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Transparent Lovers

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  231 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Private investigator Richard Steele must solve his most difficult case ever—his own murder—while caught between women on both sides of the grave. His lover Lee is tangled up in the mess he left behind, and his dead ex-wife has been waiting on the other side for her chance at revenge.

In a race against time as his spirit slips away, Richard confronts his many, many failings
Kindle Edition, 71 pages
Published by Haunted Computer Books (first published January 22nd 2011)
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Jul 11, 2014 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Nicholson ages ago, two of his Appalachian horrors, and didn't really care for them, but I'm glad to have given the author another chance. This slender volume is a novella plus short story. Novella is a sort of noir detective or pulp detective Christmas afterlife love story. Basically a variety mash up where a man must solve his own murder while dealing with past loves. It's just as cheesy and corny as it sounds and not really at all my thing, but cute enough to pass the time. The short s ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Richard Steele, P.I, finds himself in heaven's waiting room with bullet holes in his chest and a heart full of regret. In order to move on with his death, he is tasked to solve his own murder and learn the lessons he failed to grasp in his Earthly life.
Unexpectedly however the mystery doesn't drive the plot, it serves more as a catalyst for Steele's reflection on his earthly choices and the theme of second chances. Steele needs to find forgiveness for the role he played in his wife's suicide an
Jun 24, 2012 Carycleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella takes a familiar premise -- someone dies and returns to make amends -- and makes it new and fresh, but a little smelly with the deadness. A wise-cracking gumshoe finds himself deceased and on a deadline. The story is engaging, funny, and even poignant toward the end. Nicholson serves up fine writing with some great lines, like: "My fingers were numb, my head was cotton, my lips were as tight as a teddy bear's stitches."
Scott Collins
A short story by Scott Nicholson, The Dead Love Longer isn't your normal "close the closet door before I go to bed scary" book I normally associate with Mr Nicholson. It's more about exploring the afterlife, consequences for your actions and how the supernatural can and cannot interact with our world (at least in the author's imagination).

All said an interesting read, but not one of my Nicholson favorites.
Jan 13, 2012 Bethica rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I laughed alot and did a heck of alot of eye rolling at most of the one liners. The main character seemed to be overly generic and the picture of the old cartoon detectives with the cigar hanging out of his mouth just wouldn't go away. The story was cute but definately isn't the typical Nicholson writing.
eden Hudson
Aug 29, 2014 eden Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dead Love Longer is like Philip Marlowe on Viagra with the added strain of facing an eternity in Heaven or Hell hanging in the balance. Somehow Nicholson managed to juggle wry self-aware noir jokes and heartbreaking sincerity in Steele's narration. There wasn't a second of this novella that I didn't love.

Also, the bonus short story, "She Climbs a Winding Stair," was beautifully eerie. Scott Nicholson is quickly becoming one of my favorite storytellers of all time. I think from here I'll prob
Beth Roberts
I like to leave reviews of ebooks I've received free because I think it not only benefits the reader, but the author as well. This novella, originally/alternately titled "Transparent Lovers", was a pretty typical modern noir tale.

Because this is a novella, there is a difficulty in reviewing the actual tale, which is decently written, if not a completely new story. Too much could be revealed that wouldn't be fair to future readers.

The only real complaint I had, and it's a minor one in this part
Mar 02, 2011 Babs rated it it was amazing
My 2 Cents:

Transparent Lovers is the first story I have read by Scott Nicholson which I did enjoy. Richard is a former PI who finds himself in a hallway with a few interesting characters. My favorite is the one on the cover above, the one with the steering wheel in his chest. Mr. Brumfield or as Richard called him Buick-brains.

Mr. Brumfield enlightens Richard of where he is and what is going on, which comes across rather humorous at times. Richard has left behind Lee his new love. What Richard
Jul 02, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Richard Steele was a private investigator before he was shot dead. Now he has to make his mind up whether he wants to go to heaven or hell, and to go to heaven he first has to prove his worthiness by passing a test and solving his own murder.

Transparent Lovers is a novella of about (I’m guessing as I read it on my Kindle) 120-130 pages and was a very quick and humorous read which I greatly enjoyed.

I was surprised how quickly I became very involved in the characters lives (or un-lives as is the c
Feb 17, 2011 Christa rated it it was amazing
A story about murder, love, and faith

Private investigator, Richard Steele, is a typical Scott Nicholson protagonist: cynical, sarcastic, selfish, somewhat crude but with a soft and yet unspoiled spot in his heart. He ends up murdered (no wonder) and in the ante-chamber to Heaven and Hell, one of the gatekeepers, “a wrinkled woman with a flowered hat and librarian glasses” has to decide where to send him. He wants to go to Heaven but with a past of mostly bad deeds, Hell is the more likely place.
Feb 16, 2011 Nanette rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of Scott Nicholson’s newest novella. As always, this grabbed me quickly….. shook me around, and finally spit me out at the ending…. Completely Satisfied after one helluva ride! Honestly, it amazes me that this author can be so prolific with his writing, and yet publish one great read after another!

This is the story of a man’s search for Eternal Peace with the love of his life.

Our protagonist, a suddenly deceased private investigator, “wakes up” dead
Feb 16, 2011 Nanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of Scott Nicholson’s newest novella. As always, this grabbed me quickly….. shook me around, and finally spit me out at the ending…. Completely Satisfied after one helluva ride! Honestly, it amazes me that this author can be so prolific with his writing, and yet publish one great read after another!

This is the story of a man’s search for Eternal Peace with the love of his life.

Our protagonist, a suddenly deceased private investigator, “wakes up” dead
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Originally posted here:

Ultimo ballo con il morto di Scott Nicholson è un racconto breve che si legge nel giro di un'oretta. A metà tra il mystery e il paranormal, questo racconto narra le vicende di Richard Steel, un investigatore ucciso che si ritrova a dove indagare sulla propria morte. Un caso alquanto strano, visto che nell'aldilà ritrova la sua prima moglie, morta suicida, pronta a dargli la vita maledetta, e nel contempo si trova a dover tentare di
Eric Townsend
Feb 26, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dead Love Longer is a murder mystery meets ghostly paranormal. While it really hammers home “faith and love are what matters” to the point of wanting to bash your brains in (just a little) the story is done quite well. The main character, Richard, is an asshole, but he’s very aware of it and genuinely wants to fix the mess that he has made in life. He knows he is very flawed and as part of his punishment, when he dies he is forced to face and overcome those flaws in order to pass the test to ...more

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Je ne savais pas du tout à quoi m'attendre en commençant ce livre, mais finalement c'était une petite histoire agréable à lire. Oui petite car elle ne fait que 115 pages, donc c'est un roman très rapide à lire. Je pense que cela nous permet d'avoir un avant goût des autres ouvrages de Scott Nicholson. Je pense que le seul point qui me perturbe c'est que finalement ce volume aurait pu être beaucoup plus développé. On s'intéresse très vite aux personnages et j'avo
Mallory Heart Recommends  [#VoteCthulhu Why Choose the Lesser Evil?]
Review of The Dead Love Longer by Scott Nicholson
Reviewed for for Sept. 8 2012
Original title: Transparent Lovers (published November 1 2010)
Published as The Dead Love Longer January 31 2011

Scott Nicholson enjoys exploring the mysteries of the afterlife, of the world beyond, but he never does it in a way that is dogmatic or judgmental. Rather, by his writing he enjoins the questions of “What comes after?”, “Where do we go?”, “What difference does the life we lead on Earth make?”
Mallory Heart Recommends  [#VoteCthulhu Why Choose the Lesser Evil?]
Sep 03, 2012 Mallory Heart Recommends [#VoteCthulhu Why Choose the Lesser Evil?] rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal, Supernatural, Horror, Comic Horror
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Apr 03, 2012 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror/paranormal fiction fans
Recommended to Loraine by: Goodreads
This is the first Scott Nicholson book that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I downloaded this free onto my Kindle and I must thank the author for allowing me to do so! I have lots more from Nicholson on my Kindle now and I am looking forward to reading them. This one was a good mix of horror, humour and thought provoking descriptions. The plot pulled me in from the very start and I kept turning the page to find out more. I found it hard to put down. Clever characters that were interesting a ...more
nora m malotte
Mar 14, 2016 nora m malotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dead Love Longer

This is a two-for book get supernatural and detective thriller too.Really, this is a mystery of a detective who is killed and told he must solve his own murder. What he does though is learn all about who he actually was. At least the type of person he was. Yeah a bit of comedy. A REALLY enjoyable read , I think. Detective Noir is the new genre to be enjoyed. I RECOMMEND!
May 16, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Richard Steele has died and now he has the choice of heaven or hell. Now, Steele is not the most innocent man in the world but he still wants to go to heaven. Because of this, he must prove himself first before moving on. The problem is that to take that big escalator to the sky he needs to solve his own murder, confront his wife who committed suicide (and is not exactly happy with him) and let go of his living girlfriend (who he does love but didn’t exactly show it much). Well, they didn’t say ...more
H.K. Savage
I found this book for free on Kobo. It was short and the description sounded good so I used it to get to know my ereader. I'm glad I read this, even if it's not what I've been reading lately. The premise, a dead detective sent back to solve his own murder, is not unknown. However, I liked the writing style and the little differences and tweaks the author used. For example, the waiting room in the afterlife can feel like forever and every time the dead come back through they are clearly aging. Or ...more
J.C. Phelps
Feb 17, 2011 J.C. Phelps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Transparent Lovers and enjoyed it very much. I actually had tears at the end of the story. Scott does a great job with his descriptions and I love his take on the afterlife. Not at all what I would be picturing, but why it makes the story so enjoyable.

He uses just the right amount of humor, and heart to make this story great. Whether the author intended for it to be poignant or not, I took away a lot more from this story than just entertainment. I have marked several pass
Dec 08, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the voice the author gave the narrator, and thought the story was really enjoyable, overall. It had a real emotional edge that gave a lot to the story. The ending was really rewarding, I felt. The "afterlife" scenes seemed a little bit ripped off from Beetlejuice, but I can forgive that. Overall, a great story. Totally worth the time and money.
Jul 26, 2013 Marie rated it it was ok
This doesn't work nearly so well as the other two Nicholson books I just finished. Between the shallow, stereotyped so-called Los Angeles and the unexamined misogyny (not to mention the lack of anything resembling characterization) it didn't give me much to connect to. Also, I read The Big Sleep just two days ago, and this is a shameful example of the genre, having finally read the original.

You may be wondering what the second star is for... well, so am I. Even the concept was carelessly handled
Wayne W
Mar 07, 2014 Wayne W rated it really liked it
I loved the way this book ended. It's a short story so it doesn't take long to get to the end. It's an enjoyable read to get to the end as well. only 99cents on kindle everyone should pick ot up. It's under the title the dead love longer now though.
Chandra Rogers
This was a quick enjoyable read. At times the style of writing, that of a classic detective novel, seemed to weigh down the flow of the story otherwise I would have given it four stars.
Feb 18, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
I was another reader fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Transparent Lovers. It is short and sweet at around 1000 locations on the kindle format. Scott has a way of writing that is just beautiful and smooth. This was not as "freaky" as some of his other books that are of the thriller/horror variety. I won't do a synopsis of what the novella is about, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The conversations in the beginning, when Richard realizes he's dead and is sitting in the waiting r ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was OK. Some humor, some good dialogues, but I had a feeling of reading a half-finished book. Like, the basic storyline was there, but nothing more.
Oscar Ornelas
Feb 01, 2015 Oscar Ornelas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short but colorful

It was a very as short story but it satisfied my curiosity. The story was very colorful and easy to read.
Nov 24, 2014 Skye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read! The perfect marriage of a hard nosed private eye novel and Beetlejuice.
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With more than 500,000 books sold worldwide, Scott Nicholson is an international bestselling thriller writer. He won the Writers of the Future Award in 1999 and was a Stoker Award finalist in 2003. His Fear series was published by Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint and 47North released the supernatural thriller McFALL.

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