Debriefing the Dead

Kerry Blaisdell
Debriefing the Dead
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
May 2018
Book 1 of The Dead Series
Paranormal Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy

Hyacinth Finch has got one foot in the grave, the other kicking ass...

The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father's family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she'll continue up (or down) to the Afterlife.

So, slightly more alive than dead, she heads for Turkey and the Demons, taking Geordi, her mysterious neighbor Jason, and a sexy dead guy only she can see with her. But the hardest part won't be battling Demons, meeting Satan, or dodging Middle Eastern customs—it will be later, when Geordi is settled, and Michael rips her away again. How can she abandon her nephew? Or can she outwit the Angel of Death himself, and stay with Geordi forever?

"Hyacinth is a well-crafted character with a deep, intriguing personality. She really feels rounded and three-dimensional, like an actual person. The love interests were interesting too, in particular Eric, since his peculiar situation makes him all the more enthralling. The ending is unexpected, the pacing is fast, and the writing is pretty good as well. With so many twists, turns and secrets, this book is a fun, original, adventurous novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats." ~Majanka Verstraete, InD'tale Magazine

"To say I loved this book is such an understatement…I freaking LOVED it! It's got adventure, archaeology, paranormal, action, spirituality...a touch of romance, history, travel… For it being Kerry Blaisdell's debut, it's incredibly written without a flaw in the plot. The characters are so well-conceived and fleshed out, they appeared to come to life. " ~N.N. Light, Book Heaven: Matching Books to Readers Since 1990

Book Review by Fiorella Mauro (reviewer)
Sep 08, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
83 people found the following review helpful
Hyacinth Finch is caught between a screaming rock and a hard place. I wrote that sentence and it made me laugh so I am leading with it no matter what comes next.

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is an urban fantasy built on the wire frame of a paranormal romance. Want your otherworldly mystery? Want your romantic tension? Want your globe-trotting adventure story? Author Kerry Blaisdell's got you.

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is fun and smart, ambitious and self-aware. It wants to be good and it does the work that is needed to be good. It is well-written, researched, and edited. It doesn't turn away from horrors and the horrible consequences of horrors. It asks big questions and doesn't always provide the reader with comforting answers. It treats the reader like a grown-up. Author Kerry Blaisdell is a professional, and the fact that it comes as such a relief to me makes me wonder if I should re-examine my reading life.

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD'S world exists on a bridge between big fantasy ideas and banal fantasy realities that is unintentionally funny in places, but it is more than good enough to keep its dignity. For example, the idea that Michael the Archangel has a packed schedule and has to rush around like a travelling canned-food sales rep lets some of the magic leak out through the seams. But on the other hand, the pan-religious freedom of author Kerry Blaisdell's a-la-carte afterlife is the stuff great series are made of.

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is a nesting doll of secrets and mysteries. What's at the centre?
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