Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Angel Interrupted - 2nd in the Dead Detective Mystery series
Author: Chaz McGee
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Chaz's Website/Blog: www.katymunger.com (Writing as Chaz McGee)
Kevin Fahey is a lost soul wandering the streets where he had once been a detective. Not a very good detective, he is known for bungling more cases than he solved. While he’s killing time in limbo, he now helps his replacement, Maggie Gunn, with solving crimes. He’s hoping to be a better man in death than he ever was in his drunken life, and maybe…someday…he’ll be freed from this earth.
When a nurse is murdered in her home, it causes quite a scene. Then it is realized that a boy from the park across the street is now missing. Where could he be? Are the cases connected? Kevin isn’t sure, but Maggie is on both cases. Kevin can see things and go places where Maggie and the other cops can’t. He’s determined not to let the murderer go free…and he’s hoping to redeem part of his life by saving the young boy from certain death. He’s not sure who has the boy, but he’s certain the kidnapper is consumed by darkness. It’s a monster waiting to eat that boy alive.
While this is the 2nd book in the series, it did stand on its own. It’s a unique twist on the mysteries, but at the same time, it’s very odd to have the main character be a ghost. I enjoyed the mystery itself and it kept me guessing for both the murderer and the kidnapper until the last pages. It was hard to feel greatly connected to Kevin Fahey since he’s dead, nobody sees him, and he was a real jerk and loser in life. I did come to like his idea of redeeming his life through his death and the truly unique ways he can work on these cases with Maggie.
Maggie is a main and secondary character at the same time. She’s the daughter of one of the greatest detectives the force has seen and the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. She’s able to synthesize impressions and bits of information to garner conclusions that look miraculous. Unknowingly, with Kevin’s help, she’s become an even better detective than she was before.
With death and kidnapping on everyone’s mind, can level heads prevail long enough to solve either crime? I was intrigued by the story and it did keep me going from beginning to end. I’m not sure this type of ghost detective writing will ever be my favorite style, but it was an interesting turn to the mystery. For those who like a different look at mysteries, you’ll love every page. And if redemption comes from solving as many cases as he bungled, Kevin will continue to return for many years to come.
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