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The Sleeping and the Dead: A Mystery (Jackie Lyons #1)

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
A new mystery series starring a Memphis crime scene photographer with ghostly assistance

Jackie Lyons is a former vice detective with the Memphis Police Department who is trying to put her life back together: her husband has sent divorce papers, she's broke, and needs a place to live. But a failed marriage, unemployment, and most recently a fire in her apartment aren't her
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Julie H.
Sep 22, 2012 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Set in Memphis, the title page suggests this is the kickoff to what will be the Jackie Lyons mystery series. Jackie is a contractual crime scene photographer who is flirting with mixed success at rebounding from having hit rock bottom as an addict. In the last few years she has, in pretty rapid succession, lost her apartment, husband, and job as a cop on the vice squad. Her friends are few and far between, and one has pulled strings to secure her some employment working as an independent photogr ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a fascinating book about a month ago called, "The Sleeping and the Dead." ... Phenomenal story, well written and entertaining.

The main character is easy to wrap your teeth around. The haunted happenings in the story tend to make you feel for the main character. The gruesome murders keep you entertained, as well as turning the page. And the end isn't who you thought it would be.

I cannot say enough about this book. I happened to stumble upon it in my local library, and I am very thankful
Clay Stafford
I started Jeff Crook’s first mystery “The Sleeping and the Dead” and couldn’t put it down. Crook has previously written several fantasy books. In this, he goes full mystery except for one element: the main character can see ghosts. As a reviewer, rarely do I find characters and plot both equally compelling. It makes it hard to know which to address first. Toss a coin. We’ll begin with character.

Jackie Lyons is a former vice detective with the Memphis Police Department with a drug problem that wo
Cathy Cole
Jun 24, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
I normally don't enjoy reading about current or reformed addicts, but there are exceptions: Barbara Seranella's Munch Mancini, Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor, and now Jeff Crook's Jackie Lyons. As she visits crime scenes and talks to the police officers she knows, it's obvious that she had a lot of talent as a detective-- or she would have, if drugs hadn't sidetracked her. Seeing glimpses of that talent made me a patient reader, willing to tease out wisps of clues throughout the narrative in order to l ...more
Starr Gardinier
An ex-cop turned photographer and a Leica camera that tells stories it has no right to know.

Jackie Lyons, formerly of the Memphis Police Department, turns into a junkie after one thing too many uproots her world. She tries to pull it together with the help of a detective friend by the name of Adam. She now takes pictures of murder scenes and sells them back to the department . . . and an old perv she befriended from a past case. It is her means of making a living.

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Dec 10, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this mystery set in Memphis, and reading it made me realize I haven't read any fiction set in Memphis before, which I'm glad I remedied. Every time the author dropped a street or restaurant name or mentioned a landmark, I enjoyed the comfort of familiarity with the settings. The mystery itself was entertaining, and the main character, Jackie Lyons -- a recovering heroin addict who used to be a vice cop -- provided compelling narration that, while endearing herself to me and making me roo ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery novels are not a typical genre for me. I liked them a lot when I was younger, but many mysteries can be predictable, boring or hokey. I felt torn about buying this book when I visited my local 2nd hand book store, but the description of the story would not allow me to put it back. I am happy that I didn't.
The protagonist, Jackie Lyons, is a well written character with a lot of depth, likability but of course very flawed as the other reviewers pointed out. She makes a lot of errors at t
Lisa Burger
Oct 03, 2016 Lisa Burger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good murder mystery. I also love a good paranormal tale. Crook does a wonderful job of weaving the two together. My only complaint is with Crook's protagonist, Jackie Lyons. She does not read as a woman. I understand that Jackie is rough around the edges after losing a sibling, being a detective, seeing ghosts, and getting into drugs, but even her internal dialogue has an air of locker room banter. It seems too much for the mind of a female in my opinion. I found myself forgetting that ...more
Oct 25, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked by this one from the get-go; protagonist reminded me of the one from Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. Jackie's not always the "nicest" person, but she's honest with the reader about that, though she is fiercely loyal. I've never been to Memphis (nor northeast Arkansas), with this book giving me a great feel for those places. A series would be great, but if this is a one-off, I'm fine with that, too. Recommended for those who like their mysteries on the noir/thriller side.
Aug 18, 2013 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I picked this one off the shelf for a long train ride. It was totally entertaining - and had a few great moments - but suffered from some flaws (a couple of 'really, dude?' illogical moments, a bunch of telling not showing toward the end) that made me think "this guy's editor did him no favors" / "mmm you can tell this was his first mystery novel." That said, it had enough glimmers of interesting stuff that I'd try a second by the author just to see.
Aug 31, 2012 Eileen rated it really liked it
Not bad for a first mystery book. Quite a few twists and turns and not quite sure what was real and what was fantasy. It did get confusing at times. I guess that was the nature of the book, seems like it was part of the theme and I guess if that was the plan, Mr. Crook succeeded!
Shania Lamm
Eh. Reading this book was a mixture of confusion and boredom for me. I frequently found myself skipping over entire half-pages trying to get to the interesting stuff. Wanted to love but, alas, felt none.
Jan 14, 2016 Willow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
This book is not for the soft stomach. It is graphic and that part kinda sneaks up on you in the middle of the book. Over all once you get into it, it is a page turner and I found myself immersed trying to find who did it.
Jul 10, 2016 Kent rated it did not like it
paid $1 too much for this at the Dollar Tree - read it all but dont know how i got through it - i'm not even donating it - checked my county recycle policy - they want NO HARD BOOKS, so it's going into the trash where it belongs
Ruth Failor
Aug 31, 2016 Ruth Failor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story and the plot, but the supernatural element seemed out of place ... Crooke could have pulled it off without any ghosts.
Carlene Cayenne
Decent book to read. It was quite dark and very graphic. The story was really interesting not sure if it's quite what I like to read though but it was well written I think
Jun 30, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ghosts
My rating 3.5 stars
Jan 30, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
Very, very dark.
Aug 18, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 08, 2016 Lashana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what this mess was I just finished reading. I only gave it a star because I actually finished.
Aug 19, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Very intricate detail and I loved it!
Aug 15, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Book! It kept a great pace, kept me wanting more and had a tremendous ending. I am so astonished that this is Jeff Crook's first mystery novel. I hope there is more to come from him...soon!!!!
Jorgie Alexander
Really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read his 2nd one.
Nov 24, 2012 CLM marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Jun 27, 2012 Corey rated it really liked it
This is my friend Jeff. He is very nice. He is also a very good writer. This is a smart, funny, totally engrossing story which moves along like a souped-up hearse. Read it.
Nov 08, 2012 Marsha rated it it was ok
...could have been interesting but couldn't get into it.
Sep 29, 2012 Daria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy fast read...kept you wanting to read.
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Jeff Crook and his lovely wife, Lady Jessica, live in the Quinn family home among Jeff's ancestors -- not in the Native American or even the John-Boy Walton sense, but in the Stephen King sense. As their niece Nickie said, "Those stairs are spooky!" There, Jeff grows tomatoes and grass (more grass than tomatoes), sometimes he works, and he writes the rest of the time, neglecting most everything el ...more
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