Book Review: The Undead Mr. Tenpenny

Happy Friday Eve Everybody!

Man, I can NOT wait for this week to be over. I feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off. Anybody else? No? Cheese stands alone I guess!

Anyways, not all of my week has been bad. I finished another book, so it’s time to share!

This time I read The Undead Mr. Tenpenny by Tammie Painter.

I’ve been waiting for this book to come out, so when the author offered to let me be a part of her review team, I said gimme, gimme, gimme!

My experience with Painter’s work has been absolutely wonderful, so I had very high hopes for this one. How did I feel? Keep on scrolling, ghouls and ghosts!



Work at a funeral home can be mundane. Until you start accidentally bringing the dead back to life.

Cassie Black works at a funeral home. She’s used to all manner of dead bodies. What she’s not used to is them waking up. Which they seem to be doing on a disturbingly regular basis lately.

Just when Cassie believes she has the problem under control, the recently-deceased Busby Tenpenny insists he’s been murdered and claims Cassie might be responsible thanks to a wicked brand of magic she’s been exposed to. The only way for Cassie to get her life back to normal is to tame her magic and uncover Mr. Tenpenny’s true killer.

Simple right? Of course not. Because while Cassie works on getting her newly-acquired magic sorted, she’s blowing up kitchens, angering an entire magical community, and discovering her past is more closely tied to Busby Tenpenny than she could have ever imagined.



The Review:

I gave this book four and a half stars!

Cassie’s life is anything but normal. She works at a funeral home prepping bodies for presentation for their loved ones. But when the dead start to rise under her watch, Cassie has to scramble to help them find peace before anyone finds out. That is, until she meets Mr. Tenpenny and her life is turned upside down. As Cassie helps the man find peace, she unwittingly embarks on a quest that sheds light on her mysterious past and reveals a world she never knew existed.

Man oh man, did I love this book!

I’m a huge fan of Tammie Painter, so I’ve come to expect a lot out of her, and this did not disappoint!

I think the biggest pro of this book is the characters. Cassie Black is an unique, introverted individual. She lives a simple and primarily solitary existence until things really hit the fan when the dead rise under her care. After that, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her life. I really liked the witty, snarky thoughts she had, and being inside her head was very agreeable to me. Her dilemma was understandable and made it easy to root for her from the sidelines.

Favorite characters of mine were the adorable kitty Pablo, Mr. Tenpenny of course, and Alastair (I loved that his shoes and socks never matched, so quirky!).

I feel that each character had a unique viewpoint to what was happening around Cassie, and their personalities really shone through.

The plot was great, and got even better as things progressed. I really liked the shorter stories in the beginning that led to the main plot, and MagicLand (as Cassie calls it) blew me away. I loved the system that Painter developed to make this place work, and every minute in that place kept me on the edge of my seat. Can I live there please? No seriously, someone from there adopt me!

If I had to pick at anything, I’d say from time to time Cassie’s thought process could get a bit long-winded for my taste, but it wasn’t a constant issue. I also thought Cassie tended to jump the gun on some assumptions without proper evidence, but I think she’s kind of learned her lesson through the events of this book to be more careful.

This is the first of three quirky, magical adventures in Cassie’s complicated life, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Definitely give this book a shot!


That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

Have you read this book before? What did you think? Do you have a book recommendation similar to this one? Feel free to share in the comments!

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    • Thanks friend! It really was quite a great book.

      I hope so, haha! I’ve been working extremely hard to get everything for the rest of the week out of the way so I can just focus on tomorrow for today and tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

  1. Believe me, I understand how you feel….times three! But I’m honored you took time out of your crazy busy release week to read my book…and to write such a thorough review. You are the review-writing master, Mr. P!

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