Death Retires

Death Retires

by Cate Lawley

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Death Retires by Cate Lawley

Death's not taking a holiday, he's retired.

Or he was, until murder intrudes on his quiet retirement plans. Geoff's stalked by ghosts, and his former bosses have saddled him with the care of a possessed bobcat. With his beautiful neighbor Sylvie and his cat's help, can he solve a fiendish crime?

Click to see how Geoff becomes involved in his first murder investigation and all of the uproarious antics that ensue.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158650833
Publisher: Catherine G. Cobb
Publication date: 10/14/2017
Series: Death Retired , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 166,218
File size: 480 KB

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Death Retires 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Geoff Todd is a former soul collector. Some people call him Death, but really he’s just one of several deaths not THE Death. But not anymore. He’s retired and trying to live a quiet life in a fairly decent neighborhood. Trying being the operative word here. He’s been assigned a possessed bobcat to keep an eye on and he can hear (and sometimes see) ghosts. When his lovely neighbor’s shed is blown up he gets pulled into an investigation involving his neighbors and he discovers some things that surprise him. Poor Geoff. He’s human again after collecting souls for about half a century and all he wants is some peace and quiet. Instead he’s saddled with Clarence the possessed bobcat, and ghosts invading his home. Just as he starts to take an interest in Sylvie, his beautiful neighbor, things start to go sideways in the neighborhood. As he digs into a murder investigation and tries to find out who blew up Sylvie’s shed he finds out more than he ever wanted to know about his other neighbors. I really, really love the Vegan Vamp series, so when Death Retires came up for review I jumped at the chance to read a new series by Cate Lawley. This story has some funny stuff, a touch of possible romance, paranormal intrigue, a mystery, and some danger. I think Clarence is supposed to be comic relief, but I found him to be incredibly annoying. If his bullshit shenanigans were toned down I may like him better. The supporting characters aren’t as well-fleshed out as Geoff and Clarence, but they add to the story and make me look forward to reading more about them in future books. Overall, this is an entertaining first book in a hopefully long running series.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“Death Retires” earns 5/5 Paranormal Parties…Great Fun! “Death’s not taking a vacation. He’s retired.” What a great introduction to a new series by Cate Lawley! We meet Geoff Todd, hiding from the advances of a neighbor, has bought a house and hopes to enjoy a relaxing retirement. Although he prefers “soul collector,” he is death (not ‘the’ death, just one of the deaths) and life in the suburbs is not exactly what he expected. He is joined by and often in humorous conflict with Clarence, whose human ghost either accidentally or by choice inhabits the body of a bobcat—a nice twist on the ‘feline familiar’ idea. Then there are the ghosts who are of great annoyance. Geoff only sees and hears the disembodied when they wish it, but Clarence, a ghost himself, freely sees, hears, and interacts with them. But Geoff has got to find a way to get one ghost to move on and get out of his hair. It just may be necessary to solve the mystery behind how he, Bobby, became a ghost, and protecting the widow may be part of the deal. How marvelous! Similar to her twist on vampires with her Vegan Vamp series, Cate Lawley has penned a delightfully unique variation to her new series Death Retired Mystery. Book one, “Death Retires,” introduces us to one of the deaths—now human, his sidekick/bobcat Clarence, ghosts, mediums, witches, demons, and humans all adding to this paranormal delight with humor and laugh-out-loud entertainment. Ok, it is not as weird as it sounds. It is engaging fun as ‘death’ tries to fit in once again among humans, navigate neighborhood relationships, and deal with ghostly and paranormal characters. I really had fun with this one. “Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, all of the above opinions are my own.”
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
I was already a fan of the Vegan Vamp series (and Spirelli Paranormal Investigations by Kate Baray), so I was looking forward to this new series. Geoff Todd has recently settled down into a "normal" human neighborhood, after retiring from being one of the Soul Collectors (he prefers this title to Death). His companion is Clarence, a ghost who can see and hear other ghosts and is possessing the body of a bobcat. As Geoff settles into his home and tries to adapt to living in this century, he seeks a solution to a pesky ghost problem which leads to meeting the neighbors. Sounds simple, doesn't it?! This was a great read and has presented great characters for this new series - Clarence, neighbor Sylvie, medium Lilac, witch Tamara, and finally Hector. I love how despite Geoff's background as Death, he is a real newbie when it comes to all things paranormal...this makes him charming and quaint. I can't wait for the next book in this series. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this ARC received from the author.