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A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  527 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Welcome to Nightlife, an eatery where the inventive fare is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning paranormal palate…

Charlotte Caine isn’t called “the Vampire Chef” because she’s a member of New York’s burgeoning undead community—she just cooks for them. With her vampire brother Chet, Charlotte runs Nightlife, a Greenwich Village restaurant that specializes in “hau
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by New American Library
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The concept of vampires moving openly in society (though of course, not in broad daylight) is a popular one in recent times. The idea that they might want to dine on something besides blood, whether real or synthetic, is not. In Sarah Zettel's world, vampires also find nourishment in broth, eggs and milk, and "haute noir" dining is starting to become popular. Menu items for the undead in our heroine Chef Charlotte Caine's restaurant include chicken-miso broth, pumpkin soup with a foamed raw veal ...more
I liked Sarah Zettel's Camelot quartet a lot on first reading, but it didn't stand up very well to me writing an essay on it. This... I felt the whole way through how she was manipulating the readers' thoughts and feelings. I could feel it, and it annoyed the heck out of me... but I still couldn't put it down. So I'm wavering between two and three stars here. I don't know if I can explain how ambivalent I feel about it. (I've changed the star rating three times so far in typing this paragraph.)

Chef Charlotte is co-owner of Nightlife Restaurant with her vampire brother Chet. When a drunk customer who made a scene (in the presence of influential restaurant critic Anatole) is found dead the next morning, Charlotte's brother Chet comes under suspicion. The victim was a member of a powerful Maddox Witch family known for their Vampire hunting. Brenden Maddox, brother to the victim comes to the restaurant to ask questions at the same time as Anatole the critic (and a vampire) is there seekin ...more
3.5 stars. So what happens when a really great author decides to write a formula genre novel? You get A Taste of the Nightlife, a cute but uninspiring mystery/paranormal romance. I really adored Sarah Zettel's Fool's War, I gave it one of my very few five star reviews, so I was hoping for more from this book, despite having my doubts when I read the description. I'm a fan of this genre, so I hoped she'd write something a bit more special than the typical book, but it was really checklist cozy my ...more
I read a lot of urban fantasy and expected to find this book to be right up my alley. Sadly, I found it lacking in something.

Charlotte and her vampire brother, Chet, own Nightlife, a restaurant that caters to both humans and paranormals. After a disturbance from a guest shuts them down for the night, that same guest is found dead the next day in the restaurant foyer. Because Charlotte and Chet are both potential suspects, Charlotte sets out with some unexpected help to solve the murder.

I think i
Starts out as interesting, but too soon trades from mystery to a very very very bad romance. First you have Charlotte; Foodie supreme and a rather pronounced hater of all thin women.
The biggest mystery, really is exactly why in all paranormal romances( which apparently is what all paranormal stories are) do all sexy male supernaturals ALL fall in love with the rather unappealing, unattractive and bad tempered heroine of the story.
Charlotte is convinced that everyone except her is an idiot. She
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
It's somewhere between a 3.6 and a 3.8.

This book has potential and I find that I like the main character's Type A personality. This is a New York book and the main character "lives" a few blocks away from me. If that block actually existed. Someone should've checked their Google Map.

The mystery is interesting but the characters could use a little more developing. The mystery surrounding the Midnight Moon thing? anti-climactic in my opinion.

The love interests? Well, one wasn't described all that
The start of an interesting new series. Charlotte is a chef and beginning a new restaurant, Nightlife. Her brother Chet is a vampire so she has an "in" with that life. The city's top food critic shows up to do a review but a drunk customer causes a scene with one of the other patrons. A body is found, Chet becomes a suspect, so Charlotte sets out to prove him innocent, becoming a suspect herself.

Along the way she meets Brendan Maddox, a rich security expert, who's family is anti-vampires, and th
This is a cozy with real bite!
I was lucky enough to receive A Taste of the Nightlife through Goodreads, and I am definitely glad that I did. This is the first book in the new Vampire Chef series, and it does a great job at setting up Zettel's world and introducing the reader to Charlotte. Told in first person narrative by Charlotte, the reader enters a world where vampires live amongst us although not everyone likes the idea of nightbloods. Charlotte finds herself caught between the two worlds in that while she is human whil ...more
What a great start to a mystery series. It's no secret that I love all things paranormal, and this book and author definitely made a place for itself on my must read list when the next installment comes out.

We have Chef Caine, aka Charlotte Caine, the chef and part owner of a NYC restaurant called Nightlife. She's got a brother who is a vampire and he apparently has gotten himself into some trouble. Which has resulted in a dead body being found in the restaurant. Chef Caine finds herself needing
I won this as a Goodreads Giveaway.

First, a word of warning about the legitimacy of my review: The last time I read a book about vampires was some time in the mid-90s when I read Interview with the Vampire. I have not remotely hopped on the new vampire craze train, and just the thought of the Twilight novels make me queasy. Therefore, if there are cliches or trite elements to this book that have been endlessly recycled in this newest slew of vampire novels, I know nothing about them and cannot s
Katharine Kimbriel
Oct 09, 2011 Katharine Kimbriel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal mysteries with a touch of humor
Recommended to Katharine by: Saw promoted on Book View Cafe
This was a fun little mystery, sort of a cross between a cozy and an amateur detective story. Chef Charlotte Caine is the co-owner and head chef of Nightlife, a high-end NYC restaurant that caters to the, well, late night life – werewolves, vampires, and their ilk. This was a natural progression for her, since the co-owner, her younger brother Chet, became a vampire under circumstances Charlotte tries hard not to remember.

This is a story of cause and effect, or possibly chain of events – Charlot
A Taste of the Nightlife (Obsidian 2011) introduces Charlotte Caine, head chef in the new restaurant Nightlight, serving the undead in New York City. It’s been 10 years since the Equal Humanity Acts recognized vampires, werewolves, and other paranormals as equal citizens, and Nightlight is just beginning to make its mark in the world of "haute noir" cuisine when restaurant critic Anatole Sevarin appears late one night. Flustered by the famous food reviewer, Charlotte is horrified when a glamorou ...more
I picked this book up at a library sale. It's a cross between a vampire world like the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris and the gourmet chef world like the Gourmet Girl Mystery series by Jessica Conant-Park or the White House Mystery series by Julie Hyzy. If you like restaurant cooking or if you like the world of vampires and other paranormal creatures, you will probably enjoy this murder mystery. Both of those areas of interest drew me to purchase the book, and hey, it only cost me ...more
A well done urban fantasy that manages to combine cooking, vampires, magic, and crime without coming off as ridiculous with a strong, female main character who isn't some amped up Xena warrior princess with a personality that could have easily been a guy's but then someone told the author that a girl as a main character would sell better.
My friend called me and told me I just had to read this book. She said it was similar to the Sookie Stackhouse series. Well I wouldn't quite describe it like that, but I'm really glad she made the recommendation.

Chef Charlotte Caine and her vampire brother, Chet, co-own the restaurant, Nightlife, which caters to vampires and their friends and family. While vampires can't eat, they can drink and the concoctions the restaurant serves are becoming popular, as is the food served to those who can eat

If you are a fan of the Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse World and love good food based mystery like the older Diane Mott Davidson’s books and you like learning about the running of a successful restaurant. Now add in a possible love triangle and I think we may have the perfect, or almost perfect new mystery series. I loved this series opener and I am hoping that the next book “Let Them Eat Stake “will be just as good.

What you will find in this debut novel is, murder, a dead body on the pr
In the first book in the Vampire Chef Mysteries, Charlotte Caine is the co-owner of the restaurant Nightlife. She wants no more in life than the make sure her restaurant is a success and keep her vampire brother out of trouble. However when a drunk customer causes a stir, right in front of a popular food critic, Charlotte doesn't think life can go downhill. However things go from bad to worse when the customer turns up dead and her vampire brother is under suspicion for murder.

I haven't read the
Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was a fun, light cozy mystery with all the predicatable but enjoyable elements of the genre.

Chef Charlotte Caine, who was not a vampire herself, catered to the unusual culinary tastes of the nightbloods--vampires, werewolves, etc. But, her strange occupation was not without some background as her younger brother, Chet, had been turned into a vampire and she had taken it upon herself to protect and support him in his new undead life.

I liked the character of Charlotte-
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I think I just read my first cozy

I probably would've liked it more, had I known it was a cozy.

Plot wise....

So the h, owns a restaurant with her famously irresponsible, and somewhat newly vampired brother. Then they find a body, at their place of the rest of the book is the h, trying to figure out how badly her brother screwed up as to lead to a dead body....all the while knowing she's going to have to sav him, since it's her fault he's all campy, and at the same time fighting off
Dec 26, 2013 Gabrielle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Janet, Jacqui, Jill (or anyone with a J in their name)
I was one of the lucky few who won the book through Goodreads. It is a pretty cool thing. If you haven’t signed up for any giveaways, you really should…
To be honest, I thought the idea had been done before, but Zettel definitely put her own spin on things. If I could, I would give it 3.5 stars.
There are several series in which vampires and other creatures that go bump in the night, are “accepted” into society. I thought it was interesting that Zettel gave us glimpse of what it would be like doin
Scrumptious Paranormal Palate Pleaser for the Epicurian Mystery Reader

Until a warlock from a prominent family was found slain in the restaurant's foyer, "Haute noir" chef Charlotte Caine's biggest concern was impressing NYC's top vampire food critic and keeping Nightlife's crew paid. Now she's dodging murder accusations, trying to get her restaurant reopened and somehow prove that she and her vampire brother, Chet, aren't using the place to "blood launder".

With NYC's Paranormal Squadron follow
P. Kirby
I'm not a big fan of the premise of vampires and other paranormals living out in the open among humankind. Me of little faith, I just don't buy that we would ever tolerate human-like predators among us.

That said, A Taste of the Nightlife is a promising start to a new mystery series. By and large, it doesn't bring anything particularly original to the paranormal (urban fantasy) or mystery genres. I say that, in the event you're a stickler for "original." I'm not;I like tropes. A Taste of the Nigh
I picked up this book and its sequel, Let Them Eat Stake, on a whim, and am very happy I did. A Taste... is a fun, fast-paced paranormal mystery set in the restaurant world of NYC, a world in which vampires, or nightbloods, are officially out and legal citizens, with their own culture of clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues, and various types of relationships with humans, or daybloods.

Series protagonist chef Charlotte Caine is human, with no special powers except exceptional cooking skil
Jen - At Random
A Taste of the Nightlife is what I would call a culinary themed paranormal mystery, that’s a mouthful I know but that’s the best way I can describe it!

Chef Charlotte Cain and her brother Chet own Nightlife, a restaurant that caters to daybloods (regular people), nightbloods (vampires), and other paranormals. The restaurant and inevitably the owners get into a heap of trouble when a fight breaks out and later when a dead body appears in the restaurant. Chef Cain realizes she needs to launch her
This is the start of a new series, so there is some filling in as to things that have happened before the book starts. The undead, the paranormal beings, the magical and humans are trying to learn to live together as humans are learning that there are more than just them on this planet.

The heroine of the book, Charlotte, is fully human, but her brother Chet, has been made a vampire, and they run a restaurant that caters to all extremes. Their parents are not accepting of Chet's new life status,
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I did the Anne Rice vampire series but skipped the whole Twilight thing as I wasn't up for another spin on the vampire legend. Then I saw this on the shelf at my (soon-to-be sadly missed) Borders and thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did!

Sarah Zettel tells of a New York City where vampires, weres, etc. live openly with the "normal" folk. Chef Charlotte Caine's restaurant Nightlife is for everyone, but with her co-owner brother Chet being a vampire the establishment stocks items desired by th
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Sarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction. Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second release, Fool’s War, was a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 1999. Her novel Bitter Angels won the Phi ...more
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