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Grim and Bear It

By: Paula Lester,Christine Zane Thomas
Narrated by: Angel Clark
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A grim first week on the job.

Tessa Randolph is feeling defeated. On the outs with her boyfriend and suddenly without a job, she's scrambling to pay the rent. She doesn’t exactly have the kind of life she wants. Tessa needs a change. And the ability to afford the wet food her cat Pepper thinks she deserves at every meal.

Against her better judgment, but without a better offer, Tessa takes a job from one of the scariest of bosses - her mother, who has a deadly sharp tongue. And just like that, she learns that the life insurance agency at the edge of Mist River isn’t what it seems to be. Plus, Cheryl Randolph isn’t simply the sharp-tongued, overly critical mom Tessa thought she was. She’s a grim reaper. One of many people tasked with escorting souls into the afterlife. And now Tessa is one, too. She wasn't expecting her life change to involve so much death.

Tessa intends to simply kill it in her new career. But, running late on her second day of work, she doesn’t make it in time for her neighbor’s death. And now his soul is missing. Apparently, that's not a good thing when you're in the soul-collecting business. Who knew? 

Now, her mom-boss thinks Tessa can’t cut it. Which is just so typical. And she doesn’t seem to be telling Tessa everything about an important death in both of their pasts. Not only that, but apparently, if Tessa doesn’t find the missing spirit fast enough, its absence will rip some kind of apocalyptic hole in space and time. Or something like that. It’s all a bit vague. Not that Tessa read the job manual line by line. Who has time for that? What’s worse, the police think Tessa might've committed the murder. 

Can Tessa prove her innocence? Can she get her mom off her back and find the wayward soul before time runs out? And will Pepper get that expensive can of tuna she's sure she deserves?

Find out today!

©2020 Paula Lester and Christine Zane Thomas (P)2020 Paula Lester and Christine Zane Thomas

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A different kind of cozy mystery

Tessa struggles with her new job as a grim reaper - with her controlling mom as her boss.

I enjoyed this story very much. As a reluctant reaper, Tessa's struggles with the job were amusing. I could easily picture her office, the apartment, the casino, and Linda, her ancient and recalcitrant car.

My only disappointment was the narrator. She overpronounced her words, making the narration feel stilted. She did a good job with dialog and I could easily tell who was speaking.

Overall, it was a pleasant listen and I look forward to the next book in the series.

I received a code from the author but this in no way affected my review.

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Liked it!

I wouldn’t go out and jump head over heels for this book, but I am willing to check out the next installment. I liked the idea of a “Grim Reaper” agency in lieu of the creepy dark black robe with bones and a scythe. The book was upbeat and added a modern take on being scooped up for the after life. Enjoy meeting the main character and her clumsy ways!

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Great Story

The story plot was great and enjoyed the book over all but the narrator left something to be desired . I would like to get more books but I'm hoping for a new narrator.

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Lovely little start

Nice twist to character roles and building of a series. Will be nice to see where it is taken.

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Quick Fun Cozy mystery

I have to say Tessa was a hoot. Love the real life troubles that flow over to her Reaper job. Fun read with mystery and humor.

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Who needs to grim and bear it when you are smiling

I enjoyed this book. I love the idea of a grim reaper solving murders. What a novel idea and very quirky! The best thing is, it worked as a mystery and I found it amusing and entertaining. The characters were great, especially the mother daughter relationship and I think it is a great start to a new series that is only going to get better as the series unfolds and develops. It was also fun the way the main character tries to help the lost soul mend his relationship with his son without letting on about her secret. With an on the ball love interest being able to read her tells I don't think it will be a secret for long. The mystery was good and with plenty of red herrings it certain keeps you guessing. Looking forward to the next book.
After losing her job and boy friend, Tessa only has one option if she and her cat don't want to get kicked out of her apartment. And that is to work for her bossy mother. The only problem is, the job she is offering isn't the normal sort of job. It is escorting newly departed soul on to the next world, as the grim reaper. Working for your mother what could go wrong? Everything! Especially as Tessa's car breaks down causing her to be late for her first job. When she arrives she finds the body of her neighbour but no soul that needs help. It appears the neighbour was murdered and now he isn't ready to move on until he has completed his task. Tessa doesn't get paid until she delivers his soul to the correct place, so she sets got to find his killer and in the process find his soul all before her next rent payment is due.
I have listened to a few books read by Angel Clark and have found them all to be as entertaining as the book she reads. I hope she sticks with any future books to come in this series.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.