Murder and Mahjong by Annabel Chase

To err is human, to end up in the supernatural afterlife in a hot dog suit is divine.

When Eloise Worthington drops dead and awakens in the afterlife, she knows she doesn’t belong—mainly because she’s surrounded by a supernatural cocktail of species she never knew existed. Gods, witches, vampires, werewolves—and now Eloise, a middle-aged human more concerned with getting her way than getting out of someone else’s. She quickly learns that this supernatural retirement village isn’t the last stop on the Afterlife Express and villagers can be blinked out of existence, which is exactly what happens to Zeus.

Yes, that Zeus.

Unfortunately, it appears that Eloise is to blame—or is she? Never one to shy away from a challenge—although her idea of a challenge usually involves tequila and a cartwheel—Eloise sets out to clear her name and, in the process, figure out where she truly belongs.

Series – Divine Place = #1 Murder and Mahjong – #2 Homicide and Hot Tubs – #3 Graves and Golf Carts

Title:  Murder and Mahjong
Series:  Divine Place #1
Author:  Annabel Chase
Genre:  Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publication Date:  February 3, 2020
Star Rating:  4

Murder and Mahjong is the first title in the Divine Place series which is marketed as a Paranormal Cozy Mystery, but could, in my opinion, also fall under the new genre of Paranormal Women’s Fiction since our heroine, Eloise, is of that age group and just might have some powers of her own.  It’s up to the interpretation of each reader, but I think this one falls in both genres.

I laughed my backside off with Eloise’s sudden demise into what she never, ever expected to exist.  A ‘holding’ place, so to speak, a supernatural purgatory, a limbo where demi-gods, myths, and the paranormal go when they die before being admitted to their ‘final’ destination.  Well, Eloise isn’t supernatural… but it seems she did manage to kill one when landing on Zeus upon arrival.  Who would have thought that a middle-aged woman dressed in a hot dog costume could take out one of the old gods?  Eloise isn’t buying it, and the longer she’s in Divine Place the more she’s convinced there is a murderer afoot.  And, lucky her, Zeus’s’ ex-wife Hera has just appointed her marshall with a side-kick to find out exactly how her annoying ex-husband was killed.

There are plenty of suspects, lots of funny and intriguing characters, some hotheads, some too-cool-for-school types, and the one lone human, Eloise.  Together most are wanting to discover who killed Zeus… and one who plans on them never figuring it out.  I had fun here and will be back in Divine Place for the rest of the series.  If you love snarky heroines, the unusual, and love to solve any puzzle then Murder and Mahjong would be perfect for you.

I own a Kindle edition of Murder and Mahjong.

At the time of my review, this title was also in Kindle Unlimited which means it is only available for the Kindle.

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