Only the Good Die Young by Chris Marie Green

Only the Good Die Young: Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire by Chris Marie Green Only the Good Die Young, the terrific first installment in the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series, begins with psychic Amanda Lee Minter hanging around the place where a young woman, Jensen, was murdered almost thirty years earlier, hoping to make contact with Jensen’s ghost. Able to connect with Jensen by showing her some jewelry similar to what she used to wear, Amanda Lee pulls the ghost out of the loop she has been stuck in, telling her that she plans to help Jensen figure out the identity of her killer.

Now existing as a “real ghost,” no longer an imprint (the state she had been trapped in, she later learns) takes Jensen a little time getting used to, but after adjusting, she makes observation-only visits to the woman who was her best friend and her former boyfriend. Shortly thereafter, Jensen discovers what task Amanda Lee has in mind for her: getting the murderer of her friend’s girlfriend to confess his crime by haunting him. Not too keen on Amanda Lee’s suggested approach, possibly involving the intended target’s younger sister, Jensen nevertheless reluctantly agrees to visit the family to see what she can discover.

Aside from her haunting for justice gig, Jensen contends with meeting other ghosts, an unusual being that takes an interest in her, and learning that there is more to Amanda Lee than the psychic originally let on.

The excellent Only the Good Die Young breathes fresh life into the genre with its original premise and thoroughly engaging protagonist. Readers will get sucked into Jensen’s world easily, feeling her experiences as their own. Green creates a vivid portrait of life as a ghost, including the addition of Jensen’s various ghostly friends and acquaintances, all of whom seem as varied and layered as live human beings. Even the embittered and secretive Amanda Lee proves an intriguing character, despite her sometimes devious dealings, and serves as an interesting foil to the straightforward Jensen.

The pace never lags in this narrative infused with a substantial level of suspense and just the right touch of humor. Readers will enjoy Jensen’s foray into the technology and pop culture of the present day. Urban fantasy fans will embrace this new outing, and this reviewer eagerly awaits the next book in this fascinating series.

Book Stats:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451416996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451416995

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Books in the Jensen Murphy series in the order they should be read:
Only the Good Die Young

 

 , the terrific first installment in the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series, begins with psychic Amanda Lee Minter hanging around the place where a young woman, Jensen, was murdered almost thirty years earlier, hoping to make contact with Jensen’s ghost. Able to connect with Jensen by showing her some jewelry similar to what she …

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Summary : The pace never lags in this narrative infused with a substantial level of suspense and just the right touch of humor. Readers will enjoy Jensen’s foray into the technology and pop culture of the present day. Urban fantasy fans will embrace this new outing, and this reviewer eagerly awaits the next book in this fascinating series.

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About Carol

A book reviewer and editor at Bitten by Books since 2008, Carol reads extensively in the urban fantasy genre, and also writes the column on genre television, Screen Bites. Serving as the director of the Urban Fantasy track at Dragon Con, Carol also works at Coastal Magic (formerly Olde City, New Blood), and AnachroCon, and for the last three years has been one of the organizers for a small literary festival in the town where she lives. When not reading, writing reviews, or working at conventions, Carol spends as much time as possible with her three amazing grandsons.

2 comments

  1. This sounds great and right up my alley. I love it when there is plenty of action in a UF with a taste of humor. Thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

  2. This author’s previous series books hook you in and keep you coming back for more. I have been waiting for this series since the last one ended with the vampires.