Berkley A Grim Reaper's Guide to Catching a Killer Berkley A Grim Reaper's Guide to Catching a Killer
Berkley A Grim Reaper's Guide to Catching a Killer Berkley A Grim Reaper's Guide to Catching a Killer

A Grim Reaper's Guide to Catching a Killer

By Maxie Dara


Publication Date: October 8, 2024

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Murder is (literally) not her department, but this grim reaper has to solve one--fast--or her new client won't be able to move on.

Kathy Valence is forty-two, mid-divorce, and pregnant with her ex's baby. She's also a modern-day grim reaper employed by S.C.Y.T.H.E. (Secure Collection, Yielding, and Transportation of Human Essences), but frankly that's the easiest part of her life right now. Or at least it was, until her latest client's soul goes missing.

When she finally tracks down seventeen-year-old Conner Ortiz, he angrily denies he died of natural causes, despite what his file says. He insists that someone at S.C.Y.T.H.E. murdered him, and he demands Kathy find out who and why. 

Kathy has only forty-five days to figure out what happened to Conner and help him move on before the boy's soul is doomed to roam the Earth as a ghost forever. She’s forced to rely on the help of her retired mentor, her almost ex-husband—and some sneaky moves by Conner himself. This is the wildest case of her career. . .and one wrong move could cost Kathy her job, not to mention her life.

About the Author

Maxie Dara is a writer and actor from Ontario, Canada. She has been a freelance journalist focusing on the local arts and culture scene for more than five years, with bylines in publications such as Hamilton Magazine and Beyond James, among others. She is also a two-time award-winning playwright, taking home the Best of Fringe award at the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival for the musical comedy This Is Not a Musical: The Musical! and the 2020 Torpedo Prize for her play Alone Together, a pandemic drama. Maxie knew she wanted to be a writer at the age of seven, when she first fell in love with the written word. She also wanted to be a mermaid but has mostly focused on the writing side of things.

Author Residence: Ontario, Canada

Author Hometown: Ontario, Canada

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: October 1, 2024

ISBN: 9780593815793

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