Not to be confused with the Georg R.R. Martin book with a similar title, author C.L. Bledsoe takes a conjures a magical tale about a typical struggling college student, Daisy Janney, who takes a job at an atypical funeral home .
Calvert Funeral Home is run by Lou and Magnus, the latter of which has worked at Calvert for three hundred years, give or take a decade. Daisy learns the hard way that Calvert is not simply a funeral home for the human dearly departed when she is death cursed by an evil witch. Daisy struggles to find a way to undo the curse in the time allotted but is aided in her quest by Nathan, a quasi-hunter of sorts, with a strong resemblance to Johnny Cash (circa Folsom Prison, not Hurt).
Despite the death curse Daisy endeavors to keep up with her college studies. She studies with several students in the evenings, one of whom may or may not be a demon who will take her soul.
I really enjoyed Bledsoe’s style of writing. I will admit that I was cruising the Barnes and Noble site desperately in need of a book to read and stumbled upon The Necro-Files. At $5.99 I figured if it was painful to get into it, I could put it down and chalk it up to a lesson learned. Bledsoe captured me immediately by staying away from the typical fantasy-chick who kicks butt and can do everything on her own love-triangle garbage. Daisy was funny, clever, spunky and easy to relate to. I look forward to the second installment of this series.