Thursday, October 13, 2011

DEAD WATERS by Anton Strout

Simon Canderous Book 4
Publisher: Ace Books
Date published: February 2011
ISBN 9780441020119
Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via: publisher

The fourth book in Anton Strout’s Simon Canderous series, DEAD WATERS, is for all those fiction fans that are a little bit mystery and a little bit fantasy.

Other Worldly Division field agent Simon Canderous is once again called on to save his little section of the world from paranormal crimes when a university professor is found murdered in his apartment, the victim of an apparent drowning though the body is bone dry. Simon (who has the ability to read the history of objects), along with his technomancer girlfriend Jane, and his ghost whispering partner Connor, are called on to solve the mystery of who or what has killed the good professor.

Anton Strout’s DEAD WATERS is a sometimes zany, sometimes emotionally charged who-done-it of the paranormal variety. Budget cuts and bureaucratic paperwork along with the panic of a girlfriend who wants to move their relationship to “the next level” (yes, her own dresser at his house) and the lingering effects of an encounter with a very disturbed ghost provide comic relief as young Simon and cohorts attempt to unravel the mystery of a dangerous killer. Simon is an unusual hero. He is quirky, a bit emotionally stunted and his weapon of choice is an extendable metal wand. But perhaps because he isn’t the typical hero, readers find it near impossible not to want to cheer him along in both his crime solving and love life. The other characters in the book are all interesting and capable of a story of their own. The world building and story plot are both well thought out and filled with surprises.

For those that enjoy a good mystery combined with a little fantasy, Anton Strout’s DEAD WATERS may be just the book for you.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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