Slippery Souls

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Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
Book One in the Sunray Bay Series.

Slippery Souls is an urban fantasy...by the seaside.

And if you don’t know what on earth that means, well, it’s a book containing a whole host of colourful characters - including a vampire with OCD, a handful of chain-smoking werewolves, an agoraphobic witch who lives in a lighthouse, a talking dog and a fairly ordinary twenty-something-year-old called Libby. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466195486
About Rachael H Dixon

Rachael H Dixon lives in the cold and windy northeast of England. She craves sunlight and warmth, and as such her skin is so white it's almost translucent. She's been writing ever since she could hold, albeit strangely, a pen. Her love for the macabre stems from reading James Herbert novels and watching Vincent Price films when she was small.

As well as writing, Rachael loves reading, walking her two whippets, drinking red wine and admiring Gil Elvgren art work. And she often wonders whether she's the only writer in the whole world who doesn't like coffee.

Her first novel, Slippery Souls, was short-listed for the Writing Magazine Self-publishing Award 2012.

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Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on Oct. 28, 2013 :
I found that I quite enjoyed this read. Not because the plot is so seamlessly stitched together, or because of the complete absence of inconsistencies, or satisfying lack of questions at the end, because all of those aren't actually true. But because despite my ongoing questions, the shaky way the plot holds together, and the almost miraculous conclusion the characters were witty, the dialogue snappy, and the whole adventure fun.

In the end I just didn't care that the antagonist was overcome almost accidentally, or that I have no idea how the person who ran Libby over and started the whole affair was able to leave Sunray bay to do that, or that Vamp, Weres, Zombies and more suddenly came out of nowhere, or that Libby's reaction to death and discovering herself in some strange world with a talking dog was ridiculously blasé. I still enjoyed myself.

Libby and her relentless libido were persistent, sarcastic and just plain funny. Krain managed to feel both evil and exasperated—a surprisingly endearing quality that made me somehow, both, like him and hope for his demise. So did Strickler for that matter. Grim was suitably sexy and Rufus provided comedic relief. Everyone involved is having an extremely bad day and the environment gives the whole atmosphere a grimy, gritty feel.

I've had this one on my TBR list for a while. I put it off again and again, uncertain what to expect. I'm happy to report it's a hit. I'm moving on to book two with high hopes.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Beverly Ashauer on May 22, 2012 :
Slippery Souls reveals a new look into the world of the dead. While it had all the typical scary, go boo things, such as witches, zombies, werewolves, and vampires, it had such a different take on all of them that it was refreshing and a delight to read. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gin on April 11, 2012 :
4.5 Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this incredibly witty and dark fantasy!

I loved the main character! Libby's sarcastic inner dialogue paired with her odd disposition was laugh out loud funny. In truth, all of the characters were well written. They leapt up off the pages in this vivid, dark and twisted world. I did have a little trouble keeping up with all of the switching of character perspective and time at first, but ultimately found this to add depth to the story.

This book was absolutely delightful and original. Libby is just thrown into an odd world, that doesn't make sense and everyone seems out to get her. I didn't quite buy her quick acceptance of Sunray Bay and all the information thrown at her, but that was my only real issue. The reader was kept in the dark along with Libby, having just enough extra glimpses to add a few more puzzle pieces without ruining the mystery.

I can't wait to read the next installment and appreciate the author allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gin on April 11, 2012 :
4.5 Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this incredibly witty and dark fantasy!

I loved the main character! Libby's sarcastic inner dialogue paired with her odd disposition was laugh out loud funny. In truth, all of the characters were well written. They leapt up off the pages in this vivid, dark and twisted world. I did have a little trouble keeping up with all of the switching of character perspective and time at first, but ultimately found this to add depth to the story.

This book was absolutely delightful and original. Libby is just thrown into an odd world, that doesn't make sense and everyone seems out to get her. I didn't quite buy her quick acceptance of Sunray Bay and all the information thrown at her, but that was my only real issue. The reader was kept in the dark along with Libby, having just enough extra glimpses to add a few more puzzle pieces without ruining the mystery.

I can't wait to read the next installment and appreciate the author allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Greg Walker on April 02, 2012 :
Slippery Souls is an entirely enjoyable read. Humour, plot twists (along with refreshing twists on monsters you only think you know) kept me engaged to the end. Dixon introduces a spunky but down-to-earth character in Libby, thrust into Sun Ray Bay by her untimely death and accompanied by her now-talking dog Rufus.

But death is just the beginning, and as she tries to grasp her situation she meets the enigmatic Grim, the creepy Strickler, and a host of other characters working their way through a version of the afterlife that can be whimsical and at times make you glad to be among the living and on this side of the grave and page.

Slippery Souls is the first book in a series, and you'll want to follow Libby and Grim wherever they go, even into The Great Dustbowl...and beyond. Highly recommended for fans of the paranormal or anyone who likes their fiction smart, witty, and a bit unorthodox
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Canary on March 18, 2012 :
This book was delightful, in the full meaning of the word. It takes on a vivid, irreverent style (think Terry Pratchett) and melds it with some dark(ish) fantasy.

One moment, Libby is marching out of the grocery store, jug of milk in hand, set on breaking up with her slob of a boyfriend-soon-to-be-ex. The next, she is killed by a hit-and-run. When she wakes up, she’s in a beach house at Sunray Bay, a kind of afterlife, she assumes, since her also-dead-dog Rufus can now talk.

But not all is as it seems at the sunny beach town, and it certainly isn’t Heaven. Within an hour of her arrival, Libby finds herself chased by the head of the local monster slayers, helping a rogue ex-operative, and on the top of the Mayor’s Most Wanted list.

Libby’s adventures are part humor, part mystery thrill, and part romantic subplot. Author Rachael Dixon takes the oldest fantasy trope in the book (bringing Libby over to a new world and dumping her there to flounder) and gives it her own, delectable spin.

All in all, I fell in love with the use of non-linear narrative at the opening, and (of course and absolutely) the writing style. Memorable characters, deft narrative decisions, and a take-no-nonsense protagonist makes for a line of gold stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on March 07, 2012 :
A delightful writing style and very wry humour makes an enjoyable novel and a fast-paced read. Poor Libby, thinking the worst problem in her life is waiting to dump her boring, unpleasant, live-in; she just doesn’t realize worse things are in store-namely, not living at all. If Libby could have expected any sort of afterlife at all, instead of oblivion, it’s for certain she would never have imagined Sunray Bay, the strangest “other side” ever. What’s more, not only is she installed there, her terrier Rufus (who also was involved in the automotive hit-and-run that cancelled Libby’s tenure on Earth) is right there with her-and he talks-and a cheeky bloke he is, too. Not only has Rufus learned sarcasm and wit in profuseness; so has Libby, and uses it as she explores her new after-death “life.”
An intriguing juxtaposition of the wry and the violent (in Big Brother style, termed “Peace and Order Maintenance”), “Slippery Souls” will keep readers on the edge trying to puzzle out its mysteries, while enjoying the outspoken Libby and Rufus, and the delightful characterisations of Sunray Bay’s citizenry, mayor, and Peace and Order Maintenance officers and prisoners. All is not sweetness and light in the afterlife, and there exist creatures and events one might never imagine for life after life. Luckily, this is only the first in a series, because readers will want to tumble on along after the Sunray Bay way of “life.”
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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