The plot of Living with the dead revolves around the character of Robyn; recently widowed she has moved to LA and taken a job in PR with Portia Kane, a Paris Hilton-type celebrity. Or wannabe celebrity. But when Portia is murdered Robyn finds herself the main suspect and in her confusion makes a break for it. She is helped out by her best friend, Hope Adams, and her boyfriend, Karl Marstsen.
It has been ages since I’ve read any of Armstrong’s books. I think I sorta faded away from them with Broken. But that was way back in 2006, she’s had four more books in the series out since then, as well as some YA books in the ‘verse, not to mention the ooodles of short stories. And while these books are pretty far removed from the cannon there is something so enjoyable about them.
As the sixth book book in a series it helps if you’ve read the previous novels by Armstrong, but it isn’t essential. However, I’ve read them all, and enjoyed them. They aren’t “serious fiction” but they are well-written with humour and good characterisation. Perfect easy reading without being trash.
Eva Levine is a half-demon half-witch who also happens to be dead. She’s not in heaven, not in hell, just in the afterlife. Or at least the one that supernatural beings go to after they die. She is also a little preoccupied with keeping an eye on her daughter, Savannah, although being dead she has no way at all of protecting her, talking to her, or ever getting in contact.
Finished Bitten last night, and moved on to Stolen the second in this ‘verse created by Kelley Armstrong.
In it we are introduced to a wider supernatural world. Bitten only had werewolves, now Elena learns that there are witches, demons, vampires and others out there, and of course runs in to trouble. This time with those in the normal human world who want to learn the supernatural world for a variety of reasons. Some see it as a research opportunity, others just want the excitement of a hunt.
This is the fourth in Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series. The first two dealt with Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf, the second two deal with Paige Winterbourne, a witch.
I’ll admit that I out of all the books I preferred the first, and like the character of Elena and the werewolves much more than the wider supernatural world of the other books. Still enjoy them, and will continue to read and, hopefully, enjoy them all.