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.Read more...
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.
"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 Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Cassandra Palmer series
"Mind Over Monsters is funny, scary, and creepy—and ridiculous amounts of fun "—Kat Richardson, author of The Greywalker Novels
"Mind Over Monsters is 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 Monsters a 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
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-08-29
- Reviewer: Staff
With a wackiness level approaching Saturday morning cartoon territory, Harlow’s police procedural debut introduces the F.R.E.A.K.S. (Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals) squad. Psychokinetic schoolteacher Beatrice Alexander must settle in to the social dynamics of this top-secret, monster-fighting branch of the FBI alongside a preppy psychometrist; a teleporting bank-robbing teenager; a short-tempered firestarter; a friendly medium; a shy, sexy werewolf; and a dramatically obnoxious vampire. Beatrice holds her own as the team tracks down a smalltown, big-power necromancer through a mix of psychic powers and good old detective work. The lighthearted if slightly gory tale moves quickly, ties up cleanly, and leaves the reader with a strong sense of this motley group as a tight working team. The amusingly stereotyped characterization probably won’t support a lot of character growth, but readers can look forward to plenty of high-energy chases after odd supernatural baddies in future installments. (Oct.)