Review: Medium Dead

Posted June 23, 2011 by Jen in 3 stars, Rating B, Urban Fantasy Tags:

Medium Dead
Author: Chris Dolley 
Release Date: May 28, 2011
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): E-book
We received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review.
From the author’s website:
Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A Vigilante Demon called Brian wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn’t just catch criminals, he likes to play with them first, and make the punishment fit the crime. As he tells Brenda, “if all you did was turn up, capture the bad guy then leave – century after century – you’d die of boredom.” 
He’s also reckless – his last partner died during one of his takedowns. 
Along the way, Brenda discovers that Brian isn’t as old, or as powerful, as he led her to believe. He might even be human. Whereas the murderer they’re hunting, and the child he’s holding prisoner, might not. 
What Gikany & Una are talking about:
Medium Dead is a lighthearted, urban fantasy romp.  The story begins with Brenda, the reluctant medium, as she starts her summer vacation.  However Brenda’s vacation does not go as planned when Brian, the Vigilante Demon, shows up and convinces her to join him as he fights crime.  Thus Brenda goes from being the reluctant medium to being the reluctant medium private investigator.
The banter between Brenda and Brian is quite funny and entertaining.  However, there are moments in the storytelling where Brenda seems so whiny and annoying. The plot moves fairly fast, however, it can be jerky and has the occasional speed bump.  What we mean is that the story doesn’t always flow smoothly–at times the story leaps ahead and the reader feels as if they missed something, while other times a scene or moment drags (like having to slow over a speed bump).  These were the times when Una, admittedly, started skimming to get to more action.  
Without giving anything away, the ending seemed to have some loose ends.  We were uncertain if Medium Dead is the first novel of a series, but all evidence points to it being a standalone novel. If so, we feel that a few issues should have been resolved prior to the end of the book. 
If you are looking for a light read, something as a break between beloved and serious series, this is a good book to curl up with.  Medium Dead is an interesting romp, but do not expect anything overly serious. 
Their Rating: 
Liked it, there were a few issues – recommend (B)

2 responses to “Review: Medium Dead

  1. Thanks for the review.

    To answer your question: Yes, Medium Dead is the first book in a series. All the books will be standalone with a series arc, so each book will have the odd loose end which gets addressed in the next book.

  2. Una

    Wonderful, then I think I speak for both Gikany and myself in saying we can’t wait to read the next one!