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"The characters were extremely likable. I loved how spunky and sassy Bridget was. She was bold and was never afraid to speak her mind ... I highly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading a creative and unique mystery novel." - 4/4 stars Online Book Club
"Beyond Dead: A Bridget Sway Novel is truly an original and unique work ... sassy and quick-witted, fun for the reader." - 5/5 stars Reader's Favorite
About the Author
Jordaina Sydney Robinson grew up and, despite many adventures further afield, still lives in the North West of England. For fun she buys notebooks, gets walked by her husky puppy and sings really loudly and really badly whilst driving her trusty old Seat, Roger. If you want to find out just how bad her singing is then you can visit her official website at JordainaSydneyRobinson.com or facebook.com/jordainasydneyrobinson and ask her.
First, this is part of a series but could definitely be read alone. How do I know that? Well, somehow, I read one of the stories later in the series first, not realizing it was part of a series. Some pieces will carry over but the story doesn't end with a cliffhanger, forcing you to buy the next book (and, for some stories, the next and the next but the story never concludes)...but I think you'll WANT to continue reading the series.
Now, I won't bore you with a synopsis of the story for two reasons: you can read that above, in the description, and I figure so many other reviewers have already done that. I will say that I did NOT want to put this book down, which was difficult because I was leaving on a trip that included three days in the car. Imagine my joy when I discovered that my Kindle was now allowing me to use audio without wifi! I was able to "read" while traveling down the interstate...and, occasionally, had to explain to the other travelers why I randomly laughed out loud (since I was using earbuds and they couldn't hear it).
Yes, I literally laughed out loud at times while reading this story. Do yourself a favor and grab this book!
This was such fun! A whodunit with a creative, paranormal twist. Bridget dies accidentally and is sent to the afterlife - not quite Heaven, Hell or Purgatory. She has to live in the same outfit, without her Jimmy Choos and no hair products or make-up... an eternity with frizzy hair! She then discovers she must work for a "living", has curfew and has a gorgeous parole officer checking up on her antics. Did anyone mention the dead bodies she discovers and is accused of murdering?!
The fun begins from the first chapter - keep reading as the first few pages are slow, but necessary to set the scene. Her new best friend Sabrina is a charismatic hoot and the entire story is a quirky, original tale with well-placed dry wit and sarcasm amongst the shenanigans.
Of course you must suspend disbelief - you can hardly question if you think being dead is not the worst thing to happen to you, or being fashion conscious about your mother's choice of your funeral outfit, or worry if calories count after death. The ghosts tell ghost stories, the dead can die again and surviving death ("so to speak") won't kill you!
Thiis is an eclectic mix of paranormal, murder-mystery and comedy - a clean, charming cozy/ popcorn adventure with overtones of a budding romance, told from a first person point of view. Obviously more adventures follow but it can be read as a standalone. Overall, a fun, creative read, and I was lucky to find this free. Jordaina is truly talented - I loved this and can't wait to read more!
Bridget Sway's life has taken a definite downturn. She caught her fiance in bed with another woman, she was fired and she got hit by a bus. Not she is in the afterlife witha new job that she doesn't understand. more rules and regulations than you shake a stick at, a parole officer/guardian and she keeps stumbling over dead dead people (and she is the prime suspect of the police). Naturally, she teams up with her newest best friend to clear her name no matter how many crazy rules she has to break.
This is a hard book to classify. It has a lot of elements of a mystery, plenty of humor, paramormal aspects, and the smallest hint of (a possible) romance. I personally love to read cross genre books. Life doesn't fit into any one genre (hopefully) but is a mix of all genres at one time or another (again, hopefully more of the good ones like romantic comedy instead of horror). Another quick warning, Jordaina Sydney Robinson uses British English. If you have problems with that, you might have some problems here and there in the book.
Bridget and her friend, Sabrina, really don't fit in well with the way the afterlife is run. Bridget wants to go back her fashion conscious style of life, make that afterlife. Sabrina wants to have the excitement of her earthly career of private investigator. Neither can understand most of the attitude of the other dead people. Of course, there trying to do everything their own way just adds to the confusion of the rule heavy/explanation light afterlife (and makes for a lot of humorous encounters.) The other characters are all solid without any being cardoard cutouts to fill a gap.
The only thing that really bothered me was the tunneling. It was described as the person had to focus on were they were going. But Bridget's job has her tunneling all over to places where she had never seen before. It is a little hard to focus on a place you have never seen.
I have to say that if the afterlife is anything like is described in this series, I can already see myself being in even more trouble than Bridget. I will lucky if the GB don't haul me away as soon as they see me.
This is a great and fun series and I highly recommend it to all cozy mystery fans
Not having any experience of this author, I had no idea what to expect. I got this book from an email, and took my sweet time getting to it. I was in such a muddle, who kills dead people? And why would you kill a dead person? The imagery works, it turns out the afterlife is pretty much like the before life...the alive life? Whatever. You eat (but don't gain weight-yay), you work, bathe, live in a house, watch movies, wear clothes, have friends and enemies. There were sadly no talking pets, but maybe in a future story?
The little interaction with alive people (livies) is mostly through a bit of haunting, or mediums. And believe it or not there are bad dead people, plus lots of rules. I am looking forward to following these characters!
This was a good book. I must admit it took me a while to get into it. The author likes to jump around a lot and some times it's hard to follow. But once I got into it, I did enjoy it. I did feel there should have been a little more character building. And I must admit the world she was in made no sense to me. Not where she was but all the rules that no one seems to want to explain to anyone.