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Mina and the Undead

Mina and the Undead

Amy McCaw
UCLan Publishing
ISBN: 9781912979479

This was such a fangtastic read! I could easily get my teeth into this book and it was difficult to put down as each chapter left me wanting to read on. Mina and the Undead has a strong plot with twists that kept me guessing to the end. This book is anything but predictable and I would certainly read more by this author. The teenagers I work with will love this as they, too, are hooked on vampire fiction/horror/murder mystery genres.

Mina and her sister were abandoned by their mother who had developed an unhealthy fascination with vampires. Their aunt brought them up until Libby moved away to study at university. Mina later travels out to visit Libby with whom she now has a slightly strained relationship. She is thrilled to land a job on a haunted house tour, re-enacting various famous murder scenes. Especially since she has fallen head over heels for 'Lestat', who she was thrilled to have been 'bitten' by on the first tour.

However, Mina has travelled from Whitby in the UK to New Orleans only to find several real murder scenes with oddly familiar themes. A serial killer is on the loose and they are not only replicating murders from the past but have implicated either her or her sister in one of them. Can Mina and her friends find the killer and clear their names without becoming the next victims?

This book is very current with its 'Escape the Room'-style murder mystery tour. It has a Buffy The Vampire vibe and the characters felt very real with their flaws and vulnerabilities. I loved that it was an honest ending rather than the usual fluff. It was perfect.

Content: Violence/LGBTQ+ Characters/Family issues

298 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Clair Bossons, school librarian


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