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A Corpse's Nightmare (Fever Devilin #6)

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"Storytelling at its finest...beguiling!" -- Kirkus Reviews (starred) on The Drifter's Wheel

Fever Devilin is killed by an intruder. He doesn't stay dead - thanks to an emergency medical team - but he does slip into a months-long coma. When he comes out of it, there are two things he now knows: that he's been dreaming about the legendary Paris 20's café scene and that his w
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Jul 06, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
The first 2/3 of the book was pretty slow. I almost quit reading. The last 1/3 it was hard to put down. He has written a series on this book and this is the 6th. I don't know if I will try another book for a while.
A lot of this book you weren't sure what was really going on. The main character comes out of a coma after 3 months. He had been shot in his own home. The sheriff is a good friend of his and is frustrated because he hasn't found the shooter. The victim Fever Devilin is a folklorist an
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Dec 23, 2011 Linda Branham Greenwell rated it it was amazing
Again, it seems as I have started a series in the middle. This is my first Fever Develin novel
It does stand alone as a good novel, even if you haven't read the previous books
The book starts with Fever awakening in a hospital room - it seems he was the victim of a gunshot wound, near death (it seems that he died and his girlfriend brought him back to life - hence the name of the book), and has been in a coma that has lasted for three months. He is lost and confused, but determined to discover who
Vicki Gooding
Apr 11, 2013 Vicki Gooding rated it really liked it
This book is crazy and beguiling. It is a mystery, but it's also kind of sci-fi which adds another delicious element. While it say's it's a Fever Devlin mystery on the cover I did not realize it's the sixth book until I wanted to write this review. I've not read any other book in this series, but did not feel cheated as the story line speaks on it's own. The mysteries in the book has oddities interwoven through the story line like Ray Bradbury or Clive Barker with the sophistication of a Kurt Vo ...more
Amy Lignor
Dec 16, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it liked it
This newest release from the Fever Devilin series is, if possible, the best I’ve read. For those unaware, Fever Devilin is a folklorist by trade who left the world of academia behind and moved back to his birthplace of Blue Mountain in the Appalachians of Georgia. Fever has always been beyond bright (with an IQ of 186) and there wasn’t anything he didn’t know since the age of nine.

In this new novel, Fever begins in death, literally. Waking up in the hospital after three months, he's surprised an
Maria V
Jul 10, 2012 Maria V rated it liked it
I had never heard of Phillip DePoy or the Fever Develin series. I saw A Corpse's Nightmare on a shelf in my local library and borrowed it on a whim. An almost murder mystery with the dreams/nightmares of the recently comatose? Sure, why not?

Now, I just finished this book approximately five minutes ago, so these are my first thoughts...

If I could give half-stars, I'd probably give this three and a half. I enjoyed the story well enough, but felt that the first 60% dragged on for far too long. Perh
First Sentence: The dead can dream; I’ll tell you how I know.

Fever Devlin has spent the last three months in a coma after someone entered his house, shot him and left him for dead. Now conscious, his dreams, a found box and hints from a stranger are leading him down a path to uncover a killer, and his past.

Phillip DePoy’s books may not be for everyone, but they are among those I eagerly await each year. His perspective is fascinating and intriguing; his characters are unique and memorable memora
Betty Dickie
Jun 05, 2015 Betty Dickie rated it really liked it
I have found a new author to follow! DePoy is one of those writers that simply begins a story and the reader is hooked. This is the sixth in a series but I was able to read it without problem. Fever Devilin, folklorist and amateur sleuth, wakes up from a 3 month coma to discover that someone tried to kill him and it has something to do with his great grandmother. He and his friend Winston Andrews work on solving the mystery while one upping each other with literary quotes. Can't wait to get the ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing
The Fever Devilin series is one of my favorites. I love the author's descriptions and how he draws his characters. In this latest book, Fever is murdered. He is shot while he is asleep by an intruder who then makes a 911 call to brag that he had killed him. The quick actions of the rescue squad and Fever's fiance Lucinda bring him back from death but that leaves him in a deep coma for three months. During that time, he has vivid dreams of Paris and jazz during the 1920's. When he finally awakes, ...more
Mar 18, 2013 April rated it liked it
This is my first Fever Devlin novel, though DePoy's sixth. I like the rural Georgia background and the complexity of the characters (for instance, the bullying good old boy Devlin hates actually tries to save him. I also like the mysticism inherent in the two tales....Devlin's own current life and the life of his ancestor, (a jazz player in love with a Parisian bar owner) which he either visits in spirit in a coma or which his subconscious brings to the forefront, with the help of a mysterious f ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-georga
The Fever Devilin books are always strange, with unopened closets that might be haunted, and family secrets that can't be told, but this is even stranger than most. Fever comes around in the hospital after three months in a coma. He'd been shot, been declared dead, and brought back by medical science and the steely will of his fiancee, Lucinda. Now he's determined to find out who shot him and why, though handicapped by his tendency to fall asleep, confuse dreams with reality, and hallucinate. Be ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Leslie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 100books2013
I liked this book better than the other Fever Devilin novel that I read, but it still has some problems. The plot was a lot of fun and there were some interesting and quirky characters. The story dragged a bit here and there and there was once again a lot of repetition and overuse of some favorite words and phrases. This writer could use a good editor. I think there may be a fatal error in the basic premise of the book, but it depends on the source for the dating of the events depicted in the sc ...more
M Christopher
Feb 28, 2015 M Christopher rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another excellent book in the Fever Devilin series. DePoy writes beautifully and one grows to love these characters. I simply don't understand the complaints that the books are too slowly paced. I find them riveting from beginning to end.
Dec 16, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Very written. Clever plot. Intelligent dialogue. Would read more of this author.
Dec 25, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
This guy has become one of my favorite authors for his smart, quirky southern gothic mysteries. This one wasn't as good as the others in the series, though, and it seems now that he's been in a coma, anything can happen - there's always now an excuse for fever having a disconnect with reality. Didn't feel like it wrapped up well either, & I never could figure out how Birdie was supposedly his maternal great grandmother if she married a Devilin somewhere along the way. Still couldn't put it d ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
To paraphrase Dickens, “Fever was dead to begin with,” and from that beginning this mystery had me hooked. Fever Devilin, the folklorist, former academic, and main character in a series of wonderful mysteries set in the southern Appalachians has been murdered and is trying to find his killer. Woven into the story are chapters that tell the tale of two lovers in France between the wars. To give away any more would spoil the fun.
Readers looking for a good mystery with a unique setting and memorab
Apr 28, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
A sequel of sorts to The Drifter's Wheel, Fever Devlin embarks on another mysterious journey into the past. Not mandatory but it actually helped to have read Wheel beforehand as it made this a little easier to follow. I love this series - it is perhaps one of my all time favorites and the early paperbacks have a place of honor on my bookshelf. There's a little something for everyone in these; magic, history, romance, place, and of course, always a great mystery.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 11, 2012 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
This book is really very good for the genre. Fever Devlin is almost killed in this book--he was shot before the book opens, and has been in a coma for 3 months--so when he wakes up he has all the sorts of problems that significant head injury patients have PLUS they
don't know who tried to kill the story unfolds in a number of interesting directions, and is well written. Very enjoyable.
Aug 23, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
I liked the concept of this book and the characters, especially the banter between Fever and Andrews, but there was so much repetition of the story that I felt I could recite the entire geneology in my sleep by the end. I think the author was worried his readers couldn't keep up with Fever's high IQ. I'd be interested to read another Fever McDevelin book and see it it was the same.
Aug 16, 2013 Miki rated it it was ok
The other books in this series got 3 stars. This one does not. The plot is tortured, and Fever's behavior is completely over the top. I wouldn't blame his long-suffering friends if they just abandoned him to his fantasies and egoism. I seriously considered taking notes just so I could keep track of Fever's dreams, visions, revelations, and ravings.
Aug 15, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Haunting in some ways, the feeling that the lines between dreams and reality were blurred for our protagonist, Fever, gave this installment a different feel and an interesting way to flashback into the past. Social commentary on the melting pot of human ancestry and hatred adds a dimension to his recent and our not so recent past.
Diane S ☔
Dec 26, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
I've read this series from the beginning and find the characters of Fever, who is a folklorist, fascinating. This book actually has him trying to track down his own genealogy and history, with someone trying desperately to stop him. Interesting history on the Jazz scene in New Orleans, Paris and Chicago.
Mar 12, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
A man is sot to death, but is brought back after several minutes of officially being dead. He wants to find out who did this to him, with the help of a goofus professorial friend. A good read and some fun. Not really a detective mystery, just some fun disguised in some seriousness. A-
Jan 14, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Fairly unique list of characters and intriguing plotline made for an enjoyable read. I did, however, feel the main character retold the story he was attempting to piece together WAY too many times over the course of the book. The female characters were pretty flat, as well.
Oct 23, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
This book was ok. I picked it up at the library because I thought it sounded interesting. And it was. Kinda. I figured out while reading it that it is part of a series, so I might enjoy it more if I had started with the first book. I may try this one another time.
Sara Bartlett
Jul 14, 2012 Sara Bartlett rated it really liked it
Unusual plot, interesting process revealing facts about the characters, and good ending. A man is shot in his home then in a coma for months. No suspect or reason for his attempted murder can be found. The real reason is a shocker, but plausible.
May 28, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it
This semi mystery can not seem to make up it's mind if it wants to be a mystery or a comedy. It comes in at about 2.5 stars. The best thing about it is that it is short.
May 11, 2013 JoDee rated it liked it
Love this series but this was my least favorite entry. As he spent all of the book in bed and we followed the wanderings of his comatic mind, it seemed to lack something.
Nov 13, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it
Wonderful storyteller, great characters and very interesting stories. There just aren't enough books by Phillip DePoy!
Oct 13, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
I really love Fever's character and all these books. Love to read them in the fall it just evokes Halloween.
Nov 29, 2011 Doreen rated it really liked it
Wonderful new author. Going back to get his earlier novels. Based on Appalachian folk tales.
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Phillip DePoy has published short fiction, poetry, and criticism in Story, The Southern Poetry Review, Xanadu, Yankee, and other magazines. He is currently the creative director of the Maurice Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the State University of West Georgia, and has had many productions of his plays at regional theaters throughout the south. He is the recipient of numerous grants fr ...more
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