If at any time an author can bring out emotions in a reader, they are a success. If they can draw in a reader to feel engaged in the journey of their new book friends, they earn more respect. If an author can leave a reader feeling intrigued, inspired, and even offer healing, they’ve gained a bibliophile fanatic for life. - Shani K. - The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review: "Dead Man Calling" (Undertaker Mystery #1) by Kendra Ashe

(Links are at the end, after the review!)

Poor Jazz has just been thrown into a world of utter chaos. Not only has she just found out that she has a Grandfather, but one that has up and died on her. Those two things alone are enough to make the average person a little nutty. Jazz is used to a little nuttiness though. But who said to throw a whole bag of nuts at her over and over? That’s pretty much what it equates to!
Now she’s the owner of a mortuary, an assistant that walks like the dead, and a monkey that talks to her. If it wasn’t for the fact that she already had some paranormal beliefs, she might just have ended up sitting in the crazy house! But Jazz takes it all in stride and offers up some seriously funny moments.

She decides to change the mortuary into a night club and turn the hearse into an epic ride for paranormal tours. What an interesting idea that is on its own. Jazz thinks she’s got it all under control until she “sees” someone being murdered in the cemetery. What she felt was her new abilities and psychic abilities. See, someone failed to mention to her in her life that her father came from a family of paranormal and paranormal experts. Her Grandfather helped spirits to cross over. How the heck was she going to help when she knows nothing? With Sir Edwards (her familiar) bit of help and a little trial and error she might just get it together before it’s too late.

It’s that story behind her parent’s love that really ties the characters in. As she searches for answers and opens up her relationship with Mr. Hottie McHottster Brock Logan, she gets more answers than she ever expected. He may have the key to many things she’s in need of, but he brings her a lot more than just that! He makes her well aware of how she is deemed to be his and she has very little to say about it. She’s warming up to him though, and could there be a love connection with out the paranormal love ties?

Jazz has adventures, misadventures and a whole lot of research ahead of her. But with her ‘family’ around her to rally, she might just survive it! At this point Sir Edwards’s drunken moments and ability to be superior are giggle worthy even after the book is done. I can’t wait to see what he gets himself into next!

Kendra gives such a great twist on what you expect from the typical paranormal type story. She engages you in the humor and throws in the mystery and a little bit of steam when you’re not expecting it. I can’t wait to read the next ones in the series. I love that she’s giving us a little bit of the characters background at a time. You don’t feel like you’re being bogged down by all these facts and details that are imperative to remember in the middle of the book. She leads the details in and mixes them perfectly with a blend of sass and love.

I checked this book out on a whim, and I’m glad I did! It’s a quick, funny, interesting read. I always enjoy a book that makes me want to seek out an author’s work beyond just the one series. I do believe Kendra Ashe books will be on my virtual shelf often! 

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