I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
EVERYONE, LISTEN TO ME.
The Doubly Dead Angel-Thief is easily one of the best books of 2017 and I want to scream this from rooftops until people take notice. Read this book if it’s the last thing you do.
Meet V.C. Almond, Mastermind Sleuth, Jack of Some Trades, and the Delmar Loop’s Private Investigator Ordinaire.
V.C. Almond’s life is in the gutter. Divorced and broke, he’s living in a rat trap apartment above the loudest punk music venue in the Delmar Loop. Worse, his dear friend, merry prankster Jake Kennedy, son of crime boss “Big Jamie” Kennedy, has just committed suicide.
The night of Jake’s funeral, V.C. returns home to find a surprise on his floor: Jake’s freshly murdered, bullet-riddled body. Soon realizing Jake’s double death appears destined to go unsolved, V.C. reluctantly agrees to help private detective Aldous Lewie crack the case.
Stumbling upon the body of a man who’s supposed to already be dead is just the first leg of V.C.’s journey down the rabbit hole.
Two things soon become clear: Even in the Communication Age, miscommunication reigns supreme. And if V.C. and his band of misfits don’t figure out who aced their amigo, then they will soon be sipping GrandMa in the Great Beyond.
The name of the book was enough to convince me to accept the author’s review request. Look at it! Isn’t it fascinating? For the past few weeks, I’ve been let down by way too many books that promised more than they delivered and this book was a refreshing change in this book blogger’s landscape. I was even more interested once I read the author’s bio in the back cover. Scroll down to read possibly the best author bio you’ll ever come across! I’m not even kidding. I love self-deprecating humor and Whelchel is definitely its master in my book now.
The Doubly Dead Angel-Thief is the story of how V. C Almond attempts to solve the double death of his friend Jake Kennedy along with a ragtag group of characters.
The writing in this book is excellent, with a generous sprinkling of jokes and self-deprecation. V.C. and his friends have been written brilliantly, with each character being unique. They have their own quirks and any reader will fall in love with all their antics.
Most books that try to do both crime fiction and humor end up failing miserably because of unconvincing and weak storylines, but Whelchel has obviously found the balance. This book has just the right amount of crime, slapstick, self-deprecation, and romance, and no reader will be able to put it down until the last page has been turned.
Rating: 5 out of 5!
I really, really loved this book and want it to get all the awards it deserves. Now, shoo! Go read it!
About Marcus Whelchel:
He is the author of four novels, the first three having been shredded and recycled into Chinese food containers long ago.
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