Death Warmed Over: A Fun, Twisted View of Supernatural Entities Trying to Fit In With Humanity

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Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective—especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.

Now he’s back from the dead and back in business—with a case load that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question—Who killed him?

For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does everybody have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P….with a vengeance. (synopsis from the author’s website www.kjablog.com)

A zombified detective….an administrative assistant who is a ghost…..troll realtors….vampire lounge acts. I could keep going on, but all in all, I have to say this is one of the most entertainingly fun stories that I have read in a long time. This is a fresh, lighthearted read that still has a dark undercurrent of greed, hate, and horror.

Set in New Orleans after a reading of the Necronomicon on a certain night released all sorts of the unnatural into the Big Easy, an uneasy truce has erupted between the unnatural species and humanity. Life is slowly reverting back to a semblance of normalcy, and the courts and laws are changing to incorporate the undead and their rights as living nonhumans. Bias and racism are taking their toll on the new species, as a new group has set up shop in New Orleans hoping to take away everything from the supernatural creatures and eradicate them all. Sound familiar?

The tale of racism and hatred in this book is as old as time, but by making the recipients zombies, vampires, trolls, witches, and all sorts of creatures, Kevin J. Anderson is creating a world where the oppressed do have the means with which to fight back. However, they are for the most part willing to act within the laws and allow a private Law Firm/Detective Agency go to bat for them.  No matter the case or the lack of funding involved, this agency is driven to protect the rights of the supernatural, even if it involves violating some civil rights in the process.

What can I say about this book? Let me list a few highlights: two rotting zombies get into a fist fight, a vampire and a zombie sit down and enjoy some fondue, a ghost and a zombie have the most insane case of sexual frustration since they can’t touch each other, and so many more. Getting right to it, this book is fun. It is a gory, bloody, vicious, and fun read that throws so many fun horror creatures into the mix (all with their own accurate frailties) that it is hard to stop reading. Add into that a smart-mouth detective who walks around with a bullet hole in his head to remind him of his own murder, you have the makings of a book that will easily gain an active audience and even a cult following.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. From start to finish, it was an enjoyable read. I found myself caring about the characters even to the point of worrying about the decision to send one of our protagonists into hostile territory where her supernatural abilities may not be able to save her. The descriptions were vivid and the dialogues were fun and witty. I rate this book an easy 9 out of 10.

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