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on 26 June 2012
A great first novel, which immerses the reader immediately into a story which races along at a great pace.
With an early resemblance to Strangers On A Train, what unfolds is an intelligent narrative, which contains twists and turns galore, but never becomes over complicated.
I liked it, and have no hesitation in recommending this book. Give it a try it won't disappoint.
Finally, if there is any justice in the world Inspector David Morton will be investigating a few more cases before he retires...!
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When I first heard about a novel that was going to be written in a maximum of 90 days, I thought that I definitely would need to read that book. My curiosity is huge, especially if the mystery and suspense deal with books. For those people who may think that a novel written in 2 months must be very bad and not worthy of reading I say, you are all wrong. Sean and Daniel Campbell have proved that it is possible to write a very clever, thrilling, and gripping thriller in such a short notice. Written by two different writers, you don't notice the change of writer. The language and style used are professional and very accurate for the kind of novel chosen. The story flows so easily that it is impossible to put the book down. I read it in 3 days (or 3 nights).

About the plot, it is quite original and clever. The main protagonist, Edwin Murphy, has the kind of perfect life that everybody could dream, till he discovers his wife wants to divorce him and leave the country with their daughter. He will plan a very complex plan to kill his wife and, in that way, recover the control of his life. But becoming a murderer is not that easy, and that's how his plan becomes more and more complicated. Is it possible to be a serial killer in the distance? How can the police, with David Morton on the lead, discover what is going on in the streets of London, where they are finding more and more dead bodies? Read this book and follow the steps the police follows to try to solve the mystery.

Lots of different characters in this novel, but every one of them has a very well developed personality, so you feel them quite real. You can pity them, be angry at them, and even take sides. This book will take you in a gripping journey throughout the darkest side of London and its inhabitants.

Highly recommendable. The perfect read for every occasion.
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on 31 July 2013
A cleverly written story with a multitude of twists and turns, DEAD ON DEMAND is not the usual murder-for-hire, figure-out-who-done-it thriller. This fact alone makes the read a fascinating one.
Edwin Murphy has lost his job; his wife is filing for divorce and moving to New York with their daughter. The scheme that he configures to solve this dilemma is an ingenious one, or so he thinks. Edwin didn't count on a mere Chief Inspector being first-rate enough to follow the trail of seeming unlinked murders, the subterfuge used to hide his identity as the chief manipulator.
The Campbell brothers were ingenious in their ability to weave such a convoluted plot of murder, one that is convincing. I particularly enjoyed the authors' development of each character, portraying their idiosyncrasies and the circumstances in their lives that lead each to make a choice to murder.
As the story continued to add even more well-crafted twists, I gave up on configuring if, or how, Edwin would get away with his manipulations. Instead, I simply gave rein to the authors' well-crafted abilities to lead me towards an unexpected climax.
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on 12 November 2014
After a number of good reviews on this book, I am sorry to say that I feel just the opposite. I have read 44% and decided I can't read any more. As a copy editor and proofreader I have seen so many errors in the story that it fails to capture my interest. Regardless of the numerous spelling and punctuation errors (not just the difference between USA/English) there are a number of story line errors that should not have crept in.
When Edwin‘s wife is found by the police without any identification they use the term ‘Jane Bloggs’, the correct term is ‘Jane Doe’. In the story the Scene of Crime officer (SOCOs) is called a Coroner, who also works at the morgue, where as a Coroner is an elected public officer whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of any death which there is reason to suppose is not due to natural causes.
I could go on, but it’s not good news, I have struggled to give this story any stars.
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on 9 May 2012
I was understandably dubious about the '90 Day novel' challenge behind this, but its the best £2 i've spent this year; its realistic without being gratuitous and in that respect its more like John Le Carre rather than a Rebus.

Such is the skill of the novel that actually its the other victims of the novel you'll feel for. Edwin Murphy is too ambiguous a character and squanders the reader's good will, but in the people drawn into his scheme to get away with murder we see the reflections of societal archetypes and those that, one way or another, the world has failed. If good writing is meant to make you think (never mind the twist at the end) then this definitely did the business.
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on 9 September 2012
I have not picked up and read a complete book for 15 years or so but read this in a day as it gripped me from the start.
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on 10 May 2012
I absolutely loved Dead on Demand! I was a bit hesitant at first about reading it because I'm not a big fan of crime novels and thrillers. But once I started reading it, I just didn't want to stop! Every page was a nail biter and had me yelling "I don't want to stop reading but I really need to go pee!" repeatedly. I highly recommend getting a copy!
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The core of the plot centres around a man, Edwin Murphy, who is on the verge of losing everything he values including his wife and child. Things have become so bad between them his wife is planning a move to another country with their daughter and he's not invited!. What does he do?. He goes onto the internet and discovers a dark internet site where it seems he can hire someone to 'erase' at least one of the problem people in his life. What's the catch?. As payment, Edwin has to return the 'favour' but will he?.

The plot spins out to include a variety of murders which seem unrelated to Edwin, or the internet site, but; as the police investigation begins, led by DCI Morton, it becomes apparent Edwin is much more involved that anyone would have believed. In fact there's a building mystery concerning a multiple murderer who can 'cause' death without getting his hands dirty and it's strange how Edwin's name keeps turning up!.

Not the best book I've read by a long way but it does have entertainment value, pace and nicely worked themes around the complexity of planning 'the perfect murder/murders. The ending was disappointing and rushed and the standard of writing dips from good to 'not so much so' throughout. The idea of finding an internet site full of potential killers wasn't properly worked which made it unbelievable and difficult to buy into. If you're happy to overlook the bumpy bits and enjoy a free download then I'm happy to recommend.
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on 2 March 2014
One dimensional characters, full of cliches and factually inaccurate - a coroner does not carry out autoposies and there is no such thing as a deputy in the English police. Avoid
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on 14 July 2013
I first discovered Daniel and Sean Campbell when I read their brilliant guide for writers 'Can't Sell, Won't Sell'. I was really impressed to read that they had also written a novel in just 90 days and eagerly downloaded Dead on Demand.
I am a huge fan of thrillers and crime, I read a lot of Dan Brown, Peter James and Stephen C Spencer's books and am always on the lookout for new books to read of a similar caliber. Dead on Demand had me totally gripped from the very first page. Expertly written, strong characters and a fast-paced story line with plenty of clever twists and turns making the book a real page tuner.
I would highly recommend Dead on Demand and look forward to seeing what these talented authors write next.
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