Day 57: The Dead Love Longer by Scott Nicholson
Summary From Goodreads:
Private investigator Richard Steele must solve his most difficult case ever—his own murder—while caught between women on both sides of the grave. His lover Lee is tangled up in the mess he left behind, and his dead ex-wife Diana has been waiting on the other side for her chance at revenge.
In a race against time as his spirit slips away, Richard confronts his many, many failings and faces a power beyond his understanding–love. His only weapon is faith, and he’s running out of bullets.
It’s going to be a hell of a final showdown.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I know, I know, it’s the second short review in consecutive days, I’m sorry! I tend to do these for novellas that I read and this one had been calling out to me for a while (plus it was my book for a challenge) so hopefully you don’t mind too much! Anyway the review…
The Dead Love Longer is a murder mystery meets ghostly paranormal. While it really hammers home “faith and love are what matters” to the point of wanting to bash your brains in (just a little) the story is done quite well. The main character, Richard, is an asshole, but he’s very aware of it and genuinely wants to fix the mess that he has made in life. He knows he is very flawed and as part of his punishment, when he dies he is forced to face and overcome those flaws in order to pass the test to get into “the bright place.” He’s a character you can get behind because he isn’t perfect, none of us are and so as we see him desperately trying to improve himself and fix the wrongs he committed we as readers liken his struggles with our own.
The strength of The Dead Love Longer is definitely the humor used. Various kinds of death lead to some witty exchanges, most notably with a certain case worker whose character I loved. Dealing with being a ghost can also lead to some interesting discoveries as Richard finds out. The story is pretty short but in a good way, had any of the more serious points been hammered home much longer it would have become overly sappy, whereas with the current length and pacing they were more like sticky notes around your house, you know they are there but they aren’t bashing you over the head with their messages. The Dead Love Longer was a nice quick read and if you are into mysteries, especially ones that delve into theology a bit then this could be a nice easy read for you. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 58, I promise I’ll have a regular review this time! ^.^