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Warning: This book contains ghosts, zombies, bureaucracies, psychometry, cultists, hilarious smartassery, and PEZ references.

Dead to Me started out funny and kept getting funnier; my first laugh-out-loud moment (of several) occurred when I was reading page 48. Simon Canderous, a newbie in New York's Department of Extraordinary Affairs, finds himself surrounded by paperwork and events beyond his control and understanding way too often; the Department's seminars and pamphlets (such as Dealing with the Dearly Departed) don't seem to be helping him to figure things out. His love life is a mess, and his heavy caseload isn't improving matters.

The tone of the book reminded me of Ghostbusters, sometimes, and P. N. Elrod's Vampire Files books, other times, but Strout's own voice came through in the writing, and it was entertaining all the way from beginning to end. In case I haven't made this point clearly enough yet, Dead to Me was a lot of fun to read, and I look forward to the next books in this sparkling new series.

Dead to Me at Amazon
Anton Strout's website

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