Book Reviews

The Doubly Dead Angel-Thief by Marc Whelchel

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.


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.

Goodreads synopsis:

35706747Meet 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:

Marc lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his beautiful wife and daughter, a green-eyed demon cat, and a song in his head that he can’t quite identify. When he is not driving to and fro, scouring the wastebasket of his mind for a point, he is writing the next Great American Novel, a half-decent short story starring some Congolese guy in faraway lands. He enjoys whistling off-key at the moon, loud music, dead quiet, meeting new people, and avoiding the human race at all costs. Two people once said he’s funny, so it must be true. Those who know him best agree that he has damn good reason to be self-deprecating.

He is the author of four novels, the first three having been shredded and recycled into Chinese food containers long ago.

What did you think of my review? Would you read the book? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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10 thoughts on “The Doubly Dead Angel-Thief by Marc Whelchel

  1. Oh my gosh that bio!! That’s one of the funniest thing I’ve ever read! The book doesn’t really appeal to me, but I might need to read it just because of that!

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  2. I am definitely convinced to read this! Adding to my TBR list IMMEDIATELY (though I’ll have to get it next month. I went to a book fair which had a book for hundred each, bought FIVE books in one go, and my parents WILL go mad at me if I buy another book any time soon. That and the dreaded upcoming UTs 🙂). Great review (the bio got tears of laughter in my eyes!!)😀😀😆😆

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      1. Got ’em at a book exhibition here in Indore (it was quite amazing, really. I thought I was in sort of book-land, with books EVERYWHERE. Not to mention the hoard of free bookmarks).
        No books till next month, though . . . But hey, there’s still christmas!!😀😁

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