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The Grey Tier: A Dead Celeb Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – April 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475076851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475076851
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sexy irresistible supernatural mystery, mixed with a big cast of colorful characters. A fun, twisting plot worthy of Alfred Hitchcock that had me guessing until the very end (and guessing wrong I might add!). Michele Scott is a tremendous talent and The Grey Tier is a helluva lot of fun to read."
--J.R. Rain, bestselling author of Moon Dance and Vampire Games.

"Skirting the edge of gritty and glossy Los Angeles, Michele Scott takes paranormal mystery in a new direction with romance, humor, intrigue, and a fantastic leading lady. I can't wait to read the next in the series." -Elizabeth Hunter, best-selling author of the Elemental Mysteries.

From the Author

The idea for The Grey Tier came to me one afternoon while on a long drive. I was listening to Bob Marley and thought how great it would be to have met him. I was writing The Wine Lover's Mysteries at the time, so I filed this thought in the back of my mind. Last February I decided it was time to write a romantic mystery with paranormal elements in it. Bob came back to mind. I created Evie and the story rolled from there. Evie has some secrets. She is a trauma healer, which means that when she touches another human, she can tune into the most traumatic experience they've ever endured. This touch ( a gift that came about after her sister went missing fifteen years earlier) is draining, but with one touch, she can soften the pain for another person.

Evie is a fun, quirky character to write. She was raised in a very strict religious home, making her somewhat conflicted by the fact that she falls deeply in lust with the dead guy haunting the home she house sits at in Hollywood Hills. Not to mention that she comes home on a regular basis to find dead Bob and dead Janis Joplin on her couch smoking pot and making music. It's always party at Evie's place! She also has to deal with some crazy antics from her high maintenance pop star boss Simone who has a mouth worse than any truck driver.

The book was so much fun to write with so many elements that kept coming to mind, including shapeshifters, sexy ghosts, and a murder mystery that has Evie on the move on the streets of L.A.

Readers have asked me how to classify this book...what genre is it? That's tough because it fills so many genres from romance to mystery, paranormal, and it's been suggested new adult, even though Evie is 28. You decide! I love to hear from my readers!!!

I hope you will take a chance on Evie and my work. I am so grateful for my readers. Enjoy!

More About the Author

I grew up knowing I wanted to be a writer. I'm very close to my family and friends and I love being around them. I also enjoy talking with and being around other writers because writing can be isolating.

The other passion in my life are my horses. They nourish the soul and in many ways keep me sane. It's a busy life. I have three kids, write full time, manage the house and sprinkle in a few more responsibilities in there and some sanity (or equine therapy) is needed.

I write books that I hope make people laugh a little, escape from the stress of day to day life and hopefully they feel a connection to my characters.

Something kind of funny and ironic about me is that I don't know how to type. I hunt and peck, so my first drafts have tons of mistakes. I really wish I'd taken typing in school.

I love to cook, but hate to clean--but love a clean house, so every Saturday I spend my day cleaning house. I'm a creative cook and can never create the same recipe twice and this makes it hard for me to get down the recipes in The Wine Lover's Mysteries just so.

Being a writer as a career is a very hard job. It takes a lot of patience, tenacity, a willingness to hear others say you suck, and a certain kind of masochistic personality because as I just pointed out--it's not easy. However, writing for me is like breathing. It's my life, like my family and my animals. It's who I am. It's my hope to connect with others through my writing. I hope I connect with you!

Customer Reviews

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The characters are well developed, the writing is smooth, the plot is...different...but good!
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This book kept me one my toes all the way through!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Pizzo on April 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the beginning of a great new series that focuses on the singer, sleuth and dead celebrity medium Evie Preston. Upon arriving in Hollywood from small town Texas, Evie discovers that the big city isn't too friendly - especially when the evil spirits in La La Land are out to get her as she unravels clues to a murder. But all of the ghosts aren't bad and some are even famous! Evie is another great protagonist from the mind of author Michele Scott. Looking forward to the second book!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tammy R. Lister on April 11, 2012
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I really loved this story. I could not believe it ended like it did. It leaves you wanting more and now I understand why. There will be a second book. I hope it is as great as the first! I can not wait until the next book. Hurry please.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on April 9, 2012
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Psychic + Janis Joplin & Bob Marley, along with a Hottie Spirit = A Great Read! Bring on the sequel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Smith on May 10, 2014
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I gave Dead Celeb 5 stars because Ms. Scott has written a a hard-to-put-down book. She brings the characters alive, I found myself standing next to Evie, cheering her on! I felt her pain when she found her boss, her feelings about some of the people around her and the little things she found out about each of them. Dead Celeb is serious, funny, and well worth reading. I can't wait to read book 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rocky on March 10, 2014
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Clever, breezy & fun. Almost gave it Four stars only BUT only because I don't like cliffhangers!! Can't wait for the next installment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Johnson on March 5, 2014
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I usually don't like paranormals, but this one was a very enjoyable exception. Humorous, loving, and a mystery as well. Am looking forward to Dead Celeb #2. Did Lucas solve Hannah's disappearance? Will Evie mate again with her lover? Will he stay on the Grey Tier? Who will be Evie's guardian? Who is the man in the picture in the guesthouse? Who is Joshua's father? Lots of questions to be answered in Dead Celeb #2. Michelle Scott's book really captured me, made me happy when sad and laugh when sour. A great job.

Barbara C. Johnson, author of Behind the Black Robes: Failed Justice
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber T. on August 29, 2013
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The storyline is kinda querky, but in a good way. It was a very entertaining read. I finished it in 3 hours and was ready for the next in series. After searching, realized there is no next yet. I hope it comes out sooner rather than later. So many cliffhangers, I want to know what happens next!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shira46 on September 11, 2012
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This is a nice little read (well, not that little-around 7200 locations) with a good plot and fun characters. How can you resist a story with the ghosts of Bob Marley and Janice Joplin smoking pot in the living room of the haunted house? Paranormals and mysteries are my preferred genres so I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Things I didn't like, which lead to the 3 stars instead of 4:

1. There was too much going on and too many characters- rock and pop stars (living and dead), shapeshifters, ghosts, mysterious characters, music producers, bar patrons with pasts, a love interest, a secondary love interest, characters who appear only in brief mentions of dreams or photographs, a stalker, a great dog, and on and on. This meant that none of the characters could be developed very well. And it was like the author threw in everything she could think of to please all the paranormal fans-including shapeshifters, ghosts, a psychic healer, demon-ish characters, and a necromancer (again, who was only mentioned, no development.) All that was missing was a vampire! I'm sure other readers won't mind but I would have preferred less stuff and more depth.

2. Evie, the main character, did "too stupid to live" things like confronting murder suspects when alone with them. This is a matter of taste- I like strong women characters and Evie, although sympathetic and likeable, was pretty ineffectual.

3. A cliffhanger when the sequel hasn't been published. The mystery was solved but the fate of the characters was left hanging.

Overall, I do recommend this book-it was very readable, maybe just trying too hard.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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