Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £23.49

Buy Now for £23.49

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Medical-school-dropout police detective Richelle Dadd is...well, dead.

But that won't stop her from trying to hold on to her house in a divorce battle with a bitter husband. Or keep her from digging into her own murder, to discover who put the bullet into her heart. Or from coming to terms with her Gypsy heritage. And it certainly won't stand in the way of finding out the reason she's been reanimated as a zombie assassin, no longer in control of her life.

Richelle will face off against Romani shamans, double-crossing ghosts, a partner she can't trust, and her own undead nature in a journey into the depths of the occult world and out the other side without losing her sense of humor - or humanity - along the way.

It's a good thing her deductive skills - and her aim - are still up to par.

©2014 J.R. Rain & Rod Kierkegaard Jr. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about The Dead Detective

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    24
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    25
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting zombie premise

“You know you’re having a bad day when you wake up in a chalk outline.”

When Robbery Homicide Detective Richelle Dadd wakes up in an abandoned warehouse with a chalk outline around her body, she assumes she’s been the victim of a prank at the hands of her fellow officers. After realising she’s been shot through the heart, however, she pieces together that she must have been lured to the warehouse and murdered - but by who and why? Most importantly, how is she still able to walk around despite being perpetually cold, with no pulse or beating heart and the ability to see ghosts?

As Richie tries to solve her own murder, she grasps that the shooter could have been someone in her own department. No longer able to trust her boss or her partner, Richie finds an unlikely ally in Bull McGuinness, a tag along ghost/partner who used to be a detective once upon a time. Bull not only does most of the legwork in solving her case, but also helps her to adjust with the afterlife.

It soon transpires that the reason Richie in limbo is down to a gypsy clan who reanimated her in order to turn her into a zombie assassin - and she is not the only one of her kind. Now she must face off against gypsy shamans, double crossing ghosts, a partner she can’t trust while trying to hang on to her house in a bitter divorce battle with her ex as well as her humanity.

Dead Detective is the first offbeat instalment of the Dead Detective series by JR Rain and Rod Kierkegaard and was my first introduction to both authors. The book starts off with an interesting premise which is told from the point of view of an undead police detective after being shot to death. She wakes up and initially thinks she’s the target of an elaborate prank. Her thought processes as she struggles to adjust to her new situation and retain some semblance of normality while simultaneously trying to solve her own murder were relatable.

The world building was exceptional and I was impressed by the authors unique approach on the usual zombie lore I’m accustomed to. Although weakened by sunlight, Richie is in control of her faculties and is able to eat and drink as normal, minus any unusual cravings. Her only vulnerability seems to be at night when she’s susceptible to the gypsies mind control. On the up side though, her ability to see and talk to ghosts as well as auras and shades of buildings from yesteryear was an interesting twist and I enjoyed the intertwining world between the dead and the living. I did struggle to grasp the concept of Romani Gypsy curse lore. The idea that a ‘hakkno mulo’ curse was used to create a ‘muli’ (Richie) in order to conceive a ‘moroi’ a kind of undead vampire-like creature born of the union between a human and muli.

I also felt that the pace of the book suffered as a result of several subplots occurring at the same time. We have a protagonist who despite undergoing couples therapy, is on the brink of a divorce from her cheating ex who is intent on keeping their house and cat. She has to deal with her new status as a zombie as well as her fear of being exposed. Her mother, in between trying to set her up with a lesbian, finally sees fit to reveal her gypsie heritage just as Richie learns that her reanimation is the result of a gypsy curse. Then we have said gypsies using her as well as other undead cops to carry out a spate of murders while a couple of ghosts use her to carry out a heist. Oh, and then there’s the creep who wants to use her as a baby incubator. Who’s a girl to trust?

Richie was an appealing and relatable protagonist who the readers will instantly root for. She’s had a traumatic childhood but has emerged stronger and wiser for it. I did wish however, that she was more assertive with those around her who seemed to take advantage of her. The secondary characters were equally well drawn and interesting, my favourites being Malena, Tamara and of course, Bull.

The book doesn’t take itself too seriously which is evident in the black humour. I loved Richie’s wit and sense of irony. Her quips as well as her overall outlook on life had me smiling on many occasion.

All in all I felt that the story had an interesting premise with a strong beginning that draws the reader in from the offset. It did kind of lose its way in the middle but it’s saving grace were the intriguing characters. There’s still room for potential for a detective who is able to navigate the world of the dead as well as the living. The surprise revelation at the end has piqued my interest into picking up the second instalment.

Ideal for fans of paranormal mysteries, noir police detective dramas, zombies, ghosts, gypsie curses, the occult, organised crime.

I listened to this book in audible form which was narrated by Ilyana Kadushin. I was impressed by the way she was masterfully able to bring each character to life with their own unique voice, switching effortlessly between characters and accents.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Different supernatural story

I listen to a lot of this genre. This is different. Quirky. I enjoyed it. Give it a try. Am going onto the next book.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mr
  • 04-05-17

utter drivel

the narrator was fine but the story was terrible - I just couldn't bring myself to finish it, which is something that I never do.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A good story but spoiled by the characterisation

I managed to get to chapter 9 of this as the story was good, fresh and told at a good pace. Unfortunately the authors are male, writing a female character and haven't quite got the tone of voice right. It's always there in the background, and can be mostly ignored, but it does start to become quite jarring in places, and I have reluctantly had to quit.
The main character is written as a hard-nosed cop, but seems to spend a lot of her time checking her appearance, and worrying about how attractive people around her are. The reference to everyone 'PMSing' as a way to express frustration at the direction of her thoughts wasn't what finally did it for me, but it is illustrative of how hard it is to read.
If you are perhaps less sensitised to these sorts of comments in the writing I really think this is a good story. Probably.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Promising Concept Poorly Executed

Nice idea for a story which grabbed my attention. However, it was poorly delivered. The writing is all over the place with plot enhancements added as a afterthought to explain the story line. The narrator was one of the worst I’ve heard and I had to abandon the story after a few chapters. Very disappointing.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Gave up and probably won't finish

This book just isn't for me. Thought it might be ok but started to listen and have given up after a a few chapters. The American narration is ok ...in fact pretty good...but the storyline is a bit too 'out there' for my taste. (from someone who likes this sort of thing normally). A ghost who isn't really a ghost and talks with people who see her as normal. Mmmm I might try again sometime and at least it is free so nothing to lose

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for paula
  • paula
  • 16-11-16

Zombie romance?? Not for me, thanks.

This is the review I wish I would've read before selecting this title:

THIS IS A ZOMBIE ROMANCE NOVEL!!

Romance!

Not just a little romance, mind you. I made it halfway through before giving up, and to that point the storyline seems to be a mix of 70% romance with a touch of murder/mystery and zombies thrown into the mix. If you aren't a fan of romance novels, you WILL (most likely) NOT enjoy this book!

To be fair to the author, I gave the book four stars because I did not want to ruin the ratings based on my genre bias. Based solely on my personal opinion, I would've felt charitable giving it two stars overall (the performance was solid), but who am I to judge a genre I know nothing about?

It's really a shame, too, because the premise of a zombie detective was compelling.

31 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John C Ingram
  • John C Ingram
  • 10-10-20

necrophilia fantasy novel

This is a necrophilia fantasy book … if you’re into that then this book is for you… I just couldn’t take any more… stopped halfway … pointless book. Nothing to hold onto or make you want to hear more… the only salient point was the authors non-stop necrophilia fantasy. Well, this author is in the blacklist.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for T. Webb
  • T. Webb
  • 02-08-15

Dumb chick book

Female cop who wakes up dead but seems more interested in getting in guys pants than figuring out why she is still walking and talking.
jumping in bed with someone who may have killed you is a good thing ???

19 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Natasha
  • Natasha
  • 05-11-20

terrible knock off of Samantha moon.

narrator trying too hard to have "smokie" voice. story just old news and same old

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for nona
  • nona
  • 25-04-20

holy. wow. (!!!)

Rain has outdone himself with this one! this collaboration is a Masterpiece! the emotion ... the .. Everything. this is Not your basic supernatural romance. there is, in fact, little romance at all, which was aces with Me.
this book has Balls. if you have either a weak stomach Or heart (of the lovey-dovey kind), this may not be for you, but if you take the dive, you'll be routing for your new favourite kick-ass zombie heroine to the end. and when the beotch behind it all finally gets what's coming to them, you'll be givin Richie a big Eff Yes!, just like i did;) this is one ride you Don't wanna sit out!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rosalind Nelson
  • Rosalind Nelson
  • 16-10-20

Fun, quick listen with a unique concept

I enjoy J. R. Rain's fresh take on the horror, mystery genre. I recommend this title.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JoChavezFam
  • JoChavezFam
  • 24-07-20

Another level

The book was very different and on a slightly norther level than what I've read previously from J. R. Rain. I loved the performance. She was brilliant and brought an accent I just can't get enough of. Listen to this awesome story and find out for yourself.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Steven Harrington
  • Steven Harrington
  • 10-03-19

Way to go . J. R.

Different for you, but really terrific for me and I am sure all your readers.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Still Blooming
  • Still Blooming
  • 26-09-21

Police Zombies

Interesting take on zombies, curses, and a police procedural. Also liked the take on the afterlife. and ghosts. Didn't take itself too seriously. Nice blend of serious and fun.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ponder This
  • Ponder This
  • 24-05-21

A bunch of great twists .

An entertaining and different view on death and the way it is. A great story. I hope that there are sequel!

1 person found this helpful