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Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0425208168
Date: 25 October, 2005 List Price $21.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

I mean, we've read about the troubles that being undead has caused Betsy. Her mother was stuck with this unreturnable tombstone and it's even dated. So, while it may be high on the ick factor, Betsy is learning to deal with having a grave with her name on it. She's becoming friends with her half-sister Laura who has hit her rebellious teen years and is being 'perfectly nice' to upset her mother, the devil. The evil stepmother has now given birth to Betsy's half-brother (Jon) and he seems normal except that he only stops crying when Betsy's around so Betsy's getting some quality baby sitting time in her busy schedule. Vampires are not your usual first choice baby sitters but the evil Ant is desperate to get away from the crying.

Betsy is also planning her wedding to Eric Sinclair. She's changed the date several times because there never seems to be enough hours to be Queen, appease ghosts, plan a wedding and tend to the fiends. But she's settled on a Christmas wedding and there's only one tiny little problem -- vampires can't deal with religious icons and that seems to include all the Christmas decorations and especially the tree.

Then things spin out of control when a former vampire hunter moves in while he attends classes and the devil manages to provoke Laura into getting confused about good and evil. Imagine Betsy's surprise when she's the one giving morality lessons to her sister Laura. And, of course there's a serial killer running loose and the ghosts all want Betsy to find the killer so they can rest in peace.

It's another hilarious romp with this material girl vampire. Can she do it? Plan a wedding, baby sit a new brother, teach her sister mercy, and solve several murders while looking for some really outstanding shoes? Read and find out. But, if you haven't already read the first three volumes you may want to start with Undead and Unwed.

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