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  • Slippery Souls 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.