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Dead & Talking: A Porter & The Gliss Investigation

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If a ghost appeared from nowhere, rescued you from suicide and then ordered you to start solving crimes to help dead people, what would you do?
When it happens to Porter Norton, he just wants to put his head in his hands and have nothing to do with it.
But now he has to atone for the family curse that has seen all the men die at their own hands for five generations.
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Published March 10th 2019 by magnificent!
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DJ Sakata
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

Poor Cherry. As much comfort as a pair of nettle knickers.

You’re about as much use as a sniper with Parkinson’s…

Porter sipped the coffee. After the drink and drugs, it was like getting a snog from Aphrodite.

Get me some water. I’m drier than an Arab’s roof. Has someone been stuffing my gob full of crackers?

“There’s one room here, the Oubliette, where a ghost strokes you in the night. Not in a nice way either.” “Is there a nice way t
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok I know this is the second paranormal investigation book I’ve read and enjoyed in a few days, so talking about how it isn’t a personally preferred genre seems kind of wrong, but it really, really isn’t. It’s just a random lovely glitch in the matrix or something that brought two very good paranormal investigation themed books to my radar. Not even from trusted publishers, either. Genuinely random finds. This one…there was just something about it that attracted my attention immediately, despite ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Porter Norton is at the end of his tether. He’s lost his girlfriend, he’s about to lose his job and career as a solicitor and the worst thing a girl died because of his mistake. Unable to take it any more he attempts suicide, only to be saved by a ghostly robot called The Gliss.

He tells him that he’s invoked an ancient curse which means he has to make up for the hurt that his family has caused over the years. First is investigating the death of a young soldier Max Cartwright but some
Martin Hough
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up a copy from a friend and was gripped from the word go. It’s a very strange book in one way because it includes a lot of humour and some very dark themes. I tell you what it reminded ne of: the TV version of Dirk Gently. That’s a very contemporary take on things and borders on being literary with the quality of the writing.
The hero is told he has to put right some injustices from the past as a sort of punishment - think a modern take on It’s a Wonderful Life and you won’t go far wron
Yvonne Davies
After I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book, I was intrigued, a main character who could see a ghost like creature and hear the final words of the dead.
Porter Norton was having a major life changing crisis, he was in the process of losing his job, his foster mom was seriously ill, he had a love/hate relationship with his sister and his family had a curse. Following Porter as he was trying to put right the injustices of the deceased, was a unique story to me. Thanks to The Gliss, Port
Steph Warren
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

We meet Porter Norton as he is throwing himself a pity party, as everything in his life is falling apart. But for both Porter and the reader, his subsequent actions turn out to be just the start of things…

From the blurb, I was expecting this book to be a standard paranormal mystery book: amateur discove
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dead & Talking promises to be a great series! It has a bit of everything, wicked humor, mystery, and the supernatural!

Porter is on the brink of losing his sanity, and he has decided to end it all by taking his life. He just figures he is following in the steps of his cursed family in which almost all his relatives have committed suicide. Imagine his surprise when a spirit appears and puts an end to his plan, saving his life. That was probably one of my favorite scenes. The spirit that
Stepj Gear
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How could a paranormal investigation two-man-team where one of the team is a ghost be so intriguing? Let me tell you, this book hooked me from the start! Fantastic character build ups and interactions helped to create a likeable, enjoyable, story and one that had my interest peaked.
Porter Norton is a man who is in a dark place when we meet him. A lot has happened in his life, which leads him to wanting to take his own life. This doesn’t go as planned, and he finds himself saved by The Glis
Jessica Belmont
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead & Talking is one of those rare books where you read the blurb and think you know what you’re getting into, and then you get something even better.

This is a really interesting mix of themes that I didn’t expect to be together. It’s a paranormal, murder mystery with ghosts and psychic abilities. There are deep explorations of some harsher realities. Thrown in the mix there’s a lot of humor, that had me laughing out loud.

The characters are absolutely brilliant. The
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
Dead and Talking is a paranormal mystery novel by Des Birkinshaw. Abandoned by his girlfriend, about to be laid off from his job as a solicitor because his mistake resulted in a human fatality, and depressed, the protagonist, Porter Norton, decides to follow the family curse and commit suicide. He is prevented from accomplishing this goal by the appearance of a supernatural being called The Gliss who informs Porter that his actions have triggered a paranormal event called a Quincunx. Porter is g ...more
Pamela Tremblay
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Who meets Charlie Chan in this wickedly funny thriller by journalist and producer/director Des Birkinshaw. Abandoned by his girlfriend and about to be struck off as a solicitor, miserable Porter Norton decides to follow the traditional path of Nortons before him and end it all. Fortunately for the reader, that doesn’t work out for him, either. Turns out the tragic Norton clan has already exceeded its quota of permitted suicides and Porter’s attempt triggers a paranormal event called a quincu ...more
AJ Deane
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the debut novel from Des Burkinshaw, a TV producer / director and former Times journalist.
And his credentials show.

The writing is witty, never unnecessarily wordy and is therefore very Tight. Yes, with a capital 'T'. Cracking characters (even the dead ones), really help the reader to invest in the plot, which is well-paced, and dark when it needs to be. This darkness is definitely not for children or teens and I would caution that, in this book at least, there are some
Hannelore Cheney
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the eARC.
This is a unique book. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly at at how enjoyable a read it was.
Porter has decided to commit suicide but a 'ghost' (The Gliss, who prefers to be called a Messenger) stops him and the two of them go on an epic journey to right the wrongs of the past. Their relationship and bantering are fun and when a new character (Feng) joins their quest it gets even better. On a more serious note, we go back to W
Vicky Quenault
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just ok. I like the idea, the characters have potential and the story isn’t bad. There was just some intangible element missing. It never became engrossing, though it was closer to it as it neared the end.
I received a complimentary copy from VRO in return for an honest review.
Anne-Marie Goyette
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Characters come alive in this book. Follow
The path as the mystery unfolds. Be prepared
To keep on reading until the end. This could actually
Be a great movie. Enjoy
Caroline Venables
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love how different this book is, I haven’t read anything else like it before.

The story starts with Porter struggling with his life, he decides to make the ultimate decision to end it all. Despite his best intentions he is saved and discovers he can now hear and see the dead.

In return for his life he finds himself solving mysteries of the past, seeking justice for those who were wronged. With the help of his new found talent, he looks into the death of a soldier in WW1,
KT Robson
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fresh take on the paranormal genre this is, I loved it! The book is a well paced mix of dark humour, mystery, and the paranormal. We get to meet the unlikely duo of The Gliss, the ghostly-non-ghost guide and Porter, the reluctant human who’s been unceremoniously thrown into investigating old war crimes with his newfound gift. Along the journey Porter alos teams up with, wait for it, a ghost hunter who is also a sceptic, and a TV historian who is completely out of her depth but along for t ...more
Jackie Carreira
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This genre-bending debut from Des Burkinshaw is a delight. Is it crime fiction? Paranormal thriller? War book? Road movie? It doesn't matter. Good books are good books. Dealing with themes of suicide, war, redemption, at times it gets very dark and I had to close the pages for a while. At other times I giggled from paragraph to paragraph, and that's what makes it so readable. The writing is snappy, witty and often devastatingly poignant. As the first novel of (hopefully) a whole series, it defin ...more
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