By Joyce and Jim Lavene
• Genre – Cozy Mystery (PARANORMAL)
When Nashville cop Skye Mertz and her husband, Jacob, are killed in a wreck, Skye is given the opportunity to come back for twenty years to raise her five-year-old daughter, Kate. With her ghostly mother-in-law’s help, Skye hopes to be there until Kate is old enough to take care of herself.
But three years into her twenty-year service to Abraham Lincoln Jones, the man who gave her the extra time, Skye is beginning to think life might have been easier before she died.
Abe asks her to investigate the murder of his sorcerer, Harold the Great, a man who was a victim of too many snakes. And the Life Extended People (LEPs – a nice term for zombies) who work for Abe have begun turning into ghosts and disappearing. Only Lucas, the possibly evil, amnesiac sorcerer who lives with Skye and her family, can save her from being the next victim of the deadly curse.
To make matters more complicated, Skye has found a lead in solving the riddle of her husband’s death. She has never believed Jacob died as a result of the crash, but hasn’t been able to prove it. Many other people have lost their lives in the same lonely stretch of highway that he did three years before. Skye goes against Abe’s express wishes to discover the truth with a crazy man bent on vengeance.
About The Authors
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
First Book in SeriesBroken Hearted Ghoul (Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mysteries) (Volume 1)
My Review: Dead Girl Blues by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Dead Girl Blues is a different cozy mystery. It has ghosts, zombies, sorcerer and other creatures. It has lots of drama, humor, wit , car chases, romance and surprises. It is a clean read.
Skye Mertz used to be a policewoman until she became a zombie. After a car crash that killed her husband and her. She agreed to serve Abraham Lincoln Jones for twenty extra years of life. So she could be there for her 5 year old daughter. She now drives a taxi for the dead. Skye goes and bring other zombies whose 20 years are up. Some run.
I read Dead girls Blues first by mistake and it does a good job of standing alone but I would rather of read them in the right order. It kept my attention as I was reading it while I was in the hospital last night for tests.
Abraham Lincoln Jones has a whole network of zombies who owe him the twenty extra years of service. He runs out of a mortuary and tattoo parlor. There is a lot of mystery about him and his power.
Skye lives on the outskirt of New Orleans. She still loves her husband Jacob. She lives with her daughter, her mother-in-law who is a ghost and her lover who has magic and mystery about him and his past.
I want to read the next book in the series. Has lot of characters that I want to find out what happens next.
I was given this book by the authors and in return I agreed to give a honest review and part of Dead Girls Blues.
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