Graveyard Shift (CrabbyPatty’s Review)


Title: Graveyard Shift (Not Dead Yet #3)
Author: Jenn Burke
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 4, 2019
Genre(s): Thriller, Detective, Paranormal
Page Count: 259
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

Blurb:

Shifting Into High Fear

Ghost/god Wes Cooper and his not-life partner, vampire Hudson Rojas, have settled into cohabitation in an upscale part of Toronto. So what if their hoity-toity new neighbors haven’t exactly rolled out the welcome mat for the paranormal pair? Their PI business is booming, and when a suspect they’ve been tailing winds up in the morgue, it’s alongside a rash of other shifters in apparent drug-related fatalities.

Now Wes and Hudson must connect the dots between the shifter deaths and an uptick in brutal vampire attacks across the city. Throw in a surprise visit from Hudson’s niece—who may or may not be on the run from European paranormal police (who may or may not exist)—and guardianship of a teen shifter who might be the key to solving the whole mystery (if only she could recover her memory), and Wes and Hudson have never been busier…or happier.

But when a nightmare from Hudson’s past comes back to haunt him, their weird, little found family is pushed to the brink. Mucking this up would mean Hudson and Wes missing their second chance at happily-forever-afterlife…


Here we are, on the final book in Jenn Burke’s amazing “Not Dead Yet” series and yet again I find myself stating that vampires, ghosts and things that go bump in the night are just not my thing …. but once again, I love this finale to an incredible series.

Wes is getting comfortable with that whole “being a god thing”, and he and Hudson are settling into their life together, surrounded by the family of their own creation – Evan, Lexi, Iskander – along with Wes’ growing group of believers. Life is good:

I was technically dead and had been for almost ninety years. I could become a ghost and slip into another realm of existence. On top of that, a magical artifact had turned me into a god more than a year ago. Add it all together, and I was pretty sure there was very little out there that could hurt me – but there was still a tiny bit of doubt that I could survive everything.

Well, holy foreshadowing, Batman because before too long a family of shifters asks Wes’ help in finding their beloved daughter, the junior accountant Hud and Wes are staking out dies in a car crash, Hudson’s niece shows up on their doorstep, shifters are mysteriously dying from drug overdoses, rogue vampires are on a killing spree … and THEN it gets wild and crazy. Without giving away too much of the plot, everyone in their clan is impacted by death in truly horrific ways AND there’s a hardline pseudo-military paranormal force in the mix.

Jenn Burke develops a complex suspenseful mystery that keeps our interest every step of the way, while unfolding the shattering personal cost each character pays. Wes finally understands the full nature of his godhood, Hudson and Wes’ love for one another is demonstrated in heartbreaking ways, and the epilogue is omigawd perfect in just about every way. I highly recommend “Graveyard Shift” and the entire “Not Dead Yet” series. 5+ stars.


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Galley copy of Graveyard Shift provided by Carina Press in exchange of an honest review.

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader
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