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How to be Death
     

How to be Death

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by Amber Benson
 

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All Calliope Reaper-Jones ever wanted out of life was a fabulous job in New York City and a really hot boyfriend. But now, she's the brand-new President of Death, Inc. With the Board of Death breathing down her neck and her dad's copy of How to be Death (A Fully Annotated Guide) unopened, Callie's really feeling the tension. And when the guide book is stolen at

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All Calliope Reaper-Jones ever wanted out of life was a fabulous job in New York City and a really hot boyfriend. But now, she's the brand-new President of Death, Inc. With the Board of Death breathing down her neck and her dad's copy of How to be Death (A Fully Annotated Guide) unopened, Callie's really feeling the tension. And when the guide book is stolen at a fancy formal dinner, Callie has to figure out how to be the boss--before the powers held within the book get out and destroy humanity forever...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hapless ninny Calliope Reaper-Jones, propelled into the title of Death by her father’s demise, whiles away her fourth escapade (after Serpent’s Storm) attending a supernatural gala that rapidly transforms into a cozy country estate murder mystery. Since Reaper-Jones has the crime-solving abilities of a small kitten distracted by a ball of yarn, the heavy lifting goes to a new character, Edgar Freezay, formerly of the Psychical Bureau of Investigation. He quickly upstages the supposed protagonist, reducing her to a mere Watson in her own book. Both new and returning readers will be turned off by Calliope’s shallowness and ineptitude, and feminists may take particular issue with her overreliance on considerably more competent men. Agent: Brendan Deneen, Objective Entertainment. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The fourth series entry by actor/writer Benson (actor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; co-writer & director, Ghosts of Albion) sees Calliope Reaper-Jones, Death's daughter, as the new president of the family business. When her father's copy of How To Be Death: A Fully Annotated Guide disappears, she must figure things out on her own before the powers it contains destroy the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937007287
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Calliope Reaper-Jones Series , #4
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
399,386
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

AMBER BENSON co-created, co-wrote, and directed the animated supernatural web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden, followed by a series of novels including Witchery and Accursed, and the novella Astray. Benson and Golden also co-authored the novella The Seven Whistlers. As an actress, she has appeared in dozens of roles in feature films, TV movies, and television series, including the fan favorite role of Tara Maclay on three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Benson wrote, produced, and directed the feature films Chance and Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics.

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How to Be Death 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
GordonF More than 1 year ago
Unlike the first 3 books which were fairly straight foward urban-fantasy style action, this is a locked-room murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie and similar. A body, a host of suspects, and giant mansion set the stage. It walks nicely between providing details to let the reader solve some points, and holding back for the great reveal in the end. Like a good mystery some parts you can guess, and some parts you have to wait for. Really good, solid, read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book in the series the most. Has murder,mystery and mayhem. Could not put down.
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bluedog More than 1 year ago
sorry this story is not for me. I can't stand whiney, feel sorry for me type characters....especially when they are supposed to be the major character in the book. I tried to read more than one of these death episodes but after this one, I quit midway through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
eroslackermicha More than 1 year ago
Amber Benson continues to shine and entertain with this latest venture into Death's Daughter series. Calliope is a woman that others can connect to being thrown into danger and intrigue while trying to keep her world from coming apart around her. add in the romance and comedy aspects and How to Be Death is a must read. Applause to Amber Benson and eagerly await the next book in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly couldn't get through more than the first few pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book!