- File Size: 2239 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537661620
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fahrenheit Press (May 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FY2BHRS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Death Of A Nobody (The Danny Bird Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Derek Farrell's DEATH OF A NOBODY keeps DEATH OF A DIVA'S fabulousness going--and then some.
This time Danny Bird––with help from his bestie Caz and the crew at The Marquess of Queensbury Public House––faces the sabotage of his struggling business, must navigate the dangerous vagaries of love and friendship, and then--as if everything isn't already spiraling out of control––Danny must solve a series of murders that are––for the reader––satisfyingly foul and seriously clever.
All begins when the Marq hosts a private funeral party. Danny is busy––babysitting his psychopath gangster landlord's sociopathic granddaughter ("pirhana"), herding "cater waiters," and preparing chicken paillairds flattened with a meat mallet that someone uses to turn one of the waiters' heads into "steak tartarre." In the loo. During a relentless and maddening heat wave.
It's a total pleasure to tag along with Danny as he tracks down the pub's saboteur. As he figures why the victims were brained, hanged and stabbed and by whom. As he fearfully uncovers the secret his love is hiding––and as he he finds his way through a painful rift with a friend so dear that to lose her is to lose himself.
Farrell is also hilarious. I'll never see a bowl of potpourri or hear the phrase "stag party" the same way ever again.
But what's so terrific about this book is that Farrell goes beyond being funny, beyond fine writing, beyond creating brilliant plot puzzle and then having his sweet, smart Danny solve it brilliantly.
The characters that populate NOBODY aren't nobodies––ever. They're somebodies. No matter how small their parts or how silly--they're real. Their voices are true. They have souls. They––like the waiter-turned-steak-tartarre––as Danny explains, matter:
"That's what's bothering me," I said. "Like Reid said: He was just a waiter. Like being a waiter wasn't something worth being. Like it would have mattered more if he'd been just a nuclear scientist, or just an Investment Banker or a Football player."
Farrell's fictional people earn our empathy. Our respect. And he sustains them with love, friendship, laughter--and with Danny Bird's great food.
You can't read DEATH OF A NOBODY without laughing, without getting hungry, without contemplating love and loss, without being moved.
Mini champagnes and straws all around.
Hope we won't wait too long for another go!