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Reviewed by C.L. Wells for Readers' Favorite
FBI agent Maureen Keslyn has just been discharged from the hospital after an almost fatal encounter with a paranormal being. She returns home to find her husband shacked up with another woman and her smashed-up Jaguar sitting in the driveway – still riddled with the bullet holes incurred during her most recent tangle with evil. Unwilling to stay in the house that is no longer a home, and with no place to go, she agrees to take an undercover job at a retirement home called the Manor at the request of her long-lost former flame and mentor.
Agent Keslyn is hoping for a chance to rest her still-injured and aging body while she considers what to do next. Instead, she encounters a strangely engaging mix of geriatric residents and supernatural beings. Kerry Schafer delivers a boatload of entertainment as Maureen gets to know the eclectic residents of the Manor and tries to decide if any of them are involved in the string of recent murders at the home. As the bodies begin to pile up and she struggles with her own injuries, she must solve the mystery of the Manor before she becomes the next victim.
Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer is an engaging and page-turning romp that you won’t want to miss. The protagonist is thoroughly likable, even as she offends practically everyone she meets with her winning personality. I have to be honest and say that this is the most fun I’ve had reading a novel in several months. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in less than 24 hours. Want a fun, satisfying read with plenty of twists, turns, and surprises? Check out Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer.