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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425234355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234358
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #924,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page




Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72

Chapter 73

Chapter 74

Chapter 75



Titles by MaryJanice Davidson







Titles by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi






(with Laurell K. Hamilton, Rebecca York, Eileen Wilks)



(with Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Angela Knight, Vickie Taylor)



(with Maggie Shayne, Angela Knight, Jacey Ford)



(with Janelle Denison, Nina Bangs)





(with Janelle Denison, Nina Bangs)



(with P. C. Cast, Gena Showalter, Susan Grant)



(with Angela Knight, Virginia Kantra, Sunny)



(with Emma Holly, Vickie Taylor, Catherine Spangler)




MYSTERIA LANE (with P. C. Cast, Gena Showalter, Susan Grant)


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Copyright © 2010 by MaryJanice Alongi.


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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


Davidson, MaryJanice.

p. cm.

ISBN: 9781101188545

1. Taylor, Betsy (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Sinclair, Eric (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 3. Vampires—Fiction. 4. Hell—Fiction. 5. Thanksgiving Day—Fiction. I. Title. PS3604.A949U’.6—dc22




For Sarah and Sherrilyn and Jen and Lisa
and Vicky and Marissa,
who helped me bring my bad self
back to my bad self,
and never once asked me for anything.


Okay, so, at the end of the day, when it’s time to write a book, it’s just me and the computer ... me, glaring balefully at same; computer refusing to make eye contact in the childish way it has.

(I should probably rewrite that: it should be the computer and me, right? Cuz I’m tryin’ to write good n’ stuff. Enh. I’ve already lost interest.)

But! For me to have the time to sit my big white butt down in the seat and get the work done? Tons of people help with that. And since I willfully ignore them most of the time, when I’m not figuring out how to frame them for felony assault, I’ll go on ahead and drop a few names.

First, many thanks to my valiant yet self-effacing assistant, Tracy Fritze. The poor woman no doubt assumed, well over a year ago, that it’d be a typical office job. Working for a writer was probably like working for an accountant: it sounded important but was ultimately mind-numbingly dull.

Sure, her workplace was my very own home, but how much different would it be from driving to an office three days a week?

Tracy likely assumed her duties would fall along the lines of word processing, setting up meetings, arranging interviews, proofing ARCs, booking speaking engagements, working with copyeditors, and occasionally running tornado drills.

Instead, the poor woman has been forced, in pretty rapid succession, to endure: being greeted by my pantsless son on more than one occasion, being interviewed by a German magazine (them: “How terrific is it to work for the MaryJanice Davidson?” Tracy: “Um ... ”), fighting off our overly affectionate dogs, enduring the smells of McDonald’s chicken nuggets and pots of chocolate Malt O’Meal when she’s trying to eat like a grown-up (and set me an example of same), and ceaselessly trying to encourage me to sit down to make decisions (on PR products, on book signings, on answering reader questions, on turning in interview questions the day I agreed to do so, on why I shouldn’t wolf down a half dozen Reese’s Cups at 9:30 a.m.) like a grown-up.

Not to mention being locked out of my house when I’ve crawled back into bed with a migraine (see above: greeted by pantsless son: “Hi, Tracy. Mom’s sick. Can I have some Malt O’Meal?”), and holding her ground when I ruthlessly set the dogs upon her (I found my dogs are especially fond of her if I rub bacon grease into her shoes while she’s hard at work in the office).

Tracy is an assistant as the dictionary defines it: she contributes to the fulfillment of a need; she assumes some of my responsibilities. She rescues me from the minutiae that nearly everyone has to endure if they want to be a functioning member of society. She’s smart, she’s quick, she never has to be told anything twice, she’s discreet (nobody knew about my pantsless son or Malt O’Mealgate until I stuck it right in my acknowledgments page). Also, she smells terrific.

Thanks are also due, as always, to the awesomest of awesome husbands, Anthony Alongi (he also cowrites the Jennifer Scales series with me). He tirelessly reads, suggests, edits, mocks, enrages, inspires, and annoys. Without him, there’s absolutely nothing for me.

My folks and sister, for being completely unwavering in their support, one hundred percent of the time. They wouldn’t abandon that stance if I stuck a gun in their ear. Do not ask me how I know that.

The Magic Widows, who have endured me for years and pretend that I’m worth the trouble.

The best of agents, Ethan Ellenberg, who paid me the ultimate compliment of calling me low maintenance. That was a wonderful lie for him to tell!

The always terrific Cindy Hwang, who reads my book suggestions and synopses, edits my manuscripts, exudes copious enthusiasm for same, and doesn’t smack herself on the forehead when I can see it, or hear it. (Though I do occasionally hear odd background sounds when I’m on the phone with her.)

And to Leis Pederson, kick-ass assistant editor, who is repeatedly forced to track me down and corner me like a rat to get edits out of me, but does it with such style I feel wanted, not stalked.

Thanks also to the Yahoos, my fans on Facebook, the readers kind enough to write to me, and the readers who don’t go near Facebook or the Web, who don’t have computers but who write to me, care of my publisher, with real pens on real paper. (I feel bad I received one such snail mail and instantly assumed, as comedian Jim Gaffigan suggested, that someone had been kidnapped.)

I write for myself—I always have. I think if you write for other people, the end result is something of a cheat, for you and for them.

But you guys make the writing that much more fun, for which I am continually humbled and slavishly grateful.


Winter 2009

Author’s Note

I’ve got nothing against Claes Oldenburg or his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. And I’ve got nothing against the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

But at the end of the day, it’s just a giant spoon.

A spoon!

The Story So Far

Betsy (“Please don’t call me Elizabeth”) Taylor was run over by a Pontiac Aztek almost three years ago. She woke up the queen of the vampires and in dazzling succession (but no real order), bit her friend Detective Nick Berry, moved from a Minnesota suburb to a mansion in St. Paul, solved various murders, attended the funerals of her father and stepmother, became her half brother’s guardian, still avoids the room housing the Book of the Dead (Book of the Dead, noun: the vampire bible written by an insane vampire, which causes madness if read too long in one sitting), cured her best friend’s cancer, visited her alcoholic grandfather (twice), solved a number of kidnappings, realized her husband/king, Eric Sinclair, could read her thoughts (she could always read his), found out the Fiends had been up to no good (Fiend, noun: a vampire given only animal [dead] blood, a vampire who quickly goes feral).

Also, roommate Antonia, a werewolf from Cape Cod, took a bullet in the brain for Betsy, saving her life. The stories about bullets not hurting vampires are not true; plug enough lead into brain matter and that particular denizen of the undead will never get up again. Garrett, Antonia’s lover, killed himself the instant he realized she was dead.

As if this wasn’t enough of a buzzkill, Betsy soon found herself summoned to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where Antonia’s Pack leaders lived. Though they were indifferent to the caustic werewolf in life, now that Antonia was dead in service to a vampire, several thousand pissed-off werewolves had just a few questions.

While Betsy, Sinclair, BabyJon, and Jessica were on the Cape answering these questions, Marc, Laura, and Tina remained in Minnesota (Tina to help run things while her monarchs were away, Marc because he couldn’t get the vacation time, and Laura because she was quietly cracking up).

They hadn’t been gone long before Tina disappeared and Marc noticed that devil worshippers kept showing up in praise of Laura, the Antichrist.

In a muddled, misguided attempt to help (possibly brought on by the stress of his piss-poor love life ... an ER doc, Marc worked hours that would make a union-less sweatshop manager cringe), he suggested to Laura that she put her “minions” to work helping in soup kitchens and such.

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 30 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"I should have realized that an innocent quest for fine leather footwear would have ended up with me in hell and the Antichrist freaking out..."

As usual, Betsy Taylor's life is a mishmash of disasters, especially since her sister happens to be the Antichrist. But unfortunately everything explodes in a big splattery boom in "Undead and Unfinished," which seems to be half "Christmas Carol" and half chick-lit version of Dante's "Inferno" -- and Davidson seems to have changed her mind halfway through the book about what she was writing.

Betsy has her usual array of problems -- Sinclair is being moody, Satan is dropping in uninvited, and Laura is having bizarre pains and blackouts (she ends up naked "on the spoon"). It turns out that Laura is sort of suffering from withdrawal from Hell, and the only remedy is to take a tour of Satan's domain and exercise some of her demonic powers.

Of course, Betsy comes along for the ride -- and soon she and Laura are going on a wild careening trip through time and space. Specifically, stuff that will shape the life of the Vampire Queen, her family and friends, taking her to 1600s Salem, the 1920s, and the start of the series... as well as a terrifying glimpse into what is to come.

Simply put, "Undead and Unfinished" has some truly awesome moments, and Davidson even fills in some backstory gaps that have never really been dealt with, such as Sinclair's history. And it has the usual pop culture references and deliciously fluffy humor (such as Betsy sacrificing something precious to her in order to summon the devil, instead of the usual virgin).
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As a huge fan of Mary Janice Davidson's Betsy series I have to say this book let me down. I look to this author, and this character, to make me laugh and bring me out of a funk when I'm down. All this book gave me was some serious Betsy whining, which is a trademark of hers, but this was to the extreme and just made me more annoyed with the character than amused. As well, the story took a very dark and awkward turn near the end that was neither entertaining or enjoyable. All the characters I love from these books have been turned on their heads (which I realize was the point) in a confusing and odd way. I'll continue to read this series but I'm not actually looking forward to the next book. The witty word-play, sacastic banter and crazy antics were lost and I'm not sure if they'll be back if this book is any indication of what's to come. I'm sad!
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The Good : the background stories for Eric Sinclair and Tina were great but what I really enjoyed was the future. I like Queen Betsy novels more than, say, Anita Blake and that is one of the reasons why. This serie, even after 9 books, has a core story (a purpose for the heroine) that justifies the serie to spawn on so many books. To the other serie's defense, it's a really really tough feat to accomplish.
For the lovers of Queen Betsy first hilarious and lofty novels like me, I understand that you would feel dismayed at the rising body count and tragedies. However, I think it is a logical turn of events.
You can't have a marriage last forever and a vampire monarchy being about bunnies and daisies all the time.
Not if you want to keep your audience awake and faithful anyway.

The Bad : the storyline. It's bad because it's confusing and the last 3 or so novels take a lot of time and unnecessary painful blabla and unsignificant events before FINALLY getting down to business. I used to laugh to Betsy's blabla.
Not in the last 3 or so novels though.
Maybe the plan is to make us move from loving the human and then young vampire Betsy to appreciate the future Queen Betsy ? The pratical and old and cruelly unemotional Queen Betsy ?
Because it is working.
Queen Betsy the emotionally devoid felt like fresh air in the end.

The Ug... : I think what I dislike the most since starting this new wave of Queen Betsy novels is how the end is this rushed mismatch of events trying to answer enough questions to save the day. Or book rather.
It's not outright ugly because for me it does save the book. By the skin if its teeth.
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I loved this book. It fills in a lot of the back story and mythology of the series and, best of all, focuses squarely on Betsy. No more dancing from one corner of the world to the next and jumping back and forth between narratives, it'a all Betsy all the time!

If you're a fan of the series from the start then you'll love how this book tells the origin of Betsy and her becoming the Queen of the Vampire. It doesn't explain everything but it's deeply focused on the mythology of the series and everything feels relevant and fun (whereas the previous book felt irrelevant and more of an annoying side story).

However, like other reviewers have noted, the ending is quite a twist and sets up several things for the next series of books. It is a bit of a downer but I'm confident MaryJanice will set things right in later books.

Overall one of the best books in the series and a HIGHLY recommended read. Just don't be too let down by the ending I know good things are coming in the future.
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