Now two dead witches are found a few days before Christmas, and Scarlett is once again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She soon finds a connection between the murders and her own former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire and who harbors her own sinister agenda. Now Scarlett must revisit her painful past to find Olivia—unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first.
What I liked: The beginning picks up not too long after the previous book. Trail of Dead is a more complete novel. Ms Olson is adding to the characters backgrounds, the world building and the character development. I'm enjoying the mix of characters and their different personalities. There's a very good blend of the supernatural but represented in a somewhat different way. The back stories of some of the characters were downright fascinating for me. Even though the story is told through Scarlett's and Jesse's viewpoint, I was captivated by many of the other characters. None of them were ho-hum. You either loved them or hated them.
What I didn't like: I loved to hate Olivia but there was just something a bit off with her character. Maybe she was too predictable as the antagonist. She felt a bit flat as did her partner in crime. I wasn't a fan of the love triangle that is still going on. The romance side seems to be an afterthought in an otherwise solid story.
I absolutely loved the ending and can't wait for the next in the series to see how things pan out for the cast of characters, not just Scarlett.
The pricing is a bit steep for a new series. If you're a Amazon Prime member, you can "borrow" the first in the series but that option isn't available for Trail of Dead. Kindle price is $3.99 and the printed copy is $8.97.