Review: Death Warmed Over by Kevin J. Anderson

Death Warmed Over by Kevin J. Anderson
Series:  Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. (# 1)
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher:  Kensington Press
Pages: 304
Source:  publisher

Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business — with a caseload that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question — Who killed him? For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does everybody have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P…. with a vengeance.


Review:  When it comes to reading I think everyone finds comfort in a certain genre. I for one tend to jump out of that comfort zone once in a while as I find even my favorite authors I need to get away from to appreciate what they write. This happened to be the case when I decided to read Death Warmed Over.

Even those this does have a bit of romance thrown in, it is more about a Zombie P.I. who along with his lawyer partner tries to solve a varying array of cases. Dan Shamble starts off trying to solve his own murder with that of the love of his life. She is a ghost and any kind of physical contact, embracing or even a kiss is somewhat impossible because she is a ghost. So for them past memories have to do. Bummer right?

Dan’s clients are on the bizarre side. They range from monsters, vamps, werewolves, ghouls, goblins, even a mummy or two. His cases often entail finding a lost pre-nup for a werewolf who is trying to divorce her sleazebag of a husband. Or a frightened vampire that fears for his undead life. You see about ten years ago something called the ‘Big Easy’ happened bringing all these creatures out in the open.

If you are looking for something to make you laugh this will certainly do that. This light hearted, fast paced story that adds a bit of realism to it makes you want to find a nice cozy chair and read on into the wee hours of the morning.

A new series that is unpredictable to the end full of adventure, suspense and mystery. With just a little hint of romance… A great read for anyone who wants something outside of the box.

I can’t wait for the next book.