Frederick Whithers is just a normal convict. He's in jail for defrauding people out of their money. The only problem is that he hasn't quite done it yet. He's in his jail cell, with his cellmate dead from Consumption, when his girlfriend, Gwen, comes to bring him the news, Harold Beard is dead. Frederick has been just waiting for Harold to die so that he can assume the identity of his nephew and gain the 90,000 pound inheritance that his nephew can claim. Unfortunately, he's stuck in jail, but seeing the gravedigger removing his dead cellmate gives him a great idea. Frederick just needs to get the gravedigger to say that he's died as well from the very contagious Consumption, then the gravedigger can carry out two bodies in coffins and Frederick can escape from the graveyard that evening, and no one will ever be the wiser. But things don't always work out the way you plan them, especially in the case of faking your own death! As he's escaping from the graveyard Frederick comes across some vampires who assume that he is one of them and the most powerful of them all. They are dead wrong, of course, but that doesn't stop them from telling everyone that they come across that Frederick is a vampire as well, which leads to some pretty sticky situations. I thought that the plot line of this book was interesting, I enjoyed the silly situations that Frederick got himself into, but I found the writing style of this book kind of old fashioned and not terribly interesting. I did like that it was fairly short, only 133 pages. I read this one because it was nominated for a Whitney award, but I wouldn't have read it otherwise.
Labels: Dan Wells, Whitney Nominee