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quote 2013-07-05 18:13
Thing was, she didn't need rescuing. And she didn't want to need rescuing, either.
The Death Dealer - Heather Graham

The Death Dealer by Heather Graham, page 18

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text 2013-07-01 14:45
Last Month for the Book Buying Ban!!!
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Death Dealer - Heather Graham
Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst "Best" Practices of Business Today - Susan Scott
Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy - Martin Lindstrom,Paco Underhill
Dancing In Cadillac Light - Kimberly Willis Holt

... and I cannot tell you how much it excites me to have it lifted. I haven't been buying books for myself for roughly six months. I'm down to my last three four books, namely:

 

1. Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha (one of those books on my to-read list)

2. Heather Graham's Death Dealer (very random find, found this hiding in my shelf)

3. Susan Scott's Fierce Leadership (very random find, want to read something non-fiction every once in a while)

4. Martin Lindstrom's Buy-ology (a book given to me in 2011 by the company I work for)

 

In order to complete my five books for July, I picked one book from my to-sell list.

5. Kimberly Willis Holt's Dancing in Cadillac Light (a random find, liked the title)

 

That's my final list and by August, I'm set for John Green! Yay!

 

I'm proud to say that this is one of the things that definitely worked out for me. Back in 2012, I barely read anything due to work. This year, I decided to give myself some form of break from work. (Haha, I'm a work-a-holic.) I wanted to get my old hobbies back such as reading and here I am! I managed to read over 33 books in the past six months and I can't be any happier even though, I admit that I was pressured into reading more than one but hey, I enjoyed the ride the books gave me.

 

So here's to July and my last five. Happy reading to all of us!

 

Keep on reading,

Anj

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review 2011-03-07 00:00
The Death Dealer
The Death Dealer - Heather Graham It's hard to classify "The Death Dealer" by genre; it's part paranormal, part mystery, and a smattering of romance.We have a private investigator, Joe, who is hired by Genevieve to help investigate a murder -- because she fears her mother might be targeted. The victim and Genevieve's mother are both members of the local Poe Society ... and the murder seems reminiscent of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." Joe, though, is hearing ghost's voices -- two different dead men speak to him, and his one-time love Leslie whispers in his ear as well. To top it all off, he's afraid he's falling in love with Genevieve.The story kept me entertained in a "beach read" sort of way. Fans of Graham's work are sure to enjoy this.
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review 2009-08-28 00:00
The Death Dealer - Heather Graham This book is actually 2.75 stars. Warning, this book references events in "Dead Room" which I didn't know anything about until someone mentioned to me that there was in fact a prequel. Who knew? It wasn't marked clearly enough for me.

Anyhoo, the constant referencing is probably there for people like me who didn't know and therefore didn't read the first book. So, each character character is affected by the events of the first book - it was a decent book but nothing to write home about.

The premise was interesting (a serial killer taking out Poe fans by using methods that Poe used in his stories) and the history was also interesting but this book is stilted by the fact that Joe and Gen were thrown together by a story that is alluded to but never experienced by the reader (i.e the constant exposition).

Gen and Joe are friends and Gen is love with Joe and Joe is in love with an idea. Joe sees dead people but no one knows why. Gen can see dead people and no one really know why.

I liked the characters as an outline. Meaning, if they had been more than just an idea of characters and had been fleshed out better, this book would have been able to actually reach its potential.

The characters moved a bit too fast in the romance direction but I did like and want them together but there were too many obstacles to overcome that surely could have been elaborated and explored through the course of the story.

Mainly, this is a decent book if you're by the beach and while I liked it the story is full of allusions, ghosts, promises that are never fulfilled (to the reader) and rushed.
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