How to Party With a Killer Vampire by Penny Warner.*
Presley Parker's party planning business is doing pretty well. Her latest gig is a wrap party for a vampire movie, which is to be held in a cemetery.
The day before the party, as Presley is setting up, she meets some young adults who practice parkour. She warns them that they're trespassing, but they don't seem to care.
The next morning, they learn that one of them, known as "Spidey" is dead. At first it's assumed that he had fallen while running, but it's soon determined that he was murdered. The suspect list is long: any of the movie's cast and crew, some paparazzi, and the cemetery's creepy caretaker, Otto.
As usual, Presley doesn't think that the police are working quickly enough to find the killer, and puts herself in jeopardy by investigating on her own.
Presley is a charming protagonist, if a bit headstrong. Like many amateur sleuths, she walks into dangerous situations quite certain that she'll be able to defend herself. Often she's right, but occasionally she's wrong.
This is a light, quick read; occasionally funny but not at all frightening, despite the title.
Each chapter begins with a hint for planning the perfect vampire-themed party, and there are more ideas in an appendix.
The book concludes with a chapter of the next, as yet untitled Party-Planning Mystery, due in September of 2012.
*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.