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Dark Side of the Morgue (Spike Berenger #2)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Someones killing rock musicians in Chicago and leaving a digital tape at the scene of the crimesrecorded by a singer/groupie whos been dead since the late sixties.
Paperback, 305 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Leisure Books (first published February 24th 2009)
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Jun 22, 2009 Judith rated it liked it

Someone is killing Progressive Rock musicians in Chicago-one by one. Only thing is, the sole suspect is a ghost. Enter the intrepid ROCKIN’ SECURITY team, summoned from NYC at the behest of a potential victim. Considering the fact that Chicago never had a Progressive Rock movement, this story is a bit of a stretch from Jump Street. Given that the dead musicians-and Spike Berenger, head of said ROCKIN’ SECURITY- are all past the prime of life...the novel creaks along with a certain charm..and an
Jun 24, 2014 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Spike Berenger, security specialist, ex-rock performer, and detective who serves as the protagonist in this story, isn’t based in Chicago, but the author of Dark Side of the Morgue, Raymond Benson, does live in the Chicago area. His Spike Berenger “Rock ‘n Roll” mysteries have venues as ubiquitous as those special places where great bands rocked their fans. In Dark Side of the Morgue, the author behind the Ultima VII computer game and many of the later, post-Ian Fleming and John Gardner, James B ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Vickie rated it it was amazing
I love finding new-to-me authors and books. Especially when the book turns out to be as good as this one did. A nice plus, Lee Child's blurb on the front, "Benson is a top-class thriller craftsman who know showbiz and music like the back of his hand. And unbeatable combination."
Well, hell, that line alone put the book to the top of the nightstand section of Mt Git'r'Read when it arrived in my order from High Crimes Mystery Bookshop. And I was lucky to have some quiet shifts during our last activ
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Jun 21, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
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Feb 27, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: 999-challenge
What an interesting book! I don't know much about what happens behind the scenes with musicians so it was cool to have this backstage pass. The book was a very quick read for me. I finished it in two days and loved it! It was hard to put down. One of the things that I noticed right when I started the book was the track listing at the front. It's a list of chapters, but are referred to as tracks, a playlist of sorts. Each "track" is a specific song by a particular band. The fun part about it was ...more
Someone is killing of Chicagoprog (a style of music) band members, and all signs point to a woman who has been dead for nearly 40 years. Spike Berenger,, a New York PI that specializes in the music business, is asked to come investigate. Can he figure out who the murderer is before all the band members are gone?

This book took awhile to get into. I had trouble keeping the characters straight since so many were introduced all at once. I'm glad that I stuck with it because I got hooked.

I would have
Sheilagh Lee
Mar 12, 2011 Sheilagh Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Dark Side of the Morgue
By Raymond Benson

This is the follow –up to A Hard Day’s Death.

Category: Mystery

Spike Berenger is a Rock n’ roll detective; he himself is a musician and although he doesn’t do as much of it any more he likes to keep his hand in by specializing in protecting musicians and if a little playing comes in so much the better. Spike is lured in once more to solve a mystery a thirty year old mystery which may involve a dead woman. There are many winks to musicians of the past as you
Matt Kelland
Apr 10, 2012 Matt Kelland rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
I enjoyed this more than the previous one: there's more of a music-based setting, and the story's better. Well recommended if you like prog rock and murder mysteries.
Joe O'c
Mar 27, 2011 Joe O'c rated it liked it
Very Good; Continuing character: Spike Berenger; Rockin' Security takes a job in Chicago where a "ghost" is knocking off musicians
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Aug 04, 2011 David Caldwell rated it did not like it
Just not my cup of tea.
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Raymond Benson has been an author, composer, computer game designer, stage director, film historian, and film genres instructor for over thirty years. He is also the fourth official author of the James Bond 007 novels.

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