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Undeath and Taxes

(Fred, the Vampire Accountant #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  4,034 ratings  ·  253 reviews

After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected--he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it tu
Paperback, 382 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by REUTS Publications, LLC. (first published July 26th 2015)
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
3.4 stars

Review to come once I've written a review for the first book. This book felt more like a filler with a scattered bunch of short stories than a follow up, but the characters were as enjoyable as always.

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What Fred the vampire is like

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I absolutely love how this series turns the trope of supernatural creatures on their head but still makes a fun, action-packed series.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fred has come a long way since becoming a vampire. He's gone into business for himself as an accountant, found a girlfriend and has made a circle of dependable friends. That's not bad for a socially awkward person who used to spend most of his time alone. Now if only he could stop finding himself in positions which force him to brave - something Fred most certainly is not, then things could be perfect.

Just like The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Un
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

This was another sweet, light, funny, enjoyable audiobook in the series. Fred is a great, easily likeable character---I especially love how honest he is; no subterfuge, no manipulation, no hiding anything. He's just honest and trustworthy, and I love him for it. And he's so oblivious to how brave and caring he is and how everyone else sees him. I also like how sweet his relationship with Crystal is. They're so different, but they balance each other, and they respect and love each o
Well this is what happens when I go scrolling around in Audible. *sigh* I'm not mad at all. I'm loving this series, but there goes my "reading plan" and my credits and we're barely in January! And yet ... I wholeheartedly recommend this series.

This second installment surprised me. In a good way. While it continues in the same vein of "individual" comic adventures, somewhere along the line it goes deeper. The characters grow in emotional depth, and concepts like "chosen family", love, or what it
C.T. Phipps
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed DEATH AND TAXES as a decent sequel to the original FRED THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT novel. Fred is a character who wouldn't be very interesting to read about if he wasn't a vampire (as he constantly insists) but is hilarious in his deadpan reaction to things like kidnappings, sentient Overlook-esque hotels [who are really nice], superhuman conventions, sinister tests, and evil plots overthrow the dragon king of the West.

I don't think much changed characterization or plot-wise but it was a
Krista D.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid fun. Such a different concept, too. I mean, "accountant vampire and friends" isn't a common idea! Love Albert's new job.
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

An Accountant in the Warehouse
Fred has gotten certified as a “Certified Public Parahuman Accountant”. He is now your official guy to find you all of those paranormal tax deductions. His first client with his new credentials is king of the therians (were-creatures) in the area. We met Richard and his daughter Sally in the first book. There is also Gideon, who is a very old, very powerful dragon who likes to disguise as
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A continuation of what came before.

The second installment continues on the same track as the first novel. Fred & Friends slowly make their way into the world of the parahumans. You learn a bit more about each character and see them develop, reveal strengths and weaknesses while remaining well written fun to read.

If you liked the first book, Read the second book and you won't be dissapointed
I love LOVE Fred <3
(would like to see more of him and Gideon-*fingers crossed*)
Can't wait for the next installment!
I adore this series. Told as a series of memoirs, Fred recounts his adventures (not that he was looking for any) of his not so mundane, undead life. The narration is wonderful, the cast of characters continue to grow as we get to know more about Fred and his friends who have become his family.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, favorites
I enjoyed this sequel quite a bit. I listened to the audiobook, and I loved how the narrator did the voices. The overall story was fantastic. I loved listening to the relationships between the characters grow and flourish. I loved the new additions to the cast as well. I liked the episodic nature of the book. However, it was hard to stop listening to the tales of Fred and his friends. The audiobook is around 9 hours long, so pretty short. If anyone is looking for a quick read that is entertainin ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you know Drew Hayes (NPCs), you know exactly what you are going to get with this book.

This book was a fun romp that gently pokes fun at some stereotypes of this type of story.

Characters: 4.5*
Universe: 4.2*
Plot: 3.8*
aakanshya  shrestha
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe a vampire book would still be able to surprise me but here it is. Thought the first book was a fluke but after reading this I can safely say that this series is going to be a blast.

Kinda has the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris vibes but much better. Considering this read one of the good things of 2020.

Highly Recommended by yours truly :)
Kat Lebo
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Undeath and Taxes (Fred, the Vampire Accountant Book 2)
by Drew Hayes

Fred, the Vampire Accountant, is back with his friends, Bubba, the werehorse, Neil, the budding necromancer, Amy, the weird but wonderful mage and Neil's current tutor, Albert, Fred's Zombie assistant and Neil's best friend, and, of course, Krystal, the demon agent of "The Agency," Fred's former high school friend and his current girlfriend. Add into the mix Richard, the head therian (were folk) of his area, his daughter, Sally,
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received an eARC of Undeath & Taxes from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.**

     Undeath & Taxes was a hilarious sequel to the first book. What's even better, is that you don't really need to read the first 'Fred' book to understand what's happening in Undeath & Taxes.

     While I thought this book might end up being really cheesy, or similar to something you'd find in a bargain bin, I was pleasently surprised! The character's were funny, courageous in their own ways, and
Wiebke (1book1review)
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I like Fred, he is such a fun character. I also like how this is another collection of his adventures, good choice to keep them short and in diary style.
Also listening to the audiobook was a pleasure Kirby Heyborne does a marvelous job at narrating it.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I really like Fred and these books are fun, but I am finding it more irksome in this second installment that Hayes feels the need to recap before each new "story." I don't mean each new book, but, literally, each new story. These books are divided into different adventures, and I can only imagine they were published individually first because Hayes gives you the broad outline before each section. I thought I would skip over that, but he introduces it in such a way that if you skip, you miss the ...more
Bekah the Awesome
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best part about finishing this book? Realizing by stalking the authors blog that I could stalk his Facebook, and discovering that book 3 is going to exist!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO!

Also, omg gloriously awesome.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
funny, light, cute and well written.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
These are just wonderfully funny books.
Mary Catelli
Book 2. In which a vampire accountant become a Certified Public Paranormal Accountant. . . .

Fred's job matters more in this than in book 1. But we have more episodic (though connected) adventures. Getting kidnapped while doing a werelion's taxes; helping his girlfriend set up the booth at the paranormal convention; the wielder of a Weapon of Destiny; and more -- involving a chimera, a business Fred should have heard of, that never-alive spirits nevertheless have the same rights and protections u
Gareth Otton
Yes, now that's more like it.

Though I rated the 1st book 4-stars, I did have a big complaint which was mainly that the book didn't deliver on the promise of the title. I was expecting a book about an unusual vampire who turns his skills with accountancy into a way to deal with the supernatural world. What I received, while enjoyable, was a pretty generic geek/loser made vampire book. It wasn't so much that I wanted less action or adventure, just more that I wanted something a bit more creative
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
We’re back with Fred and the gang. He and Krystal are still going strong. We get more about Amy and Neil in this. Fred has learned a lot about himself in the first book, he learned that he has what it takes to be a hero, even if it is reluctant. That doesn’t change in this book, only he’s more willing to put himself out there than he was before. In this book, Krystal doesn’t really get him into trouble. Fred does that mostly on his own, but Albert seems to get himself into a pickle as well. But ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Undeath and Taxes
by Drew Hayes

Hayes second in his fantastic Fred the Vampire accountant Urban Fantasy series is just as funny and just as inventive as the first. Readers know Fred and his cohorts a bit better but the action and the antics are still fresh and funny and still very unique. The 5 stories/novellas/chapters are still told from Fred’s front seat, 1st person a Point of View that really works for his diary like plot line. If you’re looking for something new in a overrun genre Fred is ju
Emmalyn Renato
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A belated selection for the r/Fantasy 2019 Bingo in the 'Novel Featuring Vampires' square. (Note that I'd previously put this in the 'Self-Published SFF Novel' square for the 2020 Bingo, but it's not self-published; it's actually published by a small press).

This is the kind of light reading that I look for, to take my mind off all the problems in the world that are going on at the moment. I'm not normally a vampire fan, but the dry humor in Fred's commentary is wonderfully done, and his 'life-s
Meran Rhodes
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, at the risk of this review sounding trite or whatever, this was just a fun book. I devoured this series in a week or so and really enjoyed it. Hayes really nailed it with this one.

Kirby Heyborne also did an amazing job with the narration. I wasn't sure Hayes could have gotten a better narrator than Kyle McCarley but for this cast of characters Heyborne did an truly amazing job.
Mark A. Gravitt
More of Fred's adventures

This one leaves us with a few more puzzles, but still a rip-roaring good tale. We learn more of why 1 is so interested in 2, that 3 and 4 have A Destiny, and we meet 5 who scares and impresses everyone....
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as fun as the first

I have to say...I am quickly becoming a fan of Drew Hayes. His stories are written in such a way as to keep you both interested and entertained even when the action is chapters away. Another success!
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was just as entertaining as the first one. The plot is thickening, with things that were hinted at in the first book clarified, new characters introduced, and new complications arising.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everything just as good as the first.
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