Monday, February 6, 2012

Dead on Delivery by Eileen Rendahl

After delivering two packages to the small town of Elmville, California, Melina learns that both recipients have taken since their own lives in strange circumstances. Afraid that a third person will also end up dead, Melina steps up her investigation into the events surrounding the bizarre deaths, and who is responsible and why.

Melina Markowitz has been a messenger for most of her life since she fell into a swimming pool and drowned. After dying for 3-minutes, she now has the ability to seed unnatural things, and sense the supernatural.

She delivers the goods for otherworldly beings like vampires, witches, trolls, warlocks, and werewolves with no questions asked. She has made it a rule to never open the package, or ask what is in side. She has only managed to not deliver a package once, since it has a tendency to have unusual side affects on her.

Her "other" jobs include being owner/operator of River City Karate & Judo and a night clerk for a local hospital where the mysterious and sexy Alexander Bledsoe is a doctor.

Alex just happens to be a 378 year old vampire who has a crush on Melina's roommate Norah and has been stalking her with roses for the past 6 months. 
Melina is also mentor to 14 year old Sophie who died in a car accident and now has the same abilities, although newer, that Melina has. Melina even goes as far as giving Sophie her first delivery so that she can learn what her job truly entails.

Melina is in a relationship with the police officer Ted Goodnight after he became involved in the events during Don't Kill The Messenger (Messenger #1). They have raised the level of their relationship to the point where Melina actually feels love for someone for the first time in her life.
Although the story is interesting enough, it's not as good as the first one, in my humble opinion. It's interesting to see Melina's shields drop when she realizes that Norah, Sophie, Alexander, Paul and Meredith are not only her friends who she counts heavily, but they are also her family and they love her for who and she is. She evens ends up with a new "shocking" ability to thwart the villain of this story.

It's highly unusual to see an actual family dynamic in a UF setting but for Melina, it's part of who she is. Melina's parents are still in her life and supportive of her even though they don't have a clue that she's not normal. They are also clueless of what she does for a living, other than run a Dojo, and work at the hospital third shift.

This also appears to be the last novel in the series, which is a shame to see it end like this.

Title: Dead on Delivery
Author: Eileen Rendahl
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy

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