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Chapter 1

When I’d been dead for about three months, I decided it was past time to get a job.

I couldn’t go back to my old one, of course. For one thing, I’d been laid off the day I died, and for another, they all still thought I was six feet under. Plus, a job during daylight hours just wasn’t going to work anymore.

I wasn’t starving or homeless, at least. My best friend, Jessica, owned my house and wouldn’t let me pay rent, and she had her team of super accountants pay the other bills despite my strenuous objections. I sure didn’t need to grocery shop for much except teabags and milk and stuff. Plus, my car was paid off. So my monthly expenses were actually pretty low. Even so, I couldn’t live off Jessica’s charity forever.

So here I was, on the steps of the Minnesota Re-Employment Center. They had evening hours every Thursday—thank goodness!

I walked through the doors, shivering as I was greeted by a blast of air-conditioning. Another thing about being dead that nobody warned me about was that I was cold pretty much all the time. Minneapolis was having a severe heat wave, and I was the only one not hating it.

“Hi,” I said to the receptionist. She was wearing a stiff gray suit and needed her roots done. I couldn’t see her shoes, which was probably just as well. “I came to the unemployment center to—”

“I’m sorry, miss, that’s RE-Employment. Unemployment centers are an anachronism. We’re a responsive twenty-first-century re-employment one-stop center.”

“Right. Um, anyway, I’m here to see one of the counselors.”

For my audacity, I spent the next twenty minutes filling out paperwork. Finally, my name was called, and I was sitting in front of a counselor.

He was a pleasant-looking older fellow with dark hair, a gray-flecked beard, and chocolate brown eyes, and I was relieved to see the wedding ring as well as the photo of his pretty wife and de rigeur adorable kids. I fervently hoped he had a happy marriage, so he wouldn’t make a fool of himself once my undead charisma smacked him in the face.

“Hi, I’m Dan Mitchell.” We shook hands, and I saw his eyebrows go up in surprise when he clasped my clammy palm. “Elizabeth Taylor, right?”

“That’s me.”

“Are your eyes all right?”

I was wearing my sunglasses for two reasons. One, the fluorescent light hurt like a bitch. Two, men didn’t fall under my spell if they couldn’t see my eyes. The last thing I needed was a slobbering state employee humping my leg.

“I was at the eye doctor’s earlier,” I lied. “He put those drop things in.”

“Yeah, been there. Elizabeth Taylor—just like the movie star!” he enthused, obviously having no idea people had been drawing that conclusion since the day I’d been born.


“Betsy, then.” He was flipping through the reams of paperwork I’d handed him. “Everything looks right . . .”

“I hope so. I’m here for Unemployment—”

“We’re the RE-Employment Center,” Mitchell said absently, still flipping.

“Right, right. Anyway, I need a new job, and while I’m looking, I’d like Unemployment Insurance. In fact, I have a quest—”

Mitchell looked vaguely alarmed. “Um . . . I need to stop you right there. We can’t do that here.”

I blinked. Not that he could tell behind the Foster Grants I was wearing. “Come again?”

“We’re a re-employment office. That’s what we do.”

“Sure, okay, I get it, but don’t you . . .?”

“If you want unemployment benefits, you need to call the hotline. Or use the Internet. I’m sorry, but we can’t answer your question here.”

“Let me get this straight. This is the place I go to when I’m unemployed . . .”

“Yes . . .”

“And you have unemployment benefit applications here—”


“But you don’t have any staff here who can help me get unemployment benefits.”

“Yes, that’s correct.”

“Oh, okay.” This was weird, but I could be cooperative. Probably. I leaned back in the uncomfortable plastic chair. “Okay, so, can I use your phone to call one of these hotlines?”

Mitchell spread his hands apologetically. “Ah, jeez, you know, we used to let people do that, but some folks abused the phones, and so—”

“So you’re telling me I can’t call an Unemployment Hotline using a telephone in the Unemployment Office?”

“Well, technically, remember, we’re not an Unemployment Office anymore”—I suddenly wondered if a vampire could get drunk. I decided to find out as soon as I got out of this bureaucratic hellhole—“and that’s why we can’t let you do that.” He shrugged. “Sorry.”

I whipped off my sunglasses and leaned forward, spearing him with my sinister undead gaze. It was a rotten thing to do, but I was desperate. “I need. To use. Your phone.”

“No!” He hunched over and clutched the phone protectively to his chest. “It’s against policy!”

Amazing. I was sure my vampire mojo would leave him putty in my hands, but apparently his bureaucratic training was stronger than ancient evil.

“You’ll just have to go home and contact them on your own dime,” he snapped.

I stomped back to the waiting area. Outrageous! I wasn’t just any undead tart, I was the queen of the vampires!

“Don’t forget to fill out a customer satisfaction survey on your way out!” Mitchell yelled after me.

God, kill me now. Again, I mean.

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"Entertaining, wicked and delightful."—Romance Reviews Today

"Chick lit meets vampire action in this creative, sophisticated sexy and wonderfully witty book."—Catherine Spangler

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  • Poche: 304 pages
  • Editeur : Berkley; Édition : Reissue (3 août 2004)
  • Collection : Queen Betsy
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0425197484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425197486
  • Dimensions du produit: 10,6 x 2,2 x 17,1 cm
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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Illy27 le 18 octobre 2005
Format: Poche
Et revoila une nouvelle histoire de notre reine des vampires préférée. La pauvre, elle doit se débrouiller avec sa condition de vampire et de reine, affronter des tueurs de vampires louffoques (mais efficaces) tout en arrivant à gérer sa relation avec Eric. Mais il doit quand même y avoir un Dieu qui veille sur les vampires puisque Betsy arrive à se trouver un travail qui pour elle est le paradis: vendeuse de chaussures, quel pied!
Enfin bref, un deuxième volet aussi génial que le précédant. On retrouve le mélange action, amour et rire qui font qu'on passe un super moment. J'ADORE.
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Si vous aimez les histoires d'amour pimentés par une pincée d'action et d'humour et l'urban fantasy ; laissez-vous tenter par les aventures de la reine des vampires Betsy ! Vous ne serez pas déçus.
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Betsy in Manolo Blahnick heaven 22 août 2004
Par abt1950 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Some books you read for plot, some for thought, and some for character development. "Undead and Unemployed" is not one of these. Mary Janice Davidson's second foray into Vamp Lit Lite, is a fun piece of fluff to be enjoyed for its laugh out loud humor and general sassiness.

As the story opens, Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Undead discovers that even Queens have to pay their bills, and vampire queens are no exception. So she does what any woman with a footwear fixation would do--she gets a job in Macy's Shoe Department (and gets an employee discount to boot). Between working and dealing with her prickly attraction to Sinclair, she and her friends move into new digs--a mansion as befitting her royal status--and track down a serial murderer of vampires. All of Betsy's old friends are here, and she makes a few new ones as well. There are hints of Anita Blake, Buffy, and other vampire literature in the story line, but Betsy is very much her own vampire.

"Undead and Unemployed" is a book to read when you want the literary equivalent of a bon-bon. Enjoy.
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Book 2 of the Undead... 6 août 2004
Par Huntress Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Dying is supposed to be the ultimate simplification strategy, but for Elizabeth Taylor (Betsy), it just added tenfold to her problems. Not only is she a vampire, but she is the long foretold Queen of the Undead. Unfortunately, it doesn't pay as well as some monarchies, so she needs a job, and winds up working in "heaven", aka, Macy's shoe department. All would seem to be perfect now. She has a dream job, for her at least, a new mansion, curtesy of being best friends with a millionaire, and never has to worry about wrinkles or cellulite again. There are some snags. Sinclair, the Vampire King, is still making himself a nuisance and strongly objects to her working at all, much less in such a lowly position. A local pastor is shepherding a bunch of Buffy wannabes in a vampire killing spree, which is it Betsy's responsibility to stop, and last, but not least, her wicked stepmother has done the unthinkable.

**** Betsy continues to be a charming heroine in this second Undead book that breaks new ground in the vampire and chick lit fields. It will be helpful to have read the first one, but is perhaps not essential. While most vamp books read like an hour long drama serial, this one comes off like a sitcom, making for a breezy and light escape. ****

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.
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Unbeleivably Good 7 août 2004
Par Elaine C McTyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Our Vampire Queen with the shoe fetish is back. This time Betsy has decided to get a job to pay the bills. Although Jessica is happy to pay for everything, Betsy still feels she should contribute to the effort, and how is she to buy new shoes if she has no money?

Unbeleivably, she gets her dream job, shoe clerk at Macy's. She could be so happy if those pesky vampires would just leave her alone. Unable or unwilling to admit to her feelings for Sinclair, she throws herself into her job.

Unfortunately, her house has termites, so Marc and Jessica inform her they need to buy a mansion on the Hill. When other vampires begin to die, the Queen must investigate and protect her followers. Or so Sinclair says. The fact that the mansion has 11 bedrooms and a room to use as a morgue, finally convinces Betsy that they need to move.

Sinclair and Tina have been staying in a luxury hotel since his house burned down in the last book. Betsy is not sure how she feels about Jessica inviting them to live with them. But she's pretty sure she doesn't like it.

Now they have a gang of Vampire Killers to confront and then they have to discover who is financing them.

Needless to say we have alot of fun and laughter as Betsy, Sinclair, Tina, Marc, and Jessica, as well as a host of others, fumble and stumble their way to the answer.

This is a fun book, you can't put it down.
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The Continuing Adventures of Queen Betsy 15 novembre 2004
Par Valerie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
This book continues the undead adventures of Elizabeth Taylor, aka Betsy, Queen of the Vampires. And as with the first book, Betsy is as reluctant as ever to play ruler of a bunch of undead that she doesn't even find interesting or amusing.

Betsy does find herself a dream job, selling shoes at Macys, but the real plot of this book is Betsy stumbling her way through the undead, and still living world. Again, she finds herself joined by her still breathing comrades in arms, Jessica and Dr. Mark. Also making a return appearance is Betsy's "consort" Sinclair. Rest assured, Betsy still hasn't completely forgiven his deception from the first book. Thats not to say that she doesn't appreciate a fine looking man.

These books are fun, silly, laugh-out-loud funny and incredibly quick reads. They really aren't meant for deep analysis. I give the book 4 stars instead of 5 because Ms Davidson skips over some details which feels just the slightest bit lazy. For instance, what happened to Betsy's cat? Or Sinclair's "sheep"? But these are minor triffles. The book is meant to amuse and entertain, and it does so on both counts. Betsy is a hilarious heroine who appeals to me on most every level. Especially the shoe fetish.
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Wow- What more could you want? 10 août 2004
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
This is the second book in the series, where Betsy, the new Undead and new Queen of all vampires, is trying to maintain her dream job, selling SHOES!!! while dealing with all the Vampire junk that comes with being Queen. Not to mention trying NOT to get a handle on the hunky King of Vampires, her consort, Sinclair.

This book is the perfect cross between Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series and Janet Evanovich's "One for the Money" series. It has incredibly rich characters, an action packed plot, and enough witty humor to keep you chucking for days. Good luck trying to put this book down to go back to work.
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