Dead Men Kill–Book Review

When several of the city’s most respected citizens are inexplicably killed by what appear to be zombies, all Detective Terry Lane has to go on is a blue grey glove, a Haitian pharmacy bill for some very unusual drugs and a death threat from a mysterious stranger.

Matters are soon complicated when a beautiful nightclub singer shows up who claims to have information that could solve the case, but whose motives are plainly suspect. Against his better judgment, Terry investigates her lead only to find himself sealed in a coffin en route to the next zombie murder—his own.

-From the Galaxy Press webpage

First reading the title of this book I immediately thought of the modern zombie movie. You quickly find out that is not the case, and while there are certain similarities this is a much older variety of undead. With the current over saturation of zombie books, movies, and television this was a welcome change. Reminiscent of dark nights in the woods around a camp fire, the first page will grab you. A great option for an evening when thunderstorms have knocked out your cable, it’s short and spooky.

The writing style is much older, and more articulate than your common short stories today. I feel it brings more depth to the story.

When I read I always try to put a face to the characters, so the small wood cut style portraits that are sprinkled throughout the book were a pleasant surprise. Maybe not what I’d imagined but it’s good to put a face to the names. One disappointment, is the lack of character development, which I can’t truly expect from a short story but unfortunate as the same. I’ll admit it did help keep the focus on the story line.

I’m not familiar with murder mysteries so I figure the story out at the beginning as many people claim during books and movies. I was a bit confused by some of the word choices, and had to remind myself the story was written years ago.

One character in particular, Loup-Garou had me confused and kept me reading just trying to figure him out. I thought I had him pegged but he threw me for a loup, HAHA ok my attempt at humor didn’t work. He followed the typical villain persona, the need to tell his plans to the hero, to spill the beans.

All in all it’s full of double crossing, voodoo, and murder. Everything a good mystery novel needs. As with the other books in this collection it contains a glossary in the back; very handy if you choose to incorporate the books into a homeschool lesson or theme and as the pervious book I reviewed there is the option to get it as an audiobook.


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