Saturday, February 6, 2010

Desolate Angel by Chaz McGee

Genre: crime fiction, mystery
FTC Disclosure: library as part of the Reader's Choice nominees
Published: 2009
Pages: 298
Content: PG-13 for some language and violence

One Line Summary: A dead detective helps his replacement solve crimes.

Detective Fahey wakes up to find himself dead one day and walking among the living as a ghost. He was an alcoholic in life and therefore was a bad detective, father, and husband. But when the ghost of one of his "solved" cases comes to him for help he knows he must find the real killer to make amends and sets out to help his new replacement Maggie.

This was a really fun read. I always enjoy a good crime fiction/mystery and this one didn't disappoint. It was different since the detective was already dead and he had a limited way to interact with the physical world. Chaz McGee uses this to his advantage and lets his character Fahey delve into thoughts on life and the great beyond quite poignantly. Though, it did get a bit tedious at times, more like he was preaching rather than forwarding the story.

But we start to care about Maggie and Fahey's ex-partner because Fahey does. I don't know how much the dead detective really helped! But it was fun seeing him try.

It's not my favorite crime series ever, but I wouldn't mind reading a few more in the series when they're written.

Rating: 3.5/5


  1. This sounds like it might be interesting. I'll have to give it a try and see what I think. Thanks for the review.

  2. This one sounds interesting. I like mysteries and don't think that I've ever read one with a ghost as the main character.


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