“Angel Crawford always felt like a piece of white trash and lived up to this label rather successfully.
“Angel lives with her alcoholic father in a small town in Louisiana. Over the years, her father has decorated their front yard with empty beer cans and whiskey bottles. Her mother killed herself in prison. Angel herself has a record and is currently out on probation, due to a deal which was too good to be true. She dropped out of high school when she was only sixteen, due to an unfortunate incident with a frog. She’s been fired from a string of minimum wage jobs. Add a pill habit to all of this…. Angel’s life is on a collision course with disaster.
“Fate, never one to turn down a temptation, provides a disaster of epic proportions. The disaster? An overdose of painkillers. A horrible car crash that Angel remembers being in, although she doesn’t have a scratch on her. And a mysterious note which gives her a choice – take a new job arranged for her and work for a month at the county morgue or go to jail.
“And yet, this won’t be the weirdest event of Angel’s life, not by a long shot.
“For several months now I have been reading reviews of this series, and yet I still hesitated, as I am not a big fan (generally) of the zombie genre. Last week I finally broke down and started reading My Life As A White Trash Zombie.
“This book is actually a very fast paced mystery that I enjoyed reading. Well to be honest, it did take a minute to get used to all the talk about brains….. After that it was great. There are two primary mysteries to this book, the first you know the answer to; while you know Angel is a Zombie (hey it is the title, I am not spoiling anything, I promise) Angel takes a while to realize her new undead state and what it entails. Second there is a serial killer stalking through the Louisiana swamp, and due to her new job Angel is in the thick of things.
“I also enjoyed reading the evolution of Angel as a character. Beyond becoming a zombie, her life and outlook do change. Instead of letting fate take the reins of her life, she slowly wrestles for control. And it is fun to read.
I would recommend this book to anyone (it may have slightly more appeal to the female audience, as Angel is the main character of this story) looking for a fun mystery that just happens to have a zombie as the protagonist. This is NOT a kids’ book.
“I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series, Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues, White Trash Zombie Apocalypse,and How The White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (due out in 2014).”
-Amber, Seattle Mystery Bookshop
You can get your zombie mystery fix (and preorder the next in the series) at Seattle Mystery Bookshop or your local indie bookstore.