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When Nashville cop Skye Mertz, and her husband, Jacob, are killed in a wreck, Skye is given the opportunity to come back for twenty years to raise her five-year-old daughter, Kate. With her ghostly mother-in-law’s help, Skye hopes to be there until Kate is old enough to take care of herself.
But three years into her twenty-year service to Abraham Lincoln Jones, the man who gave her the extra time, Skye is beginning to think life might have been easier before she died.
Abe asks her to investigate the murder of his sorcerer, Harold the Great, a man who was a victim of too many snakes. And the Life Extended People ( LEPs – a nice term for zombies) who work for Abe have begun turning into ghosts and disappearing. Only Lucas, the possibly evil, amnesiac sorcerer who lives with Skye and her family, can save her from being the next victim of the deadly curse.
To make matters more complicated, Skye has found a lead in solving the riddle of her husband’s death. She has never believed Jacob died as a result of the crash, but hasn’t been able to prove it. Many other people have lost their lives in the same lonely stretch of highway that he did three years before. Skye goes against Abe’s express wishes to discover the truth with a crazy man bent on vengeance.
Life was simpler when she could just take out a gun and shoot someone.
It’s been two years since Skye Mertz agreed to drive Abe’s Taxi for the Dead, transporting his zombie workers back to the man who gave them an additional twenty years of life. She’s raising her daughter, with the help of her ghostly mother-in-law, and keeps looking for what killed her husband the night she died.
Now she has a partner—a housewife working off her zombie husband’s service—and she’s met a sorcerer with amnesia. It shouldn’t be surprising that a broken hearted ghoul, bent on getting revenge, should show up too. After all, there’s no rest for the dead.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Taxi for the Dead book series. I was really excited to have a chance to read these. Joyce & Jim Lavene write such interesting, satisfying mysteries, and I know I am always going to enjoy anything I pick up by them. I liked that these are zombie books that aren’t in the horror genre. Skye is a great main character. In Broken Hearted Ghoul, I felt like I wanted to pop into the story to meet her and Debbie.
I love the story line in Dead Girl Blues by Joyce & Jim Lavene. They have such a unique and interesting take on the typical zombie story, and this one is anything but typical. I was feverishly turning pages and loving every minute of it. This is a series I am looking forward to continuing and I hope it goes on for a long time! I highly recommend Dead Girl Blues by Joyce & Jim Lavene (and Broken Hearted Ghoul) to anyone who loves a good paranormal cozy mystery.