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A supernatural cozy mystery with zombies! I couldn’t wait to read this book.

A car crash ended Skye’s life. Her husband didn’t survive and she was on the brink of death when she was offered a different ending. One she gladly accepted so she could have more time to raise her daughter.

So she pledged twenty years of service to Abraham Lincoln Jones and became a zombie. Not the rotting flesh and brain sucking kind. She still looks pretty much the same. But she is undead.

No longer a police officer, she now drives a taxi for the dead, making pickups for Abe when other zombies times are up, their twenty years of service over.

After two years of driving the taxi it’s become routine, until one pick up changes everything. A zombie, one of Abe’s has been killed before his time was up. A plain gold wedding band left by his heartless corpse.

More zombies are killed and it becomes a race against time to discover the killer before he sets his sights on Skye.

There are so many different plots woven into this one book.

Who is killing the zombies, ripping out there hearts and leaving wedding bands by the bodies? What is the purpose of the rings?

What or who is Lucas, Skye’s strange guest at the inn her husband inherited from his parents? He has some powers but appears to have amnesia. Who called him to Skye? Is he good or evil? Sorcerer or monster?

Perhaps Jacob’s mother can get to the bottom of it. She died but her ghost lingers at the inn. She stayed to help Skye with raising her daughter. Not liking Lucas, she’s still stuck with his presence and he does offer to help her become more solid so she can do more around the inn. Maybe a friendship will blossom and his memories will become clearer.

And just what is Abraham Lincoln Jones? He isn’t human or zombie. Where did he get the power to create zombies? Most of the time Abe is a happy guy, smiling, calm spoken. But it’s not a good idea to makes him angry and questions do that. So who or what he is will remain a mystery for now.

And what’s Skye’s new partners story. Debbie pledged twenty years of service to Abe in exchange for saving her husbands life. This hasn’t been done before. And something is strange about him. Skye senses something different in the man, not zombie. Did Abe make this unusual deal to woo Debbie? He does appear to have taken a shine to her.

See what I mean about many plots. Don’t worry about becoming confused though. The author weaves them together as the book progresses and you can easily follow along. In fact, you’ll be swept into the mystery right to the end.

I loved it. All of it. So much fun. So many mysteries. Lots of supernatural beings. A teeny bit of a possible romance. And many laughs with a good dose of sarcasm here and there. And it’s a series too! So I’ll be visiting with these characters again. ( )
  laura-thomas | Jan 27, 2016 |
Sky Mertz’s husband died two years ago in the same car accident that killed her. She is now a zombie, but not your average, run of the mill zombie. She would do anything for her five year old daughter. She doesn’t run around eating brains and tearing people apart, limb by limb. She could be the girl next door, with her blond hair and blue eyes.

To have another twenty years with her daughter, she traded herself to Abe as a zombie bounty hunter – she hunts down those who’s twenty years are up.

Debbie is her human partner, who works to pay off the debt she took on to bring her husband back. She is too nice. Have you ever met a person like that. All milk and cookies with sugar on top?

Lucas is like a bad penny and keeps turning up. Why is he here and so determined to stay?

Some of the bounties begged and pleaded to be let go. Sky sure does realize how important every day is, her own clock is ticking . Do YOU?

Something is not right about Abe. Is he really giving out second chances or does he have ulterior motives?

We have zombies, sorcerers, ghosts, vampires, werewolves…all the supernatural creatures you could want in a horror story.

There is some new stuff and some predictable stuff, wrapped up in a nice package. I loved the zombie twist. They don’t all have to be savages…do they?

The pacing picks up for the last quarter of the book and races to an intriguing conclusion. I didn’t get all the answers and I did go on to read Dead Girl Blues. Sky won me over and there was no way I was going to miss out on her story.

I received Broken Hearted Ghoul by Joyce and Jim Lavene in return for an honest and unbiased review.


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  sherry69 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Sky Mertz’s husband died two years ago in the same car accident that killed her. She is now a zombie, but not your average, run of the mill zombie. She would do anything for her five year old daughter. She doesn’t run around eating brains and tearing people apart, limb by limb. She could be the girl next door, with her blond hair and blue eyes.

To have another twenty years with her daughter, she traded herself to Abe as a zombie bounty hunter – she hunts down those who’s twenty years are up.

Debbie is her human partner, who works to pay off the debt she took on to bring her husband back. She is too nice. Have you ever met a person like that. All milk and cookies with sugar on top?

Lucas is like a bad penny and keeps turning up. Why is he here and so determined to stay?

Some of the bounties begged and pleaded to be let go. Sky sure does realize how important every day is, her own clock is ticking . Do YOU?

Something is not right about Abe. Is he really giving out second chances or does he have ulterior motives?

We have zombies, sorcerers, ghosts, vampires, werewolves…all the supernatural creatures you could want in a horror story.

There is some new stuff and some predictable stuff, wrapped up in a nice package. I loved the zombie twist. They don’t all have to be savages…do they?

The pacing picks up for the last quarter of the book and races to an intriguing conclusion. I didn’t get all the answers and I did go on to read Dead Girl Blues. Sky won me over and there was no way I was going to miss out on her story.

I received Broken Hearted Ghoul by Joyce and Jim Lavene in return for an honest and unbiased review.

To see more visit http://www.fundinmental.com ( )
  sherry69 | Oct 15, 2015 |
4 STARS

Broken Hearted Ghoul is the first book in Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mystery. I read the second book before first so some of the ending was not a mystery to me. This is a cozy mystery with unique characters. Good drama, humor and action it is a good mix.

Skye Mertz is a zombie. She agreed to drive a Taxi for the Dead for Abe for 20 years extra life. Skye and her husband were police officers in New Orleans. They were in a wreck and her husband died and she was critical. Skye was offered 20 extra years so she could raise her daughter all she has to do is quit being a police officer and work for Abe.

Skye lives in her mother-in-laws bed and breakfast with her daughter and the ghost of her mother-in-law.

Skye and her new partner pick up people whose 20 years are up and turn them in at funeral home. Somebody is killing the zombies before there 20 years is up. Ripping there hearts out.

The setting is outside of New Orleans.

I like this series and would read more of it. I like Joyce and Jim Lavene mysteries.

I was given this ebook from the authors and in return I agreed to give a honest review of Broken Hearted Ghoul. ( )
  rhonda1111 | Mar 7, 2015 |
I've enjoyed all of Joyce & Jim Lavene's series that I've read, so I was looking forward to this but also a little curious as to how they were going to manage a zombie story that might make me want to read it. No worries.
Skye becomes a zombie so her daughter won't be left an orphan; in exchange for the 20 years she gets to see her daughter grow up, she has to work for Abe, driving a zombie taxi service. When zombies start "dying" before their 20 years, Skye is on a mission to find out what's going on, risking her life in the process.
It's a fun book with interesting characters. I can't wait to find out what is the secret of Skye's family lineage? Who is Lucas, and how is he connected to Skye? What new powers or abilities may Addie discover?
Definitely will be reading the next book in the series. ( )
  mitchma | Jun 28, 2014 |
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