Wicked for Hire by Lotta Smith
Publication Date: April 25, 2016
Genre: Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Paranormal, Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Detectives

Sometimes, the opportunity of a lifetime busts your door instead of gently knocking at it…

Medical student Amanda Meyers thought she had her life all planned out until people started dying the moment they touched her. Being cleared of any wrongdoing didn’t stop the medical school from expelling her, and it didn’t rid her of the unfortunate nickname Grim Reaper.

Luckily, having a rep as the harbinger of death isn’t a total resume killer. Rick Rowling, Special Agent for the FBI’s Paranormal Cases Division recruits her to work for the Bureau. But the sexy, brilliant, outrageous loose cannon proves to be just as untouchable as the mysterious creature or creatures that may be responsible for the seemingly unsolvable murder that becomes their first case together.

Instead of treating patients, Amanda’s life becomes a test of her patience and a wild ride into the wicked paranormal world where her new boss runs the show. Together they face a ghoulish force that could destroy the entire city and a grueling family dinner that could leave Amanda contemplating harakiri.

It’s a battle of life and debt [student debt, that is] and saving the world has never been so funny.

Wicked for Hire is part of the Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries full of quirky characters and unexpected twists, you’re gonna love this book.

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After an hour of additional agony, dinner was over.

When Rowling thanked my folks and stood to leave, carrying leftovers, I followed him out the door, just to be polite. If I didn’t need to be polite, I’d have snatched the leftovers, curled up in the corner of my room, and drank my sorrows away with cold meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the side. It’s common knowledge that leftovers are the yummiest part of the dinner, and I didn’t like the fact that my brand new boss got them.

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you about my dysfunctional family,” I said.

“Dysfunctional? Your family?” A corner of his mouth lifted. “After all, there was no bloodbath during the meal. You should see mine to get an idea of a dysfunctional family.” He didn’t seem to be kidding.

“Wow,” I replied.

“By the way, Mandy.” He looked me in the eye. “Do you want him dead?”

“Him? Who? What are you talking about?”

“Justin, your ex-fiancé,” he said nonchalantly. “If you’d like, I can have him killed, make his death look like a totally innocent accident. People often die of freak accidents, such as—”

“Too much information!” I covered my ears with my hands. “And no, thanks. You don’t need to have him…. You know what,” I added hurriedly. Okay, so technically, I often fantasized about my ex-fiancé dropping dead by stumbling on the wet operation room floor and stabbing himself with the scalpel. Then again, it seemed like having Rick Rowling’s help in hiring a contract killer came with a huge price tag.

“Hmm, okay.” He nodded, loading the leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the passenger’s seat. “Remember, you can always change your mind.”

I thought a little, and said, “Thank you for the offer.”

“No prob.” He shrugged. “Hey, the doctor guy’s not worth your time.”

“What do you know about him?” I asked.

“He’s a self-centered, no good, arrogant asshole.”

“I know.” I chuckled.

“In addition, he’s deep in debt up to his eyeballs following a screw-up in options trading. His desperate attempt to recover the loss by scoring big in Vegas completely backfired. Obviously, card counting isn’t one of his strong suits. Anyway, even his family has cut him off.”

“How do you know that?”

“Do you really want to know how I got the info?” He raised an eyebrow.

“No,” I replied. “I was just saying.”

For a brief moment, we fell silent.

“Thanks for dinner,” Rowling said finally.

When I was about to say “It was nice having you over,” he cupped my face and kissed me lightly. On. The. Lips.

I knew I could have resisted, and I should have, but I didn’t.

It was just a brush of a kiss, but still deep enough to make me want for more.

“Good night.” He climbed into the Ferrari and drove away.

“Good night.” I stood outside until the taillights faded in the night.

This may be funny, but how would you feel if you knew that you worked for the craziest, most self-centered, egomaniac boss in the entire world? Would that make you frustrated? Afraid for your job? Annoyed all of the time? Amanda Meyers has it all made. She is a medical student, has a good life and knows that she will go far…that is until two people die right after she touches them. Then she is known as the Grim Reaper and can kiss her career in the medical field goodbye. That is how she ends up with the craziest, most self-centered, egomaniac boss in the entire world. He goes by Rick Rowling and he’s a Special Agent the the FBI’s Paranormal Cases Division.
At first, entering into this new world seemed like a joke. The Paranormal Cases Division? Who are they kidding? Better yet, where are the cameras? After meeting Rick, the one person who helped aide her with getting termed the “Grim Reaper” with a comment of his during the investigation of both deaths, he hires her and shows her around. The paranormal world won’t stop for her so that she can learn the ropes first though. Immediately after joining, they have a case to solve involving heaps of clothing, teeth, bones, and odd disappearances. Can Mandi work with Rick or will she get fired in her first couple of days on the job?

Smith has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters are fun and have playful personalities. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced which made it really easy to fly through the pages. The plot is very creative and entertaining. If you are a reader of paranormal mystery and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up.


A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by CLP Blog Tours, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Wicked for Hire by Lolita Smith.

I’m an emerging author of paranormal cozy mystery. I fell in love with mystery the moment I developed consciousness. I’m especially fond of lighthearted murder mystery stories with a little sprinkle of romance.

I went to medical school hoping to see real corpses and sexy professors. Back then, I was into this kind of mystery series about a smokin’ hot forensic medicine professor and a quirky female student going a-sleuthing, cracking unsolvable cases. I truly, madly wanted to team up with a superhot professor and crack a difficult murder or two. (Note; I got to see the corpses, but sexy professors were nonexistent.)

Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery Series
Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all.
*Book 1-Wicked for Hire
*Book 2-W is for Wicked
*Book 3-Wicked Little Secret
*Book 4-Wicked of the Christmas Past
*Book 5-Sweet Wicked of Mine

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Online news. When I find something interesting, I read it, and then I keep on finding something more! Recently, I’ve learned to use the timer app set for 10 minutes. By using that, I know 10 minutes have passed, and I try to stop reading anymore, lol.

  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

First book didn’t change me much. I was a sloooow writer. I learned to write faster on my 10th book or so.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

So far, one, which is under editing right now. Hoping to work on another.

  1. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Google maps. And some factors like laws, businesses (art gallery, for example). I always try to finish the research before starting to write, but I always find myself doing another research while writing. The duration of research ranges between a few days to months.

  1. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Conversation. Sometimes, my editor points out “Why is he (an alpha male) talking so girlie???” One of my main characters is the ghost of a drag queen named Jackie. She talks like a girl and likes to be treated like one, and I often find the hero talking like her.

  1. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)

Young adult. Something between 20s to early 30s. I like this phase of life.

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

I often turn to Scrivener’s name generator feature. That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to purchase the program. When nothing clicks, I take a look at Yahoo! front page and look at “Trending” section. I feel lucky when I find a few people’s names. I borrow their first or family name, and then look for other half of the name by scrolling down. OMG, I’m sounding so rubbish…

  1. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Sometimes, yes. But sometimes, I don’t even know it myself.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Alice in Wonderland, and something… I’ve forgotten its name but it was some kind of an illustrated reference book about amphibians and reptiles. I was a frog lover! When I grew a little, I loved The Phantom of the Opera. And I still believe that Christine is such an idiot to fall in love with the aristocrat who did nothing but whining, crying and shrieking when the Persian was helping them from the Phantom’s dungeon.


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