Undead and Unemployed

Published By: Berkley Sensation

Book Category: Fiction, Romance

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Reviewed by Kathy Perschmann, Carver County (Minn.) Librarian

MaryJanice Davidson's Undead and Unemployed could be described as Jennifer Crusie and Janet Evanovich meet Anne Rice. This is the second book in the series, and I was prepared to dislike it, but it really was funny.

Betsy Taylor is 30-something, unemployed, and desperate for a job to support her habit of buying expensive shoes. She finally lands her dream job, selling shoes in Macy's at the Mall of America. She lives in Apple Valley with her roommates Marc (a gay doctor) and the seriously wealthy Jessica. And... she's been dead for three months and is the Queen of the Vampires. Betsy has superhuman strength, and can't eat any more; she is disgusted by the idea of drinking blood, and falls asleep as soon as the sun comes up.

In addition to trying to keep her job and find a new place to live (her old Apple Valley house has termites), she has to discover who is behind the murder of several good female vampires. Her vampire friends Eric Sinclair (annoyingly handsome and charismatic King of the Vampires), and his good friend Tina, help her discover who is manipulating the gang of enthusiastic teenaged vampire slayers. Betsy confronts the gang after they follow her home and she explains the good vampire/ bad vampire thing, and gets them on her side

Jessica finds a wonderful mansion on Summit Avenue as her new place to live. Betsy discovers that another of her talents is that she can see and hear ghosts, and discovers a small child ghost, Marie, who haunts her new bedroom. It takes a while for Betsy to notice that she is a ghost; at first she thinks Marie is the child of one of the mansion’s workers wandering around and bored. Betsy finally is able to reunite Marie with her mother.

Armchair Interviews says: A book set in Minnesota at the infamous Mall of America--and vampires, what a combination in this fun and funny novel.

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