A woman opens fire on the North Hollywood Police Precinct and is almost immediately shot dead by the L.A.P.D. Another woman throws herself off the edge of Santa Monica Pier. One is suicide, one is art… Welcome to the world of Charlie & Rose, everyone’s favourite ghost detectives. Summoned once again from the afterlife, and cursed by death to only ever be on-lookers intA woman opens fire on the North Hollywood Police Precinct and is almost immediately shot dead by the L.A.P.D. Another woman throws herself off the edge of Santa Monica Pier. One is suicide, one is art… Welcome to the world of Charlie & Rose, everyone’s favourite ghost detectives. Summoned once again from the afterlife, and cursed by death to only ever be on-lookers into the lives of the living, Charlie and his dog companion Rose do their best to protect the only woman Charlie has ever loved. Life, it seems, is much more complicated than death, and very quickly Charlie & Rose find themselves attempting to untangle a complicated and deadly web of suicide, art, drug gangs and the illegal sweat-shops of downtown Los Angeles. Praise for Dead Is Good 'Dead is Good is a metaphysical detective novel: a meditation on the meaning of life—and of death. It’s also an evocative and wickedly funny portrait of Los Angeles, a city whose disparate communities barely seem to connect. But connect they do, and Perry draws the line between exploited downtown garment workers and ostentatious Beverly Hills McMansions with the sarcastic, chronically dissatisfied Charlie and his sweet-tempered dog, Rose as our guides. Sure, they’re both dead, but they live and breathe as characters whom you want so much to find some form of peace and happiness. I can’t wait for their next case." Lisa Brackmann, critically acclaimed author of the Ellie McEnroe novels, (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day), Getaway, The Go-Between and others. "Jo Perry's DEAD IS GOOD is the best book yet in a solid-gold series: funny, sad, suspenseful, and totally original. They're set in a world in which the dead can observe the living -- including those they love -- but can't lend a hand. And her often-beautiful prose is uniquely her own." Timothy Hallinan ...
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dead is good Reviews
The third in the series following the challenges of the dead when they would really like to intervene in the affairs of the living but can't. In Charlie's case the only woman he ever loved is in danger of being killed in this case study.I still think the concept is charming but admit to enjoying the first two books more than this third one. There was a great deal of action that was on and off confusing in the midst of pinatas and social causes as Charlie and Rose investigate why the sister of the woman he loved arranged for her own "suicide by cop" as witnessed by Charlie and Rose. Charlie finds his despicable brother involved peripherally by being a drug customer of the gang featured in this tale.I also think I am just a tad strung out on the "f" word and plan to avoid books with limited vocabulary choices. But...I did enjoy the ride.I continued to like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, e.g.: "Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them..." --George Eliot
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---Oh, and after all this time I learned something else about being dead.Death is failure.Death is loss.Everything—who you are, what you know—goes. Whoever you thought you were, you weren’t and you’re not.When he was alive, Charlie Stone was married multiple times to pretty horrible women (if we're to believe him -- and we might as well, he seems pretty upfront and honest about this kind of thing), not that he was any catch, either. But he really only loved one person, Grace Morgan. Grace broke things off with Charlie and moved on with her life, but apparently after hearing about his murder, she was moved to change her approach to art -- deciding to challenge the audience, forcing them to realize how close to death they are. Yeah, it sounds pretty silly and pretentious to me, but hey...that's not the important part of the story. Maybe if we got more examples of her art, I'd care more and maybe even understand. What is important about Grace, for our purposes, is that her life is in danger, it's because of this danger that Charlie and Rose have been brought from their afterlife-limbo back to Earth. The book opens with one of the more blatant suicide-by-cop scenes you've ever read, which is intended to serve as protection for Grace. It doesn't work out, or the book would be really short. Powerless to do anything but watch and hope things turn out okay, Charlie and Rose travel around L.A. discovering for themselves what it was that endangered Grace in the first place -- which brings them into a world of drugs, sweatshop workers, deceptive piñatas, and smuggled birds.This is a very tangled story, it takes Charlie quite a while to put the pieces together -- Rose has her own priorities in this mess and spends some time away from Charlie, unwilling to turn her focus on his behalf. The way that this criminal enterprise is eventually revealed to work not only seems like something that really exists, but is revealed in a way that is narratively satisfying.Charlie will tell his readers over and over that there's no character growth in death -- that's nonsense. Post-mortem Charlie is a much more emotionally mature and self-sacrificing kind of guy than pre-mortem Charlie was. In this book we see him come to -- or at least acknowledge -- a greater and deeper understanding of what love is, and what he allowed his previous relationship to become. It may not do him any good in the afterlife, but Charlie is better for it, and in someway we can hope that Grace is better off having gone through all this, so that whatever life has in store for her can be tackled face-on.I love these characters -- even while we readers don't fully understand their circumstances, how they know where to go, what brings them to this world at certain times. Even while they don't have much better of an idea than we do (at least Charlie doesn't). I love how while they can't interact with their environment, the people they see and events they watch unfold, they are driven to find answers, driven to care about what's happening. There's something about that compulsion -- and success they have in figuring things out -- that matters more than when Bosch or Spenser or Chin and Smith put all the pieces together to thwart someone.This wasn't as amusing as previous installments, but it was just as satisfying -- maybe more so. For a good mystery with oddly compelling characters, once again, look no further than Jo Perry.The L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has a gift shop?? Why isn't anyone investigating this? It may be real, it may be popular and legal. But surely that's a crime against tact, right?
This is the third installment of the Charlie and Rose investigations, in which a ghost and a ghost dog float around LA trying to solve mysteries. If that sounds a bit bonkers, don't panic. This is not a premise for a wacky cosy crime novel, but for a noir-y exploration of solving mysteries when you can't actually tell anyone or influence events.I would have read this in one sitting if I could - but my train got to my destination and I had to go to work. I liked the previous books in the series, but I liked this more. This time Charlie is trying to keep his ex-girlfriend alive and figure out why she's in danger - but without actually being able to do anything about it. My only gripe is that it all seemed to wrap up very quickly at the end. The details about Los Angeles life for the rich are great and Charlie is an engaging central character. I could have read another 50 pages.
A truly engaging, suspenseful read. It was thrilling to follow Charlie and Rose's investigations again and watch them discover what the living are not able to see. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a surprising and unconventional mystery.
3rd in the series. Again Charles and Rose are drawn into the world of the living because one of his ex-wives is in danger. And again they are confounded by the inability to interact or alter anything in the living world. Charles also learns that death does not alter his emotions. PS. While I liked reading this book, I was often distracted by its lack of proofreading. I hope the author or publisher takes a close look at the text before reprinting.
What’s not to love about a dead dog? This is book 3 in the series, and I really enjoyed it. Quotes about death start every chapter, which I love, morbid as that sounds. Charlie and Rose are a great team. They may be dead, but that doesn’t stop them trying to figure out the living. Unusual and fun, these books are great reads. Highly recommended!