Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Beyond Dead by Jordaina Sydney Robinson - #review

Dead less than twenty-four hours, with a job that doesn’t pay, a fashion disaster for a uniform and more afterlife rules than she can shake a stick at, Bridget Sway thinks it’s as bad as it can get. And then she finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker.

Since the police are desperate to arrest her for murder, Bridget’s new best friend convinces her the only way to save herself from an eternity in prison is to solve the murder themselves.

With a handsome parole officer watching her every move, an outlaw ghost befriending her and two persistent mediums demanding her attention, solving the murder is not quite as easy as it sounds. And when “murder” turns into “murders” Bridget needs to solve the case … before she becomes the next dead body stuffed in her locker.



How many times have we heard, "Once you are dead, that's final," or something of that nature.  In the world of Beyond Dead, by Jordaina Sydney Robinson, that ain't necessarily so.  Your life might be over, but your afterlife is just beginning.  It turns out there's a whole lot of there there in between this life and the meeting your maker kind of death we've always heard about!

And not that there's really a 'good day to die' (unless you're a Klingon), but Bridget is really having a 'terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad' day.  She walks in to find her fiance being unfaithful.  She walks out ... and gets hit by a bus.  She wakes up to find there is no express train to the eternal reward and if you thought government red tape was bad on the earthly side of things, you ain't seen nothin' yet!

Even worse, you can still get murdered over there.  But since that earns an express ticket for the victim, you think people would be falling all over themselves to kill each other, a la, "I'd like to go to my eternal rest.  Would you kill me please?"  But here's the rub, if you kill someone there, it is still considered murder and harsh penalties do apply for early withdrawal of someone else's life.

So, yes, my tongue has been lodged firmly in my cheek while writing this review.  (Nowadays we call that 'snark', and I think snark is the next best thing to a real Scotsman in a kilt, or coffee toffee ice cream.)  If you like books that play fast and loose with the world as we know it, you will love Beyond Dead.  It is the most clever, the snarkiest and the funniest dang thing I've read in a long time!



Jordaina Sydney Robinson grew up and, despite many adventures further afield, still lives in the North West of England. For fun she buys notebooks, gets walked by her husky puppy and sings really loudly and really badly while driving her trusty old Seat, Roger. If you want to find out just how bad her singing is then you can visit her official website at and ask her.


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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)

1 comment:

  1. Now this seems incredibly interesting and unique, especially as there is going to be a whole different world introduced to us that kind of works as an in between factor! And murder is still a possibility...