- File Size: 688 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Cherrytree Publishing; 1 edition (November 13, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0067NOW3K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Monday and the Murdered Man (Fifth World Book 1) Kindle Edition
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fantastic easy reading book blending urban magic & noir detective novel with some unusual twists thrown in. In a world with fey that have more than human abilities and where Perdition & Salvation have an uneasy and often broken truce, Monday is the man you want to have on your side to see that justice is done. He'll follow the facts to wherever they may go, however unpleasant and however twisty the path may end up being. And a delightfully twisty path it is.
The story itself has plenty of humor, with surprising revelations and insights into this new world. It keeps you guessing the outcome till near the end, but nothing is hidden. You'll end up reading this book at least twice, once to get to the ending (yeah, it is a page turner) and another after you know the ending to see how well the story was setup for that ending all the way from the beginning. The only minor complaint is that some of the exposition can get tricky to follow through one of the later chapters, but as it was essential in setting up the hook for later events, so the complexity is forgiven.
If you're a fan of mystery novels or urban fantasy you can't do much better than this; looking forward to the next few in the series.
The world in which Monday lives is populated by a mix of humans, goblins, faeries and a raft of other mythical creatures. It is an alternative Earth, also known as the Fifth world, where magic is as commonly used as technology. The author has created a alternative world that is inventive and interesting and he builds it naturally throughout the narrative. Germane to this novel is the war between the Goblins and Faeries that has been transformed into 'The Game' a televised event of individual fights between the two races. The death of 'Freakshow', one of 'The Game's' most popular Goblin fighters, at the hands of the Prince of Faery becomes relevant to Monday's investigation when he stumbles across a new street drug known as Passion. The plot is actually quite complex, as Monday pieces together the clues to identify his client and his murderer he is drawn into an illegal drug manufacturing ring, a mob turf war, sport fixing and the evil plans of the Duke of Sorrows. Throw in time travel, magical disguises,a touch of romance and plenty of action, and Monday and the Murdered Man is a terrific read.
Monday has the air of a cynical, tough guy 'gumshoe', and his personality merges surprisingly well such a fantastical environment. Quick witted, handy with his fists and willing to take risks he doesn't back down, even against overwhelming odds. As a human surrounded by magical creatures, Monday has to be clever and resourceful, though being human doesn't exclude him from the use of magic in the form or runes, charms and packaged spells. For back up he relies on his half goblin business partner, Baxter, and an eccentric warlock, Tim.
Imaginative, well written and entertaining, I really enjoyed Monday and The Murdered Man and I hope that Kirschbaum is already working on a second. If the combination of urban fantasy and detective novel appeals to you at all I urge you to take a chance on this novel - its well worth the gamble.