Mind Over Monsters

Mind Over Monsters

A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation

Book - 2011
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Beatrice Alexander is no ordinary schoolteacher--she can move objects with her mind, an embarrassing skill she hasn't yet mastered or embraced. After nearly killing her brother by accident, she joins the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, the Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals. This top-secret branch of the FBI combats ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters threatening humanity.

With her teammates--among them a handsome former-detective werewolf and an annoying Don Juan vampire who's dead-set on seducing her--Beatrice investigates her first case. Disgustingly dismembered bodies have turned up, bearing bite marks of the undead. Someone--or something--is raising a horde of hideous, bloodthirsty zombies. Armed with Bette, her trusty machete, Beatrice takes on the master of the flesh-devouring corpses, who's guarding a horrifying secret . . .

Featuring a team of monster hunters with unique paranormal abilities, the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series combines humor, suspense, and supernatural crime-fighting.

Praise:

"The most engaging detectives to face the walking dead since Scully and Mulder. Part urban fantasy, part police procedural, and entirely marvelous, monstrous fun."--Library Journal

"If Donald Westlake had ever gotten around to writing a paranormal mystery, it would have sounded like this. Harlow's genre debut is funny, creepy and refreshingly brash."--Kirkus Reviews

"Jennifer Harlow's debut novel had me laughing and gasping from start to finish!"--Victoria Laurie, New York Times bestselling author of the Ghost Hunter Mystery series and the Psychic Eye Mystery series

"Wonderful! A gritty, dramatic police-procedural with a compelling heroine and a fascinating group of sidekicks. Looking forward to the sequel!"--Karen Chance, New York Timesand USA Todaybestselling author of the Cassandra Palmer series

"Mind Over Monstersis funny, scary, and creepy--and ridiculous amounts of fun!"--Kat Richardson, author of The Greywalker Novels

"Mind Over Monstersis a non-stop rollercoaster ride that fans of urban fantasy will love! Fast-paced, fun, and wildly entertaining, Jennifer Harlow has given the paranormal police procedural a fresh spin with her loveable machete-wielding heroine. A quirky cast of characters and sharp writing make Mind Over Monstersa wholly wonderful debut. I can't wait to read more!"--Jeannie Holmes, author of Blood Law and Blood Secrets

"With its breezy style and exuberant sense of fun, this monstery mystery is a total delight!"--Carolyn Crane, author of Mind Games and Double Cross

"Wildly fun and funny, Harlow offers treats for every paranormal lover to relish, with plenty of action, thrills and laughter."--Leanna Renee Hieber, award-winning, bestselling author of The Strangely Beautiful series

"In her funny, fast-paced debut, Jennifer Harlow gives us an urban fantasy that sharply blends murder-mystery and horror, and introduces us to a world where the monster in your closet really does exist. Using both humor and logic to help solve a grisly double-murder, reluctant heroine Beatrice Alexander is a woman you can (and do) root for as she struggles to control her powerful telekinetic gift and to find her place in this brave (and sometimes scary) new world."--Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead

Publisher: Woodbury, Minn. : Midnight Ink, c2011
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780738726670
0738726672
Characteristics: 280 p

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sue2138
Sep 07, 2016

Great! Fans of Sookie Stackhouse or Psychic Eye would like this series.

LovelyMurrell Feb 02, 2016

this was a good beginning to a series. It has made me think more about the vampire,girl, were-wolf love triangle. who wouldn't like to hot people to pick over, especially if they
1 both like you, 2. cant stand each other (extra points if its cause of some past rivalry that has yet to be revealed) and
3. have to work in close proximity with one another and you.

So it just makes me wonder if the vampire/were-wolf archetype is really just two sides of the same coin. Like on the one hand you have the alpha -male take charge leader good guy wolf guy.

then on the other hand you have the drop dead good in bed man who has lived such a life he had to do it twice. and he will risk his life ( which isnt saying much since he is dead and has been for quite sometime) to save you every time. who also is super powerful and rich and just wants little o'l you even though he could have anyone he wants bad boy vampire.

Well the thing that i wonder is both these dudes have their pros and cons, but in the end no matter who pick you still end up with a monster.

like for real is it really that drastic picking a man? this archetype comes from somewhere, even if most of it is the minds of chick lit writers. makes me wonder why so many folks might think this way, other than this is whats popular at the moment.

anywho i like this book for what it is. a fun romp through sexual tension land with a healthy dose of lets kick some monster butt and leave the lives of thousands to a 24 year old who just found out how awesome she is. WHEEEEEEEE!!!

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laurlaur1960
Sep 25, 2014

Super Loved this!!! I could not put it down! I hope there are a lot more of these to come, because I am HOOKED!

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