In an alternate history of the fictional universe of Dracula, Van Helsing has failed, Dracula has taken control of Queen Victoria and also over all of Great Britain, and things settle down in GB after some time. Slowly vampires become part of everyday life, until someone begins to kill hookers who were also vampires. The very old vampire Genevieve Dieudonne and Charles Beauregard trie to find out who’s behind the homicides.
One thing that’s cool about the novel is how Newman mentions other fictional characters whose stories were written at the same time, like Sherlock Holmes and others. The vampire Genevieve Dieudonne is also the main character of some novels written by Newman under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil in the Warhammer scenario, probably a rare case of multiple personalities over different strands of reality. Newman successfully captures the essence of the what we think today as the Victorian era, makes it interesting and brings it alive. The story is excellent and the ending leaves nothing to be desired, one of Newman’s best books.