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Detective Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire!

The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.

Two years later, Danny gets an i
Kindle Edition, First, 128 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Vamptasy Publishing
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How about a great mystery thriller that walks on the dark side of the street? What if that mystery contains vampires, too? I agree, sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? When a veteran detective claims to have fought off a murder suspect who later escaped, well, that is part of the job. When Danny Mancini says the perp is a vampire, the department decided it was time to put Mancini out to pasture. Broken, depressed and often three sheets to the wind, he has spent the last two years feeling los ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great twisty

A great twisty ride, with many of the characters being of the undead variety. This grabbed me from the beginning and kept me engrossed throughout. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. If it continues with the same wonderful story telling, I’ll be one happy person. I believe this is my first time reading a book by this Author, but I can assure you it wont be my last. I really enjoyed how she put the story together and kept it interesting throughout. I never felt like i
5 stars - English Ebook - I have dyslexia -
june 2012
- Cause if my eyes don't deceive me/There's something going wrong around here. Joe Jackson-
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
You think anything not human is an enemy. You kill first and ask questions never. Not every paranormal creature is evil...

Rating: 4.25/5

Detective First Grade Daniel Mancini was supposed to be following a possible homicide suspect, but what he found instead was a far cry from the supposed human killer. Alarmingly, he discovered a bloodthirsty, murdering vampire with no qualms when it came to slaughtering the human population. Daniel has no idea who to tell about this sudden and unn
Stephen Kozeniewski
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an impressive debut from a promising young author.

Let's start with the negatives. STAKE-OUT suffers from a bit of firstnovelitis. That means some showing more than telling, some characters outright stating their feelings, and some behavior that was either lampshaded, over-explained, or undercooked. And a few worldbuilding issues. I'm not going to pretend like this is a perfect novel, but these are all kinks that can be ironed out over time. If this series goes on long enough I could see
Logan LeDuc
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was contacted by Lily Luchesi and offered a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was immediately intrigued by the plot. This book had a great opening chapter and immediately sucked you in.

I absolutely loved the characters and their personalities. Especially Angelica. That girl could seriously kick some ass.

The biggest complaint I had with this book was everything was seemed so rushed. All the emotions and action packed scenes were over as fast as they started. The characters and the
Ashley Tomlinson
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
A fast paced vampire hunting novel. At only 100 pages it had to pack quite the punch to get to the end. It may have been short but that doesn't mean it was lacking in any department.

The characters were great and even in only 100 pages you still got enough details about all of them to know them. Though things seemed a little rushed at times, I know it was just because it was so short. I did think Danny trusted everything Angelica told him too quickly. I don't think I would just say okay and hop i
Mary Fan
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lily Luchesi gives readers her own twist on a classic genre in her debut novel, Stake Out (Paranormal Detectives, #1). Tough, somewhat hot-tempered Detective Daniel Mancini has a lot of experience as a cop, but nothing could have prepared him for what he saw one dark Chicago night: a psychopathic vampire, sucking the blood from a helpless victim. Little does he know that this will be the turning point of his life. Though the experience leads to his dismissal from the police department (they thin ...more
C.J. Anaya
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This paranormal detective series starts out with a dangerous and alarming situation for the detective when he witnesses a murder by a vicious vampire. This is a great beginning for the book because it captures the reader's attention and bonds us with the main character as we root for him to catch the vamp and survive in the process. Nicely done on the author's part. The detective's downward spiral from this experience gives him the opportunity to join a force that fights monsters such as these.

Jürgen Olschewski
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I'd never before read anything about vampires in a modern-day setting, and this makes me want to read more. Lily Luchesi has a real gift for storytelling, particularly in keeping the action moving and making you want to know what will happen next. I enjoyed getting to know the two central characters, Danny and Angelica, and they make a good foil for one another. Their age-difference is also a nice addition. One interesting thing is how you get to know things that Dann ...more
I really enjoyed this story all the up to the cliffhanger ending. The conclusion was just a bit too rushed, and I was disappointed that the book just sort of ended, and I have to wait for the next installment. I loved the characters. The writing style was just about perfect. The action was fast, and every chapter propelled the story along so I was never bored. I loved the hidden supernatural sub-culture that exists in this author’s imagination. I just bought right into the whole paranormal sha-b ...more
Virgen Caraballo
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining and interesting book to read for I thought that the author had a lot of twists and turns in her story. I thought her writing was very intriguing and there were parts that kinda kept me guessing until the end of the story. It's not your ordinary love /hate paranormal story book read so you got to get a copy of the book and read the story of Det. Daniel Mancini and Det. Angelica Cross for it is a very entertaining book to read. All the things they do for love and all t ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great start to a promising series!
A killer on the loose, a doomed romance, and paranormal creatures functioning in modern society make for an exciting story. It has issues that usually accompany an author's first book like head-hopping confusion and showing versus telling, but the story itself shines through. I enjoyed the bit of mystery and romance just as much as the action and fight scenes.
Very well done and can't wait to read the sequel!
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: January 25th 2017
Rating 3,5qqq

“Who would've guessed that, in this world, there were vampires, werewolves and specters lurking around every corner; that evil witches who lived for centuries were being burned to to death a few miles away?”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Susan Hampson
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-reads
Detective Danny Mancini is quickly approaching retirement but after a night of tracking a murder suspect, witnessing a murder, being attacked and wakening in hospital, he is assessed as being unfit to return to work. The outside wounds may have healed fine but perhaps telling the story of a vampire attacking the victim and himself probably wasn’t the best idea in the world. No, I mean how can the Police Force keep this rambling ageing Detective on when he has obviously reached his sell by date b ...more
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What an amazing story this was! This author has a new fan!!

The characters were phenomenal! The story between Danny and Angelica felt so real. I had become connected with feelings that both characters went through. I felt so bad for Danny and how conflicted his feelings were for Angelica. He was for sure fighting his own inner demons along with the real ones. And Angelica, well, she was such a strong character with a soft heart. These
Sarah Fairbairn
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning it is easy to care about Danny – A detective doing his job and doing it well, who witnesses’ something unbelievable. And of course no one believes him; he is pushed out of the CPD, labelled as crazy and unfit for work.
Danny is barely surviving, living on bottle after bottle of booze when along comes Angelica Cross and the PID (The secret paranormal investigation department of the FBI). A Vamplet, Angelica is the daughter of a human male and a vampire female. Angelica is sexy,
R.E. Mullins
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book by the Lovers of the Paranormal group for an honest review.


Poor Detective Danny Mancini's life is turned upside down when he witnesses a real-live vampire attack. No one believes him and he's forced into an early retirement. He's busy drowning his sorrows in alcohol when there's a knock at the door. The beautiful woman standing on his porch tells him what he saw was real and her organization needs his help hunting this creature down
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal). I really liked this book. Danny is a detective on a murder case. When he closes in on the "guy", he sees that he has fangs! That is the last thing he remembers before waking up in the hospital. After telling what he saw, a drugged-out psycho biting the victim, he is required to undergo a psych evaluation. The results and this particular case will change the course of his life. I am looking forward to the next ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, 5-star
This book grabbed my attention on page one and didn't let go until the last page.

Stake Out is a short book that that packs a great deal into it... vampires, werewolves and witches plus visions, danger and intrigue.
The authors descriptive details immerse you in the action. and pull you through the twists and turns in the story.

This book is an impressive start to what will most likely be an awesome series.

Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved the twists and turns. Vampires, werewolves, and humans Oh My! Follow Detective Daniel as he helps the PID track down their most wanted. Follow Danny as he encounters love and lust. Fantastic story of love through the ages and dammit, you left me/us hanging! Tastes like more please! :D
T.H. Morris
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have recently begun reading Lily Luchesi's lore, and I have to say that I am eating up voraciously. When I reached The Paranormal Detectives Series, the self-proclaimed "Pride and Joy" of the author herself, I had high hopes and expectations.

And man, was I pleased.

The book is a master class in paranormal fiction. The twists, the turns, the dark decadence, the complexity of the characters...every savory morsel of material was interwoven magnificently into a wonderful paranormal story. And I lov
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like books with paranormal qualities. This book was a little different. PID is a branch of the FBI that hunts paranormal creatures that become dangerous to humans. Angelica is a vampire (half human/half vamp) she started the PID mostly because her vamp father is a phycho. Danny was a regular Chicago police detective until he saw a vampire attack and when he told his supervisor, they thought he was nuts. So Angelica recruits Danny and there's more to their story.
I liked this book a lot.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
I like the story as a whole. The plot was really good. Tho I disliked Danny in the first few chapters, I got used to him after that.
The biggest problem I had with the book was its pace. Everything happens way too fast. The relationships and the action scenes start and end so fast, the reader doesn't get the chance to get emotionally involved in the story.
Tho I almost gave up on the book after chapter 4, I'm glad I continued reading because the overall plot was not like anything I'd read before.
Heather Rizkallah
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved. I always love vampire books. And hearing about a hunting group is a perfect read. Lily put so much emotion into this book. I felt the pain Danny felt with his final vision in the book. Cannot wait to see what happens next
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
STAKE OUT is the first in the series and sets up the story really well . These are the first set of books I have read and was in love with the characters from the very first page . The author puts a neat twist on the vampire genre . Which to me is a good thing, you need to have a twist every now and then or the genre will grow stale. The characters are complex but yet flawed. The story is different and when you start to read you will be cheering for Danny . He stumbles onto a crime scene that d ...more
Charity Rowell
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: onmykindlebr
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Detective Danny Mancini is working a homicide case. With his partner on maternity leave, he follows his murder suspect to an alley in the hopes of catching the suspect in the act. Hearing a woman scream in the alley, he rushes in hoping that he can save her and catch the murderer. What he discovers in the alley is almost unbelievable to him; the murderer is a vampire, and it is feeding on the victim.

During his attempt to detain th
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi

Stake-Out has an interesting storyline with well-developed characters. Past information was doled out, when needed, at a nice pace. Detective Danny Mancini had been ostracized from the Chicago Police Department for two years after his report involving a rogue vampire. Why it took Angelica Cross two years to approach Danny is left more or less unclear, especially after learning their past history.

Angelica is an agent in a special FBI unit that investigates, monitors, and
Nia Ireland
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
**Thank you to the author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

The story line in this book is great, featuring my favourite concept of a regular human discovering that there's more to this world than they'd ever expected.

Danny finds himself enlisted by a paranormal investigation branch of the FBI and teamed up with a mysterious and unsubtly gorgeous woman, following his early forced retirement from the police department. Their bond grows both professionally and
Reader's Hollow
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
We have a classic cop named Danny Marcini. He has an overbearing Captain, freaks out at said Captain and so on, encouraging the classic Italian cop from our favorite films and TV shows. He, of course, is no longer a detective with the Chicago police because of something he witnessed, a vampire.

The only people who'd believe him are the PID (Paranormal Investigative Devision) which is where he meets Angelica Cross. It wasn't hard to figure her out, and I thought the last name was funny in an ironi
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Lily Luchesi is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula.
She also compiled and edited the bestselling anthology Damsels of Distress, which focuses on strong female characters in horror and parano

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