Monday, 12 August 2013

Mystery Crossed with Horror - A great combination

Yet again I find myself stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading a book and as you will find out from my review I am very thankful I did.

Todays offering is the most unusual crime book I have ever read and yet I really enjoyed it. It is a PI Mystery crossed with a zombie horror. Zombie horror books are definitely not my cup of Rosie Lee, as regular readers of this blog will know, but this book manages to blend both in a highly entertaining way. The main focus is on the mystery. There is a killer wandering around Florida who is cutting off the tops of people's skulls, scooping out the brains, and gluing back the skull. In comes disgraced PI Nicholas Colt who is in Florida on a quite unrelated matter. Needless to say the two cases cross and, before you can say Zombie, Nick is knee deep in trouble, with a healthy dose of blood, guts and gore thrown in.

The characters in this book are larger than life but still highly believable. I love Nick and was rooting for him all the way. It's a shame he's married really. (Get a grip Wendy, he's a fictional character). This is the second in a series but it can be read as a standalone. There is enough of a back story included that you get a good idea of what went on in book one. However, if you did want to read both books then read book one first. You pretty much know what happens in book one after reading this one. The back story is good in that it enlightens the reader without becoming boring.

There are a surprising amount of twists and turns in this book and this kept me reading. It rattles along at a fair pace and never slows down. This is not a book for the faint hearted as there are some moments of quite graphic violence. There is also one instance of sex but this fits in well and is there for a very good reason. It completely adds to the story.

The ending when it came took me completely by surprise as I hadn't guessed the identity of the killer at all. An excellent book which I would highly recommend.

For my US readers if you click on the link it will take you to the paperback as I am not allowed to link US kindle books. From there you can click on the kindle version which is much cheaper.

That's it from Bookahoics today. Remember, even in the event of a zombie apocalypse, keep calm and keep reading.


  1. Sounds like a great mix!

    1. It is. It almost converted me to horror :-)