Review - Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer

Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer
Narrated by Teri Clark Linden
Series: The Shadow Valley Manor Series #1
Publisher: Write at the Edge
Publication Date: October 30, 2019
Date Read: November 12, 2019
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
Sidelined by an on the job injury, veteran paranormal investigator Maureen Keslyn reluctantly accepts an assignment at Shadow Valley Manor, an upscale retirement facility where someone - or something - is picking off residents and staff at a grisly clip.

With her resources dwindling one death at a time and unnatural forces on the loose, Maureen’s experience fighting the supernatural is offers the only hope of defeating a clever and powerful evil before everybody in the manor - and the town - winds up dead. Together with a ragtag team that includes the local sheriff, the undertaker's daughter, and the facility cook whose knife skills in the kitchen could prove deadly out of it - Maureen is on a mission to bring rest to the weary, and peace to the dead....
My Review

I thought that this was really good.  I decided to read this book on impulse.  I hadn't heard of it before but I thought that it sounds like it would be worth a try.  And I was right.  I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and it held my interest until the very end.  I am so glad that I made the decision to pick up this book.

At the start of the book, Maureen is checking herself out of the hospital and she honestly isn't in the best shape.  To make matters worse, when she gets home her husband has moved someone else in and wants to end their marriage.  I wondered how this middle-aged woman who was still recovering from a pretty severe injury would handle a new case but I had nothing to worry about.

Maureen works for a special department within the FBI that deals with paranormal issues.  An old friend and co-worker wants her help at the retirement home he just bought so she moves in.  Let's just say that Maureen doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the residents.  Of course, the residents are a quirky group of individuals led by a pretty uptight manager. 

The action started in this book early on and it never let go.  I loved the fact that since there were paranormal elements to the story anything could happen and sometimes did.  I thought that the mystery was really well done and I wasn't quite sure who was responsible for everything until it was revealed.  I thought that the mystery was pretty complex and I liked the fact that everything was wrapped up nicely by the end of the book.

Teri Clark Linden did a great job with the narration of this story.  I thought that the really did a great job with the various character voices and was able to add a lot of life to the story.  She has a very pleasant voice which is easy to listen to for hours at a time.  Her reading only added to my enjoyment of this story.

I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal mysteries.  I thought that this was a very well done story filled with fantastic characters and some interesting paranormal elements.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more of this fun series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.
About the Author

Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality, mystery that delves into the paranormal, and women's fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity. The first two books of her Between trilogy (Between and Wakeworld) were published through Ace Books/Penguin. Due to the ever-shifting landscape of publishing, the concluding book of the trilogy - The Nothing - will be coming out as an Indie book, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Kerry's Paranormal Mystery series, Dead Before Dying, was recently acquired by Diversion Books, and rumor has it she is currently working on a Women's Fiction project, just to keep things interesting.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I hope the next book in the series will turn out good for you!

  2. A paranormal mystery with action sounds really good! I like the sound Maureen, she sounds like one tough cookie.

  3. I like a good paranormal mystery and the idea of the FBI or whoever having a "paranormal division" or something like that is fun. :)

  4. action packed and paranormal elements? I am now interested. This looks like a fun read.

  5. Adding to my TBR immedaitely!! Awesome review!


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