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Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard -1) by Melissa F. Olson

Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard #1) by Melissa F. Olson

Scarlett Bernard series, is part of the Old World Universe by Melissa F. Olson. This series is followed up by the sequel series: Boundary Magic series.

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy / UF-Mystery / Noir UF

Series Description or Overview Edit

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. ~ Dead Spots: Scarlett Bernard Book 1 - MelissaFOlson.com ~ Excerpt

Lead's Species Edit

  • Magical Null, crime-scene scrubber

Primary Supe Edit

  • Mages (and witches), vampires, werewolves

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • The lead character is a magical null—having the ability to nullify magic.

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • Scarlett's sections are in first person and small section in Jesse's in third person PoV.

Books in Series Edit

Scarlett Bernard series:

  1. Dead Spots (2012) 
  2. Trail of Dead (2013) 
  3. Hunter's Trail (2014) 

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

  • 0.1. Bloodsick (2014) ~ eBook, 175 pages
  • 0.5. Sell-By Date (2014) ~ eBook, 23 pages

Companion Series, Spinoffs, Sequels or Prequels Edit

Other Series by Author onsite Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

Los Angeles

Places:

  • Hair of the Dog: werewolf bar, owned by Will Carling

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Nulls, mages, vampires, witches, werewolves, magic spices, amulet, 

Glossary:

  • Wolfberry spice: Powerful spices with the power to adversely affect werewolves and vampires and to empower a witch—stolen from a witch warehouse

Groups & Organizations:

  • LAPD: Los Angeles Police Department—Jesse works for them. 

World Edit

Scarlett Bernard

Scarlett Bernard

The Supe world is divided into three magical communities:

Vampires
Witches
Werewolves

Scarlett works for the head of the vampires, the alpha of the werewolves, and the head witch of the area. She cleans up crime scenes done by paranormal elements. Understandably, most of the paranormal characters do not want to have anything to do with her or get close to her. ~ Rabid Reads

Protagonist Edit

Scarlett Bernard is what’s known as a Null in the paranormal world. Whenever she comes in contact with a paranormal creature within a certain radius, the creature loses it’s powers and becomes human again. She lives with Molly, a vampire that was turned at age seventeen. Since Molly doesn’t want to spend eternity looking like she is underage, she wants to live around Scarlett so that she can age some of every moment she spends as a human. Of course she also wants to be able to walk in the sun when they leave the house together. ~ Rabid Reads

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: / What: / Sidekick-to: / About: / Book First Seen:

Characters Edit

Scarlett Bernard Series ~ Shelfari

Characters What About
Scarlett Bernard Null LA’s three magical communities utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes.
Jesse Cruz homicide detective gets pulled into the paranormal world when he stumbles upon a horrific murder scene that Scarlet has just arrived at;
Molly vampire Scarlett's roommate; uses scarlet ability to age a little at a time and to go into the sun;
Olivia null, turned vampire Scarlett's mentor; vanished; mysteriously turned into a vampire and who harbors her own sinister agenda; may be the one killing witches bk-2;
"Dash", Mr. Dashiell Vampire Leader Scarlett's boss, head of the LA vampires; leader of LA Old World; gives her 3 days to solve murder, only wants to pin it someone, she'll do; 
Will Carling alpha of the local pack seems like a pretty nice guy; owner of Hair of the Dog
Kirsten Harms-Dickerson Witch leader leader of the Witches of LA; husband: Dick;
Eli Beta werewolf, bartender Beta member of werewolf pack, manages HotD; doesn’t want to be a werewolf; could be why he wants to be with Scarlett
Caroline werewolf, sigma sigma member of werewolf pack, helps run HotD
Mallory witch working with Olivia; uses the amulet to repair her health and plans to use the power to kill Kirsten
Jesse Cruz policeman helps Scarlett;
Runa Vore photographer for police
Jack Bernard Scarlett's brother
Walter Benson cop forensic investigator
Corry null teenager;
Ana werewolf friend: Lydia
Scott Powell video game programmer Olivia's ex-husband
Denise Godfry witch
Lilith Adam's first wife, the original Adam;

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Melissa F. Olson

Melissa F. Olson

Author Edit

Melissa F. Olson

Bio: Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. ~ Goodreads | Melissa F. Olson (Author of Dead Spots)

Contributors Edit

Cover ArtistsEdit

Other Contributors Edit

  • Audio Book Narrator: Amy McFadden — Source: Shelfari
  • Editor: — Source:

Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: 47North
  • Author Page:
  1. Dead Spots: Paperback, 293 pages, Pub: Oct 30th 2012—ISBN 1612185592
  2. Trail of Dead: Paperback, 297 pages, Pub: June 4th 2013—ISBN 1612183123
  3. Hunter's Trail: Paperback, 384 pages, Pub: September 2nd 2014—ISBN 147782412X

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Dead Spots (2012): 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. ~ Dead Spots: Scarlett Bernard Book 1 - MelissaFOlson.com ~ Excerpt

BOOK TWO—Trail of Dead (2013): As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett’s secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city’s unearthly underworld. 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. ~ Trail of Dead: Scarlett Bernard Book 2 - MelissaFOlson.com  ~ Excerpt

BOOK THREE—Hunter's Trail (2014): Actions have consequences—a lesson Scarlett Bernard is learning the hard way. As a “null,” Scarlett has always been able to negate the powers of the supernatural beings that surround her. But now her reckless decision to permanently change Eli from a werewolf to a human has left the Los Angeles werewolf pack in shambles, and upset the balance of power among the city’s supernatural factions. To make matters worse, Scarlett’s employers discover that a newly changed werewolf is running amok in the city. To catch the rogue werewolf, Scarlett will need help from both Eli and Detective Jesse Cruz of the LAPD…a situation that will force her to finally choose between them. However, Scarlett and her friends aren’t the only ones on the hunt—someone else is chasing the wolf. Someone with no reservations about collateral damage. Now Scarlett and her allies must stop both the rogue wolf and the deadly hunter before the full moon rises and all hell breaks loose. Filled with the same suspense and wit readers loved in Dead Spots and Trail of Dead, this may be Scarlett Bernard’s most harrowing adventure yet… ~ Hunter’s Trail: Scarlett Bernard Book 3 - MelissaFOlson.com  ~ Excerpt

BOOK FOUR—:

First Sentences Edit

  1. Dead Spots (2012) — Jared loved trees.
  2. Trail of Dead (2013) — The call had come anonymously from one of the witches, not their new leader, Kirsten.
  3. Hunter's Trail (2014) — Remus arrived at the park while the sun was still high and parked in the lot for the Kings Canyon Lodge, now closed for winter.

Quotes Edit

Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit

Goodreads suggestions:

See Category links at bottom of page

Awards Edit

Trivia Edit

Reading Order Edit

  • 0.1. Bloodsick
  • 0.5. “Sell-By Date”
  1. Dead Spots
  2. Trail of Dead
  3. Hunter’s Trail
    1. Boundary Crossed
    2. Boundary Lines — ready for Prorder

Suggested Reading Order - Melissa F Olson.com

Notes Edit

Intelligently Asked Questions - MelissaFOlson.com

See Also Edit

Category links at bottom of page

External References Edit

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Series Order:

  1. Dead Spots (2012) 
  2. Trail of Dead (2013) 
  3. Hunter's Trail (2014) 

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