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As a preface, I have read quite a few different "haunted cozy mysteries" with ghosts solving their deaths, such as Inspector Specter, If Walls Could Talk, & If You Got It Haunt It. It's a fun mix of two different genres and it can be really entertaining & fun when done right. With that being said..
The general plot of this is a good story, and I felt like it had great promise. However, it fell short because of how the story was composed. In the beginning of the book you alternate chapters going between Tori's world (the murder victim) in the afterlife & Madison's cop life as he works to solve her murder. This was ok in the beginning, but ended up making the book feel choppy. You never get to follow a consistent story, but rather two which halts on & off. At one point the book even rotates in a third story line from the perspective of Carmen. This switching of plot lines continues throughout & I was not a fan.
Finally, about halfway through the book some of these plot lines intersect, but it's done in such a convoluted way that it simply gets more confusing. I don't want to give away anything, but you have Madison & his partner who is now possessed by the soul of Tori trying to find answers. Too much.
This book really lost me when the ghosts went to earth and took over human "hosts" ... It was a little too sci-fi & a lot of story time was taken up describing how it works to take over a host body etc. It would have been better if they just stayed ghosts or got temporary human bodies of some sort. But I don't love the host idea. It's strange & hard to follow.
Overall the story line had great promise in the beginning but stumbled in presentation from a readers perspective. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
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This book is the first in the Dead Detective series and it is fantastic. The characters are rich and interesting, the concept and story unpredictable like in Herring's other books. This was my second book in the series, and I found that each one is a stand-alone excellent book, unlike some series that do not make sense when out of order.
The only problem I have with this series is that I spend too much time listening in my car in the driveway of my home, so engrossed in the story that I cannot leave.... If I could give higher than a 5 star I would. I wish that they would make a TV series out of the Dead Detective Series.( I just hope that if they ever did they would resist the temptation to cast Shamus as eye candy rather than the incredibly interesting, deep, elderly character he is.) This book makes me wonder even more about Shamus' past....
The Narrator really plays Shamus brilliantly too. The character interplay is excellent. There are times when many characters are interacting and it was all very clear and well acted out. I was given this book for free as a gift in exchange for a fair and unbiased review which I have gladly given here.