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The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

February 2011, no. 328

The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

Pan Macmillan, $26.99 pb, 398 pp, 9781405040143

The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

February 2011, no. 328

The Blood Countess is the latest novel by author and media identity Tara Moss. The book promises to be the first in a series about Pandora English, a fashion journalist who socialises with the undead.

The novel begins with the recently orphaned Pandora’s arrival at the New York apartment owned by her great-aunt Celia. The latter looks much younger than her eighty-plus years, never appears in the daylight, and has a strong aversion to garlic. Pandora notices weird, ghostly creatures moving around her apartment building. Pandora’s worst fears about her new city are confirmed when – as part of her job for a magazine that (coincidentally) bears her name – she is assigned to investigate a beauty cream known as ‘BloodofYouth’. This cream is the brainchild of ‘entrepreneurial vampires’ who include the ‘centuries-old celebrity murderess’ Elizabeth Bathory.

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