If they’re not alive, they’re…(Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme)

Dead and Kicking

by Lisa Emme

The Harry Russo Diaries Book 1

Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015
Kindle Price: 2.99
Kindle Unlimited: No

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Book Description:

What’s a girl to do when her date is D.O.A?

Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo is just your ordinary twenty-something, with one exception – she’s a witch with an out of the ordinary gift. When her blind date goes sideways and she ends up face to face with a dead body, her life starts to go sideways too.

Harry soon finds herself right in the middle of the mayhem, dealing with Cian Nash, a homicide detective that is as aggravating as he is sexy; the biggest, baddest vampire in town; and a parcel of pesky zombies that keep popping up everywhere. It’s all connected to her date’s unfortunate demise, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

This is a stand alone adventure with no cliffhanger. Intended for a mature audience.

Official Review

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

(Reviewed by David Bibby from Rochelle’s Reviews.)

This was my first experience reading one of Lisa Emme’s novels, and it won’t be the last! “Dead and Kicking” is a funny paranormal mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. In a world where all myths are grounded in truth and the “norms” (those unremarkable everyday humans) are kept in the dark, we have a perfect setting for an engaging and entertaining story.

Harry Russo is a witch who helps dead people. She’s got the “gift” and she uses it to solve those mini-capers in the affairs of the dead. A missing will? Piece of cake. It’s all in a day’s work to Harry. Her friends and her dead grandma would like nothing more than to see her have a little fun of the male sort. After much resisting, she decided to go out on a blind date with someone Gram has set her up with. The only problem is, he shows up late, disheveled, and totally dead.

“Listen to me. You’re dead. Go to the light,” I said.

“Please, you gotta help me. I can’t go yet. There’s something I have to do first.” He looked at me, his desperation mirrored in his eyes. I hate it when they look at me like that. It’s like looking at a puppy. It gets me every time.

Unfortunately, or rather inconveniently, the dead can’t remember the events leading up to their death, and so it’s up to Harry to investigate the matter. This quickly becomes much bigger than her usual unsolved mysteries episode, and she’s going to need a lot of help. Her involvement soon attracts the attention of Vampires, Werewolves, a sexy crime detective, and others that would use her powers for their own purposes. How far will she go before she realizes she’s in over her head?


I really enjoyed reading “Dead and Kicking” and I’m looking forward to the next book “Tooth and Claw”. I’m especially interested to see more of the possessed computer, the bodyguard vampire, and how Harry copes with her new changes.

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