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Debriefing the Dead

(The Dead Series #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father’s family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she’ll continue up (or down) to ...more
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Published May 7th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press
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Hyacinth should’ve listened to her instincts when the two men offered her a boatload of money for her friend’s last excavation, currently taking up space in her storage locker. But with a sister and nephew on the run from the Sicilian Mob, she needs the money to get them away from her ex-brother-in-law, Nick. If only she listened…

She wouldn’t have died, she wouldn't begged to be reborn and she wouldn’t now be on the hunt for a humming rock of St. Michael’s. Yes, the archangel Michael. She grabs
Kerrelyn Sparks
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! If you're looking for a paranormal that's a little different, then this is it! ...more
Christine Grabowski
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This was such a fun read. Within pages Hyancinth’s quirky, witty voice pulled me in and made me laugh. Hyancinth was not your typical protagonist. She lived a bit of a shady life as an antique dealer, working with even shadier characters, selling stolen items and sometimes robbing ancient graves herself. However, deep down she was a good person at heart and would do anything to protect her seven-year-old nephew from his mafia family. When she found herself dead, she worked out a deal with archan ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a hoot! I loved this book. Is it great literature? Nope. But it is fun and with a snarky heroine who strikes up a deal with an archangel for the sake of her nephew. And now that she’s “not dead”, she can talk to the ones who are, including a hunky cop. This was an entertaining read with great imagery (okay, I was forced to look up the places in Turkey that she mentioned, but wow. Thanks for that research! The places are beautiful!). I also liked the whole “I hear the rocks” vibe that got he ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG this was so fun! So for the cliff notes...Hyacinth is a somewhat shady art dealer who finds herself dead at the feet of Michael (yep the archangel guy) and lets him know in no uncertain terms she has to go back! The plot weaves through murders, rocks and artifacts, sugary slugs (I love them too!), a sweet nephew Geordi, the customary bad guys, demons, her “how did she miss it” smart, hunky neighbor Jason and of course Michael pops in and out to check on her. Oh there’s a few ghosts who haven ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very unusual and interesting book! Wonderful complex characters and story. Hyacinth must protect her nephew Geordi after he sister's death and goes on a perilous journey to recapture a powerful rock that Archangel Michael has enlisted her to do while she is limbo between life and death. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series! A must read! ...more
Sharon Buchbinder
Hyacinth is an art and antiquities dealer whose merchandise has dubious provenance. When her partner dies and leaves her a truckload of art, she examines the haul to see what is marketable--and a a rock sings to her. The rock, indistinguishable from any rock-garden variety rock, is such a siren she cannot resist touching it. And it knocks her off her feet and into a series of extraordinary events.

Add a sister who was literally married to the mob, a hot handsome neighbor, an equally hot and hands
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by Kerry Blaisdell
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

For this debut author, she wrote a well written book that was I found very interesting, funny, fast paced and a little bit of quirkiness around the edges. Within the story there was a lot going on; with introductions of many different characters. Ms. Blaisdell threw at us everything from: Humans to ghosts…Demons and angels well archangels…ghosts and screaming/humming rocks. This made for an interestin
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I think this was a very solid beginning to what looks to be an interesting series. Blending paranormal, archeological, and historical elements. There's also plenty of intrigue to go around.

The author did a good job of conveying the locations (almost entirely in the present day, real world) including elements of climate, topography, and culture. The pacing was excellent in this novel, and was not in the least hampered by descriptive passages.

The character-building was also very well executed. Ow
Christine Grabowski
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read. Within pages Hyancinth’s quirky, witty voice pulled me in and made me laugh. Hyancinth was not your typical protagonist. She lived a bit of a shady life as an antique dealer, working with even shadier characters, selling stolen items and sometimes robbing ancient graves herself. However, deep down she was a good person at heart and would do anything to protect her seven-year-old nephew from his mafia family. When she found herself dead, she worked out a deal with archan ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy to have found a new author! I spent much of last year catching up on my favorite authors, which felt disappointing after a while when the characters and plots became somewhat "stale." Debriefing the Dead's protagonist, Hyacinth, is smart, funny, and likable. She has some crazy stuff thrown at her but handles it all with style. She's not perfect but that makes her all the more real. The author's description of Turkey, both some history and present-day, make me want to go there! Also, ...more
D.V. Stone
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to read the next book. Love the action and adventure. Mixed with history, archaeology, ghosts and sort of ghosts. Debriefing the Dead grabbed me from the beginning to end. Highly recommended ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this first book from a new author for me. Intriguing and loved the characters. Plenty of action.
Barbara Schelin
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those rare books that I could not stop reading until I finished it! Just an amazing book with wonderful characters and an absolutely unique experience. Exotic locations and impossible tasks only enhance this fabulous book!
Kerry Mawdsley
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept me entertained and reading into the wee hours. I laughed out loud...I really did. Fun read!
Katy Kash
I was on edge the entire book and left hanging and begging for more at the end. I can't imagine what trouble Hyacinth could get into next and what awaits around every corner of her intertwining worlds! ...more
Nancy Timmerman
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
“Debriefing the Dead” by Kerry Blaisdell was a book full of fun, excitement, with some paranormal occurrences to add to the spin of the story. This venturesome first-person book was a page turner from page one.

I was introduced to Kerry through “The Authors Show Podcast” giveaway. I was drawn into the podcast with her awesome “storytelling voice” when she read an excerpt from her book. Those last four words to answer for the giveaway “and then... I died” had me intrigued!

The character, Hyacinth,
Wendy King
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book about a woman's quest to save her nephew from being brought up in a family of gangsters, even though it means she is tasked to steal from demons. It is good against evil. An adventure where a human has to fight demons. I received this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only. ...more
Rhonda Gilmour
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! This author shows real depth in her knowledge of archeology, religious lore, and history. Think a sexy female Indiana Jones who’s racing a ticking clock to save her beloved nephew before she gets sent back to the afterlife. No spoiler there—our heroine is murdered early in the story, along with her sister, leaving her nephew at the mercy of his Sicilian Mob relatives. Hyacinth, our heroine, was a not-so-scrupulous antiquities dealer who dabbled in theft. Her deceased partner’s quest ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, ritas-2019, pnr
Our heroine is named Hyacinth. She's a fence for stolen artifacts in Marseilles. At the beginning of the story, 2 unsavory fellows have shown up and want a particular shipment and will pay her a lot of money for it. She agrees to sell a mystical rock bc she is trying to help her sister & nephew escape the sister's evil ex and his Sicilian mobster family. Hyacinth, her sister and the ex are killed by the bad guys, but she comes back as a ghost after making a deal with Archangel Michael to retriev ...more
Katie O'Sullivan
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Debriefing the Dead is a first-person narrative adventure full of unexpected turns. Reading it felt like going on a rollercoaster ride through a pitch black tunnel... never knowing where it might go next. Reminiscent of a Dan Brown archeological mystery, yet with a paranormal otherworldly twist that forces you to suspend disbelief in order to follow along on the adventure.
This story takes "angels" and "demons" to a different level.

Our narrator is sort of an anti-hero, self aware enough to know
Jill James
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Hyacinth is a far from perfect heroine and that is what makes her so real, but quirky. The storyline is sublime and makes for a pageturner of a book. Can't wait to see what Hyacinth does next. ...more
Cyrene Olson
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, for a debut author, this is about as good as it gets. Well written, original and well edited, I only found a couple little snafus which were easy to disregard. This is marketed as a Paranormal Ghost Romance, and it’s not really that…at least not yet. Sure, there are a couple of candidates, but nothing really concrete at this point.
A very original tale, after Hyacinth and her sister are murdered, Hyacinth is sent back by Archangel Michael to retrieve the rock she gave to the goons
Lacie Jones
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Katherine Grey
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Debriefing the Dead and would recommend it to anyone who likes a fun, quirky, paranormal story that doesn't take itself too seriously. The author delivers a story that is interesting and keeps the reader turning the pages eager to find out what's going to happen next. The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is because about half way through the book, I kept thinking if Jason and Hyacinth would just confide in each other, it would make things easier as they try to keep Hyacinth's ...more
Mary Brannian
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debriefing The Dead... What a Ride!

Hyacinth Finch is a tomb raider turned fence; or she was, before she was murdered. Striking a deal with ArchAngel Michael, Hyacinth is allowed to return to Earth to get her nephew Geordie settled, and to retrieve a very special rock... But Hyacinth has plans of her own... And perhaps with the help of her neighbor Jason, and a newly dead cop Eric, she can outwit Michael....

Fast paced and intriguing, this book captured my attention and didn't let go! If you enjoy
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adult
Full disclosure – the author is a friend of mine. That being said, I loved this book! Honestly, being written by a friend made it a little harder to start the book. I figured it would be good; she’s a great writer and one of the smartest people I know, but what if I didn’t like it? What would I say? No worries, there! Great characters, lots of humor, non-stop action and an intriguing plot kept the pages turning. There is just enough sizzle, too! I can’t wait for another book featuring Hyacinth a ...more
Nichole Evans
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first chapter, Debriefing the Dead captured my interest. A fence in often stolen antiquities, the heroine, Hyacinth, gets pulled into a series of life and death situations, forcing her to make a bargain to protect her nephew, Geordie. What unfolds is a plot that is unexpected and fresh, told in a charming voice. Although not your typical romance, there was plenty of love and attraction, adventure, intrigue, and conflict between good and evil to keep me reading late into the night.

I rece
Stacy McKitrick
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Hooked me at the beginning and didn’t let go. And it’s in first person, which I’m surprised I bought this (which I can’t remember why, but so glad I had), seeing as I thought this was a romance and I usually don’t like romances in first person. However, it’s not a romance (although there are some romantic elements), but full of mystery and suspense. And it’s a series, so there are some things left un-resolved, but the main storyline is contained in this book, so all i ...more
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Kerry Blaisdell is the international best-selling and award-winning author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD - 2019 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy, InD'tale Magazine RONE Award for Best Long Paranormal, HOLT Medallion Literary Award for Best Paranormal & Best First Book, and Romance Writers of America RITA® Award finalist - and its sequel, WAKING THE DEAD, whi ...more

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