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Beyond Dead

(Bridget Sway #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Dead less than twenty-four hours, with a job that doesn’t pay, a fashion disaster for a uniform and more afterlife rules than she can shake a stick at, Bridget Sway thinks it’s as bad as it can get. And then she finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker.

Since the police are desperate to arrest her for murder, Bridget’s new best friend convinces her the only way to save hers
Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published March 5th 2016
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Michael Alonso
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
My biggest gripe with this book is that the version I got called it a "COZY" mystery...

Has the author ever read a cozy mystery before? Because the book is closer to a hard-boiled mystery than a cozy one, just because they make jokes doesn't make a cozy mystery.

A cozy mystery is more light-hearted, more "PG", with death, violence and swearing set to the minimum amount you can get away with in a mystery novel, while this book has several violent deaths, sure they still happen "off page", but the d
Paula  Phillips
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

On the day Bridget died her life was the worst day ever, not only did it finish in her dying but moments before she had discovered her boyfriend cheating on her and when she walked out of her house she was hit by a bus when crossing the road. Now in limbo - Bridget has discovered that even in death, you have to work for a living as everyone is assigned jobs. Turns out though that being dead isn't actually fun as Bridget is about to discover that not only has she rules , a curfew and a guardian w
Laura Thomas
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This book was a delight to read. The main character, Bridget, is newly dead, but that doesn’t slow her down a bit. The afterlife is every bit as busy and fashion challenged, and even ghosts can be murdered. Who woulda thunk it.

I had a rip snort of a read. Loads of snark, which I love, fun characters galore, and a challenging mystery to solve, all added up to a ghostly good time. I feel for this one and moving on to the next.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beyond Dead is a funny, unique and original. It is the first book in the series following newly dead Bridget Sway's adventures while adjusting to the afterlife. Kudos to Ms. Robinson to have successfully created a whole new (extremely bureaucratic) setting for her characters to interact in while trying to solve the murders. She will have you laughing for the whole book. Highly recommended! ...more
Nancy Haddock
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
F-U-N Fun!

There were a few inconsistencies but I had a great time reading this book! The characters are wise-cracking, and the story moved right along. I can hardly wait to read the next installments!
Alicia Huxtable
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting. A good book one. Once Briget accepts that she's dead she's assigned a 'parole officer', and had to attend GA meetings and work. On top of all that weird stuff starts happening and sm she is involved whether she likes it or not. ...more
Denise Zendel
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bridget Sway is a fashion conscious party planner who gets hit by a bus and winds up as a bureaucrat in the afterlife, delivering “messages” between the afterlife and life. She’s got a smart mouth, and a complete disregard for rules that do not serve her well when she finds a dead dead guy in her work locker and she becomes suspect No. 1.

I liked this book so much more than I thought I would. Reading it did require a suspension of disbelief on some of the “ghostly” elements, but the parts about
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bridget just died. After catching her financé cheating on her, she walked in front of a bus. Unfortunately, she isn't immediately transported to the pearly gates but ends up in an afterlife that is like a ghost world intermixed with the real world. She gets a parole officer and has to spend the next ten years living in a halfway house, attend meetings to help her acclimate to her new existence, and even has a job. To add insult to injury she has to adhere to an indefinite number of rules that no ...more
Tony Parsons
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Scarborough. Herb (20+) informed Bridget Sway (ghost), Mr. Salier would be her guardian/parole officer.
Eleanor is the host for After Life Arrivals.
Bridget, Jenny (45+, housewife), & Sabrina Shaw were the newbies.
Attendance is mandatory at all meetings.
Barry’s dead (client). Porscha fiancé, had found him.
They think Bridget killed him.

What is Operation Bluebottle?
Now Bertha was killed also.
What is Madame Zorina planning on doing?

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewi
Bonnie Drummond
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Will I have to say that if the After Life is like that in the story then I am all for it. Just finished up reading Beyond Dead book#1 in A Bridge Shaw Paranormal Mystery that will have you on the edge of what ever you are sitting on. Being dead is not what Bridge Shaw wanted at that moment, but that is what she got and a Afterlife with a Hunk of a Parole Officer as a Parole Officer and Guardian let's just say Bridge IS NOT A HAPPY GHOST AT ALL. So when the bodies start showing up in her locker a ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the series about a 27 year old woman that has tripped and died under a bus. She is sent to the "afterlife" with so many rules and regulations that it will give you a headache just reading about them. This is a funny story that catches you at the beginning and keeps you glued to the book until the end. I love the world the author has created for the dead in the afterlife. I don't want to live there, but I love her concept. The two main characters, Bridget and Sabrina, ar ...more
This boon really surprised me. I have no idea why I picked it up, as I haven’t read a paranormal book in years, but I was in a slight reading slump & needed something different.
This book was almost 4 stars, but there was so much info dumping at times that it was overwhelming. I’m not sure if it’s because I hadn’t read a world building book in forever or not, but it was a lot to take in I also wouldn’t classify this as a cozy mystery, but it still a great mystery that kept me guessing & I really
Viki Scheldrup
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Imaginative and fun

I like the characters, they kept me guessing good, bad, what WERE they going to do next!?
Interesting concept and Bridget and Sabrina are couple of ladies I'd love to know. Definitely going to follow this series.
Kelli Anderson
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Depressing, but well written

I hope to everything in this universe that the afterlife is nothing like what this author has described. But she can write a great story with very likable and hilarious characters so it kinda makes up for the depressing thought of having to work a thankless job and wear ugly jumpsuits in the hereafter.
Bree Verity
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Bridget Sway is dead, has been given a job she doesn't want, roommates she doesn't want, a thousand rules she doesn't want, and a dead guy is in her locker.
It should be a great setup for a great book, but I couldn't really connect with Bridget. She was irritating rather than sassy. And whiny.
Having said that, I read the entire book and the reveal did not give me the murderer I expected, so as a murder mystery, it was good.
Jessica Landberg
Reminds me of the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson. Same sort of humor, but here we are dealing with ghosts, not vampires.

The Afterlife Bridget Sway finds herself in after being hit by a bus is quite complicated. There's a lot of laws and rules to keep up with, and they are not disclosed all at once. The hunt for the murderer seems bland and not that intriguing, yet I felt somewhat entertained while listening to the audiobook. Not sure if I will continue this series or not.
Barbara Hackel
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bridget Sway is not having a good dead life. She has to live in a group home for a decade. That includes chores! Like making meals, cleaning up, and all sorts of disgusting things. She has mandatory movie night, housemates that aren't of her choosing, and a cranky guardian that won't get her list of necessities-or even a hair dryer and proper make-up. Are you sure she isn't in hell? If all this isn't bad enough, they each have to work and go to special classes. And there is her guardian who is a ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author and it's probably the most different cozy mystery I have ever read. You really got to suspend the disbelief and just let it be and then you will enjoy it.

Bridget is newly dead, but not so dead that she gets to meet her maker. I am guessing this is where those who need a second chance get to live even though they are dead. Bridget soon finds out that you don't get to rest even when your dead and that she has a job. On her first day at work she finds a dead gh
This fell into the category of books that I wasn't quite sure I was going to bother finishing, but still wanted to see what came next. It is the first in a series, and left me considering whether I want to invest the time reading takes to assuage my curiosity.
I like the premise- exploring an after death world which is much like, and overlaps our own. I figure the barrage of rules that are enforced but neither warned about before they are broken nor explained after, although many other seemingly
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Huge thanks to Jordaina Sydney Robinson and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now I'm not sure if this is classed as a cosy mystery but that's how it read for me and I thought it was wonderful!

Dead people being murdered, newly dead people given their jobs and mysteries to be solved, perfect.

The humour is like mine, sarcasm, gotta love it! The characters are well developed and fun, some are slightly self important but I can ignore that and they're quite happy to brea
Lyn Battersby
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you like your romances misogynistic and full of holes, then this is the novel for you. If you like to see your 21st Century heroines treated like 18th Century pleasure-properties rather than strong, independent women, then walk this way. If you like your heroes to think that a woman’s place in the bedroom rather than the boardroom, then follow me as we delve into this world that should empower its female protagonist rather than set her up as a potential date-rape victim of the male support ac ...more
Lybo Buchanan
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
"You thought life was hard? You should try being dead!"

Fun read. This is the first book in the series. I loved the characters, Bridget, Sabrina, Edith, Oz, Pete, Charlie, Madame Zorina, etc. The storyline is good, & pulls you along, as your curiosity is intrigued & answers seem just beyond the next page. Bridget, newly dead, soon discovers the dead body of her guardian angel in her locker, & immediate suspicion falls on her. How can one die if already dead? What a way to start off one's afterlif
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
You'd think that once you died, any continued existence would be easy, but the adjustment to the afterlife is filled with mystery and stress in Jordaina Sydney Robinson's Beyond Dead: A Bridget Sway Novel.

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Bridget Sway learned her fiance was cheating on her and soon thereafter died after being hit by a bus; newly dead and thrust into an unexplained job with a horrendous uniform, she is rapidly presente
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
So - Bridget is dead. And she's miffed, to put it nicely. Being dead is not what she thought it would be. No one explains the rules, she has to go to work (excuse me!), there's nowhere to buy clothes or makeup, and on the first day, she finds a dead body stuffed in her locker. (yes, dead people can be killed again). As she seems to be the main suspect for the murder, she tries, with the help of her newly found friend Sabrina, to find out what's going on.
Great plot and good storytelling, once you
After being hit by a bus, Bridget Sway has a hard time believing that she’s actually dead, especially when she finds herself in a surreal world with plenty of bureaucracy and a brand new job where she’s assigned to haunt the living. Being dead is not all it’s cracked up to be, but she’s found a ghostly friend in the equally feisty and bold former PI, Sabrina. When Bridget finds a dead body in her locker on her first day of work, Sabrina is all too happy to help her figure out who put him there a ...more
Chad Barrus
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the humor in Jordaina’s Beyond Dead series! It
gives a new twist on being dead that even though you are dead you still can be really dead! Bridget and Sabrina have a grand time solving who is killing people and putting the blame on Bridget besides doing what their assigned duties are and going to classes and finding out life hasn’t changed any -it still goes on and you carry on with a new job and all but you don’t have a body! Otherwise it’s the same as when you were alive.

People shouldn’t
Sarah Crawford
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a weird and often funny book. Bridget is dead. Sort of. I mean, physically dead. But she ends up in a kind of limbo (?) where she has to do a job, gets paid very little, and has a guy that functions sort of as a parole officer.

Then it gets more complicated. The dead are kind of ghosts but apparently they can be killed (again) and it's her locker that they end up being stuffed into. At least she has a friend, Sabrina, and together they will work to prove Bridget did not kill the kind of d
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quirky take on the afterlife, and a nice cozy mystery combined. Good stuff.

I love the quirkiness, and I love the whole system of rules and traditions and expectations that the author has invented for the afterlife.

That being said, I did have a few issues. (I'm not sure I can write a book review without complaining a bit... it's my nature, I guess!) There were some characters who could've used a bit more fleshing out, some situations that could've used a bit more resolution, and things got a
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
Mildly hilarious and oh so entertaining. I really enjoyed Bridget and Sabrina rebelling against the rigid, controlling and oft unexplained rules of the afterlife by investigating the crime to protect Bridget from falling victim and how they would blatantly lie about it when questioned even when everyone knew what they were doing. One of my pet peeves is when people keep things from characters for no good reason, especially things they need to know to survive and the characters just let them so I ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beyond Dead by Jordaina Sydney

This was something definitely different for me. I usually read cozy mysteries that have their main character alive investigating a murder not paranormal mysteries where the main character is dead investigating a murder.
I had trouble liking the main character (Bridget). She seemed to be vain, shallow, sarcastic, rude, snobby, and down right annoying. I hope she grows on me in the next book of the series.
The story development was good. It keep you guessing who the
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