Series: Deadwood Mystery #4
Also in this series: Nearly Departed in Deadwood, Optical Delusions in Deadwood, Dead Case in Deadwood
Genres: Ghost, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Romance, Women Sleuths
One dead body. One century-old haunted opera house. One zombie musical. One pissed-off detective.
Will Violet “Spooky” Parker keep her tail out of trouble or will she end up as one of Deadwood’s walking dead?
Violet Parker is a trouble magnet.
My Thoughts on Better Off Dead in Deadwood
Sweet Mother of Pearl! Who says that being chased by crazy things that go bump in the night can’t be fun? Because this book IS TOTALLY FUN! Violet’s right in the middle of more shenanigans in the town of Deadwood, Detective Coop has her on his “most likely to get caught breaking into a locked building” list (actually, I just made that up. But if he *did* have a list like that, I’m sure she’d be on it!), and Violet’s clients expect her to help out in all manner of supernatural goings on!
Oh, and there’s a dead body.
With the fate of Calamity Jane Realty up in the air, Violet’s worried about her job, breaking the news of her secret boyfriend to her kids, finding time to spend with said secret boyfriend, and keeping out of Coop’s way. Cooper has a real hard-on for her, you know. Not in a sexy way. In a “I’m sure you’re hiding things that relate to this case I’m trying to solve” sort of way. And he’s right. Which is probably the one thing that made me shake my head this time around. While part of me understands why she’s keeping things from him (because the truth is so unbelievable that even Violet, who witnessed it with her own eyes, has a hard time believing it’s true), part of me wants her to come clean and just lay all her cards on the table and let the Detective do his job and sort it out.
Meanwhile, things are a little rocky on the Doc front. No, not rocky. More… uncertain. Once Doc explains his hangups, I could see where he was coming from and it makes sense, but I don’t want tension between those two. Well, I want the sexual tension because the amount of times and creative ways that those two get interrupted before getting down to the dirty is HILARIOUS! I figure that Doc has a permanent case of blue balls after all the times he’s been cock-blocked by circumstances beyond their control in this book. Poor guy.
Anyway. Lots of happenings. Lots of almost-sexin’. Lots of Violet getting into a jam. This series continues to entertain me and I’m so so SO sad that the next book isn’t out yet.