Benson is back with a second
helping of her refreshing take on
death and purgatory as viewed through her heroine's less-than-
enthusiastic eyes. Normality is
what Callie Reaper-Jones longs for,
but it's definitely not in the cards
for this quirky and stubborn heroine. As curses and dangerous missions
collide, Callie's offbeat humor and viewpoint guarantee a madcap romp.
After saving her father -- the CEO of Death, Inc. -- from a coup attempt by her older sister, Callie really would like to focus on her "normal" life. But she owes a debt to Cerberus, the three-headed dog, so she must head back to hell.
Cerberus issues an ultimatum: Callie either has to find and return the missing soul of Senenmut, or she will lose Runt, Cerberus' hellhound daughter, and Callie will have to take over Cerberus' duties. With only 24 hours to locate the death record and find Senenmut, Callie is in a pickle. Can she trust the ulterior motives of those who claim to want to help her? (ACE, Mar., 320 pp., $7.99)