Esprit de Corpse
In the third hilarious installment of The Reluctant Reaper series, Kirsty d’Arc’s first Reaper mission gets personal when her evil ex-boss escapes from Hell and physically possesses Shannon, Kirsty’s BFF. To reunite rightful body and soul, Kirsty must outwit a demented demon, fend off an insane strangler, and bend the very rules of Hell and Earth.Kirsty may be a full-fledged Reaper with a scythe of her own, but Dante is still miffed that she broke the Reaper rules to take down her evil ex-boss, Conrad. And Dante is not above saying “I told you so” when Conrad develops strange demonic powers and escapes to the Mortal Coil. Although barely speaking, Kirsty and Dante are sent on Kirsty’s first Reaper mission: bring Conrad back alive…er…dead…er…Just bring him back to Hell.
But before they can re-scythe him, Conrad evicts his own daughter’s soul to take over her body. Yes, he’s not a good person. So it’s up to two good people (who are, ironically, from Hell) to fix this. But can Kirsty and Dante put their differences aside in time to take down Conrad and save his daughter?
My first thought after finishing ESPRIT DE CORPSE, the third book in The Reluctant Reaper series, was that I wish Kristy had just stayed in hell. After the dramatic cliffhanger at the end of SCYTHE DOES MATTER (so far my favorite), we find Kristy and Dante up on “the mortal coil” trying to save Kristy’s best friend Shannon, from her evil father, the same guy who was responsible for Kristy being in hell in the first place.
ESPRIT DE CORPSE was a bit of a disappointment after SCYTHE DOES MATTER. I guess it is hard to improve on a hell based school for grim reapers, in my mind, but going to Earth to save a character who has even less personality than Kristy displayed in the first book definitely was a step backward. Shannon was so bland that I even forgot her name only a few days after I finished the book. Plus, Dante and Kristy’s relationship was on the rocks, so there wasn’t even that to look forward to.
Luckily, we still have the same sense of humor, and of all the books, I really think Kristy comes into her own in this one. She manages to take charge and make decisions for herself. And ESPRIT DE CORPSE does tie up any loose ends from the other installments. Unfortunately, I wish there had been more Dante and Kristy action, more BFF moments with Kali and her other girlfriends in hell, and more of the world building that made the first two books so enjoyable. I can't tell if ESPRIT DE CORPSE was the end of the series, but it tied up a lot of ends from the first two books in The Reluctant Reaper series, and if you're curious about how Kristy ends up, you should definitely check it out.
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