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Affairs of the Dead

(The Reanimation Files #1)

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die…

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible—if such a
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ebook, 341 pages
Published April 19th 2013 by Etopia Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Skye Kilaen
A totally satisfying paranormal romance with a woman of color as the lead character, written by a woman of color. And it's a SERIES YAY! Selene Vanream is a necromancer, here meaning that she can see and communicate with ghosts, working for a private agency that handles paranormal crimes and problems so the regular cops don't have to. When she meets Ethan, a seeming ghost who claims he was kicked out of his body while still alive, which is totally not normal, both her job and her personal life s ...more
Meigan
Selene Vanream is a necromancer, working for an agency in NYC called Affairs of the Dead. She and her coworkers are tasked with helping settle any and all unfinished business of the departed. Some ghosts have simple tasks for the agency to complete, while others, like long-term customer Larry, have affairs to settle which can take years and years. Until a ghost feels like their business is finished, it's up to the necromancers to do their bidding. After her boss finds out that Selene has been do ...more
Steph
Affairs of the Dead introduces us to Necromancer Selene Vanream. She works for the Affairs of the Dead and helps ghosts with their unresolved business so they can move on.

You know you're in for a wild ride when, at the start of the book, the main character is at a strip club with a ghost who is stuck because she died a virgin. Selene is feeding Julia the ghost energy to make her more substantial and help her find a willing partner who will relieve her of her virginity, thus allowing her to move
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Michael
I stumbled upon this first novel in a Read and Review program, and I was both delighted and disappointed during this intriguing adventure. Affairs of the Dead has a lot of elements that I like in a book: a headstrong main character who is not afraid of confrontation, an interesting mix of mystery, action, and paranormal wackiness, several playful scenes with creative and memorable interactions, very competent writing complete with quirky phrasings and dry humor, and of course a great title! In a ...more
★Codie Abibliophobic ★
Originally posted on Reader's Anonymous
Do you remember in middle school and high school when teachers repeatably said to begin your paper with a hook to reel a reader in? Well Ms. Locke didn’t forget that with this opening sentence:

“I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid which was challenging, but not impossible.”
To say I was hooked would be an understatement; I was stabbed.

This book was extremely different than what I expected. It’s not futuristic, however it does have ghost run
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Marie Hall
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy fans
This is a fantastic book. An Urban Fantasy that's a cut above the rest. I had the pleasure of reading this book as an ARC and just fell in love with Selene. She's tough, cool, and battles the dead.

Love this book and would urge anyone who's an urban fantasy fan to check out this new author, I see great things in her future and eagerly anticipate any more books by A.J. Locke.

If you love your paranormal with a pinch of sexy, this book is for you.
Sandy
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not say enough about this book. I put it in my top 5 of the year and that is really saying something since I've read over 160 book so far this year. I highly recommend it,you won't be sorry if you read it I'm sure.

Lauren Scharhag
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fans of Anita Blake and Harry Dresden should enjoy Affairs of the Dead, by A.J. Locke. Affairs lays the groundwork for what promises to be an exciting series about a sexy necromancer named Selene Vanream.

With very little fuss and fanfare, Locke plunges us into Selene’s world that, like all urban fantasy, looks very much like our own—except here, ghosts are not only real, they are so commonplace as to warrant special agencies like the titular Affairs of the Dead, staffed by necromancers and “dea
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Emily V
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, for-review
Find more of my reviews at: http://emily-confessionsofabookaholic...

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
First Line: "I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid, which was challenging but not impossible."

I'll be honest with you guys about the reason I decided to pick this book up. I haven't read a good paranormal book with a sassy heroine in a long time and one look at the cover confirmed for me that this wa
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Maghon Thomas
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When you start a book out with the sentence, “ I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid, which was challenging, but not impossible.” I just know it’s going to be a wild ride. HAHAHAHA I mean seriously. This was definitely a new take on what necromancers can do. There are different types, and different levels of powers. With some seriously crazy things going on, and a twist that’ll have your head spinning, it was definitely a great read!

Selene is your main character, who happens to
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Home. Love. Books.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
To read this review and others like it check out my review site, www.ufreviews.com

I was first drawn to this book because of the cover, it's a really gorgeous cover, and I thought to myself if this book is as vibrant as the cover than I want to read it. The whole ghostly affairs concept, especially as a job, is really interesting, and I think could provide a huge range of ideas within the universe for a lot of fun stories.

My first requirement for an urban fantasy book is that the heroine is not
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Nicky Peacock
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Affairs of the Dead is set in a world where the paranormal is accepted, and well, normal. This makes a big difference to the story telling as it stops the author having to constantly hide her characters’ actions.

The protagonist Selene is head strong and sassy and I loved the way she handled herself in some very bizarre and sometimes dangerous situations. There’s a depth to her that will really resonate with urban fantasy enthusiasts. I must admit though that some of her choices and actions were
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Clare dooley
Affairs of the Dead by A.J. Locke was a joy to review. As a huge fan of Urban Fantasy I loved the idea that ghosts have become common place in society and that there are businesses that are dedicated to helping wrap up unfinished business,so the ghosts can move on before they turn into "beasties".
The story revolves around Selena V. her follow the rules when it suits her behaviour gets her demoted from her position at work,and leads her to Ethan. His claim that he has been,well I guess possessed
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Spunky N Sassy
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
SNS Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Dee's ★★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

This is one crazy, intense ghost busting story! There is suspenseful action as bodies turn up dead with strange evidence; a mystery about a ghost that claims he was yanked out of his body and his body is now controlled by another ghost; rampaging "beasties"; a government crackdown on re-animators and toss in magic runes, powers of energy, dead witches and stir in a splash of budding love with a one night stand and a controlling boss that won't
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Antonio Jr.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'll say this, the first line made my jaw drop: "I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid..."

Selene is a necromancer. Ethan is, by appearances, a ghost on the run from the Affairs of the Dead. He doesn't want to pass on, but when Selene catches him and attempts to force him into the afterlife, she discovers he isn't dead at all. Ethan is an anomaly in the field of necromancy - a soul that has been forced out of its body, and its body is still alive. Selene takes it upon herself to h
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Danielle
I got this book in exchange for an honest review.


I love the paranormal books that don't always follow the mold. I have read many series where the lead is a woman who can do all kinds of magic, but you hardly ever see a side effect. You don't have that in this series. We see from the get go that Selene is going to have to deal regularly with what happens to her when she uses the gifts she was born with.

The characters are definitely strong and easy to love. I can see this book growing into a long
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Marisa
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is definitely a one-of-a-kind read for me. The beginning fell into the standard feel of a cop mystery, but I felt Locke quickly shed that and found a voice of her own. I absolutely love that Selene is a spunky independent woman who doesn’t apologize for who she is. Add that to some ghosts who just don’t want to follow the rules and Selene is thrown into the middle of one heck of a pickle.

As a warning though, everything won’t be resolved in this first book. Selene has some unfinished busines
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G.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf-ctf
Nice. Took some time to build up steam, but has innovative ideas and some potential for growth. You can tell it's the first book in a new series, so let's see where it goes...
Linda
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Affairs of the Dead is an urban fantasy read with a touch of paranormal romance. I was attracted to this book because I loved the bizarre title and the cover was fabulous. LOL! I knew I was in for a wild and crazy ride as I read the first sentence in the book: “I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid which was challenging, but not impossible.” It was a jaw-dropping hook that truly set the tone for the book. While that opening line may sound shocking, I actually found the whole open ...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2013/06/affairs-of-dead-blog-tour-review-swaggc.html

This book really put me through the wringer. But in a good way. Our main character is exactly the kind of character I love. For the most part anyway (I will rant about that in a couple of paragraphs or so). But I loved her from the get go. She is tough, sassy, stubborn, and a lot of fun. She is a necromancer who sort of bends the rules to get ghosts to cross over so they don't end up bec
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Romance Novels in Color
Affairs of the Dead is an urban fantasy read with a touch of paranormal romance. I was attracted to this book because I loved the bizarre title and the cover was fabulous. LOL! I knew I was in for a wild and crazy ride as I read the first sentence in the book: “I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid which was challenging, but not impossible.” It was a jaw-dropping hook that truly set the tone for the book. While that opening line may sound shocking, I actually found the whole open ...more
Sulin Young
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-review
Light, entertaining, and different

I apologise if I've been slow on the review front but there have been so many things to keep me away from reading that I literally had to wrestle my life to the floor and grab it in a headlock just so that I could spend some time reading this book. I had started it much earlier and from what I read, everything seemed good, so far. So what can I say? I really liked this book.

A.J. Locke has a quick, flowing style that keeps you absorbed all the way through, with w
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Amie's Book Reviews
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
AFFAIRS OF THE DEAD by A.J. Locke was provided to me free of charge in eBook format in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I absolutely love the way this book started. How can you not be intrigued by a book that starts with: "I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid, which is challenging but not impossible."

Selene is a Necromancer working for the Affairs of the Dead office. It is her job to help ghosts complete any unfinished business so they can move on.

Single, with self-esteem
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Satarupa
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank A.J. Locke, author of Affairs of the Dead, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fantastic book.

This story is really one of it's kind and not like any other urban fantasy book. Quite surprisingly the author presents the generally dreaded, spooky and totally unknown ghosts as a day to day and familiar matter where they are a known fact and part of the or
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Elizabeth Davies
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an urban fantasy, bordering on a paranormal romance.
The first sentence is an excellent hook and sets the tone for the novel and the initial scene was quite shocking in some ways, but delivered in a humorous and rather tongue-in-cheek way.
The heroine is sassy, opinionated and flawed, makes poor choices (as do we all), and can be both likeable and dislikeable at the same time. Both her character and her circumstances develop throughout the novel, revealing a multi-layered personality that
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Helena Karlsson
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Selene is a necromancer with very little regard for following rules or worries about what other people may think about her. Her job description is to help ghosts settle their affairs so they can leave the world to the living without turning into murderous monsters. Most of the times the ghosts are well behaved and cooperative, but there is always the exception to the rule. What makes Selene's life extra dangerous is that she has a skill which is banned: she can reanimate the dead! When Selene fi ...more
Gigi Hudson
Jun 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted so badly to like this. It's not exactly uncharted waters in the UF genre, but necromancers aren't as common as some of the tropes so I was really looking forward to reading something fresh, original and interesting. I was sadly disappointed. The main character seems like a cardboard cut out with a few post-it notes stuck to her with the words "LONER" "DIFFERENT" "LIKES UNEMOTIONAL SEX!" scrawled over them in an attempt to help the author remember her only 3 characteristics.

I'm not kidd
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Billie Jo
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Billie Jo by: A.J Locke Via
Okay this book blew me away, I love anything that deals with the paranormal!! I loved Selene's character right away, she kind of reminded me of a younger Anita Blake from the Laurell K. Hamilton series. Tough as nails, sassy and sweet at the same time, she really made this story awesome in my opinion. Selene and Micah really heat up the pages,I liked their characters the most I think. I didn't really know what to make of Ethan and his predicament but who knows he may end up growing on me!!! This ...more
Aislynn
Selene is a necromancer and a great one too. She gets the job done, but not always in the most conventional ways. This tends to get her into a bit of trouble at work and demoted to track and retrieval. She doesn’t always make the best choices, but does manage to get things done in the end.

One of the things I liked about Selene was that she’s a spunky, sassy and tough character. She doesn’t put up with any crap from Andrew or Micah – or anyone else for that matter! She looks out for herself, even
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J.R.
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
If you were a fan of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, then these are the books you're looking for. Sassy first person point of view, check. Sexy male cohorts, check. Can't put the book down, check.

In a world where necromancers make their living helping the dead move on as part of agencies with government rules and regulations, Selene is a bit of a rebel. Her recklessness will quickly catapult her into a murder mystery that could have dire consequences for her. Between her reckless beh
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