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Dead to Rites

(Mick Oberon #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. Mick is suffering from bad luck, and when luck is your chief magical weapon, that means things are pretty dire. Hunting for the origin of his bad mojo, Mick finds himself on the trail of a missing mummy, and being trailed by ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Titan Books (first published August 9th 2016)
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Lauren Stoolfire
Dead to Rites by Ari Marmell is the third book in the Mick Oberon series. When I first picked up the book, I didn't realize that that was the case. I was hoping that I'd be able to pick it up fairly easily, but in hindsight I should have started in on book one first. I think I'll have to go back to the beginning of the series with Hot Lead, Cold Iron.
Pippa DaCosta
Shorter and not as fulfilling as the previous two books. Mick Oberon spends much of his time confused, rushing from place to place, and so do we. But, I still adore this series for its wacky uniqueness. (Oberon knows how to snark like a pro) I hope we get to see more of Mick in future.
Good mystery/urban fantasy series set in 1930s Chicago about private investigator (and member of the Fae) Mick Oberon. He tries to avoid mob-related jobs, but...
Stephanie Fachiol
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
(True rating: 3.5/5)

An improvement over the second novel, but not the first.

The plot was decent, and Mick’s voice is polished to a shine, as usual. Ramona fits the not-quite-villainess role surprisingly well, much better than the ‘very shady femme fatale love interest’ position she occupied in the last book. The new love interest, Tsura, however, is rather underdeveloped, and has little to credit her beyond being weirdly competent at times and weirdly incompetent in others. Mick also doesn’t gai
Matt Ranlett
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read but lack the punch of earlier books in the series

I like this kind of book, urban fantasy with magic and creatures, etc. The detective bit has been done many times but the setting is charming, 1930s Chicago. Lots of mov activity and quaint language.
This book felt like it lacked some of the punch of the previous entries in the series, probably because it felt like a setup to the next book(s) and because the side characters were less compelling (although I did like Fedora)
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Mick Oberon is a gumshoe in 1930s Chicago, except he isn't. He is a Fae, a member of the Seelie Court who fled the Court centuries ago to avoid all the shenanigans that go on there. He has a lot of experience with other Fae and otherworldly entities, so when his luck starts going sour, he soon figures out he may be the victim of a mummy's curse. Except where is this mummy and who is siphoning off his luck, which is how Mick's mojo works. He slings an L&G wand rather than a tommy gun, but thi ...more
Nico Janow
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
The series is going downhill in my opinion. I don't care for the place or time, or private detective stories, but hoped there'd be something magical in the story. If Mick is trying to turn himself into a common human, with nothing likeable or respectable about him, he seems to be succeeding.

I also hate books where the character does something really stupid and out-of-character, just for the benefit of the plot. Having him ignore the prophet's warning after she'd proven her credibility numerous t
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
Fae, gangsters, an Oracle and an Egyptian mummy? What more can you ask for? A well-paced story, and some interesting new characters we get introduced to. Not sure we’ll see more of them in the next volume, but maybe volume 5 we’ll see one of them again.

More with Ramona Webb as well, getting to learn more about her. Not as much with the rest of the Fae in general. But some fun stuff with the gangsters helps make up for it.

And of course it ends with a major reveal to lead into the next volume.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dead to Rites : Mick Oberon 3
Best read in chronological order.

In A NutshellMick our fae private eye has lost his mojo. So sets off to recover it. But the path of a fae PI is never straight. We meet gangsters, an Oracle and an ancient Egyptian Mummy. And some of that is entertaining. But it was not just Mick's mojo that was missing. I think this book lost its way. It overegged the pudding. On this occasion, a little less magic would have been more. But to know Mick is to love him, so I hung on in
4.0 stars

This series probably isn't for everyone. A mix of Chicago gangland, the fae, a private investigator and lots of slang. On the other hand, if that sounds interesting try Hot Lead, Cold Iron. I enjoyed this installment in the series and I am looking forward to the next one.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A 1930s hardboiled Chicago PI, with connections to more than the underworld. He's a fae that packs a wand instead of a gat. He gets into trouble with dames that can fly. The book is written in slang, which was a little hard to get used to but oddly worked. The mystery was pretty tight and the characters were well written. I like urban fantasy. I'll definitely read more by this author.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this one better than the previous two. Was more of a fulfilling story. Also, Fedora.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2016: FWFTB: wand, luck, mummy, seductive, mobsters. Mr Oberon is a well written character and I was looking forward to this outing. Oberon is self-deprecating but the potential for violence seeps off the page when you suddenly get a sentence or two that gives you just a tiny idea of how powerful he could be if wanted. That's the side of the character that I would like to see a little bit more of. I have to say that I don't think that the female characters are written particularly well but as t ...more
Dick SantaCruz
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Good sequel in this series. Your kept guessing who the real bad guy is until the end. More background on Mic in this book.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This has been one of my favorite urban-fantasy trilogies. I would love for the series to continue!
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good series. Great to read while waiting for a new Jim Butcher book.
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When Ari Marmell has free time left over between feeding cats and posting on social media, he writes a little bit. His work includes novels, short stories, role-playing games, and video games, all of which he enjoyed in lieu of school work when growing up. He’s the author of the Mick Oberon gangland/urban fantasy series, the Widdershins YA fantasy series, and many others, with publishers such as D ...more

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