A nice change from melodramatic vampire tales. This is a pile of mystery stories set during the early 1900s, mostly in New Amsterdam - an alternate world of zeppelins, sorcery and an American Revolution still yet brewing. Sebastian is one of the first of "the blood" to set foot in the colonies. An amateur detective, he brings along with him a predilection for intellectual blonds. Detective Crown Inspector Garrett is one of them and he assists in a variety of gruesome investigations. Also, this may have been the first knitting vampire I've ever run across.