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- Language: English
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Dead Heads (Gloomwood Book 1) Kindle Edition
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During his investigation, Blunt assembles an odd team of assistants including Ralph Mortimer, the third assistant to the manager of the office of the dead and Blunt's personal guide to Gloomwood and Sarah Von Faber, a forensics expert who isn't all there (most of the time). But can they solve the mystery of the missing heads before it is too late?
Dead Heads is an enjoyable and at times humorous read with an interesting plot (I would never have guessed the ending) and well-developed characters. Young includes many of the usual cliches of the genre, including the washed-up alcoholic ex-copper, put-upon civil servant, and nosey investigative reporter, yet gives them a life of their own. He also creates a fantastic Gloomwood that seems as real as any run down city in our world. I was left with one nagging question though. Where did the food come from?
Let's see if I can describe it to you. In Gloomwood the head honcho is The Grim Reaper - yes the skeleton with a scythe. For some reason the Grim Reaper created Gloomwood for dead people (obviously) but also for dead ideas (you will see Father Christmas near to the beginning) and dead dreams. Gods that people have stopped believing in also end up in Gloomwood.
OK. So we have a city for the dead. That is exactly what Gloomwood is - a thriving (maybe not so much) place where the dead (of a certain kind) end up and live their deaths. There is crime, good deeds, bad deeds, bureaucracy, spies.
One of the latest additions to the community is Augustan Blunt. Blunt is his name and blunt is what he is. The leaders of the city decided to expedite his death so he could investigate why/who/how the head of the Grim Reaper was stolen. For that reason they have made him chief investigator. Being an ex-cop and a detective while alive makes him qualified for the job. That and being new and unprejudiced and neutral.
The fun thing about reading "Dead Heads" is that I read along thinking of the novel as a plain mystery. Then bam, something really weird happens - like decapitations without splatter. I like their library and their "internet". In fact, I think Ross Young is onto something with real potential here. He writes well and engages me as a reader.
The writing needed a bit of tidying up. Punctuation (periods) were missing and there were odd little paragraph breaks. That was about it I think. I read the Kindle version.
I thought this sounded like a really cool and original idea for a story, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the sense of humour and the characters were a lot of fun. The dialogue was just brilliant - there was one chapter in particular which was basically all dialogue and I found it particularly amusing, but can't say anything else about it without dropping spoilers!
This is a unique read, with an excellent sense of humour. It does get pretty wacky, but in a really good way. The ending was satisfyingly shocking. The little teaser for the next book was great and I will definitely pick it up.
Simply put, this is my kind of book. It is unique, amusing and tells a good story in a fun and satisfying way. I look forward to more from this writer and will be grabbing his next book as soon as it's out!
Dead Heads is a fun read. The characters are wacky and entertaining. It's is clever and funny, with glimmers of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams. The bit about the support groups is hilarious, and I laughed out loud quite a bit at the well-timed and offbeat humor.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*
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