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PCR #389 (Vol. 8, No. 36) This edition is for the week of September 3--9, 2007.

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Book Review: "Dead Girls Are Easy" by Terri Garey  by Lisa Ciurro
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FANGRRL by Lisa Ciurro

Dead Girls Are Easy
Terri Garey

Plot Summary:
Atlanta vintage clothing store owner Nicki Styx was minding her own business -- her eccentric, unusual business -- when a near-fatal heart murmur sent her to the hospital. Upon awakening, Nicki discovers three things: that technically she "coded" and had to be revived; that her doctor is gorgeous; and that the very-recently-deceased Irene Goldblatt needs Nicki to tell her mourning husband that it's not his fault that she choked to death on his matzo balls.

Nicki's supernatural visitors aren't all nice old Jewish ladies. There's also the voodoo-enhanced evil spirit of her murdered best friend and the rich socialite spirit Violet Van Dyke ("of the Morgan County Van Dykes"), both of whom want Nicki to do something for them. However, Nicki doesn't have time to bother with playing otherworldly messenger. She's busy running her store, falling in love with her ER doctor, figuring out who killed her best friend, discovering long-lost siblings and dealing with evil spirits who want to harm her friends. Being a "dead chick magnet" isn't easy.

About the Author:
A Bay area resident, Terri Garey is a former computer analyst who now spends her days taking a "lighthearted look at the dark side". The next Nicki Styx tale will be a novella entitled Ghouls Night Out, which will be part of the Harper Collins paranormal anthology Weddings From Hell (coming in the spring of 2008). The stand-alone sequel to Dead Girls Are Easy, entitled A Match Made In Hell, will be released in August of 2008. Her website is www.tgarey.com.

What I Liked:
Dead Girls Are Easy is a fun, easy read. It flows well and becomes difficult to put down about 1/3 of the way through. There are some plot points that could have come off as extremely soap-opera-ish (Laura thought she was with Jack, but it was really his evil identical twin brother John! type of stuff), but Garey makes it all work. And work beautifully.

What I Disliked:
Um...That the book ended before I was ready for it to.

Bottom Line: Humor meets chick lit meets supernatural thriller meets suspense. Funny and fast paced.

Rating: A

"FANGRRL" is ©2007 by Lisa Ciurro.   All graphics, except where otherwise noted, are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2007 by Nolan B. Canova.