Dead to the Max

Max Starr Series, Book 1

    • 4.0 • 136 Ratings

Publisher Description

If you’re a fan of contemporary romance Bella Andre, Lora Leigh, Maya Banks, Janet Evanovich, Mary Janice Davidson, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, and you adore JD Robb’s Eve Dallas, then get ready for Max Starr!

Thirty-something, down-on-her-luck accountant Max Starr has the unfortunate gift of being psychic, a newly-discovered wrinkle in her already messed-up life. Her husband, Cameron, is dead, killed in a botched 7-11 robbery two years ago. She’s cut herself off from friends, moved out of her San Francisco home in favor of a studio apartment, and dumped her flourishing career as a CPA to do temp work.

And now Max has developed an annoying penchant for attracting the spirits of murdered women. Okay, they possess her. And to exorcize them, Max must unmask their killers. But how?! By stepping into the void their deaths created, taking their jobs, befriending the loved ones they left behind. Max goes wherever she has to go and does whatever she has to do, with a lot of help from the ghost of her late husband Cameron and hunky and very enticing Detective Witt Long.

In Dead to the Max, Book 1 in the Max Starr series, Max steps into the shoes of a murdered accountant and starts to learn that even supposedly boring accountants can have secret lives and secret desires. Max just has to hope the secrets she uncovers don’t get her killed, too.

“Dead to the Max” is Book 1 in the contemporary paranormal romance/mystery Max Starr series, contains some erotic elements, and is approximately 82,000 words. 

This book contains the following bonus material: Excerpts from the next Max Starr mystery, “Evil To The Max,” “Somebody’s Lover,” and “Twisted by Love.”

Previously published in 2003 as Dead to the Max by JB Skully from LiquidSilverBook.

Contains super sexy material.

REVIEWS for the Max Starr series:

“4 Hearts! Dead to the Max is funny and sad all at once ... it is a true murder mystery; it keeps you guessing until the very end.” 

Sensuality rating: Explicit

~ Reviewed by Sara for The Romance Studio

RTR Reviewers Choice Award!

“intense emotions, high-voltage drama and adventure along with delicious sex scenes.” 

~ Reviewed by Tracey for The Road to Romance

“This book will put you through the wringer.”

~ Reviewed by Patricia for Sensual Romance Reviews

“4 1/2 Flames. DEAD TO THE MAX is a striking read ... I’m very anxious to get my hands on Book 2.”

~ Reviewed by Robin for Sizzling Romance Reviews 


Jasmine Haynes, Rita Finalist for Somebody’s Lover, plus two-time Holt Medallion and National Readers Choice Award winner, is the author of over 30 classy, erotic romance tales. Look for more in the West Coast series and her new Reincarnation Tales. Of course, she’s also the author of the award-winning Max Starr psychic mystery series. And don’t miss her writing as Jennifer Skully, KOD Daphne award-winning author, bringing you poignant tales peopled with hilarious characters that will make you laugh and make you cry. Visit her websites at,, and her blog at

February 4
Jasmine Haynes
Redwood Valley Publishing, LLC

Customer Reviews

Harle-q ,

Good but lonely

Great book, well written, well thought out...if taking a bit too long to get through some parts.
The main girl, Max, she breaks your heart though, so lonely and broken.
And the author is not afraid of dark/taboo themes.

SoFlo-Yo ,


A very boring story with inadequate characters

Inthesnow ,

Dead to the max

I got so close to the end, but I just couldn't stomach the graphic sex scenes any more. Though it was probably to explain the characters emotions and drive. It started to become more about that and the other more interesting parts of the murder mystery began to fade into the background. I got that the main character was a sex addicted psychic by the third chapter. I kept hoping that it would improve, but it just didn't. I like series and this plot intrigued me. I won't read more. Unless you like porn don't waste your time.

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