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How the Dead Lie

(Havenwood Falls #17)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Haunted by a horrifying past, Octavia Hollows has lived her life on the move. Like all supernatural beings, when she crosses into Havenwood Falls, she sets off the town’s protective wards. Unlike with most, the officials take immediate action, recognizing her as the powerful necromancer who, as a child, raised the dead in a gruesome public spectacle.

Still, they give Octa
Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published October 26th 2018 by Ang'dora Productions, LLC
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Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
How the Dead Lie is an introduction to Stacey Rourke's Journals of Octavia Hollows series, if you've already read the other novellas this gives you the chance to see first hand how she met her adorable sidekick Bacon and learn more about her journey started. It's also part of the Havenwood Falls series, I have to admit I've not read any of the other books in that series but as far as I can tell it's a multi-author series linked by a common location. From the characters we meet in this book it se ...more
Cheree Castellanos Edits
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With every new book I am amazed. Just when you think a MC can’t get any funnier or more likeable, bam, another Stacey Rourke book!
This was my official first book in the Havenwood Falls series, and let me tell you, I am hooked. This story was such an amazing introduction into this town and its characters, that I was definitely left wanting more. I love that you can get a jampacked story in such a short little read. I have many of these juicy nuggets on my TBR list now.
Octavia is a character afte
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc, havenwood-falls

I received this book to give an honest review.

What the heck, can this author not write she has an amazing talent!

I was so happy to hear she had decided to write a Havenwood Falls novella because this town is the town I would love to be in. There is so much magic, mystery, surprises, love all wrapped up in this small town.

I also love how we get a necromancer in this town. I mean I have read about them before in other stories but this author did an amazing job and I have to say I want more! I nee
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages

This is my very first Havenwood Falls Novella that I have read so far and I am now wanting to own the rest of them!!
Read my full review at https://blackwords-whitepages1977.blo...

This was for sure a shocking story that I never saw coming.

The characters were incredible!! I loved meeting Octavia and learning about her powers of bringing back the undead. She was such a joy to read about and I absolutely love Bacon too!! Can't forget BACON!!

The story-line was phenomenal!! I never saw the shocking my
Crystal Gray
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first glimpse into Havenwood Falls. I knew if I started with one of Stacey's I would love it. I was right! This town is so magical, I have to have more.

Back to THIS book. Octavia is a hoot, yes she has her struggles, and a rough start to life but she makes the best out of it. Guy, oh goodness how could you not like him! I can't wait to see how her story turns out! Yes it ended in a bit of a cliffy.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Octavia has had a hard life always on the move. Something always happens whether it is she is being chased out of town because she isn't "normal" or someone wants to use her powers. She feels she will be on the move forever until she happens upon Havenwood Falls, a small haven in the mountains for supernatural to coexist with humans. Of course with several rules to protect them all.

Octavia is placed on probation upon coming into town. The town council decides to test her by putting her in a butc
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
How the Dead Lie is an installment in the Havenwood Falls series featuring a necromancer named Octavia whose arrival in town literally raises alarms. She winds up having to stay for an extended visit during a trial period where she is given a job at the butcher shop. Necromancer working at a butcher shop - what could possibly go wrong? The only negative thing I really have to say is that the book started off a bit awkward. I felt like I was arriving the middle of a story, but things do eventuall ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the Havenwood Falls Collective, I am stoked to see that Rourke is a part of the HF Family. No matter the genre or character, Stacey Rourke instills a piece of herself into each. I love her affinity for a strong female MC who is smart, witty, and badass. Octavia Hollows, of How The Dead Lie, is all that and a necromancer to boot. I love her snarkiness, quick wit, and sass. To top it off, she brings back a nude guy she finds in the freezer, whom she affectionately names Willie. If you ...more
Paranormal Tendencies
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia Hollows (love her name!) is a necromancer who has found herself in the cute little town of Havenwood falls. She’s become somewhat of a drifter because of her unique talents and is wary of calling this place home, but the pull to the town in strong. The town itself is full of other magical creatures. They don’t immediately trust her but let her stay on a probationary period on the condition that she not use her powers to reanimate the dead. She’s sure she can pass this time easily, until ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Somehow I missed the Havenwood Falls series of books, but I am glad I started with Stacey Rourke's book first. Her Havenwood Falls book was a wonderful introduction to the town, the town's characters, and especially to Octavia. Octavia is a new citizen to Havenwood Falls and she has a special skill set that makes her unique among it's citizens. I loved Octavia's snarky attitude, and her one-liners made the story for me. I love the idea that Havenwood Falls is a retreat or haven for paranormal be ...more
Dana Fraedrich
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was pleased I had no idea where the story was going most of the time. When we got to the twist in the end, I was pretty shocked, and that’s one of my favorite things when I’m consuming entertainment. And I almost never find books where the necromancer is the protagonist. Plus, she works in a butcher shop. Hijinks ensue. Hooray! Unfortunately, I didn’t really like the sense of humor throughout the book. I love me some snark, but I feel like there’s a line between clever snark and petty high sch ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This genre is not my normal, but this novella was funny and quirky. The story moved quickly and keep me involved in wanting to know what's going to happen next. Octavia is a necromancer, someone who raises the dead and her past is horrible, sad, lonely and continues to follow her as she looks for a place to stay. She was a great character, and her boss Guy, who is a butcher, is wonderful, grouchy, short but a heart of gold side character. And, how can you not love a little pig named Bacon, who w ...more
Amanda Floyd
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book by Stacey Rourke before, but she has a new fan! I was hooked from page one and couldnt put it down. Octavia is a Necromancer who gets a job in the local butcher shop. Honestly its every bit as funny as it sounds. Octavia is funny and snarky which I absolutely loved. She is quite possibly my new favorite Havenwood Falls character! Can we please get a book with her and Callie? The names she created for the Court were fantastic. Pissy Smeagol is just great. The story isnt jus ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Rourke's storytelling and this novella was no exception. I loved Octavia's spunk from the start. The charmed little town that she had ended up in was full of good possibilities for her, as well as some danger so it seemed. The supporting characters were lively and kept things moving in an entertaining way. There were plenty of twists and turns as secrets were revealed and hobgoblins showed their softer side. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more of Octavia and Bac ...more
Tabi Ann
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read

Wow, talk about leaving me saying damn I didn't see that one a coming. This was an amazing read and it had me laughing so many times. I will tell you that this story will give you some suspense and some shocks too.

Octavia is trying to find a place where she belongs, but will she find it in Havenwood Falls or will forces beyond her require her to continue on?

Until Next Time... Tabi

Rebecca Rogers
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Novella Ever

I adore this author and after reading this novella I am excited to see what other adventures are in store for Octavia and Bacon! I giggled and snorted through this entire thing. I got odd looks and whispers because I could not contain myself. Mrs. Rourke has truly outdone herself with this addition to the Havenwood Falls community!! I loved the story, the quirky supes and the world of HWF!!! This is a must read for everyone!
Lita Acevedo
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good story and very well written. I liked Octavia's spunky attitude and the relationship she developed with her boss, seeing past his grumpy exterior. I would have preferred the book to be longer, but at least the story was more or less complete with a lure for the next story. I still maintain that $3 is a lot to pay for a story less than a hundred pages long. ...more
Two Nerds With Words
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun & Quirky

A great short filled with sass, wit, and superb banter made this book a brilliantly entertaining read. With a wonderful cast of characters and a very likeable lead, this paranormal cozy mystery was fast-paced and highly entertaining. I can't wait to follow this character's journey.
Jamie Knowles
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novella was my first experience with the Havenwood Falls series. I really enjoyed the banter between Octavia and her butcher boss\reluctant friend. I loved the development of Octavias character and her personality. I am looking forward to the next book! I need to know where Octavias quest with Bacon goes next!!
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute, quick read with tons of wit and laugh out loud humor. Loved it!

Favorite Quote:
“Aw, are you going to miss me?”
“Hell no!” he huffed, his brow furrowing into a deep V. “I got used to not having to deal with people at the shop. I want you to get your ass back here, so I can go back to not having to talk to shitheels.”

Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how this fits into the Havenwood Falls saga, but as a prequel to the Journals of Octavia Hallows series, it is adorable. I loved getting to see some of her backstory. It was just as fun as book 1. Looking forward to reading the rest. ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So fun

This was a fun quick read.And Octavia is hilarious I can't wait to read more of her adventures. I highly recommend this book to everyone you can't go wrong with it or any that are set in this quirky town.
Sam Miller
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! mystery, romance, humor. What more could you want in a book?! I suck at reviews but I had to review this because I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the first book Stacey's new series about Olivia and her little pig, Bacon. ...more
Tricia Randall
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A paranormal mystery with laughs. How the Dead Lie had me giggling from start to end. Octavia is cheeky, bright, and a bada$$ necromancer. Her pet...well, you'll have to read about her pet. It's a cute one. I highly recommend How the Dead Lie. It's an awesome mystery with some humor added in. ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I want more! Lol. I highly enjoyed this book. It was full of my favorite emotions. Laughter and sarcasm. I did not even suspect many turns in the story. I can not wait to hear more about Octavia's journey. And of course more Havenwood Falls.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Snarky and satisfying. I loved every second of it and am so glad Octavia and Bacon are getting a full serial series!
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!

Stacey Rourke is an amazing story teller! Octavia is sarcastic, powerful, and a badass! I can’t wait to read more about her and Bacons adventures!
J.A. Cintron
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need the other book fast or Octavia might need to reanimate someone... Also if undead pig named bacon doesn't catch your attention you need to reevaluate your life. ...more
Good Books & Tasty Morsels
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Rourke never fails at bringing you amazing books. How the Dead Lie is captivating and thrilling. It's a paranormal mystery. It has Stacey's witty humor and well developed characters. As always there are many twist and turns you don't see coming. I have stopped trying to guess where Stacey will lead you in a book, because nine times out of ten she will head you in a completely different direction which has your jaw hanging open. You will not be dissapointed. ​ I look forward to the next bo ...more
Jennifer Faulkner
rated it it was amazing
Feb 12, 2019
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