- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: LL-Publications (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905091702
- ISBN-13: 978-1905091706
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,036,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dead Detective Agency Paperback – April 1, 2011
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The story and writing proceed at a furious, breathtaking pace, and when we finally come to the end of our voyage, it's with deep regret, as if saying bon voyage to a dear friend we have known and loved for years.
Reviewer Sam Millar is a crime novelist in New York City. His most recent novel is The Dark Place.
"...Sam Spade meets Quantam Leap." Geoff Nelder
A fun concept of afterlife and well-developed characters makes this an entertaining page turner. I am certainly looking forward to the next in the series. Would be good material for the big screen. A refreshingly new idea.
Loved the whole idea for this book. I enjoyed the comparisons about what we think of as ghosts as actually the dead using our bodies. Can't wait to read the next one!
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I'm thrilled that so many people have enjoyed THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY and its unique but satisfying premise. The idea came from nowhere, but I immediately loved it and saw possibilities for more than one mystery with the eccentric but lovable Seamus as lead investigator. The wonderful people at LL-Publishing also saw those possibilities, got the jokes, and encouraged me to make it a series. The second book, DEAD FOR THE MONEY, (April, 2012) takes Seamus into a wealthy man's family. Which one of them might have pushed Gramps off a cliff overlooking Lake Michigan, and why?
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As a consequence we have a unique novel, in both senses of the word, where there are not only two detectives trying to solve a puzzling murder, but one of them is dead. In fact Tori is with her mentor dead detective, Seamus. The two demised sleuths can only exist back on their former world by inhabiting the living, sometimes the same one. They can jump between people but only in extreme circumstances may they make their presence felt. Readers are used to following a story through the eyes of a protagonist. However, in this tale, they are engaging the action through the eyes of a `ghost' through their inhabited live person! And yet you don't get lost. The narrative is an easy read belying the complexity of the issues.
There are light moments. For example when alive Tori tried to match-make two of her colleagues. Carmon lacks confidence and though she is enamoured with Abe, needed a shove. That came from Tori, finally, after she died. Brilliant.
There is sadness here too. Tori's death was a tragic error, as her investigation uncovers. So much life for her that she really anticipated living, cruelly robbed. At least she is assured of an even better after-life.
Because the two dead detectives can switch hosts if in sufficient close proximity, and with the story style carrying a kind of hard-boiled gumshoe feel, this novel could rightly be called Sam Spade meets Quantum Leap. The action in the book is contemporary even though the feel is of an earlier era. The cover art, by Helen E.H. Madden, reinforces the 30s style beautifully with the depiction of Tori - her wistfulness as a limbo cruiseship passenger.
I remain a pecuniary ignoramus about how an investment bank works but in one respect I am at least up to conversationalist level. Thanks to Peg Herring, I am now informed on `selling away', the underhand practise of cheating both the firm and client to the profit of a swindler. It is this practice that ultimately led to Tori's death, and that of others in this action novel. In an interesting way this is Financial Swindling for Dummies. Thanks!
On another level I felt Tori and Seamus could have treated the reader to a more exciting time in their voyeuristic travelling inside other people. I ask myself: would I resist the temptation to learn more about women by being inside the head of one - seeing through her eyes and experiencing all her senses? No, I'd go all the way and I feel a lack of the sexual frisson and intellectual gender differences that could have been explored.
Even so, there is much novelty here to commend to the reader. Seamus, as an experienced dead detective, leaps from a man to a rat, then to a dog. Wow. Cross-species sensory travelling and Herring doesn't disappoint. Now I know why some dogs bark all the time - they are possessed!
A line I'm sure many of us on Earth can relate to is when the policeman `used his remote as a weapon against commercials'. I wish I'd written that.
Overall, in spite of Earthly tragedies, we have the joyful theme that all good people make it to `Heaven', whatever that is. This limbo novel has much to recommend it.