SciFi Book Review: Dead Mann Running

Dead Mann Running by Stefan Petrucha

Either I’m stubborn, or it’s rigor mortis, but being dead didn’t stop me from being a detective or finding my wife’s killer. But it’s tough out there for a zombie, and lately it’s been getting tougher. These days the life-challenged have to register and take monthly tests to prove our emotional stability. See, if my kind gets too low, we go feral. I’ve been feeling a little down lately myself…

So when a severed arm—yeah, just the arm—leaves a mysterious briefcase at my office, my assistant, Misty, thinks figuring out where it came from will keep me on track. But this case goes deeper and darker than I imagined, and my imagination gets pretty dark. Turns out the people after it know more about my past life than I can remember, and even more about what I’ve become.

Hessius Mann, zombie PI, is back for a new and exciting adventure. His latest case involves a briefcase containing mysterious vials of liquid. But Mann quickly learns there are people trying to get their hands on it and are willing to kill to get it. And his investigation takes an even more dangerous turn when Mann purposefully fails his emotional stability test and is sent to a “concentration camp”/prison for ferals.

Even more exciting than the first, Dead Mann Running is a riveting and fast-paced sequel. With plenty of plot twists, mystery, humor, and suspense – this is an impressive sequel that kept me guessing to the very end. Hessius Mann may be a zombie, but he’s all heart. Urban fantasy and zombie fans shouldn’t miss this fantastic series.

Fantasy Book Review: The Dead Girls Detective Agency

The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox

Maybe if I hadn’t slept through my alarm, slammed into Kristin—my high school’s reigning mean girl—or stepped in a puddle, destroying my mom’s new suede DVF boots (which I borrowed without asking), I wouldn’t have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I wouldn’t have been pushed in front of that arriving train. But I did, and I was.

When I came to, I was informed by a group of girls that I’m dead. And that because I died under mysterious circumstances, I can’t pass straight over to the Other Side. But at least I’m not alone. Meet the Dead Girls Detective Agency: Nancy, Lorna, and Tess—not to mention Edison, the really cute if slightly hostile dead boy. Apparently, the only way out of this limbo is to figure out who killed me, or I’ll have to spend eternity playing Nancy Drew. Considering I was fairly invisible in life, who could hate me enough to want me dead? And what if my murderer is someone I never would have suspected?

Charlotte is a sweet girl with a caring boyfriend. It’s hard to believe anyone would want to kill her. But when Charlotte gets the chance to investigate her own murder, she gets to see her peers’ true sides. The other girls in the Dead Girls Detective Agency are fun and vibrant and add a lighter tone to their limbo status.

Fantasy meets mystery in this series debut with plenty of potential. With likeable characters and ones you’ll love to hate – this ghostly adventure is unique and entrancing. Well-paced with several surprising twists along the way, young mystery fans will want to check this one out. I’ll certainly be looking forward to future installments in this captivating new series.

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