Samuel Silbory The book avoids the vampire fan girl-ism, teen romance, and poorly thought out supernatural powers. This is a vampire novel for people who hated Twilight.
Aibohphobia I'm in the same boat as you - I'm a Barbara Hambly fan, but not a vampire fan. If you're willing to tolerate vampires, then I cannot recommend this book enough. It's excellent. But nearly every page talks about vampires in one sense or the other, so if your tolerance for vampires is extremely low, be warned.
Jennie I liked this one and the second, “Traveling with the Dead.” Then there was a 15-year gap between the publishing of books 2 and 3, and the distance showed. I gave up the series after too much Lydia-in-Jeopardy in the later books. It seemed so unlike Hambly, whose strong female characters I’ve always liked, to turn Lydia kind of silly. But I absolutely recommend the first two!
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I'm a big Barbara Hambly fan and not keen on vampires but I loved these books. Spends time comparing the activity of vampires with the Great game that is going on in Europe in preparation for World War I. I like her characters and her attempt to depict a doctor attempting to analyze vampirism as a condition. Interesting and fun book. (hide spoiler)]