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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. Hope to see more of both these characters in the next book!
Hold on to your hat, and your heart, as pieces to this mysterious puzzle fly in rapid succession making you *scratch your head* more often than Cerberus with a case of fleas! Amber Benson does a fantastic job providing hints throughout and tying everything together at the conclusion of this exhilarating, fast-paced "Whodunit".
I was fully immersed in this "CLUE" style mystery from the first page to the last and "How to be Death" is my favorite of the series so far. It would help to read the first three installments but isn't essential as Amber provides enough back-story to get new readers up to speed or refresh your memory after a year's wait following the release of Serpent's Storm. I highly recommend it for Urban Fantasy readers and fans of the Mystery genre.
*Cambridge definition* :)
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.
x No killing people directly, check.
x Lots of politics with people she doesn't like, check with her advisers.
x Halloween party with Deaths from around the world, check.
x Buy a fabulous dress, check
x Bring what your little sister calls 'the slutty bikini', check
x Realize that your ex-boyfriend is bringing a hot date, now wait one minute!
x And that very girlfriend turns up dead, hey this wasn't in the handbook!
Then the handbook was stolen. And bad, bad things are going to happen if Callie and Friends don't find it, before sunrise.
Fun and funky book.
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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...