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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey

Dead Girls are Easy is the first Nicky Styx novel by Terri Garey. Nicky has recently had a near death experience. Well, she actually was dead, but apparently it wasn’t her time, so, back to Earth she comes. However, when she returns, she can see dead people. Not only can she see dead people, but they think she should help them. 
This book is kind of like Casey Daniel’s Pepper Martin series. Another similar series is Wendy Roberts’ Ghost Duster’s Mysteries. 
Nicky Styx has a gay male best friend since childhood, who is her business partner in her vintage clothing store. The store is located in a trendy part of Atlanta. It also turns out that the doctor that helped revive her in the hospital has the hots for her and they see each other a few times outside the doctor-patient relationship.
Nicky not only finds herself helping ghosts complete unfinished business, but she ends up learning a lot about voodoo, more than she ever would have wanted to know in fact. NIcky likes to play the bad girl, and likes to stand out, but isn’t sure she wants to be a ghost magnet. 
It felt like there was almost too much pushed into this book. Nicky helps several different ghosts, but the voodoo issue takes up the bulk of the novel. I can see the reason for having Nicky see a few different ghosts, but it made the book feel longer than it was. 
Perhaps because I have read the couple series mentioned above, which are both similar, or perhaps just because the book in general has a lot of urban fantasy cliches, I am not sure I’m a big fan of this series. I will probably give it another chance, there is at least one more book out currently. My current rating for Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey is 3 bookmarks