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How to be Death (A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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Our once reluctant protagonist is dressed to the nines and eager to attend her first official outing as President and CEO of Death Inc. playing hostess for a Masquerade Party and Dinner at the Haunted Hearts Castle. First thing on the agenda: Prove she can handle the job. Second: Make her former boyfriend, Daniel, eat his heart out. She has a slutty rhinestone bikini that should do the trick! The tables are quickly turned however, when she discovers Daniel isn't at the party alone; a possessive paramour is on his arm. That proves to be the least of her worries when the annotated copy of "How To Be Death" is stolen and bodies start dropping like beads at Marti Gras. It's a race against time as Callie, Jarvis, Runt (Hooray!) and Freezay, a quirky retired detective, search for a vicious killer and thief before the stroke of midnight signals the end of Halloween and, possibly, the beginning of the end for all humanity.
This time around, the main focus is on the Aztec Pantheon which is particularly fitting for the story-line. Several intriguing new characters are introduced, most with secrets and/or hidden agendas. One of the dinner guests shares a brow raising revelation that is subtly hinted at in early chapters. I would love to comment further on that, and several other interesting character developments, but I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone. I'm thrilled that Callie's adorable side-kick, Runt, had a larger role in the story and also enjoyed the addition of former detective and old family friend, Freezay.Read more ›
This book read as more of a straight-up "whodunnit" than the last few, borrowing some of the more popular murder-mystery motifs (locked room mystery, retired policeman to solve the crime and plenty of femme fatales), while also adding to the Death-lore of the series.
Will now wait patiently to find out what happens next to Calliope and Death Inc.
How to be Death is the fourth novel in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series. And unlike the previous installments, this reads like a clever whodunit. As always, Callie gets herself in outrageous situations with mostly humorous outcomes. My favorite part of this clever, urban fantasy series is the zany wit and eccentric characters. And this fast-paced, suspenseful mystery is no exception. Full of twists and surprises, I thoroughly enjoyed Callie's latest escapade. Urban fantasy fans should not miss this light-hearted, exciting series.
I loved this book. In my opinion it was much better than the previous three, and a good part of that is because of the way Amber Benson handled the plot. Rather than the usual Calliope Reaper-Jones novel plot, this one was a "Who done it?" murder mystery. It was like watching a Holiday Special episode of your favorite TV show: The characters you love are all there, it's in the same universe, but the plot was so wildly different than what you're used to. It was fun.
The basic plot goes like this: Each year on Halloween the office of Death throws a big party for all the supernaturals to attend. Callie doesn't really want to go, but she really doesn't have a choice. She's hosting. Unfortunately, this is also the single time of the year that all the supernaturals lose their magic abilities (and therefore immortality) and are completely vulnerable. It's also the one night of the year that Death's Handbook can be handed over to Death (which aside from all the rules and information one could ever want on how to actually be Death, also contains instructions for starting the Apocalypse). Whoever holds the book at the stroke of midnight then owns the book for the next year, and has completely dominion over Death and all it's sub-offices.
Unfortunately, Callie's in for one hell of a night. She's vulnerable this one night, and like usual, there are a whole host of people vying to snag her job. What ensues is a grand murder-mystery as Callie and her supernatural friends fight to keep, and then get back, Death's Handbook as unknown parties start killing off supernaturals - and even try to kill Callie.
I love murder-mysteries and I will admit that I totally got caught up in this one.Read more ›
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Calliope has started paying attention to what she's supposed to be doing as Boss of Death, Inc, but she hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sylvia McIvers
This was my first book in this series and I was surprised at how easy it was to jump in. Amber Benson does a great job in filling in the back story without being cumbersome. Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by Alice in Vunderland
These books just keep getting better. Love the characters. Love the who done it. Love the light hearted and morbid humor.Published on February 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This novel was a little departure from the rest of the series. It was more of a "Who-done-it." I liked it and it setup the next one. The whole series is highly original.Published on April 6, 2013 by Boulder
Good read. Continuing saga on the trials and tribulations of Calliope Reaper Jones, aka the "grim reaper". Fanciful and imaginative!Published on January 28, 2013 by John J. Mcdonnell
I love Amber Benson and the way she writes....And I absolutely love Calliope as well!!!I just can't get enough of them both!!!!A definite read...My favorite so far!!!Published on December 12, 2012 by Kristen Avery
Excellent storyline. Great continuation of the Calliope Reaper-Jones series. Would highly recommend the entire series to anybody. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Devin W. Rowland
I have always enjoyed this series and this book is no exception. It is fast paced and reminiscent of old time whodunnits. I am awaiting the next book in the series already.Published on March 3, 2012 by pu