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Death Takes a Holiday (A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #3)

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A supernatural love triangle + one indecent proposal Beatrice Alexander can crush a sixty-foot snake with her mind, but she can't take any more of the drama that's tearing apart F.R.E.A.K.S. Should she give it all up -- her job as a secret agent and the possibility of a relationship with Will, the gorgeous werewolf? Bea's hoping to get it all figured out on a trip home for ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 8th 2013 by Midnight Ink (first published August 1st 2013)
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Froggarita
I didn't think that Jennifer Harlow could top book 2 but boy did she ever with Death on a Holiday! I love the triangle with Will, Beatrice and Oliver but I am sooo rooting for Oliver! Will is too serious and Oliver can make her laugh! I started reading this book IMMEDIATELY after I finished book 2 and I could not put the book down once I started to read it!! I was up until the next morning finishing it! I am dying for book 4 and more Oliver!! ;)
Bethany Fetzer
OMG!!! Totally great addition to the series. I couldn't put it down..finished it in one night. I love the triangle between Will, Beatrice and Oliver. I'm still rooting for Oliver. Can't wait for the next book!
Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
How I love this series! One of my all-time favorites so far. Once again Jennifer Harlow did a great job with this series.

Death Takes a Holiday starts out with Bea running away from a basilisk and crushing it with her awesome mind power. Loved that. Brilliant start. After that we find out quite a few things have happened since the last book. The team is all devided in two parts about what happened there. That made me so sad and I couldn't believe Will would let things get so far. So Bea decides t
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Beth
Beatrice Alexander's life is in turmoil. She is caught in a triangle of drama involving supernatural creatures and is looking forward to some R&R. She has decided to return home to her grandmother's house for the holidays. Bea hopes that she can work things out by taking herself away from the situation...but the supernatural world has other plans. Bea is sucked into a situation where she must use her F.R.E.A.K.S. position to help a young woman. This gains her the notice of a very sexy vampir ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’m going to start by saying that I highly recommend that you don’t start this series with this book. Not that it’s not good. But more that there is so much alluding to events that happened in the first two books in the series, that you’ll likely feel a step behind if you start here. I suppose I should also warn that I may end up with some spoilers in this review IF you’ve not read the earlier books
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Paranormal Haven
Beatrice Alexander works for F.R.E.A.K.S, a supernatural division of the FBI. Her relationship between her colleagues has hit a low point. She’s had a major crush on Will, her team leader and resident werewolf. After the events of the last installment she has grown close to resident vampire, Oliver. The two men hate each other and fight constantly, which frustrates Bea. She decides it would be best to head home for Christmas and re-think her involvement with the two men as well as F.R.E.A.K.S. I ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A slow start but eventually turns into an entertaining, fun novel with an unseen twist.

Opening Sentence: I hate running.

The Review:

Death Takes a Holiday finds the F.R.E.A.K.S. squad bickering amongst themselves, torn to sides in a fight between Beatrice, Oliver and Will. Ever since the fight in Dallas, when the team lost a valuable member and almost lost Beatrice, Will has been making life frustrating for Beatrice. All Beatrice wants is for
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY has mayhem, humor, and a psychokinetic heroine, which was enough to keep me hooked- I read it all in one sitting! DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY is a bit goofy, and as such, has a mystery and lots of action without taking itself too seriously. Though it’s the third in the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series, I don’t think a reader would be missing out on too much by starting with this one, I think it would be best enjoyed by somebody wh
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Earlier this year I read and enjoyed Jennifer Harlow's new series debut, What's a Witch to Do?, a spin off from her popular F.R.E.A.K.S Squad Investigation series. Death Takes A Holiday is the third book in the aforementioned series which I was eager to sample.

It is the combination of cozy mystery, paranormal and snarky humour in this series that appeals to me.

The characters of the Death Takes a Holiday felt almost immediately familiar, I think largely because of their similarities to those in
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Beth Dawkins
Beatrice Alexander works for F.R.E.A.K.S, a supernatural division of the FBI. Her relationship between her colleagues has hit a low point. She’s had a major crush on Will, her team leader and resident werewolf. After the events of the last installment she has grown close to resident vampire, Oliver. The two men hate each other and fight constantly, which frustrates Bea. She decides it would be best to head home for Christmas and re-think her involvement with the two men as well as F.R.E.A.K.S. I ...more
Stacy
Bea has had enough and needs a break. She decides to head home for the holidays and decide where she wants to be and what she wants to do with her life. Unfortunately trouble follows her home.

These characters are fantastic. They bring so much to the stories and keep me coming back for more. Bea amazes me. She draws trouble like a magnet it seems but manages to overcome whatever is thrown at her. I really enjoyed seeing her back home with her family. Her Grandma really loves her and does a great
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Shy The WidowMaker
Bea is back and better than ever in this installment of the series. I love Bea and not just because she is so kick ass but she is also snarky and has amazing powers and did I mention her loyalty to her family and friends. This time around we meet up with Bea who is still dealing with the fall out from the last book and there is a lot of tension within the group so she decides to take a break and go home to visit her grandma for Christmas. Bea quickly learns that her vacation isn't going to be as ...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
3.5 stars. A very enjoyable read, but not my favorite of the series, although not really the fault of the author.

The last book ended with the team divided and animosity brewing and this book focuses on trying to resolve the tension between Will the were and Oliver the vampire, as well as attempt to resolve the feelings Beatrice has for both of them. This is truly the main plot of the book, while the sub-plots revolve around the Lord of San Diego trying to 'take' Bea and Bea trying to tie up loos
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Christine Rains
Beatrice Alexander is an excellent member of F.R.E.A.K.S. and always gets the job done. Yet no matter her superb mission record, her love life is in chaos. The two men she adores can't stand each other and would likely kill each other before another year goes by. To get away from their fighting, she returns home to San Diego for the holidays, hoping to find some peace and give the guys time to work on their issues. It isn't the relaxing visit she hopes it to be when the local vampire lord takes ...more
Heidi
As much as I couldn't put this one down, much like all the others, I felt as though it was missing something. There was some part of the ass-kicking magic that just seemed to be lacking. In the other two books, I can recall vivid points of interest where zombies were dying and vampires were being shredded. Part of this could come from the fact that Bette was almost never involved other than in passing throughout the whole book (disappointing--more basilisk battles were needed!). Also, for it bei ...more
Sammy
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The F.R.E.A.K.S books sound cheesy at first, but they are a breath of fresh air in an otherwise old genre. This book is the 3rd installment in the series, the writing style has improved a lot with added humour.

Bea is a clever but tentative woman, but in this book she was quite reckless which seemed out of character. We can see that this is clearly because of the stress she feels from elsewhere. If I am to believe in a character
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Vilia
Review from Backchatting Books

I was a big fan of the first two books and while I enjoyed a huge chunk of "Death Takes a Holiday", the romance got me down. Beatrice “Bea” Alexander has the gift of telekinesis (moving objects with her mind) which makes her a valuable member of the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad (a secret government organisation). Not even chopping up supes with her machete Bette is enough to bring her out of the doldrums caused by Will and Oliver. She decides to go home for Christmas and spen
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Nikki
Full Review at Foil the Plot

You guys... I've been waiting for well over a year for this book, so the second it arrived on my doorstep I ripped through it like a kid on Christmas morning; which is funny because a good portion of the book actually takes place on Christmas morning. Natch.

After blowing through the first two books in the series, Bea and the gang have become like old friends to me. We've been through our ups and downs, shared a few laughs, indulged in some seriously swoony moments,
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Alice Liu
Throughout this book, I kept thinking "fun!" to myself. It was a real pleasure to see how much Bea has changed from the beginning of the series where she was just learning to use her skills and was romantically awkward. Her love life doesn't get much better, for the most part, but her attitude completely shifts. As she is getting to know herself, she is also expressing what it is she wants and she's not putting up with any bull from the male folk...not even the ultimatum put down by the Vampire ...more
Vicki Edwards
Love this series, it's full of amusing scenarios, adventure and things that go bump in the night all with a little romantic twist. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves supernatural novels esp with secret government agencies patrolling the paranormal.
Christine
Beatrice Alexander needs a vacation. Between beheading a forty foot Basilic (big snake) and running interference with the ongoing feud between Will(werewolf) and Oliver (vampire, who both want her attention, she's about at the end of her rope. With Christmas coming, she decides to head home to see her Nana and her best friend April in San Diego in sunny California. But peace and quiet is not what she finds. Her ex-boyfriend shows up, she's wanted by Lord Conner, the vampire Lord of San Diego (wh ...more
Lucy Dosch
I absolutely adored this book and the characters in it. This is the kind of book that just makes reading fun!

I finished this book in one day and quickly ran to my computer to pick up books 1 and 2. Don't ask me when I'll have a chance to read them...eh, I said don't ask, but I will make the time.

Beatrice is wonderful; Will is lickable, sexy; and Oliver is flirty fun. This book takes place while Beatrice leaves her team and goes home for the holidays, but Bea seems to be the type that trouble nev
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PopcornReads
Why on earth, you may ask yourself, is a novel featuring a Christmas tree on the cover being reviewed in August? Granted its ornaments are a bit odd looking, but still... When I ran across Death Takes a Holiday, the newest book in the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series by Jennifer Harlow, I planned to hold onto it until later in the year. Then I read it and didn’t want to wait to share it. Besides, Christmas is only a peripheral part of this story. Although this is Book #3 in the series, it ...more
Dr susan
Having a super power like freaky fast reading ability is a mixed blessing. Combine that ability with a book that sucks you in and speeds by like a vampire on crack, and you get someone who is sadly done reading Death Takes a Holiday 4 1/2 hours after she started. I really should not like these books as much as I do, because love triangles are becoming my absolute biggest pet peeve. Bea and the FREAKS rise above that peeve with a group of people who truly care about each other and try to accept t ...more
Melodie
I LOVE this series! And from the looks of this one they might be getting away from the awful covers the previous 2 books had. This one finds Bea at odds with Will and much of the rest of the team after the events of TO CATCH A VAMPIRE. Oliver is the only one who's sticking by her and they have become quite good friends. After a big row, she decides to go home to San Diego for Christmas and reevaluate her options. Needless to say, nothing runs smoothly for Bea anymore not even the holidays! A run ...more
Shannon
As long as you don't mind love triangles and a super-powerful main character who gets herself into an obscene amount of scrapes, this is a fun series.
Melinda
Yup, gonna say that this is now one of my favorite series. Bea is awesome. I love her humor. And she is a magnet for trouble and apparently vampires. :-) I am looking forward to Bea's next case and to see how she juggles her love life.

Loved it!
Jeannie Lopez
connor now Is there anymore of these lovely books
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
4.5*
Death Takes a Holiday opens up with a lot of tension in the group as a result of events from book 2. It sucks that certain members hold Bea accountable for the actions of others. I thought Bea did a good job standing up for herself. I enjoyed reading about Bea's interaction with her family- Nana and April. Good twist with a betrayal by a certain someone.

Yep. Nana keeps her husband's and both daughter's urns above the fireplace. Triple yep.

"Oh fudge. Oh double fudge sundae with ball bearings
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Lidia
It's a pity that this book doesn't published at december for Christmas holiday , same I liked it very much . Bea's character is grown up much from last books of series and see her in her family and city , made all her adventures more real , because you could think that it would be conducted in one abstract world . While for the male protagonists , I prefer Oliver to Will , but if him grows up a little, maybe
we would see beautiful things . Jennifer Harlow confirmed be a fantastical writer.
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Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restles ...more
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