PR consultant Robyn Peltier has moved to Los Angeles after the shooting death of her husband. She is hired by celebutant wannabe, Portia Kane to clean up her image. Robyn doesn’t get much time to do this when while at a club with Portia, Robyn discovers her shot and bleeding to death. To make matters worse, she is found standing over the body with the gun in her hand and runs.
Robyn’s old High School friend, part chaos demon Hope Adams, who is in town on a “work exchange” for her paper, vows to clear her friend’s name. Along with her lover, werewolf and jewel thief, Karl Marsten they discover that rather than a simple murder Robyn has stumbled into the middle of a paranormal turf war.
The detective assigned to the case is John “Finn” Findley who is a necromancer. He is one of the city’s best homicide detectives thanks to the inside information the deceased ghost usually gives him. The dead bodies start piling up, and though he doesn’t believe Robyn to be guilty, the evidence against her is becoming more damning.
I enjoyed this compelling installment of the Otherworld series. While unlike the other novels in this series, it uses a third person point of view and a human protagonist; Ms. Armstrong does a nice job in linking these different viewpoints. However, be forewarned, this story is complex and by no means a jumping off point for new readers. The development of Hope and Karl’s relationship and the introduction of Robyn and Finn are well done. Plus, having a human POV is a refreshing change that readers can empathize with. Plus, the twist at the end makes it all worth it.
Ms. Armstrong is a singular talent in her field. Call it Urban Fantasy or Paranormal romance, but she does it well. I recommend Living With the Dead to fans of these stories. You’ll be swept up in this latest, thrilling ride.
Ms. Armstrong’s next book is Men of the Otherworld an anthology of four stories that she wrote for free on the net with one new one. All the proceeds from the sale of the upcoming book goes to World Literary of Canada. So, be sure to pick it up.
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (October 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553806645
- ISBN-13: 978-0553806649
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Books in the Women of the Otherworld series in the order they should be read including other stories in the timeline:
Dime Store Magic
Chaotic a novella in Dates From Hell
No Humans Involved
Twilight a story in Many Bloody Returns
Stalked a story in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Living with the Dead
Men of the Otherworld