Where to start?
It's been a while since I read such a light-bantered book.
Although, I'm not sure he'd be happy to be called that, being an Eternal (someone who is dead, but not dead dead - the book explanation). :)
I must say in all my fantastical reading so far, I haven't yet come across the term of an Eternal, a being that is neither truly dead nor alive, spiritual so it can't be killed.
The story is told from his perspective, how he came to be an Eternal and to fight on the side of good. Which he does throughout the book (fight against evil).
Anyway, we have the usual set of fantastic beings, vampires, fae, weres, trolls, goblins, etc. The interesting thing is though that the Darkside is in this case our world, and the world of fae is Summerland (well, other beings live there as well).
The spectral dog part is one I really enjoyed I must say. :)
And even though James seems light-hearted and likes banter, he is at the moment of his first death, leading a solitary, unemotional life because everyone he loved died.
Luckily for him, in this book, his heart and emotions are once again his (through again some interesting mystical stuff).
A little fragrant bit - the favoutite perfume of his unfortunately dead girlfriend, was Eternity.
Even though I didn't think of that in the beginning, I really enjoyed the book and its light tone. It made me smile and laugh and that is something any one of us can use in large quantities.
Luckily for me, there is another book in the series. :)