Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper Mystery, #1) by Judy Clemens

Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper Mystery, #1)

Casey Maldonado’s life is over – at least as she knows it. In one brief moment of fire and wrenching metal, everything important was gone. The car manufacturer was generous with its settlement, but it can never be enough. Her family and friends – not to mention her lawyers – want her to go for more. More money. More publicity. More everything. But Casey is done. No financial gain or courtroom retribution will bring back what really matter...

Details Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper Mystery, #1)

TitleEmbrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper Mystery, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2009
PublisherPoisoned Pen Press
GenreMystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Death, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Mystery

Reviews Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper Mystery, #1)

  • Rebecca McNutt
    I still think the best version of Death I've ever come across is from that television program Supernatural...Anyhow, Embrace the Grim Reaper is a strange, sometimes even comedic story in which Death would prefer to follow a live person than a dead one. This makes for an interesting book full of creepy scenery and creative characters.
  • Una Tiers
    This is a rather quirky paranormal mystery with parallel plots, a good twist on the usual protagonist role in a dark setting. It was longer than necessary. The author wanted to show what they knew at the cost of economy of words.
  • Janet
    The book has a strong premise, but just doesn’t follow through. I kept skimming through all of Casey’s soul-searching to get to the meat of the plot; still not sure why Casey is running from the car manufacturer. I won’t be continuing on with this series.
  • Nancy
    Eh. I noticed the author was an award winner so I chose this book at the library. I felt like vital details about the main character's life were lacking and because of that, I did not feel a strong connection. And I really hate books that read like a movie. Which this one did near the end of the book. It was quite a realistic book until the end. Then it was just too melodramatic. And how "convenient" that her unhidden talents throughout the whole...
  • Cat Jenkins
    I've been reading this series backwards and am beginning to think that's a valid path I'll follow with other writers.The latest in the series, #3, grabbed my imagination with its quirkiness and gritty reality. Then #2 was like watching the author find her feet. Now, with this book, #1, it's so easy to see the burst of creative passion that gave rise to the ongoing entries in the series.Ms. Clemens' MC is flawed and heartbroken and generally a mes...
  • Alison (Lady Coffin) S
    This is I think the third series I have run across lately where "Death" or the Grim Reaper plays a main part in the story, this one a little, but he pops up in this as what I can best describe as macabre comic relief.I will definitely look for the second book in the series.
  • Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
    I picked up this novel for a quick, easy read. I figured, it sure sounds pretty interesting. But I didn't expect that I would give this a 5 star rating. I expected to enjoy it, that it would be 'Meh', and move on to the next book on my list... but what I got was a pretty intense story, told in such a way, that I couldn't bear to put this book down for one second. Unfortunately, us humans must eat, sleep, work... But I still managed to gobble this...
  • Pamela
    The story of a young woman who lost her husband and son in a horrific car accident ends up travelling the roads of the US by hitching rides and walking. However, she is not alone. She has a travelling companion, who just happens to be Death. She begs Death to take her, but is continuously refused. I found the concept to quite intriguing. Granted this is Book 1 of a three-book series, I found the novel to lack depth when it came to the characters,...
  • Doris Ann
    EMBRACE THE GRIM REAPER is something very different. Casey wishes her life was over. The auto manufacturer whose faulty design was responsible for the fiery crash that took her husband and young son, but which she, to her regret, survived. She gets a handsome settlement, but the car maker keeps trying to find her, thinking that she will bring a large and publicity grabbing law suit. She doesn't want that. She travels, sometimes sleeping rough and...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Well as an audio book experience this was good enough (as well as the fact that I only paid R20 for the book and Audio book as part of an Amazon special) however the actual story was very light in plot, character development and conclusion. The only redeeming character was Death, who accompanied the main protagonist, but sadly he didn’t really feature too much in the story. Casey's irrational behaviour, constantly running away from the car manu...
  • Christina
    I was actually presently surprised when I read this book. I was expecting the relationship between death and the main character to be something totally different. I liked how they treated each other more like siblings then anything else. I also was not expecting who the killer was at the end. good book.
  • Jennifer
    It was going ok, not great, but an ok read until the last 1/3 of the book. Some serious stuff starts to happen, and Casey goes on the run from that point on (apparently through the next couple of books also). The sudden shift came out of nowhere, in a violent scene that was too overdone to feel real. Casey is using her conveniently super martial arts powers to overcome everything. Then there's an unnecessary and completely out of place sex scene ...
  • Whitney
    3.5 stars. This book may require some patience at first (at least it did for me). The author seems to utilize the first third of the book for the main plot set up. The last two thirds move a little quicker. The last third or so had a good bit of action, but the very end was rather anticlimactic.While some of the storyline seemed a bit weird: a stranger on her first day in town joins the local theater production, is apparently this fantastic actre...
  • Kristen
    This book was not the right fit for me, and I did not finish it.The writing was good, and I think the plot would have been something the right reader would have really enjoyed. I think it might just have been the wrong time for this story for me right now. I found the back story for Casey to be a downer and depressing, and while I understand why she is who she is, I was not into it, and didn't want to be as depressed as going on Casey's journey w...
  • Sandra Holladay
    Loved the Grim Reaper, he was a hoot throughout the story. Never did figure out why Casey was running from the car manufacture people, or why it was portrayed so mysteriously. You'd think they wanted to kill her from the way she was acting. Her martial arts skills were displayed early enough on that it was no surprise that she was able to defend herself the way she did later in the book. Despite the lack of any character growth or development, I ...
  • Lisa Tollefson
    Interesting idea. Death comes and goes, and only those who don't fear him can see him. It's an awkward relationship: Casey doesn't want him around unless he'll take her, and he's bored, looking for amusement. Of course that isn't the only relationship. She stops for a while in a small Ohio town and over the course of the week or so she's there, meets people, gets involved in charity work, and uncovers a murder. The solution to the murder was a su...
  • BarbaraAnn
    I read this book because I thought the concept was good. I wasn't expecting to like it enough to buy the other books in the series, which is what happened. The book was a solid mystery with Death as almost comic relief. There were some loose ends, such as why Casey (the MC) was running from the car company that had lost a lawsuit against her, but the mystery in the story was resolved. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • Lynn
    I feel that this book had a serious pacing flaw. The book starts in the middle of a story and there were places where it felt like the author was assuming the reader knew what had happened outside of the book. There were several unresolved plot points and the ending felt rushed. The overall premise was good and many of the characters were enjoyable but there was too much unresolved and unexplained to make this a good read.
  • Angela
    The main concept of this book is that the main character interacts with the Grim Reaper, while very few others can see him. His comments lead her to investigate an apparent suicide and the plot goes from there. The mystery was rather simple and the enjoyment in this book lies in the characters, including and especially the Grim Reaper. The problem with the book is that in order to maintain the concept, the character must stay as miserable as she ...
  • Kat B.
    2.5 stars.I felt like the storyline in this book was very choppy. Things happened that didn’t feel like they should have happened, character placement was funky and convenient, and who was Casey? She was just kind of obnoxious.Death, however, was the best part of this book. He was humorous and quirky, and I giggled more than once reading his part.
  • Carolyn F.
    AudiobookI'm not sure why the main character is running because what can they actually do to her. Is it because she doesn't want to talk to them? I did like that she might be the hands and feet for the (view spoiler)[grim reaper (hide spoiler)] which makes future books more interesting. I just wish she wasn't so afraid of the big confrontation that is inevitably going to happen. 3-1/2 stars
  • Maria Coro Arruti
    Don't think I'll continue with this series. Simplistic, characters quite uninteresting, even the principal character, Casey Smith. And a too long book, a very simple story and a very rushed ending, like the author was also fed up with the writing. If there is no other book to read at the moment, it's an ok. book, but just that.
  • Lisa
    Tried to read this but did not catch me within the first 5 chapters. Had to let it go which I very rarely do. I may pick it up again at a later time but for now, needed something with more activity.
  • Lydia
    Really liked it will be reading the next book for sure. I hated one part at the end and am curious as to how that gets fixed. I did feel like I was left with a ton of questions but seeing as it's a series I'm going to let it slide for now.
  • Nicole
    Different type of take on a buddy mystery. Very interesting read. Looking forward to the second book.
  • Cathy
    I found Casey's character to be totally obtrusive and off-putting.
  • Karyn The Pirate
    Just didn't grab me. At this point I have read so many mysteries that if it doesn't grab me quick, I lose interest fast.
  • Ingrid Spera
    This was an ok read. A bit dry, but fun at the same time.
  • Janet
    It probably wasn't really five stars maybe four and a half but it was just nice to have a new character and a new premise.