The Blood Countess
Pan Macmillan, $26.99 pb, 398 pp, 9781405040143
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.