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Waking Up Dead

(Callie Taylor #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  829 ratings  ·  158 reviews
When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the ...more
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Solstice Publishing (first published October 6th 2013)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Waking Up Dead is book one in the Callie Taylor series by Margo Bond Collins. This book is a wonderful who-done-it of sorts. But, the murderer is revealed at the very beginning of the story. The problem is, the witness, the person that is tasked with finding the necessary evidence to prove who did it, is also dead. Meet Callie Taylor.

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Callie Taylor always knew that someday she would die, just not this young, and not this way. But after you die, aren’t you supposed to go to heaven or hell?
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Collins has a very personable writing style. She really draws you in, and by writing in the first person you become one with the main character as well. She presents her audience with a very entertaining story that combines suspense with quite a few laughs to create a completely unique read.

I quite enjoyed Collins’ method of character development. You get to know everyone on an intimate level leading to a very full story. And the way that you get to know the main character is completely unique,
From the first paragraph I fell in love with this story. It opens with Callie waking up as a ghost after being brutally murdered. She has no idea why she wakes up in a small town in Alabama when she lived and died in Dallas, Texas. Callie quickly finds out she is a ghost, unseen, unfelt, and unheard by the overwhelming majority of the living people she encounters. She is bored, and quickly falls into a rather odd routine. Then something horrible happens. She witnesses a murder and knows she must ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This was an okay read, but it dragged in the middle.

Callie was an okay character, but i didn't start liking her until near the end. I liked the secondry characters (Ashara, Maw-Maw and Stephen) a lot more.

Waking Up Dead bored me in the middle because it dragged, but the ending defiantly bought my interest back.

Overall, An alright read with a decent ending.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
I received this book from the author through LoP in exchange for an honest review.

Has anyone ever laughed whenever you used the phrase "wake up dead?" I don't know about you, but someone always asks how exactly one wakes up dead. Well, Callie is alive in one minute and wakes up on a ghostly vacation in Alabama the next. She doesn't know how she got there or why she is there, but she finds herself embarking on a supernatural murder mystery that is not hers.

Waking Up Dead is an interesting tale be
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was a quick, enjoyable mystery.

Callie Taylor wakes up in Alabama, after being murdered in Dallas. She quickly learns she is unable to leave the city, and so she drifts around getting to know the residents. When she happens upon a woman being murdered--and her husband unjustly accused of the crime--Callie takes it upon herself to find someone who can see her and help solve the crime.

Callie actually finds three residents whom she can communicate with - a young woman, Ashara, and her grandmot
Brian Ashmore
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-books, sci-fi
A fun, quick read that I only picked up because of it being a Vaginal Fantasy pick. I'm glad I read this. Fun story, good characters.
Book review originally published here:

Waking up Dead starts by introducing us to Callie Taylor who, for some bizarre reason, wakes up in Alabama instead of Heaven. Callie has been murdered in Dallas, so there’s no reason why she’d wake up here. Or is there? When she witnesses the murder of Molly, Callie starts to believe there might be a reason after all. Molly’s husband, Rick, is accused of the murder, but Callie knows it wasn’t Rick. She starts a quest
Kyra Dunst
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right from the start, I liked the casual snarky tone the author used.

When Callie dies, she is expecting to move on to her afterlife, but she gets sent to a small town in Alabama instead. When she witnesses a murder, and the wife's husband is wrongly accused, she seeks help to make sure the right killer is caught. What she finds is reluctant ghost whisperer Ashara.

Ashara's Maw-maw is funny. My favorite quote in the book:

"What the hell did you just do?" I (Cassie) asked.
"And you can just watch
Rin McKenzie
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
* This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

First of all, this book was amazing. Not only did the author nail it with the way the Deep South works, she also got the way the people act and think. The main character , Callie, is dead. She is adjusting well to have been murdered. Maw Maw was such a wonderful character also, if not a bit mysterious in her knowledge of the spirit realm..I liked the relationship that developed with all of the characters. I can't wait to
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I got this for 99 cents and it looked cute so I thought I'd give it a shot. I groaned a little when I saw that it was set in Alabama because I live in Alabama. I was a little worried it would poke fun at us but it didn't. I enjoyed reading it and liked all the characters. I really loved Maw-Maw, she was spot-on. I know and love women like her. I also appreciated that the author didn't try to "write Southern" spelling out "how we tawk" and such.

I'd really love to know more about Callie. What is
Althea Ann
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Paranormal Southern mystery; highly recommended for fans of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood books.

Callie Taylor wakes up as a ghost in Alabama - a place she's never been. She's not sure why she's there - but she finds herself compelled to bring the murderer of another young woman to justice. In order to do so, she goes about trying to recruit local 'sensitives' to her cause.

It's a short novel, simply told, but it moves along at a good clip. A good couple of hours of entertainment
Tara Bush
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
This had an interesting and unique premise, but the dialogue and character development was lacking. This was a clear example of the writer trying to tell you what a character is feeling instead of showing you. The lead character is quirky but there's no depth behind the quirkiness. I read this as fast as I could just to get it over with, but still mark it as read.
Melanie Marsh
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Waking Up Dead left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. Don’t be mistaken, the book wasn’t full of happy things; but I was happy with the way the book ended and look forward to reading about what Margo Collins does with these characters in the next book. It wasn’t a cliffhanger, but it left you with a feeling like you want to continue reading even after the last page ended. I wanted to see what happens next! I want to see where these characters go, who they meet, and how they change. Do we ever learn ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Waking Up Dead is an intriguing paranormal mystery.

The story follows Callie Taylor, who wakes up one day as a ghost in a small town in Alabama and finds that she can't leave. Any time she tries, she immediately pops back into the center of town. She finds life as a ghost relatively boring until she witnesses a murder - and finds that an innocent man has been arrested for the crime. Suddenly, Callie makes it her mis
D.C. Head
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Waking up Dead is quirky and funny with mildly serious undertones. It’s Ghost meets Lady in White of paperbacks. This book draws the reader in, empathizing with the witty ghost, Callie Taylor, who attempts to embrace her untimely death and adjust to life in the hereafter; the only thing is that her hereafter is still on earth…in Alabama. Just as Callie is beginning to get the hang of things in the spirit realm, she witnesses a murder and finds herself racing against time to prove the innocence o ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review**

originally reviewed at

This was a wonderful great read! I wouldn't call this a short read, nor a long one. I read it in one sitting, cuddled up next to the boyfriend as he watched football, in about 6 hours. I laughed, and gasped at the twist and turns throughout this book. The one liners! I was a giggle monster, the bf and his buddy were looking at me like I was crazy!

"Let me tell you somet
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
The author gave me this book for an honest review.

It’s always a pleasure to read a ghost story. But this time, it was something more. I was reluctant at first and I wasn’t expecting much. I am so glad I was wrong! Fast-paced, mysterious and with many funny moments, this story is a very nice read that will keep your interest from the beginning until the end!

Callie Taylor is dead. She thought that know the next place to go it would be Heaven. She couldn’t be more wrong. Why? Because she’s haunting
Melody Dempsey
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Margo Bond Collins
Waking Up Dead
Waking Up Dead



Callie Taylor finds herself as a ghost in a small town in Alabama. She has no idea how she got there or why she ended up in this strange place. She finds that she is unable to leave this small town. Callie tries to leave, but every time she reaches the city limits, she feels a pull in her midsection, finding herself right smack in the middle of the town’s downtown square. After her initial confusion, wondering why she canno
K.C. Sprayberry
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Callie Taylor wakes up dead … in Alabama of all places. Being dead isn't a surprise, but ending up in a small Alabama town and caught up in a horrific murder certainly is. Can she figure out how to handle all this dead stuff and figure out where she goes from here?
Margo Bond Collins has a fast-paced, engaging tale in Waking up Dead. Callie has no clue how she ended up small town Abramville, and she is pretty sure this place has absolutely relationship whatsoever to Dallas, where a total freak wi
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
I absolutely LOVED this novel!

First and foremost, I'll say that this wasn't as romance-y as I thought it would be, but I still enjoyed the small bit that was present.

It took me a chapter or two to actually get into the book, but after that I couldn't put it down and read it in just a few hours. I loved all of the characters, though they could have had a bit more...substance, backstory...something. What kept me riveted was the storyline! It was a great detective/crime story. Very believable (yes
Charity Bradford
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great Humor to Keep it Light This book had me from the very first chapter. The voice is great. It somehow stays light and fun while delving into solving a gruesome crime.
Callie's relationship with Ashara and her Maw-Maw is so naturally funny and heart-warming that sometimes I forgot poor Molly got hacked up. There are moments of delicious suspense where I was on the edge of my seat, almost wanting to yell at them to watch out!
Here's a quick list of the highs and lows of the book.
What worked:
Michael Thal
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Callie Taylor was brutally murdered in Dallas, Texas, but when she awakened, she was in a small town in Alabama. She could walk through walls, blow out candles by passing over them, and even make anything electronic go haywire. But basically, her new life as a ghost was pretty boring until the night she witnessed some creep kill and then chop up Molly McClatchey.

Waking Up Dead, by Margo Collins is an exciting ghost story. Written in the first person narrative, Callie tells us about a murder mys
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book, I hope there are more books to come in the series. Callie has recently died and wakes up in a small town in Alabama, when she is actually from Texas. She doesn't have much of a memory of what happened, but she is tied to that one small Alabama town. She ends up finding a woman who can see her and convinces her to help solve a murder that she witnessed happen. I thought this was an entertaining story about what could happen if you die and are forced to hang aro ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was really pleasantly surprised by this book! I liked the set up of the plot: why does Callie Taylor haunt an Alabama town she never even visited in life? The dominant murder mystery plot was quickly and deftly set up, and I enjoyed being along for the ride during the solving of the mystery. My only complaint is that I would have loved to have gotten at least one step closer to understanding the world of ghosts. And Callie's revelation about drawing on people's energy could have been built up ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book! It was such an easy read but really kept me in suspense. There were even a few times I had to put it down as I felt myself getting nervous and I tend to read at night, alone, in the dark. :) The characters were awesome and I loved their personalities. I would have liked more back story on Callie, the main character, but I have read this is the first in a series, so I look forward to learning more about her. I don't normally even go for detective/mystery books, but I rea ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! It's a great mystery. Callie finds herself as a ghost and in a adventure to help solve another woman's murder. Callie makes 3 friends in her journey. The characters are fun, witty, and sassy. In this book you'll find laughter and tears as these 4 characters work together to solve a murder. I really recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries. The ending of the book is good and it is satisfying
Helen Bailey
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Funniest Book I've Read All Year

I made the mistake of starting this book the night before an early morning shift. I couldn't put this book down and suffered dearly the next morning. I absolutely loved the characters and could relate with them. Make Maw is like the old ladies I remember as a child. The book is hilarious and I couldn't wait to get home from work to finish the book. It was even worth skipping a nap.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty cute! This is a scary comedy, (not really scary), but loads of laughs and fun! The ghost in this novel is newly dead and does not know how to master or control her present state. She is a victim of a sadistic serial rapist/killer and goes on a quest to find out, who killed someone else, not herself!? It is very funny and the characters compliment each other very well. It was a fun break from some of the other scary thrillers which I usually read.
William Gerke
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, Margo is an old friend of mine, but it doesn't impact this review. This is a great beach, airplane, vacation on travel read. An engaging voice, likable characters, and a clever mystery make this one a page turner. Good for folks who like "CSI" and "Law & Order" with a bit of a supernatural twist. ...more
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USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between "hanged" and "hung," turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss aliens, sometimes they kill monsters. But they always a ...more

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