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Review: The Business of Death by Leigh Teale


Genre: Paranormal fiction, urban fantasy
Publisher: Midnight Sterling Press
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Formats available: Paperback and eBook (Nook and Kindle)


Jacquelyn “Jack” Devlin has spent her whole life swept forward on a current of good luck. Her twin sister Mallory hasn’t been so blessed. Consumed by the idea that her bad luck is Jack’s fault, Mallory gives in to the darkness and shuffles her mortal coil for good. 

Once deceased, Mallory finds the Beyond full of possibilities. Determined to make Jack pay for 25 years of hospital stays, bad decisions, and broken dreams, she seeks help from the scheming head of the Department of Death and Demise. Together they unleash a chain of events that prove the business of death is far more complicated than Mallory’d ever dared assume. 

Only one immortal can see what Jack truly is: Black Gold, marked for death but too lucky to die. Now, the two of them must work together to right the imbalance of the Beyond before it’s too late. When her luck turns on her, though, Jack finds that saving the afterlife comes with a price no one should have to pay.

My Rating: 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚

I came across this book in a Facebook reading group. I don’t read a lot of paranormal fiction – it’s usually a bit dark for my taste – but I decided to give this a try. Boy, am I glad I did!

With her shockingly poetic prose, Teale’s debut novel will suck you in and refuse to let you go. I instantly connected with Jack, simultaneously hated and pitied Mallory, and found myself intrigued at the back story of Death himself. The story keeps great pace, and I guarantee when you reach the end you’ll wish you had book #2 in your hands. This book is appropriate for everyone teens and up.



Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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