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Driving Mr. Dead (Half-Moon Hollow #1.5)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  5,291 ratings  ·  519 reviews

After failing as a magician's assistant, a photographer, and most recently, a bride, Miranda Puckett takes a position as a driver for Beeline, Half-Moon Hollow's premiere vampire concierge service.

Miranda's assignment? Driving Collin Sutherland, the world's most fastidious vampire from Washington to Kentucky, so he can deliver a mysterious black case to Coun
ebook, 192 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Pocket Star (first published December 27th 2011)
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Ilona Andrews
Apr 02, 2012 Ilona Andrews added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ilona by: rcartwright on Twitter - thank you!
Shelves: pnr
I had two hours last night and I didn't want to work, so I asked for recommendations on Twitter and a link to this book popped up. I was hoping for something not in UF/PNR genre, because reading it too often it feel like I'm still working, but something about this novella caught me.

It's short and fun. Miranda is a chaotic whirlwind of a woman who seems to attract bad luck. The latest in the string of her temporary jobs involves vampire transport - she has to drive Collin Sutherland, a recluse v
Is there any such thing as a "road book"? If there is, this is definitely it. Miranda, who through no fault of her own has failed at just about every job she has put her hand to takes a job driving a vampzilla (I made that word means a difficult and demanding vampire...I made it up so I get to say what it means) from Washington to Kentucky.
Just about every thing that can go wrong, goes wrong up to and including the complete destruction of their car.

As they cross the country, Collin (th
♡Karlyn P♡
This was a cute, flirty, and humorous vampire-lite romance. The career-challenged Miranda Puckett must drive the gorgeous but seriously uptight vampire Collin Sutherland across country to deliver a secret and valuable package. Mishap after mishap ensues! Imagine 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles', but instead with the romantic duo who at first didn't care much for each other. This one made me laugh.

I listened to this one on audio, but I'd recommend you just read it. I enjoy Molly Harper's writing
Driving Mr. Dead was a cute, light and funny read (I actually listened). Molly Harper has an excellent sense of humor and Mr. Dead was no exception to her witty character dialogue and inner monologues.

I read quite a few reviews complaining about the narrator of the audio book but I actually liked her. She was energetic and made Miranda come alive for me. Her "light" accent for Collin wasn't perfect but I still enjoyed her performance.
This was a fun quirky read. Miranda and Collin made a fun odd ball couple. Miranda is a walking disaster of a human that has agreed to drive Collin, a vampire that has to control everything around him. But with Miranda around the unknown becomes fun as they travel to their destination creating havoc in their wake.
I should start this review by admitting that I am a certified Molly Harper fangirl! I just discovered her hilarious brand of paranormal romance earlier this year and have read almost everything she's written. I will say that, even with all the expectations I had, I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this book and its characters. There are quite a few things I expect when I read a Molly Harper book and Driving Mr. Dead went above and beyond on almost all accounts!

The first thing that comes
Serial rolling-stone, Miranda Puckett, is on the first day of her new job for Beeline – driving vampire’s cross-country as their personal chauffer. And her first client has perfect timing – providing Miranda with some much needed Washington-to-Kentucky driving/thinking time to sort out her ever-destructive life and butt-dialling ex-fiancé.

It’s just a shame that Miranda’s maiden voyage is with Collin Sutherland. A pretentious, reclusive, up-tight vamp with sixteen-pages of instructions for his c
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Almost felt like a Jane redo but still good
Characters: Well written
Plot: It did feel like Chevy Chase’s vacation.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Colin

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This wasn’t slap your knee funny all the way through, but it had it’s moments. Molly Harper has a way of delivering one liners that will make you laugh out loud to the chagrin of those around you. This was
Angie Elle
4.5 stars

Driving Mr. Dead was such a fun read! I loved both of the main characters in this one - this is a case of where the clumsy down on her luck heroine was written wonderfully! The story was engaging, and I couldn't wait to see what sort of scrape Collin and Miranda would find themselves in next!
3 1/2 stars! Nice way to spend an afternoon. No earth-shattering plot, cute couple, with some amusing moments.

Miranda is assigned to drive Collin, a vampire, across the country so he can deliver a package. Along the way they encounter more than their fair share of mishaps, and their annoyance with one another turns into attraction. What I enjoyed is that they didn't fall head over heels in love, but rather explored what they were feeling for each other, and the relationship developed slowly. Swe
Destination: A new fan!

This is a great short novella if you’re in-between reads. Though the page count isn’t particularly large, there’s a lot of character development and story there that didn’t feel any more rushed than a 350-400 page PNR novel. It wasn’t overly angsty either which was a relief and I found myself laughing quite a bit. I enjoyed the charm and the wit and was ultimately impressed with Molly Harper’s writing. This was my first time reading anything by this author and it won’t b
Heather Book Savvy Babe
4.5 of 5 Stars

One night, I needed a book that I knew would make me laugh and lift my spirits, so I picked up Driving Mr Dead by Molly Harper, and I was not disappointed. What do you get when an anal-retentive, reclusive vampire must travel cross country with a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, accident-prone woman? The answer is hilarity, entertainment, and a spark of romance.

I love Miranda, she is a woman who is open to trying new things, she doesn't like being confined and reformed into being the
Amanda Ronconi isn't terrible as a narrator but she needs to work on the male voices and maybe add a faint British accent to her repertoire.

Molly Harper or Molly Harper White as the author's name was given in the audiobook isn't a terrible writer. I think the decision to make this story a novella was a good choice. I was getting pretty tired of the heroine's klutziness about the 3 hour mark.

Any way, Miranda Puckett was the non-lawyer daughter in a family of lawyers. She had never really found he
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi - Narration 5+*s

Story 4.5 stars

This one kept me laughing from start to finish, narrator Amanda Ronconi is perfect, love her with Molly Harper's books.
Sep 26, 2012 SheLove2Read rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to SheLove2Read by: Keri
Shelves: 2012
Snarky, flirty and laugh out loud funny! Thank you Keri for the great recommendation - one of my favorite reads this year.
I'm not really a fan of bandwagon authors. But I admit that Ms Harper's books are really nice to read: they make you laugh and forget the world for a while.

Driving Mr Dead is a fun way to spend a few hours, as long as you forget this is supposed to be PNR. As in How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, the guy could have been the usual recluse millionaire and nothing (and I mean nothing) would have changed.

If this isn't a problem, you'll love this novella. I think it is even better than How to flir
I have mixed feelings about this book
I mean I do love some things about it, but there are other things I'm not too crazy about.

Let's start off with the setting of the book, where apparently vampires live among us with very little background or explanation as to how they came to live the way that they do in society. That was the first thing that ticked me off

With that said, I do like the idea that, with the world that they live in, there is a business that caters to driving vampires from one pl
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
This book was a lot of fun. Its like the most problem prone road trip of all time. It's like in the movie Leap Year, except with a lot more sexiness and the guy is a vampire. At first, I didnt understand how they could make a romance out of it. Collin seemed like a complete jerk. But while they are on the road we eventually learn why he acts like an OCD, agoraphobic, germophobe with a stick up his butt. And with help from Miranda's disaster prone ways, he begins to lighten up. And Miranda may ha ...more
3.75 stars. Couldn't resist the blurb for this fun paranormal romance. Accident-prone, black sheep of the family, Miranda, is hired to drive a stuffy, OCD vampire across country to deliver a secret package. Their route is marked by catastrophes, confessions and a reluctant admiration.

This is the road trip from hell! I couldn't believe how badly things could go wrong for our heroes. It was hilarious. The author perfectly captures Collin's gradual awakening when faced with Miranda's irrepressible
5 stars

Be forewarned I am a Molly Harper fan girl. That being said; Driving Mr. Dead was fantastic! It was everything I've come to expect. Her sense of humor is so outrageously funny I found myself laughing out loud at least every five minutes. Thanks Mrs. Harper, my husband thinks I have officially lost it :) Miranda and Colin's cross country hi-jinx was reminiscent of National Lampoon's Vacation, one hilarious event after another. Driving Mr. Dead was just the thing to hold me over until the n
Katrina Tinnon
By now I think everyone knows that I love Molly Harper's books! This one is no different.

I think Miranda and Collin rank right up there with my favorite Half-Moon Hollow people. They are polar opposites, and it seems like no matter what Miranda does she can't make him happy. It probably doesn't help that she is ridiculously clumsy, and if something bad happening is a possibility, it's going to happen to her. The events they have to go through in order to get to Half-Moon Hollow are hyste
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I absolutely loved the first book in this series so I ran head first into this one. Result....a overall "eh" on the excitement meter. There is no chemistry whatsoever between these two. She is clumsy and tiresome and he is stiff as starch. And I was very happy to finish this book. I would not loan this to a friend because it bored me. TTFN-Elise-in-need-of-a-literary-palette-cleansing!!
3.5 stars, but I am rounding up. Review to come ....
This is a cute little read from Molly Harper in her Half Moon Hollow series, which is a spin-off of her "Nice Girls" series starring Jane Jameson. Miranda Puckett is the proverbial black sheep "screw-up" in her family of successful attorneys, and is trying to deal with the emotional infidelity of her on-again (because he refuses to take his ring back), off-again (because she keeps giving the ring back) fiance. In her first job working for Iris Scanlon (of "The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires" ...more
May 19, 2012 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Sometimes I can be so obtuse. When I first began reading "Driving Mr. Dead" it did not dawn on me that this books was written by the same author as "Good Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbor." When the author made reference to a client needed to deliver a package to Ophelia, one of the Vampire Council members, it vaguely rang a bell; but, I still had not made the connection. Oh well. What can I say?

Twenty seven year old Miranda Puckett has bounced around from job after job. After a failed loaned from
Take one control-freaky vampire, one catastrophe prone female and send them on a road trip and all sorts of hilarity ensues.

On the lighter side of the undead and with a pop-in appearance and a mention or two of characters from Harper's Dead Girls Don't series, Driving Mr Dead was a lot of fun. There was a nice touch of romance too, as Miranda - who acquires the completely fitting nickname of Jinx before the story is through - discovers that all her past screw-ups were all the training she needed
Kami Dodson-Perry
Miranda Puckett has had bad luck her entire life but still manages to see the humor in it most of the time. Miranda seems to have a good spirit about her. Although her personality comes across as negative because she knows to expect the worse I felt that it was a positive. Miranda has changed her life to accommodate others and now is in a situation in where she has to re-evaluate everything from the last 2 years. Jason her fiancé has confessed his love for his best friend Lisa although he did no ...more
Amanda P
I adore Molly Harper and her sense of humor. Anytime I reach for one of her books I know I am going to laugh, and not just a chuckle but a full blown laugh, sometimes laugh so hard you cry laugh. I could not put down this book; I just wanted to see what would happen next. Miranda’s antics cracked me up. She is a lot like Jane from Molly Harpers Jane Jameson series. Miranda was just an enjoyable character and you couldn’t help to see what she was going to do or say next. Collin didn’t have a chan ...more
I know Molly Harper is funny, and I know Amanda Ronconi does a great job narrating her books. In fact, I've never actually read a print book by Harper. I've only listened to them on audio. When Driving Mr. Dead went on sale for $5 at audible I snapped it up without hesitation. As usual, I'm not disappointed. The story in Driving Mr. Dead was different than I expected, but then I'm never sure exactly what to expect from this author! I definitely laughed out loud through the novella and listened t ...more
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My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.

I had a dark sense of humor, even then.

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