Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson

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Book 1 of the Scarlett Bernard series

Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.


About Melissa F. Olson

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Melissa F. Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where she eventually acquired a masters degree from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs not at all in that order. Dead Spots is her first novel.
Published October 30, 2012 by 47North. 293 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Leiah Cooper 25 Jul 2013

Ms. Olson has written another for my "must read as soon as they come out" shelf. I am a huge one for exceptional world building, and i cannot fault her work on this point at all. You learn things a...

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Leiah Cooper 25 May 2016

“Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.” ― Shannon L. Alder
Scarlett Bernard is one pragmatic lady. Of course, she has to be considering her job is supernatural cri...

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Leiah Cooper 25 May 2016

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