Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

Jared loved trees.


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.


Scarlett’s ability to nullify supernatural energies got her parents killed. It also got her a job as a supernatural crimescene cleaner. She’s stuck between a vampire lord, a powerful witch and a pack of werewolves.

She is half in love with one of these werewolves but she can’t be sure he likes her for who she is or rather for the peace her ability brings him.

And if her life isn’t already complicated enough, a series of grisly murders brings her to the attention of cop Jesse Cruz and the vampire lord. Now she has only a limited amount of time to solve the murders or she will be killed.

It’s a very classical Urban Fantasy in many regards: we got the vampires, the werewolves and supernatural murder. But it works. I liked the characters. I liked Scarlett and I really liked Jesse.

He smiled smugly. “I won’t arrest you, and I won’t tell a soul about you or your world. When the case is solved, you just go back to your life.”

I thought this over. I could point out that telling anyone about the Old World would end up getting him killed, but I didn’t think it’d be such a good idea to threaten him. At the same time, though, I don’t work for free, and running around town playing detective sounded like a lot of work. It could even interfere with my TV schedule.

Scarlett’s ability to nullify supernatural energy was also interesting and the mystery worked.


Nice start to a new Urban Fantasy series.

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