The Undead Detective by Jennifer Hilt

February 19th, 2019 Kimberly Review 25 Comments

19th Feb
The Undead Detective by Jennifer Hilt
The Undead Detective
by Jennifer Hilt
Series: Undead Detective #1.5
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

Paranormal reunions are murder.

As a vampire detective, my needs are simple. I like my human PA, our spoiled Shih Tzu and solving crimes. Sure I’m set in my ways but that’s not surprising after being undead for two centuries.

A reunion at the Colorado mansion of my former employer isn’t my first choice for leaving LA but I promised my PA a white Christmas. Besides professional curiosity has me wondering how my former colleagues are faring.

But when our host is murdered I discover no fae, nymph, shifter, witch or demon is above suspicion. And the murderer isn’t done yet.

Luckily I have a talent for solving crimes, a taste for blood and a knack at wanting the forbidden.

Novella MURDERMYSTERY paranormal magical

I discovered The Undead Detective by Jennifer Hilt while browsing Kindle Unlimited. A holiday party of paranormals, a great hunt, and murder made for a fun intro to this series.

After finishing I discovered a full-length novel released the year before called The Undead Detective Bites: Book 1. Can I say it makes me crazy when books aren’t properly labeled? It makes me crazy! Based on release dates, The Undead Detective would be #1.5 in the Undead Detective series. However, it doesn’t matter which order you read them. The author includes a sample of book one in this novella.

We meet Hattie Silverthorne, a detective and medical examiner who also happens to be a two hundred-year-old vampire. When her personal assistant and consort Ben finds a discarded invitation for a costume party, she suddenly accepts after he reminds her repeatedly she promised him a vacation involving snow. They along with their pet Shih Tzu set out for Colorado.

A murder mystery awaits them, offering us a chance to see Silverthorne in action. This was entertaining although I felt like a stranger at the party. The author does a good job of introducing us to paranormals in the community and we get the sense they have all worked together solving crimes. Before it’s all said and done, there will be a demonic possession and a few twists.

While I would have liked a longer story and series order, The Undead Detective, was entertaining and left me curious enough to go back and read The Undead Detective Bites. You’ll find that review next week. A simple, entertaining mystery with a sharp-witted detective.

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25 Responses to “The Undead Detective by Jennifer Hilt”

  1. Heidi

    I hate when a series starts with a novella that is released in an anthology or something and you think you are reading the first book and feel lost because you missed the novella. I remember that happening with Alpha and Omega and it drove me nuts! Glad you found your way with this even if it wasn’t labeled properly.

  2. Sophia Rose

    Reading order is a biggie when there is a series arc in play. I love the sound of a vampire coroner and a mystery with paranormals.

  3. Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Grrr! It makes my left eye twitch when books aren’t properly labeled, Kim, because I’m kinda anal about reading in order. But I’m happy that overall this book was worth a look even if it could have been longer. Of course, had you read in order you might have felt differently? I do love the cover! 😉

  4. kindlemom1

    Books not being labeled right bothers me as well, especially novellas. It really does matter sometimes which order you read them in. This sounds like a promising series, I just might have to see if I can grab a copy.

  5. Elle

    Another great review as always! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this. Usually books that involve magical creatures tend to involve defeating one final bad guy. This book is all about True Crime. In fact, I don’t think I’ve read much True Crime at all. I guess I have to go check this book out 🙂