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Dead Spots (A Scarlett Bernard Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa F. Olson
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Book Description

Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.



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About the Author

Melissa F. Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs — not at all in that order. Dead Spots is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185592
  • Publisher: 47North (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZDKENS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Mystery, Fun Characters and a Love Triangle October 1, 2012
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If you enjoy urban fantasy with a bit of mystery and love triangles, then you'll love this book. I don't care for love triangles, which is my biggest pet peeve with this book. They don't add anything to the story for me because I have to wonder how often those really happen and I guess, I feel like it is so rarely that seeing them in every book I read is annoying. Luckily this book isn't about the romance so much as it is about Scarlett.

Scarlett is a null - which means that any magic creature that comes within a certain distance of her, is nullified and becomes human. It also means she is a good crime scene cleaner because she can defuse the paranormal forces around her and leave the humans none the wiser.

Scarlett has a problem though. She works for the most powerful vampire in Los Angeles and when she doesn't make it to a job quickly enough; the cops get there before she has a chance to clean up a very grisly murder. The problem doesn't end there though. A werewolf shows up on a scene too and the first detective on the scene sees him go from wolf to human when he enters Scarlett's sphere of influence. When she manages to escape from the detective, she leaves behind something he can track back to her on accident. Now she needs to figure out how to keep a human from finding out too much about her world (and getting killed), and figure out who and what killed three vampires in the middle of a park.

This book was an awesome read for me. I've already said I don't like love triangles but I found so much other great things that I can give that a pass. The quick pace and fun characters really made this book for me. I enjoyed the first page to the last page and couldn't put this book down.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Book October 10, 2012
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Dead Spots is a very good first book and another one I had doubts about until I started reading. 47 North is the publisher and this is another of Amazon's publishing companies. I have had mixed results with their books but this one is first rate.

Here is my opinion on different parts of the book.

Plot: This is an intricate and complex plot. It kept me guessing until the very end. Expect to be surprised. It even set up the next book in the series in the context of everything that happened in Dead Spots.

World building: I really liked how the author handled building this world. Information arrived just when you needed it and in a way that fit into the plot. I never felt like anything was just dropped in. Things were revealed in ways that fit and were a part of the story. This is a paranormal world and it was explained in a logical and believable manner.

Back-story: There had to be a lot of back-story included in the world building. There was just enough to allow me to know the what and why of things. Again it was a part of the story and did not intrude on story flow.

Characters: There were really three main characters; Scarlett, Jesse and Eli. Scarlett is the main character. She is very well-drawn and comes from a difficult back ground, is likeable, and seems to be drifting through life. Eli is just loveable. He cares for Scarlett even though she thinks he is just using her. Jesse on the other hand is the very clean all American type. There is a slight triangle here. There are a number of important side characters. Each had just the right amount of development to fit in the story.

Writing: I was really impressed with the writing. Everything was laid out in a logical manner.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shows promise November 26, 2012
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There are some good things and bad things about this book, but it still shows more promise than a lot of recent urban fantasy fare. The main character is interesting and shows depth, the way that her powers (or lack thereof) is handled is clever and entertaining (as is the case with Scarlett's relationship with her landlady), and the stage has been set for some interesting interactions with secondary characters. I like how the author didn't throw the main character at the devilishly handsome main vampire, which pretty much any other new author would have been tempted to do. Of course the vampires here are a lot less friendly than in other urban fantasy books are certainly made to look less sympathetic. And while romantic triangles tend to be overdone these days, at least one leg of THIS triangle kinda sneaks up on you.

The other leg of the romantic triangle, however, felt arbitrary. Being around the police detective seemed to turn the main character into a teenage girl periodically, which was greatly at odds with her character in the rest of the book. And I felt that the detective was a little too accepting of the weirdness he had been thrust into, and way too quickly. The final conflict felt kind of rushed though wasn't too bad. Also, there were some characters that probably should have had more screen time, but hopefully they'll show up in future novels. My only other issue was the constant switching of perspectives. I've tried to get over this major pet peeve I have against switching the story-telling point of view, but it is especially irritating when a book is written in 1st person and then switches to someone else's 1st person or pulls out to an eagle-eye 3rd person view before snapping back to the main character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great thriller
Good points: The main character is smart and tough but does have reasonable limitations.
A cast of interesting secondary characters that are neither completely upright nor... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery plus fantasy - sorta cool
Entertaining, gritty but not too gritty, cool premise. Didn't adore main character but didn't dislike her either - I'm willing to read the next one and get to know her better. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Paranormal Premise
I follow Amber Lynn Natusch(Author),on Facebook, and when she mentioned how much she loved this book on two different occasions recently, I had to check it out. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lorna
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
needs to be 550 pages with a host of characters and battles.for a short story it was ok. love donkeys
Published 4 days ago by Robert A Martinez real daddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyes
Never was interested in vampire type shows, movies and books. However I decided to give the book a try and actually enjoyed it so much that I purchased the next and can't wait for... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kirb
2.0 out of 5 stars umm what?!?!
The premise is great and the flow of the story is ok. I do not like the switch of POV. I am sorry but Scarlett is the worst heroine I have read so far. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. Picked up the 2nd book and have pre-ordered the 3rd. It's a new take, in the mix of Supe's to me. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Robin E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!!
Published 7 days ago by Doug mcMichael
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Spots
Very new unique theme on vampires, werewolves, and witches. Fast paced. Easy read. Great amount of mystery. Kept me interested until the end. Read more
Published 8 days ago by suzanne wang
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow but worth it.
A little hard to figure out how this book started - had to think and read into things that weren't said but once I figured out what and who everyone was it was very enjoyable. Read more
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Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at www.MelissaFOlson.com.

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