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Dead Man's Hand

(The Journals of Octavia Hollows #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  39 reviews
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysterie ...more
Kindle Edition, 109 pages
Published March 28th 2019 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was shorter than book one, Wake The Dead.

Book two sees Octavia head to Las Vegas where she plunges head first into another supernatural mystery that was less creepy than book one but funnier with a range of whacky and entertaining characters.
It stirs up plenty of questions but doesn't provide any answers as to what happened to Elba yet... I guess on to book three we go!
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
The second story sees Octavia retrace her steps to Las Vegas where she's hoping her old boss might have some answers for her about the man who is stalking her. We get to see Bacon cause chaos on a construction site before Octavia gets herself caught up in a new supernatural case after she reanimates an ex gambler who was burned alive. She's trying to stay under the radar of her Coven, dodge the police and a mob hitman while trying to figure out who is behind the murders so it's probably no surpr ...more
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, I'm going to be honest, I started book 1 as a joke because of the Facebook ad that popped for me. But these are surprisingly really good. The only downfall is that they are shorter than I would like. But at the same time, she's kind of cutting the BS out of these types of stories ans just keeping a streamline story.

I love Octavia and Bacon 🥰
Niamh Hunter
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nanette Bradford
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great story in the long line of amazing books from Stacy Rourke. She never fails to make you laugh and even cry all at the same time. This was no different. Bacon is my ultimate favorite sidekick, mini aviator wearing hog that you just have to love and Octavia, well, she’s just a bad ass biotch that has a softer side she tries not to show.
This book Is a great quick read. Octavia is still roaming the countries trying to find out what happened to her love Elba and happens upon a fried up
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Dead Man's Hand is the second installment in the Journals of Octavia Hollows serial series. This time we find Octavia heading to Las Vegas to find answers from her old boss. While there, she manages to find herself entangled in yet another mystery that begins with a charred, very dead crispy critter. She uses her special necromancy juju to try to help the guy out. This leads her down a winding path to the seedy underbelly of Vegas in the form of mob enforcers and addicts of all flavors. During t ...more
Kira Assad
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot get over how funny these books are. Stacey Rourke is able to have you laughing one minute and then feel overly emotional for the characters the next second. The quick, witty interactions between the characters is the best! Octavia is on to her next mission, while also trying to discover more about her fiance's death and body disappearance, with her trusty pig sidekick Bacon in Dead Man's Hand. What could possibly go wrong, right? Well, danger has a way of finding its way to Octavia and ...more
Amanda Floyd
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia and Bacon are back in Dead Mans Hand. This book was full of the snarky, badass Octavia we've come to love. This time Octavia returns to Vegas and discovers bodies burned from the inside out. This book has alot of funny moments. Be warned she picks on millenials but it's such an accurate representation! As someone who is technically one I approve of the jokes! Bacon causes some mayham (small pig joke here) with some dogs and it had me cracking up. While this one had alot of funny moments ...more
Rebecca Rogers
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Rourke has done it yet again, Book 2 of the Journals of Octavia Hollows has all the feels. This segment of Octavia’s journey made me lol, was full of necromancer snark, Bacon antics not limited to pig-cardio and then it truly gutted me. Ms. Rourke had me in tears with this book as we saw a new softer side of Octavia while she was facing off with the Jinn. The storyline is never predictable, always entertaining and keeps you wanting more. As her search for Elba’s murderer continues you get a ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
WOW....What another amazing journey for Octavia and Bacon!!

The characters were awesome! I am in love with Octavia and her wittiness. I loved the new characters that Octavia meets in this book. And of course, we can't forget Bacon!! He is the real star that shines bright within the pages of this book!! Bacon makes the story so much fun to read because he has his own personality to add to the story!!

The story-line was remarkable! It was such a spectacular ride full of mystery, suspense, sadness an
Paranormal Tendencies
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Octavia and Bacon are adventuring again. This time she comes across a tricky situation; corpses burned from the inside out. She’s still on the hunt for her boyfriend’s body, but this mystery has to be solved before someone else dies.
I wish I could read this one again for the first time…. You’ll get it when you read the book! Lol
But seriously, It seems like every story in this series gets more exciting! Bacon is adorable in his little pig carrier and Octavia is meeting more new people and solvin
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was eager to see what trouble Octavia and Bacon would get into in this second installment in the series.
The action (and of course, humor) started at the first chapter and pulled me right into the story.
I love how Rourke infuses humor and snark into this series. Octavia is such a larger than life character and her adventures keep me turning page after page. I really enjoyed all of her interactions in this one and can't wait to see where the road ahead leads. Bring on the next book in the serie
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one hit the emotional mother load. I think this is my favorite so far, of course I'll probably say that after each one as the series progresses. For a short read it sure gives you all you could ask for. The snark and antics are in full supply, while the characters we meet and the trouble that's to be had, keep us on our toes and put us through emotions a plenty. To say I love Octavia and Bacon is an understatement. Keep em coming Miss Rourke! ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
I love what the author is doing with this series of novellas, the characters are compelling and the stories are funny, and entertaining! The random things that keep popping up on her adventure to find answers keeps Octavia Hollows busy, that's for sure. This story is no different, waking a man that died by fire is short of a miracle - but the story that follows about his life and what happened to him, you just have to read it to believe it! A very short, entertaining read! ...more
Kacey Ables
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's bacon, B****!

I seriously love me some Octavia Hollows! And i love me some bacon as well. There is never a moment where these novels don't extract an emotion. Honestly, most of the time its humor but in moments you'll find yourself buried so deep in the emotions of the character. That's a mark of a true writer. To elicit so much from so little is a true gift that you have Stacey!
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia Hollows gets herself into the trickiest situations. I love how much fun the author has with her, while still giving the reader an intriguing mystery to solve. The series has had a serious Buffy, The Vampire Slayer vibe, but without the vampires. It's quick, witty, entertaining, and leading up to something big. The romance is mainly off the page, but strongly felt, as she searches for clues. I'm looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia can raise the dead but was unable to save the man she loved so our sassy necromancer sets out on a journey looking for answers, what she finds here though is a supernatural being that is turning people into crispy critters and a hitman for the mob!
I’m loving the combination of sassy humour and mystery.
My favourite line ... “All their attention was focused on my favourite little pork rind”
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm giving this book a 3.5 because I alternated between liking this book and not sure if I liked it. Octavia is kick ass! I love her self talk. I like that she wants to do what's right and good. I love who has blue painted hoofs. What I found confusing was the actual point of the story, other knowing someone is following her and asking questions. I'm going to keep reading but I hope they next stories peek my interest. ...more
Crystal Gray
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-gems
Quick, fast paced read. Very enjoyable. Octavia and Bacon are something else. I found myself laughing out loud a few times, gaining myself some weird looks from the family, but oh well! Octavia is not much closer to finding the answers she is looking for, we did get another clue though! I can't wait for more. ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second installment was better than the first. Had some laugh out loud moments like when Octavia referred to Bacon as her husband as well as Jonah with his very Indocin with women attitude. Nate telling her she's on his nuts was hilarious. My heart hurt for Nate and later Octavia the ending was better sweet and I wanted to hug first Nate then Octavia. I cannot wait for the next installment. So good! ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the feels!! Octavia is a riot. I could read, and reread, about her adventures nonstop. This go round we find Octavia in Las Vegas, NV. What could go wrong in the city of sin for a necromancer, right? A charred body, a stack of cash, and a chance to have all of her dreams fulfilled. Will she find the answers she's looking for, or will she jump at an opportunity to have anything she could wish for? Read for yourself to find out! ...more
David St. Lawrence
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting read!

This was a rather short story and it went down smoothly sort of like one of those canapes that you pick up at a fancy party. It was a great way to pass time in a waiting room which is where I was when I read this.

I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading another one as I am a sucker for tasty little tidbits.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Viva Las Vegas

I like how this series is turning into something similar to a lot of shows I marathon. I like the compassion, the investigating of cases and then her hunt for her fiance. The mystery of her past has been tied to everything so far which makes one wonder what all happened?
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Literally came up

Just one chapter before bed I said. Here I am a couple hours later at the end of book 2 and about to get book 3 started. I have always love Staceys work but this series has me hooked into in a way no other series has in a awhile. Looks like it’s gonna be an all nighter for me.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead Man's Hand was great. Fun adventure for sure. I get a kick out of Bacon. That pig is comical. Octavia is one interesting character. The things she does are just too much. I have laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. This is such a great series. ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick, fun, read full of snark and sass. Loved it!

Favorite Quote:
“I mean, you remember what happened the last time we were here, right? With the shooting and the running? Because, I haven’t tested the theory, but I’m pretty sure I can’t resurrect anyone if I’m dead.”

Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Journals of Octavia Hollows is classic Rourke! Snarky, witty, and laugh out loud funny with a side of Bacon.
J.A. Cintron
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mah wifey Octavia is da best! She's amazing and her adventures are da bomb! I'm interested in seeing more about Octavia and the woman who adopted her. ...more
Heather Rizkallah
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Octavia never had it easy but when she tries to come back and solve the death of the love of her life, she did expect to be forced into solving murders in Vegas
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Five stars. Amazing book.

Another great book! I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Fantastic! I can’t wait to read what happens next for Bacon and Octavia!
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