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Dead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2007

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Following a near-death experience, the owner of a vintage clothing store in Atlanta discovers that she can see dead people—and worse, hear them—in this sprightly but derivative series launch. When Nicki Styx awakens in the hospital after a heart attack, she doesn't intend to let her newfound heart defect cramp her funky style—but a series of close encounters with ghosts might, particularly her meeting with a murdered friend, Caprice, who seems intent on dragging Nicki into the voodoo underworld. On the plus side, the clinical interest of sexy emergency room doctor Joe Bascombe (who's researching near-death experiences) warms into a fascination with Nicki herself; he has more than a little trouble, however, accepting her otherworldly encounters. As threats to Nicki and her friends mount, lively writing may keep genre fans reading, but the episodic plot feels slight, and Nicki is frustratingly uninterested in her own backstory (for instance, Nicki is adopted, but shows little curiosity when Joe suggests his estranged wife might be Nicki's identical twin). (Sept.)
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"A heroine to die for! Dead Girls Are Easy will both thrill and chill you." -- NYT bestselling author Teresa Medeiros

"Fast, witty and fun!" -- Romantic Times Magazine

"I never thought I'd have so much fun with the dead." -- NYT bestselling author Lynsay Sands

2008 RITA Award Winner, Romance Writers of America, Best First Book

2008 RITA Award Nominee, Romance Writers of America, Best Paranormal Romance

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061136158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061136153
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, Terri Garey writes award-winning and critically-acclaimed urban fantasy. Her novels have been described as "smoldering" by Publishers Weekly, and "sultry and upbeat" by Library Journal. Even though she's a big scaredy-cat who can't watch horror movies or visit haunted houses, she loves moonlit graveyards, moss-covered headstones and the idea that life goes on even after it's over. You can visit her on the web, friend her on Facebook and occasionally find her on Twitter.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on September 1, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nicki Styx thought it was just heartburn. After all, she is not even thirty-years-old. Next thing Nicki knows, she has the starring role of a TV medical drama. But it is not Nicki's time to die. As she heads for that bright light, she is sent back to the world of the living with instructions about the Golden Rule of "Do Unto Others..." These words do not make too big of an impression on Nicki until she wakes up in the hospital bed and meets her first spirit. Yes, Nicki now sees dead people.

All Nicki wants to do in life (or so she keeps telling herself) is to run the vintage clothing store with her best friend and business partner, Evan Owenby, and maybe go on a date with the hot ER doctor, Joe Bascombe. Yet after her near-death experience, dead people keep showing up and asking Nicki to do them favors. Nicki DOES get to go on a date with Joe, but it falls flat when Caprice, who owns the shop next door, is murdered. It gets worse; while Joe is with the police and offering his medical assistance, Caprice comes up to Nicki and asks her to get the murdering boyfriend out of jail.

But who ever said that all spirits were nice and harmless? Nicki soon finds herself being stalked and harassed by a "duppy" (A.K.A. evil spirit). And this spirit CAN harm the living. Nicki must either do what the duppy tells her to or she better find a voodoo priestess to help. Otherwise, Nicki may find those she cares about dying ... or worse, Nicki may lose her very soul!

OMG! I loved this book so much that I immediately went onto the internet to see if I could find other titles by Terri Garey. If there are any previous novels out there, I could not find them. And if this is the author's debut novel, then she has knocked my socks off!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It all started with her heart attack....

Nicki Styx is seeing dead people ever since her near death experience. Some of the ghosts have simple requests, but Caprice is a whole different matter. Caprice wants her boyfriend, Mo, freed from jail as he has been charged with the murder of Caprice. Nicki can't figure out how she's going to handle this and Caprice is turning into one nasty ghost! Now Nicki finds herself stuck in the middle of voodoo while all she wants to do is spend time with Dr. Joe Bascombe. Will Nicki be able to get out of this jam or will Caprice spell doom for Nicki?

Terri Garey takes a lighthearted approach to DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY. While the storyline has some dark aspects, particularly in regards to the voodoo involved, DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY maintains an upbeat atmosphere. Part of this is due to Nicki's character and her friendship with Evan. Nicki's conversations with Evan are hysterical at times as they razz one another back and forth. Their easygoing friendship provides a sharp contrast to the dark world Caprice remains captive in, even after her murder.

DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY is the first book in a series and therefore has some of the unevenness one usually expects when an author is establishing the basis for a series. While the majority of the issues are resolved, there are some loose threads left hanging. Terri Garey does an excellent job at ensuring that these issues are ones that will encourage readers to continue with the series rather than frustrating them by what isn't yet resolved. It will be interesting to see how things play out between Nicki and Joe, particularly after his revelations to her about his past.

DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY is pure entertainment! Terri Garey writes a story that is as fun to read as it is witty! Easily recommended!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on March 15, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When vintage-boutique owner Nicki Styx suffers a near-death experience, she comes back from the Light with the ability to see and hear ghosts. Before she knows it, the dead are hounding her day and night, in the hopes that she'll help tie up their loose ends. Sometimes this just means passing on a last message of love. But when Nicki's friend Caprice is killed, Nicki's life really gets messy.

Caprice's boyfriend Mojo has been thrown in jail, accused of Caprice's murder. Caprice wants him freed. She claims he's innocent, that the crime was committed by the woman Mojo was seeing on the side. Mojo has yet another version of events. Nicki has no idea how to untangle the mystery, but she'd better do it fast, because Caprice's spirit is turning into something nasty. Something demonic. Meanwhile, Nicki is falling in love with her doctor, Joe Bascombe, whose estranged wife just might be Nicki's long-lost twin sister.

Nicki is a character with lots of potential, snarky and tough on the outside but secretly vulnerable. Unfortunately, she becomes less dynamic as the plot unfolds, letting herself get pushed around by Joe and by Caprice's grandmother, Granny Julep. And the supporting cast is straight from the shelves of Cliché-Mart. The sexy doctor. The wise black matriarch who knows voodoo. The flaming gay best friend. The voodoo is stereotypical as well; Terri Garey presents most of the loa as "evil" even though that's not the way they're seen within the religion.

Still, I might have found this a fun (if fluffy) read if it weren't for an astounding blunder Nicki makes toward the end. I complain sometimes about heroines who are handed the solution to the mystery rather than figuring it out. This is worse -- Nicki is handed the solution, and it goes right over her head.
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