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Underdead Paperback – September 28, 2011
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When Jo Gartner, a middle school science teacher meets a hot guy in a club and his neck nuzzle turns into a bite, she discovers the perils of cavorting with vampires. She not only has to contend with some peculiar physical maladies, but when one of her fellow middle school teachers is murdered, she becomes the chief suspect.
A well written cozy with humor, suspense and a little romance. What more could you ask for?
They go outside to talk further, but instead of Pride and Prejudice, he bites her neck. Jo is clueless to what his nip means as Will is a vampire who has turned the science teacher into an underdead; an almost vampire, sort of like being almost pregnant, as she has all the issues like sunburn and no bread to cope with, but none of the benefits. Gavin the vampire hunter arrives to either kill or help her. Meanwhile Jo struggles with her blood attraction and loathing of Will; while his vampiress lover rejects the notion of sharing his neck. Soon afterward another teacher is killed with phony vampiric bites on the neck in Jo's classroom. However, learning vampirism 101 and amateur sleuthing still seems relatively easy to Jo after teaching eighth graders and worrying how her mom will react.
Using amusing hyperbole to stereotype the negative side of vampirism, this tongue in cheek (and teeth on neck) tale is an amusing fast-paced paranormal whodunit that the audience will enjoy because of the combination of suspense, romance and the supernatural. Jo is terrific as the focus of the storyline; she muses how she went from dateless to a triangle and one in the romance department while working on a mystery and surviving eighth grade. as Liz Jasper writes an entertaining lighthearted romp.
But I was looking through Kindle books, and saw the title, "Underdead." [Never underestimate the lure of a good title.] I was intrigued, and read some of the reviews. Still disbelieving, I was happy to see that I could download a sample. Bad move. I downloaded it at 10 o'clock at night, got to the part where I either deleted or bought the rest of the book, and I bought the rest of the book and was up until 3 AM! That was two nights ago, and just I finished.
It was a fantastic flight from my usual murder mysteries and not-quite-believable courtroom/lawyer stuff like "The Client." It was very much like Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" - one of my top 5 of all times - and I remember being drawn in when I read that.
I don't know who Liz Jasper or her background is, but she certainly has me "hooked." (You buy the premise, you buy the book.) I was not only drawn in by (with) Jo, but entertained as well. I don't know how to categorize this book, but whatever the category, I'm a fan.
I loved this story. I love the supernatural books, vamps, supes, werewolves etc but this one immediately struck me as different. Jo is not the typical damsel in distress, dressed up to the nines and screaming for her life at every turn. She wears sweats, bakes, eats chocolate, moans to herself about her co-workers and works too much. I used to live alone as a workaholic with no love life, and now I am a student teacher with a husband and two rampaging toddlers at home, so Jo struck a chord with me, both as a teacher with work to do, and as a singleton watching TV eating my body weight in chocolate and being very happy to do so.
Will is a vampire, Gavin is a cop with a hatred for him and all their kind, yet both guys have certain charms and appeal and obvious designs on Jo, whether unspoken or not.
Then there is a murder in her classroom, and suddenly Jo does not know which way to turn, and who to trust....all this coupled with her weird colleagues, martyr mother, and you have a witty, funny read with more than enough mystery, intrigue and romantic tension to keep you reading till the last page....I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am already reading the sequel UNDERDEAD IN DENIAL, and I hear that the author is working on Book 3....keep them coming Liz!
4 stars! Rachel Dove, The Kindle Book Review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has interesting characters, a great plot, and leaves you looking forward to the next book in the series. Just what I want in a book!Published on March 25, 2014 by Judy Durnbaugh
I have to admit i read this book because I had the opportunity to meet the author. I was skeptical of the subject matter as there are so many vampire themed stories out there but... Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Durell
I am thoroughly enjoying Liz Jasper's tale. Her characters are honest and quirky. I enjoy her wry humor and fresh perspectives.Published on March 13, 2014 by Ricci Victorio
I really liked this book and the followup and certainly hope there is more to come.
Enjoyed the characterization, the portrayal of a teacher's duties and the politics... Read more
The heroine of this novel is wishy-washy and not someone who appeals to me. She bitched and moaned throughout the book. There wasn't any real suspense or action. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Rasmoo
Well, I liked it enough to go to the next one. I found it to be an unusual take on the typical Vampire romance. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by C. Anholt
Liz Jasper's first novel. It kept me up all night, & then searching for everything else she has written. A High School teacher gets bitten by a vampire. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I tried. I really gave it as much time as I possibly could, yet was very disappointed. There was very little below the surface and the characters were amazingly dull.Published on November 17, 2012 by L. Stearns-Herrman
This is the first in a series. Good story line. Mostly mystery with a bit of vampire thrown in. Liked the book... Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Rhonda G