the cover and the fact that he’s a caffeine addict lets me know what first sold you Kim.

  7. kindlemom1

    This sounds like it had it’s good moments and it’s bad. Maybe the next book will be even better? Great review Kim!

  8. ShootingStarsMag

    Vampires AND librarians? That is intriguing! Thanks for sharing the pros and cons of this one. I do like the sound of the snark- and the mystery!