I had no idea what to expect when I first downloaded this book onto my trusty Kindle (Edit -- I now also own 2 physical copies of it too). I'd read that it was about a dead guy and a dead dog, but I had no clue how they'd intertwine. I won't delve into the plot because that takes away your fun from reading the book, but little did I know that this duo would pan out to be most unique crime-solving duo I've ever come across! It's a highly original plot, and the storyline is interspersed with moments of sadness, fun, and cynicism.
Whenever I read a book, I like to find something in it that takes it beyond being "an enjoyable read" for me. Now, the things that do this for me will obviously differ from those that do it for you, but I'll share some of the things that struck me as I read Dead is Better. Something I found important, was that Ms. Perry uses a lot of humor in her writing, which cleverly & thankfully balances the dark side of human nature which is central to the story. Another thing of note for me is that it's the first book I've ever read in which I found references to Star Wars, Monty Python, James Bond, Hamlet, George Bernard Shaw, and Frida Kahlo!
A couple of other random things that also appealed to me: The short chapters -- these made it easy for me to concentrate on a small chunk of the book, even when I had only 5 minutes to read). And the fact that every chapter began with a quote about death! I like quirky things like that, & the quotes were a random mixture of poignant, funny, thought-provoking, morbid, & fascinating.
A few things that left my head spinning, too: I'm a veterinarian, so the dog & her plight were really meaningful to me; Rose is one of my nicknames; and 42 is "my number", and chapter 42 was kind of a boiling point in the book for me.
Add this book to your bookshelf or Kindle! If you're looking for a new crime story, I would highly recommend Dead is Better, especially if you're looking for something unexpected & quirky.
"Is everyone who dies assigned a companion?", Charlie asks, early in the book.
By the end of the book, I thought, "I hope so, Charlie."