REVIEW by Katherine: The Corpse Whisperer by H.R. Boldwood

Welcome to the world of Allie Nighthawk, corpse whisperer and badass zombie hunter.

“If you raise deadheads, you’d better be able to put ‘em down. Nobody said it was pretty. But in this day, when vampires aren’t just for breakfast anymore, and the dead are disposable pawns for necromancers, someone has to ante up. Looks like I won the lotto. Imagine my delight. You should thank me, really, because the world is batshit crazy.”

When the zombie population spikes and no one knows why, it’s up to Allie to solve the mystery. But there’s a hitch. She’s stuck babysitting Leo Abruzzi, a zombie-bitten gangster who’s turning state’s evidence. But the mob and a powerful necromancer will stop at nothing to take Leo and Allie down.

Allie Nighthawk is Anita Blake on steroids, with a fondness for leather and Jack on the rocks. She has a healthy dose of Stephanie Plum and Rachel Morgan in her, too, though she’d never admit it.

The battle between good and evil just got wicked fun.




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About the Book

The Corpse Whisperer
by H.R. Boldwood

Allie Nighthawk Mysteries Book One

Urban Fantasy
Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense

Third Street Press

Publication Date
December 1, 2018

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Katherine’s Review

Allie Nighthawk has principles, but she also likes to eat and feed her pets so when the police hire her to raise help babysit/protect a FBI informant who is in the process of turning zombie, she takes the job. Allie knows nothing about witness protection, the Mob, following orders or protocol, or using a filter, but she does know her way around raising and stopping zombies. When she finds herself in over her head and all the facts she knows thrown out the window, Allie is going to fight for the truth, even if it costs her a job, and maybe her life.

This was totally like the well-meaning madcap misadventures of Stephanie Plum meets the scary, gory supernatural of what Anita Blake use to be. There was a mystery that needed to be solved, there was some creepy/gory supernatural zombie action, some surprising amount of heart and feels, and the terrible yet hysterical antics and situations that Allie kept finding herself in (sometimes without her even meaning to) such as brains in the morgue or a nosy neighbor training birds to say “appropriate” comments. I blew through this story in a day, it was easy to read and stay engaged. I would go so far as to say this is a fun, lighthearted, zombie gory cozy mystery (if such a thing can exist).

I was a little confused about the world and the whole zombie situation, it was way more complicated that any other zombie story I have read (and I have read a lot—I love zombies!). There are so many types of zombies and reasons for zombies that kept being added as the book progressed I feel a little like I needed a spreadsheet to keep track of the whys and hows. I am hoping that the next book will build on what this story hinted at.

The main mystery aspect that Allie was hired for in this book was resolved but there was an underlying mystery going on that I would love to know more about. The ending hinted at a much more complicate world that I am so down for learning more about it! Count me in for the next Allie Nighthawk mystery (and I am hoping for some romance with a certain partner!).

This would be a great next read for those who enjoy the fun quirky mess of the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich or anyone looking for the supernatural zombie action of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton or Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

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