Dead Series by Vawn Cassidy _ Blog Tour & Review

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Dead Serious
By Vawn Cassidy


Crawshank’s Guide to the Recently Departed, Book 1

Tristan Everett had always preferred the company of the dead because they were quiet and didn’t talk back. As a slightly awkward introvert working as a pathologist at the Hackney Public Mortuary suited him just fine. That is, until a freak accident with a rogue ice cube and suddenly he can see ghosts. No longer content to just lie on the table and let him figure out how they died, they’re now peering over his shoulder critiquing his work and confessing their most lascivious sins before skipping off merrily into the afterlife.

Just when he thought his life couldn’t get any weirder, London’s most infamous drag queen, Miz Dusty Le Frey, is wheeled in with a toe tag and she’s not prepared to go quietly into the light. Not only is she furious at the prospect of spending eternity in last season’s gold lamé, she’s determined that he help her solve her murder.

Suddenly Tristan finds himself thrown into a world of sequins and fake eyelashes, and worse still, he may have developed a crush on Scotland Yard’s brand new drool-worthy detective, Inspector Danny Hayes, who’s been assigned to Dusty’s murder. Oh, and the killer now wants him dead too…

All he ever wanted was a simple life but suddenly he’s juggling work, a deliciously sexy detective, a stubborn ghost and a relentless murderer… and things have just gotten dead serious….

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He’s wearing another suit that, god help me, clings to every inch of a six three body, which has clearly been hand carved by the gods while angels harmonised in the background. His suit jacket is unbuttoned, his white shirt stretched across a broad and obviously well-toned chest, his tie is loosened, and his top button undone.

Jesus holy moly Christ, the man is nothing short of temptation incarnate. All he needs is a trench coat and I’d have my very own spank bank version of Constantine. He lifts his hand, raking it through his dark blonde hair, and I swear it looks like he is in slow motion. I almost reach up to check my chin in case I’m accidentally drooling.

He turns, his gaze sweeping the room, and as his piercing blue gaze lands on me, his mouth breaks into a smile, causing his eyes to crinkle slightly and revealing, not dimples exactly, but fascinating creases either side of his mouth that I find myself desperately wanting to trace with the pads of my fingers.

He crosses the room in smooth confident strides until he’s standing on the opposite side of the table to me, with Dusty’s body between us.

Great, I realise with a sinking feeling. I’ve now added my hot crush to my rapidly expanding list of hallucinations. There is no way he’s really the guy from last night. He didn’t even know my name let alone how to find me. At this rate, I’m going to have to check myself into a mental hospital.

‘Tristan Everett?’ He smiles as he holds out his hand.

Without thinking, I reach out and grasp his hand, ignoring the little zip of electricity and letting out a startled gasp. When I’d tried to touch Dusty, my hand had passed straight through as if she weren’t there, but Mr Blue Eyes’ hand is warm and his grip firm.

‘You’re real,’ I whisper as he studies me, slightly puzzled by my response. ‘Uh, I mean.’ I clear my throat and offer him a polite, professional smile. He really doesn’t need to know how much I’d like to lean forward and press my mouth to those soft looking lips of his, especially considering I’d missed out last night as I was unconscious when he had his mouth on mine, while he was busy saving my life. ‘How did you find me?’ I ask curiously, momentarily forgetting everything in the room but him.

‘Serendipity,’ he replies softly, his mouth curving as he watches me.

‘I’m sorry?’ I blink owlishly in confusion.

‘Inspector Danny Hayes, Scotland Yard,’ he introduces himself, as his gaze flickers momentarily down at Dusty’s body. ‘That’s my case you’re about to post-mortem.’

‘Ohhh,’ I reply slowly as his words sink in. My mouth forms a small, silent ‘o’ as I stare at him, lost in his denim blue gaze, only marginally aware of the soft smile playing on my lips.

‘Oh my God, are you two seriously eye fucking each other over my dead body?’ a dry voice interrupts. ‘Er…rude…’

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About the Author:

Vawn Cassidy is the MM pen name of author Wendy Saunders. She lives in Hampshire in the UK with her husband and three children. She writes Supernatural and Contemporary Fantasy Fiction as Wendy Saunders and Romantic Suspense as WJ Saunders.
Suddenly Beck is her debut MM novel and was borne of her love and enjoyment of MM Romance. During the lockdown, she wanted to write something fun and light-hearted, and as a quirky and unapologetic Brit herself, she wanted to set a story back home in the UK as opposed to her other fiction which is primarily set in the states.

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[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Dead Serious
 is the start of a paranormal mystery series by Vawn Cassidy. Tristan is a pathologist at the morgue who is very much an introvert. One night, his work friends drag him to a bar where he chokes on an ice cube and technically dies for a few minutes. After that, his life changes, he can now interact with the departed he spends his days working on. Scotland Yard Inspector Danny is new to the area, and he is instantly captivated by Tristan, even before he saved his life at the bar. His new case, the murder of a well-loved drag performer named Dusty, find his and Tristan’s paths crossing frequently. Dusty happens to be the first ghost Tristan interacts with and promises her he will help put her to rest while she provides endlessly entertaining commentary on his life. Alongside exploring his feelings for Danny, Tristan finds himself in the middle of the murder investigation, putting his life in the cross-hairs of a killer.

“Ghosts aren’t real , and I’m clearly having some kind of mental breakdown.”
“Honey, I hate to break it to you, but ghosts apparently are a thing, and I’m pretty sure you’re looking at one.”

I really enjoyed a lot about this book. First I want to mention all the Drag pride and love in this one, it made my heart happy. Then we have our main characters, Tristan is precious with his clumsiness, lack of people skills and genuine care for others. I loved how Tristan came into himself more the longer he had his ability. While he saw it as a hurdle and something bad in reality, it introduced him to new friends who help with his confidence. Danny is charming and gentle, and I loved how he was with Tristan. Making sure he was taken care of for once and showing him how he found his quirks endearing, not something to be embarrassed about. There was some quality sexual slow burn tension between the two of them and when they finally kiss, it was just so perfect for them. Then when they finally take it the next step it was literally catastrophic to their surrounding 😂 and hot as hell.

“He isn’t my Tristan yet…or maybe he is, because one thing I sure as hell know is that in that moment he kissed me, he’s fucking owned me in a way no else ever had.”

For a paranormal mystery series, I wasn’t expecting the amount of heavy emotions I was hit with. When Tristan shows Danny his relationship with his father, I was left sobbing like a baby and the scene when Tristan brings Dusty the closer she needs. Ugh I just wasn’t emotionally ready for either scenes, and it hurt.😭

There are only a few things keeping me from giving this a higher rating. Tristan is a movie buff and there are a lot of movie references in the book. It’s pretty much a part of the story, but at times it felt exhausting. Next, if Danny mentioned one more time that Tristan wasn’t his usual body type or guy he was typical was attracted to, I would have screamed. That statement really only needs to be made once, not repetitively throughout the book. Last but definitely not least is the lengthy Harry Potter reference at the end, like WTF, why? Has the author and beta readers been living in a hole, there was no need for it, and I shouldn’t have to explain why it’s a problem .

All in all , Dead Serious by Vawn Cassidy was a great start to a paranormal romance mystery series with a high maintenance cat, drag, persistent ghosts, emotion, and a sweet slow burn romance.

Trigger warnings : discussion / remembering of a hate crime, HP references

—Written by Amanda—

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