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Death Takes a Holiday

(F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #3)

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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!
Dominus~
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75 stars

I'm Team Oliver but right now I'll be happier if Team Threesome happens!

The thing is, they are definitely entertaining and funny. The characters are great and all but the story kinds of slides down from me here.

When a new guy appeared, I was a bit yay new guy! But then it started to get meh when she has Steven and then Oliver and then Will too and hey new guy too. Just, come on.

The climax. (view spoiler)
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
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
Dakota
better. I couldn't help myself I just wanted to know what happened. Beatrice still annoys me at some parts but I liked this book better than the first. I just spoiled myself on the next one so this will be my last book from the series

* I just realized that the next book is the end of the series and I was so shocked by the ending. yeah this series finishes with this book for me
Diane ~Firefly~
Bea's had it with bickering teammates, so she decides to go home for Christmas.

What I enjoyed:
* Bea's family and friends. Her granny and April are awesome!
* Bea when she was taking charge
* Oliver when he wasn't sniping at Will

What could have been better:
* She's now got another suitor - please explain why everyone falls for her? It is just so unrealistic.
* I hate love triangles and them always sniping at each other was annoying
* I got tired of Bea feeling sorry for herself (view spoiler)
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Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Nadhilla Melia
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Now that's how you do a vampire/werewolf love triangle. This was an average read, I liked the snarkiness of the characters but the pacing of the story was totally out of whack.
☀Rachael☀
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Actually read in in two days. On to book four.
Angela
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed going back the FREAKS Squad and reading about Bea, Oliver and Will. A fun read, great for those who love their stories to have supernatural flair.
Kristie Elston
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dft-reviews
Originally reviewed at Dark Faerie Tales: http://darkfaerietales.com/early-revi...

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

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
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Jacqueline
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reads like a YA book, except for sexual content. Great characters!
Nikki
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Stephanie  G
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Beth Dawkins
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Vilia
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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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All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Romancing the Book
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Shy The WidowMaker
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Karen
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
So, this has ended up being my least favorite of the first three F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad series. I thought it was going to be awesome since it starts out with Bea going home for Christmas and leaving the whole angst of the triangle behind in Kansas -- possibly for good. How was the new confident Bea going to adjust being home again? Would she fess up to anyone that she hasn't really been setting up executive daycare centers around the country since leaving? (Yeah -- that was her cover. Do people actu ...more
Heidi
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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
❂ Jennifer
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

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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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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Jenn
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A highly addictive series that you will devour!

Third time is still the charm with this entertaining return to the F.R.E.A.K.S. squad. For this installment we find ourselves following Beatrice Alexander home for Christmas. The constant bickering between her best friend Oliver, and her crush Will has become too intense and is endanger the team. Bea decides what she needs the most is a trip back home to San Diego for some low time. Of course this is Bea and drama must follow her everywhere, cue th
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Vickie
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
Another of my Keeper Shelf that's-how-favorite-it-is series. Sassy, hi-larious, snarky, thriller action...this is superb UF.
Poor Bea needs a holiday. She and her team have been worked to the nubs and point of exhaustion taking out zombies, basilisks, bad vamps...and her love life is in a shambles with a vampire and a werewolf at each other's throats over her. She needs to get away.
So away she goes. Home to San Diego where she has to continue to fabricate and prevaricate her life to her remaini
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Stacy
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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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Christine Rains
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Christine
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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