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Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  4,979 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
The line between magic and sanity is very thin.
That’s part of why I, Garnet Lacey, quit cold turkey.
Never touch the stuff. No exceptions.

But magic is so addictive...and my inner Goddess Lilith is hard to resist. Besides, restraint isn’t easy when you manage Wisconsin’s premiere occult bookstore, and get customers like Sebastian Von Traum—piercing brown eyes, a sex

Paperback, 295 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2006)
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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Very. Very. Very.


Review forthcoming.


Mood: Photobucket - DISAPPOINTED

If I had read Flooze's review or talked to her about it then maybe, just maybe I could have saved myself the major disappointment of having to read this book. But I didn't. I read it with the high hopes that this book was going to be good. I mean the premise is pretty unique, the writing seemed light and fresh and I loved the covers. I mean, I only waited three or four years to get my hands on this book.

Well, life is not
Apr 14, 2008 Sarah rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, traded
I couldn't really get into this book. I usually love paranormal books, but this premise and story just didn't appeal to me.

The main character, Garnet, is a witch and is also host to the goddess Lilith. She is on the run from Vatican agents, witch-hunters essentially, who killed her entire coven.

I just think this book needed a bit more time brewing. The concepts are there but just not complete. It all came across as just kind of weird. I still don't have a clear picture of these bad guys. Presen
The Flooze
True friends don't let their pals read bad books. In this I have failed. To prevent letting down any others, I shall say that this book was heaps and heaps of meh, with a side of lukewarm disappointment. As CJ (that friend I failed) said in her review:
I read this with high hopes only to be slapped in the face with the wake up call that this book is like that c+ student you can't help but you know that he/she has potential so you agonize on how to help them.

With a hypocritical heroine and a promi
Jul 07, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing

Garnet Lacey vowed never to do magic again. Not after that scene with the Vatican assassins in Minneapolis where she called on the Goddess Lilith, who left a swath of destruction so huge Garnet had to leave town. Eight months later, and several hundred miles away, she’s now the manager of Mercury Crossing, Madison, Wisconsin’s premier occult bookstore and herb emporium where the employees are prime examples of witches without a clue.

One day, just as she’s closing the bookstore, in walks
Don't let the cover fool you on this is not in any way funny or cartoony. Garnet is a witch inhabited by the Goddess Lillith, and Sebastian is a vampire warlock who has created a spell allowing him to walk in the sun. He has a mostly dead ex-wife and a dhampyr son. Garnet has a vampire prostitute ex-boyfriend who says he's still in love with her. They're all being chased by Vatican assassins.

Sound like fun? Well, it of it were really campy, but it was action-packed! I'm rea
This story turned out to be kind of "meh" for me. It had interesting characters, but both they and the plot left a bit to be desired. I liked Garnet, the MC, but one minute she was hot for Sebastian, the next minute she was horrified by him, and in the end he was "someone I trusted so profoundly." All I could say in the end was, "Uhm. . .what, now?"

Also, the spine of the book says that this is a Paranormal Romance. It wasn't. Sure, there was sex in this book, but romance? If Garnet had stuck by
Sep 03, 2011 Dhfan4life rated it it was ok
What I liked:

The premise was great and different.

The naming of the main character Garnet Lacey. Nice mix of hard and soft qualities. And also more than happy to see one less Diamond, Ruby, type of name for a character. Not to say I hate gem stone names. But seriously the usual ones get a little played out for me.

Vatican witch hunters is still kind of cool in a way.

Loved the witchy magical element.
What I disliked:

How ADD the author seemed to be with her characters. I mean I get Garnet had some ob
Oct 02, 2013 Theshrewedshrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of started off liking this book. But then I kept feeling this constant ache behind my eyes... Reading this book physically hurt. lol

So where am I? Wondering how some authors make schizophrenia sound cool and Hallaway manages to make it sound like rape, dysfunction, and kind of just what she ordered all at the same time. I get the "instinct" most times, just this book feels wrong. It takes something that is kind of an amazing premise and twists the feel to where I seriously didn't enjoy th
Lady Ozma
Feb 05, 2009 Lady Ozma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires, 2009
This is the first book by Tate Hallaway I've read and I really enjoyed it. I'm glad I have the next two in the series on my TBR, unfortunately I'm on a challenge to read 9 books by authors I've never read in this month. So I'm trying to hold off reading the next two Garnet Lacey books!

I love the Wiccan with a habit of dating dead dudes. I love, even more, the killer priest army the Vatican sends out. My gosh, this is the best yet conspiracy theory of the Vatican I've come across. They train wit
Jan 06, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
Quirky, quick paced, and engaging. I thought the cover was cute and was hoping to find a hidden gem (because the Sookie books have cartoonish covers).

It was a solid 4 star and I was all set to read the entire series until Garnet grossed me out by sleeping with 2 different guys within 2 days. I don't even care about the logistics of it. It's just that she was supposedly into Sebastion, then her ex shows up and she just kind of falls on her back for him just because he still looks hot and she wa
I gave this book a chance because after reading something like High Stakes by Erin McCarthy, I thought these light, “chick lit” paranormal romances weren’t that bad, and could be a great light read after potential heavy reads.

This one is slightly more darker, and with more action but not enough to take it away from the romance/chick lit genre. However what I really enjoyed the most out of this book was the humor. There was plenty of it. It’s Garnet Lacey’s wit that draws you to the story, and al
Apr 13, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
The book started off lacking and imbalanced: the unimportant things seemed to be explained in too much detail (like her clothes and the habits of her co-workers, who in the end don't play a very large role) while I was left wondering why other points of interest were left largely explained. Sure, it's good for a novelist to leave some mysteries to unfold as the plot thickens, but I felt as though I knew too little about the heroin to truly care about her or relate, and some of those mysteries se ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Pia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars, I'd say.

I enjoyed the story well enough, but the book could use some thorough editing IMO. The way some things were overexplained reminded me of fanfiction somehow (not that there's anything wrong with fanfic btw - I've had some great times reading fanfic in the past).
The suspense was building up well for the last few chapters, but the resolution of it felt a bit rushed and anticlimactic to me(view spoiler)
Jun 27, 2013 SimpleBrandy rated it really liked it
Garnet Lacey has a lot going on in a days time. From sun up to sun down she has her hands full with her sexy brown eyed boyfriend Sebastian. Hot as hell ex boyfriend who wants to crash with her. And (Goddess) Lilith is a bucket of drama all by herself. Last but not lest there are people trying to kill her left and right. Very funny, very sexy but not to sexy and I enjoyed it till the end. Tate Hallaway did great work with Garnet and the gang, I will be looking for more from Tate.
Apr 25, 2012 Geli rated it did not like it
This book was okay....didnt really get me hooked. I must admit it only became interesting once they got to the "love scene". after that it was an okay read. something to past the time. i dont think i'll continue on with the series though
Arlene Allen
Feb 02, 2012 Arlene Allen rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Whoa...did Deborah Harkness read this? A witch and a vampire, a history of science professor who studies alchemy...? A mysterious book with the secret of eternal life that everyone wants? This is much less dull than Discovery of Witches, but whoa, the similarities.
Jul 05, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
A fun read! A witch possessed by a goddess (a nasty one), a warm-blooded vampire good guy and a hit squad of Vatican fanatics chasing around Madison, Wisconsin. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Barbara ★
After escaping from the Vatican Witch hunters, Garnet Lacey has moved to Wisconsin and is managing an occult shop. However Garnet isn't exactly alone since she is possessed by a vengeful Goddess (Lilith to be exact) and when Lilith takes over, people die...violently. And enter the hot new boyfriend, vampire witch Sebastian von Traum who seems to have those self same Vatican Witch hunters after him too. All in all, a whole lotta stuff going on and though Garnet gets on my nerves a time or two (vi ...more
Aurian Booklover
Feb 08, 2014 Aurian Booklover rated it liked it
For years I had the second book in this series on my shelves, and every time I wanted to read it, I went: o no I can’t, this is book 2, I want to read book 1 first! A few months ago I finally bought the rest of the series, so now I could start reading it. I am really not sure if I like this series though. The cover suggests something fun and light, and it is not light. This book has a lot of violence in it.

The book started strong, Garnet Lacy, the heroine, talking to her cat who is also her fam
Garnet Lacey – 30 something – a witch – cohabitating in her body is the goddess Lilith, a goddess of war of some kind – hiding in Madison, Wisconsin from the Vatican Witch Hunters – manager of an occult bookstore –

Sebastian Von Traum – vampire – though changed to vampire by alchemy, not by a bite, so he’s not a typical vampire (ie : can be out in daylight, can eat, etc.) but the potion is wearing off, and he’s not sure of exactly how it worked the 1st time – over 1,000 years old – loved a witch
Apr 28, 2012 Dottie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taken from my review at

Witch Garnet Lacey had been late getting to her coven meeting. So when she arrived, expecting teasing, she found, instead, that her whole coven was dead and the Vatican hunters were walking among the bodies. Too late, they saw her. Calling upon the goddess Lilith, Garnet sought and won revenge against them, leaving a swath of destruction behind. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, vampire Daniel Parrish, she buried the bodies. Now eight months later, she
Bella (Bella's Wonderworld)
Jun 22, 2010 Bella (Bella's Wonderworld) rated it really liked it
Tate Hallaway’s Debütroman "Nicht schon wieder ein Vampir" ist der Auftakt zu einer humorvollen, paranormalen Romanreihe. In dieser neuen Fantasy-Romance Reihe dreht sich alles um die Hexe Garnet Lacey.

Verfolgt von der Kongretation des Vatikans, die ihren gesamten Zirkel vernichtet hat, flüchtet Garnet in das Städtchen Madinson. Dort baut sie sich unter neuem Namen und neuem Aussehen ein neues Leben auf. Eines Tages taucht in Ihrem astrologischen Kuriositätenladen ein äußerst attraktiver Vampir
Tall, Dark & Dead
By Tate Hallaway
two to two and a half stars
The whimsical cover art promises a light humorous take on the vampire paranormal romance and this book delivers that for the most part. It goes to some very dark places but it is told in a snarky Sex in the City tone by the witty heroine. It was a pleasant enough breezy read but not worth continuing the series.

***Spoiler Alert***
This review contains spoilers.
The story starts off with a promising first line “What’s the best way to ke
Sarah's Book Blog
Sep 21, 2012 Sarah's Book Blog rated it liked it
Tall, Dark and Dead is the first in the Garnet Lacey series. Garnet is a witch that recently had to move because the Vatican killed her entire coven. Her inner Goddess just so happens to be the one and only Ms. Evil herself, Lilith. After changing her entire appearance and dressing the "witch" part she thinks it will keep the Vatican witch hunters away. While working in her bookstore where she is the store manager and sells anything from grimoires to tarot cards (again all for her disguise) a ve ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Kate rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio, dnf
I tried really hard with this book. I thought it would be fun and light and full of humor. Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator, but even she couldn't sell this plot... which was like listening to the worst plot of True Blood ever on repeat (I swear, that whole Bill/Lilith storyline just about broke me, so I am pretty much already disposed to dislike anything to do with the goddess).

I hated that the main character, Garnet Lacey, had the goddess Lilith living inside her, it was beyond ridiculou
May 19, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This is a very promising start to a series of books about Garnet Lacey - a witch who is trying really hard to no longer use her magic. She used to be a practising Wiccan until she turned up late one day to a coven meeting & discovered Vatican assassins had slaughtered all of the other coven members. In her desperation to save her own life she called for assistance from the darkest Goddess she could think of - Lilith. Now Garnet is on the run and Lilith has taken up residence inside her. She ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Tall, Dark and Dead by Tate Hallaway
Paranormal Romance –April 3rd, 2012 (Reprint)
4 stars

Vatican agents out for blood and a sexy vampire make for an immersing and fun filled read.

Garnet Lacy is a witch who manages an occult bookstore. She is hiding from the dreadful Vatican hunters when a gorgeous vampire named Sebastian Von Traum walks in and changes her life. Sebastian has secrets and she finds that she oh-so willing to be a part of his future! When Garnet discovers a deadly Vatican agent after
Apr 28, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Theresa by: Corrine Kenner
Garnet Lacy has moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and is managing Wisconsin’s premier occult bookstore, Mercury Crossing. Her move to Madison was precipitated by the murder of all the members of her coven the prior Samhain (Halloween) in Minneapolis. Garnet, as usual, was late and when she arrived she the Vatican witch hunters (The Order of Eustace) had killed the other 11 members of her coven.

Garnet had summoned the Goddess Lilith upon the discovery and killed the Vatican agents. Then with the help
Tracy Terry
The first book the Garnet Lacey series. Now a witch on the run, whilst Garnet's past as a member of a coven murdered by (well, that would be telling) is pretty much explained - eventually - like a jig-saw with pieces missing there were holes in the story making the whole novel feel as if it were part two in a series already begun.

A series with huge potential (and who knows perhaps the rest of the books in the set will live up to this) but I'm afraid for me Tall, Dark and Dead was full of promisi
Jul 11, 2014 Claire rated it it was ok
This was a DNF for me. I have little-to-no patience for authors who use inexcusable stupidity on the part of their characters as a plot device. It is unimaginative and boring.

The main character, Garnet Lacey, is hiding out in Madison, Wisconsin after her Coven was murdered by a bunch of Vatican with hunters. Somehow, Garnet managed to call down the goddess Lilith to possess her body, who went on a murderous rampage and killed all the witch hunters. So now Garnet is hiding from witch hunters, an
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