Saturday, February 27, 2016

Watch for the Dead

Today is No Brainer Day!  A day for doing tasks that are logical, easy, simple (require little brain power).  A good example is raking and bagging leaves (I have a backyard full of them), doing laundry, dusting, or sweeping.  All of these tasks are mindless and easy to do (I get bored doing them).  This day was created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith (she is America's Premier Eventologist).  On February 27  Henry IV was crowned King of France in 1524, the poet Lord Byron gave his first address to the House of Lords in 1812, the British Labour Party if founded in 1900, and in 1986 the United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis (CNN). 

Watch for the Dead by Sheila Connolly is the fourth book in the Relatively Dead series.  Abby Kimball wakes up to a call at 5:30 a.m.  It is Leslie Walker asking if Abby and Ned Newhall (her boyfriend) will watch Ellie (Ned is Ellie’s biological father, but Ellie does not know) for a few days.  Her husband, George is having a gall bladder attack and needs to go to the hospital for surgery (had similar attacks before and doctor warned them).  They are happy to take care of Ellie especially when they get an opportunity to head to Cape Cod for a few days.  When Ellie and Abby enter the house, they feel a presence in it.  They discover that the spirit they are feeling (and see during a storm) is Olivia (she is crying during with rain falling around her).  Olivia is Abby’s great, great grandmother.  Abby wants to know why Olivia is so sad? So Abby starts researching into this branch of the family tree to get more information.  Abby contacts her mother and father to invite them to Cape Cod.  She is hoping her mother will remember something about Olivia.  Abby, though, is in for an unexpected surprise.  Read Watch for the Dead to see how Abby, Ned, and Ellie are faring with their gift and what they find out about Olivia. 

Watch for the Dead really cannot be read as a stand-alone book (you can try, but you will be a little confused).  It is extremely helpful to read the first three books in the series (to understand the characters and everything that is happening in the series).  Watch for the Dead is an easy to read (nice flow) and quick read (I do not mean it is a short book).  I finished Watch for the Dead in just a couple of hours.  I am hoping there will be more growth with the characters (Ned, Abby, and Leslie) in the next book.  They have not developed enough over the four novels.  I am really tired of Ellie’s mother (Leslie) and her attitude.  For the sake of her daughter, she needs to get with the program (Leslie has a bad attitude and she really does not treat Abby and Ned appropriately).  I was glad to see more of Ellie in this book.  She is so accepting of her gift and a smart young lady.  Overall, Watch for the Dead is good book and I look forward to reading more books in the Relatively Dead series. I give Watch for the Dead 4 out of 5 stars.

The first three books in the Relatively Dead series are Relatively Dead, Seeing the Dead, and Defending the Dead.  I received a complimentary copy of Watch for the Dead from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel!

I hope all of you are having a satisfying Saturday.  I am currently reading Covered Bridge Charm by Dianne Christner.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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