Better Off Undead by D.D. Barant

Book Review


Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, #4)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #4

Released: 10/4/11 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Pages:324  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book




Book Synopsis:

Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe—FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don’t even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them …

It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn’t counting on being bitten…and soon she’s fighting the growing wolf inside her with a startling antidote—vampirism. Stopping a bloody gangland war won’t be easy when Jace is feeling some new, and very inhuman, desires …

My Review:

After several months off I decided to revisit the Bloodhound Files series and see if I could finish the last three books.  The last book left me wanting and I was hesitant to dive into the next one but apparently, enough time had passed and I enjoyed following a smart alec Jace around as she solves another case for this other world NSA.

After rereading my review of the last book I can see why this one worked better for me.  All the supporting characters that I love were back including Charlie her golem partner.  The chemistry between these two characters and the resulting banter make this story for me.  We also had some development near the end of the book romance-wise for Jace and I was and wasn’t surprised with who she ended up knocking boots with.  Actually, it was a touching moment and I am excited to see what comes of it in the next book.

It was also interesting to have Jace get a taste of what it is to live in this world as either a shifter or a vampire while fighting to stay human.  Not going to spoil the outcome but I thought it was going to play a bigger role in the plot than it ended up.

The heart of this series is a good old detective story with some social commentary thrown in for kicks.  I love the sleuthing, I love the wit, and I love the interesting parallels to our society the plot brings up from time to time.

My Rating: 4 Stars


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