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The Dead Detective

(Dead Detective Series #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  460 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Medical-school-dropout police detective Richelle Dadd is... well, dead.

But that won't stop her from trying to hold on to her house in a divorce battle with a bitter husband. Or keep her from digging into her own murder, to discover who put the bullet into her heart. And it certainly won't stand in the way of finding out the reason she's been reanimated as a zombie assassin
Paperback, 270 pages
Published October 27th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published October 25th 2014)
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Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
It started off so well who wouldn't like the line: "You know you are having a bad day when you wake up in a chalk outline" but sadly for me it just went down hill from there. It had such potential but some how the characters just grated on my nerves, I also found it a bit odd at how accepting everyone was that Richelle now a zombie, everything just seemed so casual. You might enjoy the book if you like gum shoe detective stories with a paranormal element but it wasn't for me.
Juli Hoffman
Read another series

I love J.R. Rain's Samantha Moon series...this is not it. The editing wasn't up to the usual standards. Lots of typos. The pacing was bad. Characters were brought in out of nowhere. It felt like key elements were left out, or perhaps edited out. Not at all on par with his usual style of writing.

I usually gobble J.R. Rain's stories in a day or two, even the stand alone books. I almost didn't finish The Dead Detective. I liked the concept of the book, an undead cop trying to so
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Dead Detective"

BY: J.R. Rain and Rod Kierkegaard Jr.

I have been a fan of J.R. Rain for many years and am especially fond of his Vampire for Hire books. Unfamiliar with Kierkegaard's work I thought this might be an interesting book to read although I am not usually a fan of the Zombie stories. I usually want you to be "dead" or "alive"! Hard for me to straddle that line.

You can definitely pick out J.R. Rain's writing in this story. He does a great job of character development and likability.
Rosie Amber
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Dead Detective is a paranormal murder mystery and allows pure escapism from life as we know it. Believing herself to be the victim of a prank, Richelle Dadd wakes up inside a chalk outline at a murder scene. Ticked off at the level to which her fellow police officers will go to pull such a prank, Richelle begins to ask a few questions. The trouble is, no pulse, cold skin and a bullet through her heart are just NOT normal. Plus something has happened to her vision, she can see ghosts or shade ...more
Karen Patterson
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I am torn about how I feel about this book. On the one hand, it was very different and unexpected. Richelle, a police detective, is assassinated by and brought back to life by gypsies to do their bidding. With the exception of no pulse and feeling cold, she does not look like nor act like a “zombie” but she is undead as she tries to (1) find out who did this too her, (2) accept that this is who she is now and, (3) deal with the aftermath of what they are forcing her to do. The book definitely do ...more
A female detective wakes up lying at the deserted crime scene and thinking she has been pranked, until she walks into the police station and almost gives her boss a heart attack. It becomes clear that she is indeed dead, which is to be kept secret while they work out what is going on.

I just couldn't get into this at all. It sounds as if it was meant to be lighthearted and amusing but I just didn't get it if that was the case. I felt as if the author couldn't decide between an urban fantasy detec
Peter Kalin
This book starts out with an intriguing premise - a novel told from the viewpoint of an undead police detective as she 'awakes' after being shot to death, but devolves to some silliness along the way that I thought undercut it's effectiveness. Perhaps the book is built entirely on gypsy myth that is not familiar to me, but the premise falls apart pretty rapidly as this becomes more of a standard crime book with several unfortunate tropes.

That all being said, I didn't actively dislike the book;
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. This story was just not believable, and it was obvious that a man was trying to write a woman's perspective. After wading through long, drawn-out, descriptions and ramblings in the main character's head, the book suddenly ended in one chapter. But where were those extra details in the first chapters? I'm not a homicide detective, so the unexplained acronyms and jargon were just confusing and annoying. I feel that Rain must have just agreed to edit this book for a friend. This book ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF. The first few lines were great, but it just dropped off a cliff. Literally everyone she encounters is slightly shocked but totally cool with the fact that she's now walking dead. No fuss, no disbelief. I just can't muster that level of suspension of reality to continue with the story. And there's something... grating about the main character.
Steve Isenhower
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
A huge disappointment! I did not finish this book. I have read all the Samantha Moon and Jim Knighthorse books and they were all great. This book was very slow. I didn't care for the main character. Actually I didn't like any of the characters. Very poor effort.
Kim Norman
This was a pretty good story but it was only pretty good. It has never taken me this long to read a J.R. rain book. In all fairness, I have been really busy and haven't had a lot of time to read. Still, I don't know that I will read the next book in this series any time soon.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The living dead

When she wakes up to find herself in the middle of a crime scene, she thinks it's a prank pulled by her fellow officers. However this is no prank, she is really dead but also still alive. Getting her Captain's okay to come back to work might be a bit tricky. She has to pass a medical. With no pulse, a shredded heart and no visible signs of life. Throw in a cheating husband, gypsies that want to use her for crimes (by overcoming her will), a big heist and someone who wants to use h
Jennifer Broenner
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a creative idea for a story. From the title I was intrigued to find out what that actually meant. The main character solving her own murder was a great start to gain the readers interest. I enjoyed the intertwining of the land of the living and of the dead. I will say based on the title for the second book in the series I had already guessed something that would happen in this book but still wouldn't say the story was predictable. A light story to read even though it revolves around death w ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read

Now I thought the book was really rude about Canada. In it the Rabbi says about the Afterlife that it it's like being stuck in Canada, dank and gloomy, full of strangers and weird stores and very old fashioned.

Having been to Canada a few times, I would like to claim that it is not like that at all. It can be very cold true, but Seattle is dank and gloomy. Weird stores are to be found everywhere as are strangers! And old Fashioned? Well apart from New York everywhere that is not London is Old Fas
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Medical-school-dropout police detective Richelle Dadd is... well, dead. But that won't stop her from reporting to work, or trying to solve her murder, or finding out why she is a zombie.

Definitely out of the ordinary, J.R Rains brings us a police detective who is one of the undead. And, entertains us with the trials and tribullations of not being outed while trying to solve cases. She brings on the gypsies, the fortune tellers, the ghosts and the living.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombie Police

Under control of a gypsy after being shot through the heart, is not the way a police woman wants to spend her non-life. While this is a hard to put don book, it is not a nice read. Life after death is very disheartening and ghosts are off putting in their physical descriptions. If you like viewing bodies at car accidents, this maybe for you. The author does have a great story line though.
Dr. Simone J. Simone
Totally Offbeat

I've never encountered a book quite like this. Would never deliberately read a book about a zombie, but this character is not a member of the Walking Dead cast. I enjoyed seeing the afterlife from a completely different perspective than that of my own imagination. Really loved the dead cop, Bull, from the past. In fact, mingling the present and the past was my favorite aspect of the book. This is written in quite an intriguing way! It gets my top rating!
Angela V. Herndon
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this Book to be very interesting. I do plan on reading or better yet, listening t the second part. It was so refreshing to be able to listen to be able to listen to the story and still be able to do other things while enjoying this novel! I recommend this book to others who like a good read!
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The Dead Detective is a decent first book in a series. The premise of a zombie detective was unique and interesting. The story has a decent plot, storyline, plot, and character development. The narrator performed well by providing each character with their own unique voice.
3.5 stars. Not what I expected, action, zombies...sorta, solve your own murder and some other crazy shit. Left you with a cliff hanger that will make me read the next in the series.
Amy Villarreal
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is a fun read. It kept my ADD attention span well which is a hard thing to do. I would enjoy reading more like this.
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead dective

Loved the whole dead detective. Make for a great read. Write a great book wonderful plot. Ending a great one.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had no idea what to expect from this story and was disappointed in the end. Though it started out interesting I found I had no empathy for any of the characters and could not get myself to believe in any of the situations presented.

Detective Richelle Dadd wakes up dead and a zombie at that. With the help of her boss and other detectives she hopes to find out who killed her before it is to late. While investigating her death she learns a great deal about herself and the family that did not seem
In this first entry in their Dead Detective series, J.R. Rain and Ron Kierkegaard, Jr., provided me with my first literary venture into the idea of zombies. Not being much for horror movies, I have studiously avoided books that stereotyped zombies and ghouls as brain-eating, flesh-devouring mindless killers with body parts and flesh falling off at regular intervals.

Then along comes an email from J.R. Rain promoting this new collaboration called “The Dead Detective.” The promotional blurb casual
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not giving anything away here by telling you that Richie (Detective Richelle Dadd) is dead, a walking zombie. It's right there in the book description and it happens the very first of the book. Richie is a great detective (even for a dead one) but it takes her a bit to figure out she's really dead and even longer to figure out she is a zombie and how she got that way and that now Gypsies can actually control her, turning her into an animated killing machine. Even so, being dead and all, Rich ...more
Michele Douglas
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All J R Rain fans and Samantha Moon Series
Detective Richelle Dadd is dead. She should have moved on to the afterlife, but she remains in the land of the living. At first, she doesn’t quite believe that she is dead; she thinks it is all a prank. She gets up from her chalk outline and returns to the police station.

The first person to see her is her Captain who is dumbfounded. Everyone is downstairs mourning and here she is standing in front of him with a hole in her heart and blood on her shirt. He is the first one to accept that she is d
Reader's Hollow
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
**We received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review @ The Reader's Hollow Book Blog

This was a unique take on the zombie genre, though it leans more toward the paranormal. The authors display an excellent fictional understanding of an afterlife. I truly enjoyed the imagination put in into this.

The whole idea behind Richelle's revival is fascinating and fun. Everything from the awkward realization that there's a bullet in her, to the fact that she's always cold and the science meldi
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Dead Detective J.R. Rain

I was much honored to be provided an advanced copy of this book to read and review, as I am a huge J. R. Rain fan. I have to be honest, based upon the title; I most likely would not have chosen this book as I thought it was going to be a typical “Guy” detective story. I confess I am a huge Castle fan, but would not have read the Castle books originally, if I had not first seen the series on TV.

Imagine my surprise as I began reading this book,'s a Zombie par
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a relative newcomer to the writings of J.R. Rain and his co-author Rod Kierkegaard Jr. The Dead Detective is a new twist on the undead genre: it does not involve vampires, but zombies - zombie assassins to be exact.

Detective Richelle (Richie) Dadd woke up in an abandoned warehouse surrounded by a chalk outline of her body. She can’t remember anything, so she believes her friends in the department have pranked her. The thing is, the joke’s on her. She’s was shot, died, reanimated as a zombie
Charlotte Gerber
This was an unexpected paranormal/zombie story featuring a female detective as the lead. It isn’t your typical zombie story – no creatures seeking out humans in order to eat their brains. Instead, this is a cool detective story with plenty of red herrings. I wasn’t entirely sure who-dunnit until the last act of the story, and even then I couldn’t have predicted the ending.

I enjoyed her friends who try to help her by coming up with creative ways for her to look like she was still alive, as well
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