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Hard Day's Knight

(Black Knight Chronicles #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,009 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Children are missing.

The police are stumped.

Halloween is coming, with an ancient evil on the horizon.

The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, NC. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to keep a young client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagi
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 21st 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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More than anything, this book reminds me of a teenage boy; gawky, awkward, and the wispy remnants of childhood sweetness around the edges. Maybe a few spots on his face, and a tendency to cover seriousness with annoying flippancy, but with the potential to become something interesting in a few years.

The mystery driving the story is mediocre; it is a fairly predictable case of possession and summoning. It's been used in quite a few urban fantasy books (both detective and a couple of PNR) and ther
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing

First off I feel there are two pertinent pieces of information I must share for this review. First, I love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files; it's my absolute favorite series and within the series is my favorite book. Secondly, I really am on the verge of hating vampires. I think they are overused and have become glorified sex obsessed humans in recent literature.

What's the point in knowing those two pieces of information? Well, the main characters in this book were vampires and I thought it [Ha
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, urban-fantasy

There’s nothing better then having a great laugh and Hard’s Day Knight was packed full of humor and action with two adorable vampire leads in Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood. Both are just your avenge vampire joes who happen to get themselves into some major trouble without trying very hard.
John Hartness created a fun world with vampires and your everyday creatures of the night just trying to make an everyday living, while trying not to get staked in the progress. Much of the world was based
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, fun
I read this book in between two gruesome crime thrillers and it did the trick to lighten the day. A silly paranormal with some corny characters. All in all not bad, so if your looking for a fun paranormal series this may be for you. Nice Vampires and witches.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a fun read...what the author lost me on with Xbox game geekiness he gained by tossing in a plethora of dorky themes not to mention a great running gag.

Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First off, you have to respect a book and, by extension, an author who credits a series of amazing teachers in the dedication of the book. I'm just saying.

Second, one thing that the world needs more of (and I am not being sarcastic so do not look at me like that) is snarky vampires. The world of vampire books has a sad tendency to take itself very seriously and to be Seriously Unamused if others don't share that seriousness. Hard Day's Knight does not suffer from this affliction, and reading the
Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
I'm a sucker for sarcasm. And smart-asses. And heroes who get the daylights pasted out of themselves for a good cause. And nerds, especially nerds going through World of Warcraft withdrawal. Sarcastic smart-ass nerdy vampires who get the daylights pasted out of themselves for a good cause with a penchant for Maddon and Halo? I never stood a chance.

I’m still not sure how he did it. It’s hard to Pidgeon-hole the vibe. Lighter than most Urban Fiction. Certainly, less gritty and less graphic. While
Badea Maria
Jan 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really tried to like this book, I did. Even after the poor beginning, I checked the reviews and gave it a second chance. And a third, and a fourth...

The problems with this book are:

1. The characters - they are very poorly developed and Jimmy Black is not exactly likeable. He sounds like a teenager with pimples who has no clue what he's doing or why.

2. The language is basic and I have encountered more than a few weird grammar constructions. It might be just me, but "I had to eat something" sou
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of UF looking for something lighter
Shelves: net-galley, ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy who've been looking for something a bit less serious
Trigger Warnings: violence, children being kidnapped, and in danger, killing

My Thoughts: I came to urban fantasy through a series by Glen Cook, then Simon Green, and finally Jim Butcher, so I've been reading urban fantasy since before the genre was named. I love the stuff, so I was so excited to grab these books when I noticed them. I just love the fact th
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Has anyone noticed that vampires are always sexy? In contemporary fiction you can tell someone is a vampire when: he sparkles/has enough sex drive to feel the need to hit on anything or anyone that crosses his path/is so damn gorgeous you can't resist him. Now, lets throw that image overboard. You're about to meet the dorkiest vampires in fiction.

When Mr. Hartness was talking about his book on a forum on Goodreads, I knew I had to read this book. The concept of two fanged creatures that have sup
3.5 stars

My mood deteriorated even further when I heard a voice behind me say “It’s about time you woke up, bloodsucker.” I mean, seriously, why do people have to be so rude? It’s a condition, like freckles. I’m a vampire. Deal with it. But we can do without the slurs, thank you very much.

With that kind of narration in the first chapter, I am hooked :). I really must thank Goodreads because it has given me so many recommendations. I stumble into this title when I'm browsing book recs on the righ
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This book has plot holes you can drive a truck through. A Mack truck. First off, the vampire lore, what we are given and what we see, is full of contradictions. Midway through the book we are told that vampires do not sleep like the dead, but that makes the kidnapping in the first chapter totally inexplicable. We're told that vampires do not have supernatural agility, then they do. One of the main characters spends most of the book tripping over his own feet, then pulls off some impressive gymna ...more
Bookwyrm Speaks
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim, and I'm glad I did. The story revolved around a couple of Vampire PI's in Charlotte, who have stumbled into a much bigger mystery than they ever would have thought possible. They don't sparkle, they aren't sexy, and they don't kill people, but they are funny, kind of goofy guys muddling through as best they can. They do have some of the cool Vampire powers (Strength, speed, senses, Hypnotism) AS well as the usual weaknesses (Sunlight, holy items). They try and do good ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: signal
The main characters were converted to vampires when they were teenagers. Fifteen years later, they haven't matured at all. This is a Two Stooges vampire story.

There's a bit in the beginning that bothered me. A policewoman is asking questions about the crime the main characters are investigating. They describe her as "having balls" and "a real ball-breaker"; then they vandalize her car, and a witness's house, in order to "keep her busy". They make no effort at hiding their identities when they do
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
(For the Audio Book) The reader was so bad he made the author's work sound like it was written by a second grader. Wow that was rough! I know people have loved this book and the continuing serries but I think I'm done.
Faith Hunter
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seldom read self-published but this one was good enough to pass along to my agent. I liked it! (yeah so I was happily surprised)
Kitvaria Sarene
This was a fun Urban Fantasy romp. It isn't a perfect read, but if you're looking for something easy to read and entertaining, then it is worth a look.

The biggest problem for me was the female characters, and some remarks about them that just felt juvenile and had me roll my eyes a bit, but it was in moderation, so I won't take a star for that. If that is hoewever something that botheres you, I would skip this one. If you, like me, sigh in exasperation for a moment and then just ignore it, you s
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Urban Fantasy

Glad this one jumped into my hands at the library sale. Lots of fun!
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book caught me totally off guard. I had started it over a month ago and stopped about 10% in when I discovered two things that worried me – it’s YA and its 1st person POV. My last trip into the mind of a young adult was Bella from Twilight. I was not going back without a fight. I went back because Iron Druid had redeemed my belief in the possibility that a narrator, though youthful, could tell me a detailed, mature story. So…I was partly right.

Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood are vampires in
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this book to read for a blog tour sponsered by Bookish Snob Promotions. It sounded right up my alley and was a very fun read. Definitely a lot of satire here, a lot of witty (or not so witty) banter, and a lot of action.

Jimmy Black and his buddy Greg are vampires, they aren't very old and they have recently been licensed as private investigators. When a teenage boy hires them to stop a teenage girl from cursing him and his family the Black Knight investigtors stumble into something much mo
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Hard Day’s Knight is a fantastically humorous novel about two vampire detectives that aren’t at all the tall, dark, handsome or sparkling vampires that you’ve come to expect from today’s paranormal novels.

When Detective Jimmy Black wakes up tied to a chair with silver the last thing he expects is to find a young man intent on having Jimmy change him over. But the teen is desperate, thinking himself cursed by a witch and his whole family in danger because of his teasing actions. So Jimmy and his
L.C. Evans
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Detectives Jimmy and Greg have a problem. They're vampires. This limits their work hours, but they manage. Jimmy, the narrator, is smart-mouthed and funny and kept me laughing with his snarky one-liners. Greg is his best friend and is more of a thinker than a doer, but he's there to come to the rescue when Jimmy needs him. The guys live in Charlotte, NC, where they have to solve a case involving missing children. And witches and demons. The demons are trying to take over the world. The witches h ...more
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I gave it 3.5 stars

It took me a bit to get into HARD DAY'S KNIGHT but it ended up being pleasantly entertaining. There is a ton of sarcasm and humor and the author did a good job with making fun of the typical vampire myths. The private detectives Jimmy and Greg are not your typical vampires, I found them to be a bit nerdy and determined to be the good guys. They were a good team and I enjoyed the bantering between them. There was a lot of thin
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to say that this is not the type of book I usually read. I love paranormal - but usually go for the romantic/steamy type. I think this book is the funniest book I've ever read! Hard Day's Knight is about a couple of vampire detectives named Jimmy and Greg who seem to have a knack for getting themselves into a lot of trouble. These are not your typical suave and sexy vampires. These are basically a couple of dorky guys who just happen to have vampire speed and strength. It's a nice change ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Where to start with this book...
While I didn't hate it, I didn't like it either. The good, not very much. I used one audible credit and downloaded this book, while Nick Russo wasn't awful, the story didn't give him much to work with. It's a pretty standard big bad evil needs stopped by two unlikely and sort of unlikable hero's. The bad for me was the overall flow of the book, it was jerky at best and downright confusing at worst. The confusing part was how we ended up in certain points in the st
T.W. Barton
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got this book as part of the Modern Magic collection.

It caught my interest because it reminded me of one of my favorite vampire series by Rick Gualtieri and it's set in a city that I have traveled to for many summers.

I read the book straight through in one day and while it needs some polish in multiple areas it kept me turning the pages.

It's not your standard vampire story and those are the ones that draw me in. The characters are somewhat geeky but not to the level of other books I've read.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If emulation is a compliment than Jim Butcher should be proud. Black is a detective. He has the hots for a lady cop. He has a priest (religious man) as a sidekick. And on and on. Sound familiar?

When I started reading I thought, "He's trying too hard. The author is trying to be funny and entertaining, but he's not letting it flow." Yeah, the hero is funny sometime but the snark is borderline mean and hurtful to the ones he supposedly loves. He's immature for a vampire whose been undead for 15 yea
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with a taste for paranormal humor.
Oh God, it's even better than The Chosen. This is so much fun it should be illegal.

Love this book, love, love, love it!

"I hate waking up in an unfamiliar place. I’ve slept in pretty much the same bed for the past fifteen years, so when I wake up someplace new, it really throws me off. When that someplace is tied to a metal folding chair in the center of an abandoned warehouse that reeks of stale cigarette smoke, diesel fuel and axle grease - well, that really started my night off on a sparkling
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Now this was fun and just right for a summer read. Two 'Good Guys' vampires are private dicks. They are sucked -pun intended - into trying to stop a grand scheme to take over the world. Just when I thought, 'Hey, this reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer' the Main character said the same thing. There were other entertaining characters - an angel, a BFF priest, kick-ass lady cop and more. I'm glad I too a chance on this one because everything that can't and shouldn't be endlessly serious for me ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of funny moments that actually had me laughing out loud. I also liked the explanations about vampires and their powers sprinkled throughout the book.

The storyline is fairly straightforward and you don't need (or get) much background information. The characters are mostly interesting, though you don't get too much info about them. Nothing too mind boggling, but a fun narrative.
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John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love.

He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projec

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Black Knight Chronicles (7 books)
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  • Knight Moves (Black Knight Chronicles, #3)
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