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Death Warmed Over (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,331 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
"A darkly funny, wonderfully original detective tale."--Kelley Armstrong

Single Dead Detective Seeks Clue

Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it's been hell being a detective--especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a
Paperback, 309 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Kensington
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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4 Stars!

I did not expect to enjoy this book nearly as much as I did in the end. This book is incredibly original with enough humor that I found myself chucking every once in a while. I have a slightly weird sense of humor and something about this book just clicked for me. I tend to listen to audiobooks just a little bit at a time and I found that worked well with this book.

I think that oftentimes books with any paranormal element take themse
3.5 stars. A light but entertaining urban fantasy book by Anderson, but it wasn't quite up to par with what I'm used to from him. I'm used to giant scope space operas with multiple points of view and lots of depth and introspection and suspense. This was just pretty cute. From another author I might have thought that he just wanted to capitalize on the urban fantasy craze. But Anderson really does seem to enjoy exploring different genres, he also did the Terra Incognita fantasy series and has ed ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Very cute. Mainly a section of different stories (clients), all with a loveable trio in a detective agency-slash-lawyers office. Review soon.
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've read all sorts of detective novels, so how could I pass up one involving a zombie detective? Well, the premise is interesting, but...

Dan Chambeaux (or Dan 'Shambles') is one of the newly-undead. He was gunned down by a person or persons unknown; now he is back to pick up all his old cases and solve his own murder. And he still needs to solve the murder (by poisoning) of his girlfriend--she is now a ghost working in the office he shares with a human lawyer.

This is a world inhabited not only
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A great cast of character’s and a lead I liked from the beginning. My issue with the book was that Chambeaux and Deyer had way to many cases, seven in total. The Mummy who wanted to be released from the museum, the Witches who were cursed with a misprint, the Vampire who needed protection, the Werewolf who was getting shafted in her Divorce, the Human good samaritan who was being harassed, the murder of the Ghost who worked in the office, and the Zombie Chambeaux’s own murder. All they needed wa ...more
[Name Redacted]
Light. Fun. The references were great, and the protagonist and supporting cast were equally likable. Suffered from a few cliches, a few predictable plot-points/twists (which at this point seem to be inevitabilities of the genre), but a delightful read nonetheless. I might even pick up the sequel!

EDIT: I knew the name Kevin J. Anderson sounded familiar! Turns out he's written quite a few books, but the only one i've read was the book he co-wrote with Dean Koontz, Prodigal Son -- a book so bad i n
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, monster, series, 3-star, 2014
This was a decent book. The zombie PI was a good idea. I dinked it down to 3 stars from 4 because towards the end the tone changed jarringly. Up till then there were monsters, but it was low key, then in the last few chapters it turned into a splatterfest. It's a zombie book, so it isn't like that is unheard of, it just that the first 2/3 of the book wasn't particularly violent, so it was a bit jarring.
Jason Edwards
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Didn't like this one, almost from the beginning. And since I didn't like it, my review’s going to be harsh. I mean, I’ll forgive poor writing if I’m enjoying the read. But this was tough for me to even finish. And yes, saying this is “poor writing” might be a bit much. Honestly, if it weren't for some of the subject matter, I would have assumed this was written for teenagers. Sorry, teenagers, I don’t mean to insult you. But you know how people write down to the young, and that’s what this read ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of Kevin Anderson's work. I love the Dune books he has written with Brian Herbert and his seven volume Saga of the Seven Suns is one of my favorite series of all time.

So I was expecting another great series with his venture into humorous horror/mystery with the Dan Shamble books. I was somewhat dissappointed. The story was rather thin, seeming like a collection of shorts that was slow to get into. The jokes were forced and predictable in most cases and
Brett Boerner
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book was exactly what I hoped. It was a funny, light-hearted book about a zombie PI. Dan Chambeaux (Shamble to some) was murdered not long ago, but reanimated due to some mysterious powers at work, called the Big Uneasy, that have brought many such creatures into the world (vampires, werewolves, mummies, etc.). His girlfriend is a ghost (she was killed just before Dan), and they work in the Unnatural Quarter, solving mysteries and helping citizens with their problems.

The book is filled with
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable detective mystery featuring a zombie PI, Dan Chambeaux (AKA Shamble) has a few cases to solve on his plate - namely his own untimely murder. But seeing as that won't pay the bills, he takes on other cases with his business partner and lawyer friend, Robin Deyer. From retrieving a stolen painting in the middle of an inheritance dispute to helping a vampire find out what happened to his missing friends, Death Warmed Over moves much faster than a herd of zombies who've just caught the ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
This is easily one of my favorite crime investigation series. I of course read it backwards so far, since I was checking out the books as they became available at my local library. This is the first book in the series, in which we get the story about how Dan Shamble became a zombie and how his girlfriend became a ghost, while also introducing the rest of the bizarre world where they run an investigative service for 'unnaturals', zombies, ghosts, vampires and other undead and magical creatures wh ...more
This was a LOT of fun to read! Lots of laughs with all these fun characters. Right up there with silly seriousness of monsters in Gil's All Fright Diner and monsters and lawyers in Sonovawitch!: And Other Tales of Supernatural Law
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This was surprisingly pretty enjoyable. Liked it more in the beginning. It was funny, but farther in the humor got to be over the top. And there were some very weird creatures.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Zombies, vamps, ghosts, witches, and werewolves! Funny, slow moving story! The pace did pick up midway thru.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny book. I liked that it covered a lot of social issues; prejudice, justice system, etc., without being preachy.
A solid first book of a new series, with an interesting take on a murder mystery series. I will likely read other books in the series if I come across them.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review Coming Soon.
Sam Reader
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it

"You can rot in hell!"

"I'd prefer not to rot anywhere."

- Straight Edge member and Dan Chambeaux


     I have something of a checkered history with the books of Kevin J. Anderson. He first appeared on my radar with his New Jedi Academy trilogy of Star Wars books, a series of books that, while competently written enough, were incredibly silly and involved a new superweapon called the Sun Crusher. New Jedi Academy was, perhaps, not the weapons-grade atrocity that R
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book explored a lot of interesting ideas, about a world of Zombies, Ghost, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Mummies, exist after a person read the book of the dead. The tone of this book was interesting in that is was sometimes oddly serious and sometimes completely ridiculous. I would have wanted to see one or the other. I liked the comparisons to a cult group of straight edgers that want all monsters destroyed out of fear to the KKK. With nods to the monsters as being the new minorities. ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

After reading, and rolling on the floor laughing over the short story Eye of Newt in the Shadowed Souls collection, I just couldn’t resist diving into the rest of the series. And I’m glad I stopped resisting.

Death Warmed Over is the first book in the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and it both sends up and inhabits the noir detective genre at the same time. This story sets up the series, and it does it in the classic in media res convention, where the action
Michael Brown
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-reading
Can not keep a good man down, or in this case an undead man. Something happened in New Orleans and the darkside of life emerged. Vampire, demons, werewolves, ghosts and assorted other fantastic creatures were unveiled. And a good detective killed on a case rises as a zombie and with his legal and ghostly partners returns to the fight. Lots of humor. Lots of small interrelated cases that take up time as the big one develops. Good concept and well presented characters all around.
Derek Jordan
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun little ride. Pretty humorous and silly. Exactly what I was in need of.

Some thing to blow off and get lost in without too much thought.

The case being solved is fairly simple and I found it pretty easy to tell what was up. Which was good in this case.

It kind of reminded me of Dresden books.. Not quite as good but that sideways view of the unnatural.

My true rating was a 3.5..but I marked it up instead of down cause I enjoyed it.
Mike T.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dan 'Shambles' is a zombie detective in a world filled with witches, vampires, werewolves, and other supernaturals. If that premise don't get you, then this book is probably not for you as half the fun is reading about how Dan uses his PI smarts and undead power to solve cases. For the rest of us, we get a fun strange book that mostly succeed in being smarter than most undead books out there.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent book

An interesting concept, but a lot of the plot twists are visible from a mile away. A fun book to read in lunch break-sized chunks. Don't think I'll continue reading the series, though.
Kari Ramadorai
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny and a quick read when you get into the groove. Hear the voice in your head. Laugh along. You deserve it. Also creepy world with zombies, vampires and werewolves, so you can't go wrong there. Dan really does solve the problem, so it meets PI standards, too.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read! Can't wait to read the next in the series!
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
review to come
Kelsey Reif
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like the world Anderson has made involving unnaturals in todays world. Fresh as a patched up zombie, this book has it all. Silly humor, and dry. Action, a bit of suspense and a hint of romance with everything coming together at the end. I will definitely be reading the sequels!
Kris Sellgren
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I thoroughly enjoyed this funny novel about a zombie PI. Dan Chambeaux (aka Dan Shamble) has his undead hands full of cases to investigate for his mummy, witch, vampire, and werewolf clients. He also still hasn't solved the mysteries of who shot him dead and who poisoned his girlfriend (now the ghost receptionist for his office). The characters are sharply sketched, particularly his partner, a lawyer determined to make new case law for unnaturals, and his vampire client, who combines overwhelmin ...more
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll
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“Somebody hates vampires, Mr. Chambeaux, but I have no idea who or why. Haven’t they read Twilight?” 6 likes
“scars tell stories of who we are and what we did. A person without marks hasn’t done anything.” 4 likes
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