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Burn Me Deadly: An Eddie LaCrosse Novel (Eddie LaCrosse #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  817 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Alex Bledsoe’s first novel, The Sword-Edged Blonde, drew rave reviews for its ingenious blend offantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction.Now Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of mean streets and medieval intrigue.

Above Angelina’s Tavern in down-and-dirty Neceda you’ll find the office of Eddie LaCrosse, a freelance sword jockey who, for twenty-five gold pieces a day, wi
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Published November 10th 2009 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okaayyyy....I have a "Goodreads" problem here. See, we have a 5 star system here at Goodreads (as I'm sure most everyone reading this knows). The problem? Well I gave the first Eddie LaCrosse novel 4 stars. It was in my, barely 4 stars "list". Now this one is getting 4 stars...but I believe it's a much better book, at least in my estimation.

The first one kind of lost me a couple of times as the storytelling slowed up or almost bogged down in the telling. This wound up and moved along at a much b
4.0 stars. Another fast, fun read by Alex Beldsoe. If you like noir mysteries with a fantasy setting (a sub-genre that Alex Bledsoe has basically redefined with his first two Eddie LaCrosse novels) then you will definitely like this. The writing is crisp, the characters well drawn and the plot is engaging. Recommended.
Kat  Hooper
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Ah, the combination of Alex Bledsoe (the author), Eddie LaCrosse (the hero) and Stefan Rudnicki (the reader) — it doesn’t get much better than that!

Burn Me Deadly is the sequel to The Sword-Edged Blonde, which I adored, and since Mr. Bledsoe has been picked up by Tor, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who felt that way. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed Burn Me Deadly even more than The Sword-Edged Blonde. Mr. Bledsoe’s got a good thing going
Like the first book, there were a few moments that jogged my concentration out of the fantasy realm to a more modern setting. But aside from those odd incidents, it was another page turner! I just couldn't find a quiet moment to set it down - every chapter ended in a cliff hanger?! This must be Mr. Bledsoe's secret. He knows most of us have to finish a chapter or a section before setting the book aside. If each is a cliff hanger, we can never walk away until the entire book, and truthfully it wi ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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These books have been an unexpected treat so far. The mix of medieval-lite fantasy and hardboiled noir detective is a surprising and unique one, but one that Alex Bledsoe manages to meld together seamlessly. Strong in both the fantasy aspects - more prevalent here than in the first - and the twisty mystery, this is an author that can and does manage to surprise you as a reader. Much like the first one, I was kept guessing until the final pages and E
I like all the Bledsoe books I have read, including the tales of the Tufo (The Hum and the Shiver). This is an Eddie Lacrosse, sword jockey, fantasy/mystery, where Eddie tries to rescue a young woman he finds in the road not far from his village. It becomes a pretty complicated mystery, with a few murders, a religious cult, emissaries of the King, a mysterious old man wearing gloves, a paranoid family living in the woods, moon priestesses, blacksmiths and tavernkeepers in the mix. Enjoyable adve ...more
Once again, Alex Bledsoe has sucked me in and refused to let go. In all honesty, I didn't even WANT to read this book; I was going to get off the couch and look for another one. But this one was on the table next to me, so I thought "I'll just read the first chapter and then I'll get up and find a different book."
Suddenly I'm half way through the book, my eyes are tired and it's almost an hour past when I usually go to bed.
If that isn't a recommendation, I don't know what is.

As with "The Sword-
Jacob Proffitt
This review is going to spoil the snot out of The Sword-Edged Blonde, so if you haven't read that one yet, go away and come back after you have. It’s well worth doing so.

This is the second book in the series and it does well continuing Eddie's story and extending our interest in him. As epic as the first one was, with gods, curses, decades of backstory, and a brutal surprise reveal (I can’t even imagine living with Eddie’s guilt for Janet’s brutalization and death even as I can fully imagine mys
Melissa Proffitt
I liked this book well enough to finish it, despite my reservations. It's a few years after the end of The Sword-Edged Blonde, and Eddie and Liz have settled into a happy domestic arrangement, with Eddie continuing to provide confidential services to those who need things or people found, and Liz continuing to run her messenger service. Then Eddie meets a desperate woman fleeing her torturers, promises to protect her, and immediately has to eat that promise as she's murdered and he's left for de ...more
Do you ever have those moments of disconnectedness where you wonder if you're marching out of step with the rest of the crowd? I had that feeling when I clicked on the Amazon link to Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe and saw that it had a 3 star rating. 3 stars? How is that possible? I know I certainly enjoyed the book more than that.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

"Burn Me Deadly" is the second book in a new series by Alex Bledsoe that features private investigator Eddie LaCrosse. Bledsoe takes my
Burn Me Deadly is the second book in the Eddie LaCrosse series by Alex Bledsoe. The first book, The Sword-Edge Blonde, was one of my biggest surprises of the year and eagerly anticipated the next in the series. The only real minor quibble I had with The Sword-Edge Blonde was that it started out a little slow before it picked up. But the last half of the book was an emotional roller coaster and just blew me away. This would be a tough act to follow in Burn Me Deadly.


Burn Me Deadly has no d
The second adventure of mercenary Eddie LaCrosse, the fantasy equivalent of a PI. Since the last book, he has settled into domestic bliss with his new romantic partner Liz, twin sister of his old partner who died decades ago--which, he admits, is kind of weird, especially since Liz doesn't know what he does about his sister's death. But that's all subplot/romantic tension stuff. The real story comes when a woman named Laura desperately crosses Eddie's path, with armed men in hot pursuit. They ki ...more
The Sword-Edged Blonde, the first in Bledsoe's series of hard-boiled fantasy detective novels, was a fun read, in part because the meshing of the two genres gave the book the feel of an homage without it being a parody. Bledsoe did a great job of blending the two genres, from the office with the seating area over a seedy bar, to the cache of guns ... er, swords that our hero uses, down to the wise-cracking comments that he makes to those around him. I haven't read a lot of noir crime fiction, bu ...more
Another fantasy-noir romp from Alex Bledsoe, this Eddie Lacrosse novel is second in the series. The sword jockey's narration style seemed a bit anachronistic at first, but it fits the breezy style of the action. At the same time, the characters are fully developed, and the ending is surprisingly moving. Of particular note, I like how Eddie surrounds himself with tough, capable women. Though he does some rescuing, he's also helped out by them.
Wing Ho
More noir and more of the same good stuff from book 1 makes this a exciting and fun sequel indeed!

My main complaint of the first book of this series (if there was a small one) was that the "noir" slowly oozed away after about the first third of the first book, the dialog, the setting, the situations just became fantasy and not a fun Fantasy x Noir fiction mash-up that was advertised, I'm really happy to say that this is not the case is book 2:

World: The world of Eddie LaCrosse is fun, it really
OK, so apparently this is going to be one of those series where I burn through all the books in a matter of days. Last time I did that was with the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.

Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series continues it's surprisingly seamless blend of swords and sorcery and noire detective fiction, borrowing liberally from the traditions of Hammett, Marlowe and Chandler and plopping them down in a fantasy setting. And like so many pulp detective stories, it starts off with a dame in
Corry L.
Another great installment of the Eddie Lacross series. You could definitely pick this book up without having read The Sword-Edged Blonde, though having read the first book adds some depth to the characters and humor to the narration.

I didn't find this quite as funny as the first book, though Eddie remains a fun narrator and the pace of this book moves you right along.
I read a reviewer copy. Great book. It came up to my high expectations.

Read my full review over at Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
You know, for a guy who was supposed to be a badass merc who slapped whores for fun and has meet a goddess when evidence of dragons and evil cults arise, he doesn't really make smart reasonable decisions. Especially when they torture a girl right next to him. But i guess the alex thinks we should blame the head injury(s). The author had to do this to make his weak plot devices to make work. While the overall story is not bad it would have been much better if he had made Ed actions fit the back s ...more
David West
This is the second book detailing the adventures of Eddie LaCrosse. The first was The Sword-Edged Blonde which I enjoyed and I would say Bledsoe has topped that one here, I am looking forward to the third in the chronicles Dark Jenny but that is quite a ways away considering Burn Me Deadly was only released last week.

Eddies story told from his perspective is a blending of heroic fantasy and noir detective. I am a fan of both though not so well read in noir as Bledsoe, but I do love Dashiell Ham
William Bentrim
Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe

This is another excellent Eddie LaCrosse novel. Eddie is a sword jockey or fantasy appropriate private eye type of hero except no cars and no guns. Eddie is forced to face love threatened, pre-conceived notions shattered and religious fanaticism in this novel.

Alex Bledsoe has crafted Eddie LaCrosse as a foible filled human. He has idiosyncrasies, aches and pains just like many of us. He is like an aging athlete his skill set has improved dramatically but his body i
I didn't like this one quite as much as The Sword-Edged Blonde. It's still getting three stars, but I don't know.. I just had a couple of complaints.

First of all, I don't like Liz, and I don't find her relationship with Eddie to be believable. I don't know what it is about her, she just grates on my nerves. Maybe it has to do with how quickly she came into the story; there was no development with her character or the relationship, she just showed up at the end of SEB and the relationship was ful
Olga Godim
I didn’t like this story quite as much as the first one in the series about Eddie LaCrosse, a PI in a fantasy world. The tale, with its mix of mystery and fantasy, is engrossing, and the writing solid, but the ending disappointed because the stakes are so blurry. This PI is on a quest for justice without a case.
For the entire novel, Eddie is trying to figure out who killed the girl in chapter one. He follows a kingpin gangster, investigates a bunch of religious fanatics, and generally risks his
David Caldwell
This novel is a cross between The Maltese Falcon and uhm....Well Eddie LaCrosse and his world is not that easy to compare.Eddie is a sword jockey (think medieval private eye)who lives in a fantasy world.But it is not a fantasy world that most of us are used to reading about.There are no wizards waving wands and casting spells. No religious zealots calling down their god's power to smite their enemies.No elves, orcs, or any other magical races plot against or lead humans.The only dwarves you will ...more
The next in the Eddie LaCrosse series I had only meant to make a start on it but then found, like the first book, that I couldn't put it down. Whilst it wasn't as good as the first book it was still a decent tale.

This time it is more straight forward with less of the humour and almost none of the anachronisms of the first book. Eddie is sucked into danger and adventure when he tries, and fails, to save a young woman running from something. All the action takes place around his current home town
Summary: Another really enjoyable mystery fantasy book, a really good complex plot, which has a good logical (?) conclusion all ending up in a very hot climax

Plotline: Excellent, well thought out, allows the reader the juggle the various parts of the jigsaw to find the answer.

Premise: More to be determined but Gods and dragons (now extinct) are a good start

Writing: Good, descriptive, simple

Ending: Hot

Pace:Never a dull moment
lynne naranek
Having thoroughly enjoyed The Sword-Edged Blonde, I looked forward to reading more of Eddie LaCrosse: this sequel does not disappoint.

Burn Me Deadly starts off with Eddie almost running over a damsel in distress, pledges to help her, only to end up thrown down a ravine with the now-dead damsel, narrowly getting crushed by his horse. He then tries to figure out what that was all about, and seek revenge on behalf of the girl, and his horse.

In a way the story is much simpler this time around (jus
Arlene Allen
Bledsoe does a great balancing act with the genres - equal parts fantasy and hard boiled mystery, with a dash of ascerbic wit! Fun, page turning, believable world building -and I like how the books are in random order within Eddie's life, than on consecutive adventure after another. I also love that while Eddie gets into fights and banged up, he does NOT get his ass kicked by every single villain or potential villian. He himself is quite the decent ass-kicker. And punner...

The only little itty b
"Burn Me Deadly" is Alex Bledsoe's second Eddie LaCrosse novel -- which are Sword & Sorcery mixed with Hard-Boiled 1930's Detective stories. Eddie LaCrosse is a normal sword-jockey, with no magic powers, who has established a second career as a detective in a fantasy midieval world. It is a well-written, fast read, though the the pacing is slower than in the first book, "The Sword-edged Blonde". The story is tense, exciting, gritty, and believable, with a splash of humor. The characters are ...more
Jean Hontz
"But the advantage to my plan was that, for the most part, all I had to do was wait. Since there was no way to get around this animal, it seemed an especially good plan."

Eddie LaCrosse is a sword-jockey, as he calls himself. He's a bit past his prime, has an, ahem, colorful background, and is therefore smart- most of the time- and has no illusions.

So when a girl who'd obviously been beaten and tortured runs into him on the road, he's a bit less than enthusiastic to help her. But, well, what the
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I grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (home of Tina Turner). I've been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. I now live in a big yellow house in Wisconsin, write before six in the morning and try to teach my three kids to act like they've been to town before.

I write the Tufa novels (The Hum and t
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Other Books in the Series

Eddie LaCrosse (5 books)
  • The Sword-Edged Blonde (Eddie LaCrosse, #1)
  • Dark Jenny (Eddie LaCrosse, #3)
  • Wake of the Bloody Angel (Eddie LaCrosse, #4)
  • He Drank, and Saw the Spider (Eddie LaCrosse, #5)
The Hum and the Shiver (Tufa, #1) The Sword-Edged Blonde (Eddie LaCrosse, #1) Dark Jenny (Eddie LaCrosse, #3) Wisp of a Thing: A Novel of the Tufa Wake of the Bloody Angel (Eddie LaCrosse, #4)

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