This book made me laugh. The premise is quirky and intriguing. However, it's not unusual for a ghost to want revenge for his own murder. Shakespeare started that a long time ago with Hamlet's ghost. But to borrow it, throw in an urban landscape, with a detective much like Phillip Marlowe from the 1930s, well that's just rich, thug making creativity through a new kind of magnifying glass. Sweet.
Other than Zach Monday, the hero of the story, the rest of the cast left a vivid impression on your mind. They reminded me of the cast from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Let me explain further by using a line from the book and not spoiling anything for you.
"She rewarded me with a laugh, but she didn't loosen up one notch. I was hoping to put her at ease and relax her. She held the smile, but her eyes were sharp on me and her body language said `control, control, control,' I guess Charming Zack isn't so charming as far as Alexandra Sycorax is concerned."
Again, very funny book, it continued to make me chuckle with its colorful cast and strange premise. But, about sixty percent of the way through it there was a bump. I won't go into details, but it had something to do with death, life and all things in-between. It felt very confusing for the next several chapters; therefore, unnecessary. There seemed to be a number of ways Andy Kirschbaum, the writer, could have reached his very clever plot end without being confusing for so long.
I also have to point out that although I enjoyed many of the clever colorful descriptive character traits, as the end approached - I needed less of them simply to find out `who dun it'.
In the end, I highly recommend "Monday and the Murdered Man" for its humor and for its very complicated plot that in the end tied together nicely. Andy Kirschbaum is a talented writer that will make you laugh.