Saturday, December 2, 2017

Death Retires

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided
in exchange for an honest review.
Death Retired, #1
12 October 2017
Paranormal | Mystery | Humor
204 Pages

My Rating ~ 4 bites

Geoff Todd is a former soul collector. Some people call him Death, but really he’s just one of several deaths not THE Death. But not anymore. He’s retired and trying to live a quiet life in a fairly decent neighborhood. Trying being the operative word here. He’s been assigned a possessed bobcat to keep an eye on and he can hear (and sometimes see) ghosts. When his lovely neighbor’s shed is blown up he gets pulled into an investigation involving his neighbors and he discovers some things that surprise him.

Poor Geoff. He’s human again after collecting souls for about half a century and all he wants is some peace and quiet. Instead he’s saddled with Clarence the possessed bobcat, and ghosts invading his home. Just as he starts to take an interest in Sylvie, his beautiful neighbor, things start to go sideways in the neighborhood. As he digs into a murder investigation and tries to find out who blew up Sylvie’s shed he finds out more than he ever wanted to know about his other neighbors.

I really, really love the Vegan Vamp series, so when Death Retires came up for review I jumped at the chance to read a new series by Cate Lawley. This story has some funny stuff, a touch of possible romance, paranormal intrigue, a mystery, and some danger. I think Clarence is supposed to be comic relief, but I found him to be incredibly annoying. If his bullshit shenanigans were toned down I may like him better. The supporting characters aren’t as well-fleshed out as Geoff and Clarence, but they add to the story and make me look forward to reading more about them in future books. Overall, this is an entertaining first book in a hopefully long running series.

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