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Review: Every Breath You Take by Chris Marie Green

Every Breath You TakeTitle: Every Breath You Take

Author: Chris Marie Green

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire (Book #3)

Publication Date: April 15, 2015

Format: Paperback, 416 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451417011 (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451417015 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Ever wonder what happens after you die? Well, as a ghost, Jensen Murphy could tell you—and the truth is much stranger than anything you could imagine…

I never accomplished much when I was alive. As an average eighties California beach bum, I, Jensen Murphy, didn’t have any direction. But since I’ve joined Boo World, I’ve found a calling. Now, I’m a supernatural investigator, using my ghostly skills to spook confessions out of bad guys.

But being a paranormal PI is taking its toll. Spirits are hounding me for justice day and night, and, now, a ghost hunting TV show is digging up dirt on my unsavory demise that I’d rather keep buried. Worst of all, a seriously evil specter is making my afterlife hell by hurting the people and ghosts I care about. To stop him, I’ll need assistance from a higher power—only the price I’ll have to pay for that help could be my very soul…

Quick & Dirty: In an Epic showdown with her killer again, will Jensen finally win?

Opening Sentence: Amanda Lee Minter found the ghost-hunting team in the dark woods precisely where her vision had told her they would be.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Jensen and the gang are back in the 3rd book of this series. Jensen has been solving crimes although she still maintains ties to Wendy and Gavin. She continues to be torn between Fake Dean and Gavin. Gavin sort of appears to be moving on with Suze, Jensen’s best friend from the 80s. A famous ghost hunter shows up in the Elfin Foreset investigating what happened to Jensen. Even when Amanda tries to lead them off track, Jensen knows they must be getting their information from somewhere because they seem to know too much about what happened to her.

Fake Dean is trying to force Jensen into giving up on Gavin even though that all seems to be some weird quadrangle. One of the other ghosts was murdered because of Jensen’s killer so they all seem to be pretty focused on finding the dark spirit, finding out who he really is and finding a way to get rid of him. Amanda has had Rueben the PI on it for awhile, but he seems to be finally zeroing in.

Jensen must also keep her friends and the other ghosts away from the dark spirit because he can take essence from ghosts and influence people to hurt other people. As time starts running out will Jensen find out who her killer is? Will she be able to stop him from hurting her and her friends?

Overall, I found this series to be interesting and silly. I will knock out my complaints first, Fake Dean — who is he? I mean three books in and Jensen is still calling him Fake Dean. Not a fan of triangles but wasn’t hating the sort of triangle between Dean, Jensen, and Gavin, but when the author added Suze it kind of got weird. I mean it made sense for Gavin to be with someone real. But then in this book, I don’t know what happened. Also, all the sidekick ghosts, too much going on there. I couldn’t keep up with some of them and to be honest some of them just bored me.

So I liked these books. If the author had dumped the extra ghosts, been a tad more focused on the story and the romance it would be a much better series. I like Jensen in general, Amanda was sort of weird, but cool and loved Gavin and Wendy. They weren’t in these books nearly enough.

Notable Scene:

I braced myself. The only spirits I knew who could shape-shift were this one and my killer, who’d gained abnormal powers as a dark entity. He could imitate ghosts he’d stolen a piece of essence from, like Louis and Randy, which was way better than casting a material image of a ghost. I could tell the difference between a materialization and essence switch real easy.

Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire:

1. Only the Good Die Young

2. Another One Bites the Dust

3. Every Breath You Take

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FTC Advisory: ACE/Penguin provided me with a copy of Every Breath You Take. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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