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Posted To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  336 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Edgar nominee and Agatha Award-winner Dean James offers his own delightful take on a classic British cozy mystery...starring an attractive, sophisticated man who just happens to be a vampire!

England has found itself a new sleuth to call its own, but Simon Kirby-Jones is not only a vampire, he's an American to boot. He's pulled up stakes in the States to settle in the quain
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Kensington (first published April 1st 2002)
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Lois Bujold
Jul 01, 2013 Lois Bujold rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers looking for quirky fluff
Recommended to Lois by: internet review somewhere
Persons in the mood for absurd fluff might add another star -- I was and I almost did, but I wouldn't want to mislead. We are not looking at Dorothy-Sayers depths of characterization, setting, or theme, here.

And also its three sequels, because I was in the mood for fluff, to wit, Faked to Death, Decorated to Death, and Baked to Death, in that order. Readers following the romance-of-sorts will want to take them chronologically.

I swear this book/series must have started with either a dare or a bet
Ije the Devourer of Books
'The vicar doesn't know I am a vampire. Nor does he know I am gay.'

What's not to love about that opening sentence? I just knew it was going to be a hilarious story and I was right!!

Someone has murdered the village busy body and Dr Simon Kirby-Jones is on the case!! And using all his detecting abilities to solve the crime. Alas he developed his detecting abilities through writing murder mysteries but he doesn't let his lack of investigative skills deter him.

And so he seeks to find out who dunnit
Nov 28, 2015 Ami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Chris
As a cozy mystery, this one is pretty neat ... and very British *lol*. I mean, the names like Prunella Blitherington, Neville and Letty Butler-Melville, Snupperton Mumsley ... can't get any more British-tone than that!!

The whole 'secrets' within the English small town reminds me of one of Agatha Christie's novels, Murder at the Vicarage, that I read LONG time ago when I was probably still in my late Elementary / early Junior High School. It is intriguing :). The writing feels a bit too formal a
Ike Rose
Feb 13, 2011 Ike Rose rated it it was amazing
I loved this series of four very funny mysteries.

The nain character is sort if a male Miss Marple. He lives in a small cottage in a small English village with a weird name, and every time he turns around, he finds a dead body - and solves the mystery.

That's where the similarity ends. Simon Kerby-Jones is male, he's a well known historian and he's gay. He's also got a few secrets. One is that he writes novels under two female names.

The other is that he is a 'new vampire'.

They have these little wh
Jul 02, 2011 Lainy rated it really liked it
Posted to death is, in this case a book being posted to death :D. It is making its way around some of my friends on Risi and started out in the USA. So far it has travelled 6230 miles (unpon getting to me) and will be heading to England I believe next.

It is a fabulous non challenging wee read and for me I was sold with "it has a gay vampire in it", I do love vampire books and this is a first for me. Simon Kirby-Jones is our star and author himself, he moves to a wee village in England. Filled wi
Jul 17, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing

Posted To Death: A Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries)
by Dean James
Edition: Hardcover

A Fun New Series for Me, August 10, 2011

This review is from: Posted To Death: A Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries) (Hardcover)
I started reading this series thinking that I would be putting it down and returning it to the library before I could finish the first chapter. So far the other few books written about vampires have been beyond a bore to me so this book woul
Feb 26, 2016 Meep marked it as dnf
I may return but right now I'm not interested in finishing. I love cosy-mysteries add some quirky humour and the opening lines attracted me moth to lamp.

Unfortunately the characters aren't likeable. The appeal of these stories is often the cast, likeable in their eccentricities, odious in ways that promise comeuppance. Here there was a pettiness that overrode charm.

Not entirely sure why Vampires in this setting, all it adds is a connection with one inhabitant that could have been engineered in a
Mar 02, 2015 Aussie54 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing. The concept sounded good - I love British mysteries, especially ones set in the countryside. However, the writing let this down. There were too many cases of names being used in dialogue, which I find jarring, i.e. the characters referring to each other by name throughout their conversations.

I didn't feel a connection to the main character, either. The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading, but the ending felt a little flat.
Aug 21, 2011 Sen rated it it was ok
My review probably won't carry much weight, as I couldn't finish the book. The story was humorous and I liked the mystery, but ultimately I didn't really care about the characters or what happened. I can't entirely explain why, but I didn't care for this book.

That being said, for those who do enjoy humorous, silly-at-times mysteries, you'll probably like this one.
Lillian Francis
Mar 30, 2015 Lillian Francis rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Amusing, 'cozy' mystery story. Kept me up into the wee small hours to finish it.

Now need to track down the rest of the series.
Jan 06, 2016 Ingela marked it as to-read-yes-own-next-up  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingela by: Ije the Devourer of Books
Cozy mystery with gay vampire — Ije liked it, just $.99 worth to try.
Oct 08, 2016 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun to read. Despite a few typos (or auto-correct errors, I couldn't decide which) I really enjoyed the way the author plays with the words and elevates the genre with an easy to read, fast-paced story, as well as some occasional fairly advanced vocabulary.

If you are offended by homosexuality, whatever your reason for it, or gay sexual innuendos, then you might want to stay away from this series – not that there are sexual scenes or anything, but the main character and the
Sep 26, 2016 Alisha rated it really liked it
I picked up this book at a Dollar Tree while on vacation and it was surprisingly a fun read. The first page had me intrigued, to say the least. I didn't realize this is a series of 4 books and unfortunately, the other books are hard to get ahold of, that being said I'm totally a fan as it's very light-hearted, clever, has that British feel to it and just a fun read all together. Since it's a mystery it had me pretty well entangled into finding out who done it. Who wouldn't want to read about a q ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Roberta is currently reading it
Shelves: mystery, vampire, cozy, fiction, gay
A gay-vampire-cozy-mystery sounded better than it's turning out to be. Most of the gimmicky named villagers of the gimmicky named village of Snupperton Mumsley (aka suspects) are generally petty and pompous rather than interesting and eccentric. And we don't care much for the mean-spirited victim either.

Since amateur detective Simon Kirby-Jones is taking vampire-control pills, his undead state is pretty much irrelevant to the plot. And except for some leering and a little nudge nudge wink wink,
Mar 02, 2014 Inara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people of love vampire mysteries
Simon Kirby-Jones an American writer has just moved from the States to the small English village Snupperton Mumsley. Here he hopes to find a peaceful life to write more of his famous historical books and romantic novels. Soon after his arrival he is invited by the vicar to join a committee to raise money for the restoration of the church fabric. Wanting to blend in he accepts the offer and at one of the meetings with the SMADS (Snupperton Mumsley Amateur Dramatic Society) is decided to perform a ...more
Inanna Arthen
May 03, 2012 Inanna Arthen rated it it was amazing
I found this whole series of "cozies" by Dean James to be highly entertaining. I can't remember how I first discovered this one, the first in the series, but I couldn't wait until each of the next three were released. Of course they're a bit on the silly side, but that's the whole fun of the cozy mystery genre. The set-up and cast of characters reminded me very much of Anne Fraser's fiction, but a bit more light-hearted. They're also very reminiscent of Midsomer Murders, a series to which I am u ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Allaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simon is a gay vampire novelist who happens to stumble upon a mystery. Simon is an extremely likable fellow that carries us through the light and fluffy mystery.

Pros: It doesn't hurt, physically speaking. It's been a long time since I was able to pluck a random book off the shelf and not receive a headache in return, Posted to Death is a nice change of pace. In addition, the mystery isn't predictable, another nice relief from modern lore. The writing is quipy and strong while maintaining a light
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 08, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
This debut novel in a series known as "A Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery, was a delightful surprise to me. We have an expatriate, Simon, having just moved to a English village known as Snupperton Mumsley. Now Simon is a Southern Gentleman formerly from Mississippi. He brings the fact that he is an Historical biographical author whom dabbles in writing romances and mysteries under alias, however, he also just happens to be gay and a vampire with magic little pills.

Put the above into a typical stylizati
Mar 30, 2010 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fluff
Oh, my. Fluff, air & more fluff.

I knew before I opened it that this book is a 'cozy' - I'm sure there's an official definition out there somewhere; in my mind 'cozy' equates to 'nice little story that doesn't necessarily use any of the usual rules for detection, requires a suspension of disbelief as early as page one and does not hold up to a thoughtful review.'

So, trying not to think too much about the review, yes, the vampire schtick was a convenient plot device to allow the character to
Jun 28, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mystery
Posted to Death was great! Funny, well written, full of quirky characters and a very interesting take on the traditional English village mystery. I wouldn’t call it a parody, just a humorous take on the paranormal cozy genre. The big twist is that the Dr. Simon Kirby-Jones, our sleuth is a man, just like in the Cat in the Stacks mysteries and he is also gay and a vampire. The character is done so well; I really enjoyed it. It could have been over the top bordering on ridiculous but it doesn’t g ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it
Novelist and historian Simon Kirby-Jones is just a bit different than the rest of the people in the quaint village he has recently moved to in the English countryside. For one, he's American; two, he's gay (so that's not too different); and three, he's a vampire. This may seem to make for an odd mix, but his many differences allow him to objectively investigate the murder of the local busybody Abigail Winterton who had burned more than her fair share of bridges in her lifetime. The major obstacl ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Earl rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
Posted to Death. Faked to Death. Decorated to Death. Baked to Death. Books by Dean James. I wanted a light mystery series and found this series of 4 books featuring a gay vampire detective- Simon Kirby Jones. "Gay vampire" was the ploy used to differentiate itself from other cozy mysteries but the character was taking anti-vampire pills which defeated the whole purpose. Also, there seemed to be an unbelievably high number of gay characters in each book. Certain characters, dialogue and situation ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Reread. This was a delightful and slightly twisted version of the British village cozy mystery, because Simon is a gay vampire (he can be out in sunlight and doesn’t need to drink blood, as long as he takes his medication) and well-known historian (who secretly writes romances and mysteries under several pseudonyms). Definitely recommended if you enjoy mysteries with a bit of snark and a complicated cast of suspects. (Also, for the wary, I would give this book a no-pepper heat rating – a very sa ...more
Aug 15, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
Thought it could be interesting and funny - I mean, a cozy mystery starring a gay vampire? Fabulous, right? As a mystery, it was okay. I thought the vampire issue was just thrown in, though. Simon takes a certain drug that enables him to basically behave as a normal human. He only acts as a vampire when the author needs certain traits, like super sensitive hearing. I think the author was just jumping on the vampire train, when it would have made a cute cozy mystery without the vampire aspect.
Aug 07, 2015 Trish rated it did not like it
Oh dear. Way too many stereotypes of English village life - so much so, it's almost a parody. This suffers from the common problem of an American writer writing about Britain (for example, confusing Oxford and Cambridge), and also it could have done with better editing. Plus te gay PoV character is pretty stereotyped, too - seriously over-camped that it made me cringe - and why the author made him a vampire, but then gave him pills so he didn't do anything vampiric, I really don't know. Don't th ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Josette rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is the first book in a cosy murder mystery series, set in the fictional English village of Snupperton Mumsley (it gets better.....) and our hero is an American, gay vampire.....a new one for me!

This is no literary masterpiece - the dialogue is pretty clunky at times and I guessed 'whodunnit' straight away - but that's kind of beside the point: It's a fun, quirky read which is worth a look, if only for the outrageous character names.....Lady Prunella Blitherington, anyone??!
Betty Price
May 01, 2015 Betty Price rated it it was amazing
Delightful take on the traditional English cozy set in an idyllic village. The main character is Simon Kirby-Jones, an American vampire now living in Snupperton Mumsley, adding one additional eccentric to a village already full of eccentric characters. When the village postmistress is found dead, Simon joins his neighbors in trying to find the killer. Dean James does his usual fine job with plot and characterization.
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If you like quaint English villages and a murder mystery with a bunch of suspects, you might like this book. Only this book has a quirky twist. Our plucky detective is a newly arrived resident to the village, and an expatriate American no less. Not that quirky? Well, he's also a homosexual vampire. I'll be reading more in this series because I actually chuckled aloud several times while reading.
Sep 23, 2007 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it
*sigh* oh boy.

Oh well, I guess I just should give gay "detectives" in general a wide wide berth. My own fault for not having run away from "gay vampire" in the first place.

And to never ever ever follow a rec :) because pandarus made it sound like an enjoyable series in the manner of Sarah Caudwell (which I first thought bland but got into and appreciated the wit and style), not a leadfooted MCBeatony sloughing (which this is).
Jun 05, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, lbgtq
re-reading the simon kirby-jones books because i was reminded of how much i enjoyed them the first time. it's all delicious literary fluff. dean james does enjoy occasionally overusing a phrase, but i've encountered far worse sins in many a bestseller. if you want a deep, thought-provoking, and/or complex plot, read some patrick rothfuss or david foster wallace. but for the frazzled mom who has all of an hour or so to devote to reading every day, this series is perfect book candy. :D
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