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Dexter #5

Dexter Is Delicious

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The newest novel in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired Showtime's #1 hit, Dexter. Jeff Lindsay now delivers his most macabre, witty, and purely entertaining new adventure for America's dark defender.

Dexter Morgan's happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He's always live by a single golden rule - he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy - to an eight-pound curiosity named Lily Anne - and strangely, Dex's dark urges seem to have left him. Is he ready to become an overprotective father? To pick up soft teddy bears instead of his trusty knife, duct tape, and fishing wire? What's a serial killer to do?

Then Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of an eighteen-year-old girl who seems to have been abducted by a bizarre group...who just may be vampires...and - possibly - cannibals. Nothing like the familiar hum of his day job to get Dexter's creative dark juices flowing again. Assisting his bull-in-a-china-shop detective sister, Deborah, Dex wades into an investigation that gets more disturbing by the moment. And to compound the complication of Dexter's ever-more-complicated life, a person from his past suddenly reappears...moving dangerously close to his home turf and threatening to destroy the one thing tat has maintained Dexter's pretend human cover and kept him out of the electric chair: his new family.

From an uncharacteristically racy encounter in the Florida Everglades to the most bizarre fringe nightclub in the anything-goes Miami scene, Dexter Is Delicious is an ingenious journey through the dark recesses of Dexter's lovably cold soul. Jeff Lindsay is once again at the top of his game, with this new novel that will thrill fans of his bestselling series.

350 pages, Hardcover

First published September 7, 2010

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Jeff Lindsay

51 books3,705 followers
Jeff Lindsay lives in Florida with his wife, author Hilary Hemingway, daughter of Leicester Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's brother.

Lindsay is best known for writing the Dexter series of novels. Several of his earlier published works include his wife as a co-author.

Jeff graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975, and Celebration Mime Theatre's Clown School the same year. He received a double MFA, in Directing and Playwriting, from Carnegie-Mellon University, and has written 25 produced plays. He has also worked as a musician, singer, comedian, actor, TV host, improv actor, and dishwasher.

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Profile Image for Ahmad Sharabiani.
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June 6, 2021
Dexter Is Delicious (Dexter, #5), Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Is Delicious is the fifth novel written by Jeff Lindsay, and the fifth book in the Dexter Morgan book series.

Nine months after the previous book, Dexter and Rita's daughter Lily is born.

The birth brings remarkable changes in Dexter; apart from feeling genuine love and emotions for the first time, he also does not feel his "Dark Passenger's" compulsion to kill and vows to swear off his dark hobby in order to be a good father for his daughter.

Dexter is called to a crime scene by his sister Deborah, who is in the middle of a jurisdictional fight with the FBI over a reported kidnapping.

Dexter believes that the large quantity of blood found there was planted, and that the missing girl in question, Samanatha Aldovar, is faking her disappearance in order to get money from her parents.

Dexter runs tests and discovers that the blood type does not match Samantha.


جف لیندسی را برای همین سری «دکستر مورگان» می‌شناسند؛ بیشتر آثار پیشین ایشان با همکاری همسرشان «هیلاری همینگوی» نوشته شده‌ اند؛ «لیندسی» در «میامی» به دنیا آمده‌ و در سال 1975میلادی از کالج «میدلبری» فارغ‌ التحصیل شده‌ است

دکستر مورگان، شخصیتی خیالی و ناقهرمان، در سری کتاب‌های «دکستر» است، از این سری، مجموعه ای تلویزیونی نیز با همین نام ساخته شده؛ که ایفاگر اصلی «مایکل سی هال» بوده اند؛ و «دوون گرای»، «دومینیک جینز» و «ماکسول هاکوبی»، سنین پایین‌تر را بازی می‌کنند؛ «دکستر مورگان» برای بخش جنایی پلیس «میامی»، به عنوان کارشناس پزشکی قانونی، با تخصص تحلیل آثار خون، کار می‌کند، و به صورت پنهانی، یک آدم‌کش زنجیره‌ ای نیز هست، و قاتلانی را که از شکاف‌های سیستم قانونی بگریخته‌ اند، شکار می‌کند

نه ماه پس از رویدادهای کتاب پیشین، «لیلی»، دختر «دکستر و ریتا»، به دنیا میآید؛ تولد «لیلی»، تغییرات چشمگیری در «دکستر» ایجاد میکند؛ او جدا از اینکه برای نخستین بار احساسی عاشقانه، و ��واطفی واقعی دارد، میخواهد پدر خوبی برای دخترش باشد؛ «دکستر» توسط خواهرش «دبورا» به یک صحنه ی جنایت فراخوانده میشود؛ «دكستر» درمییابد كه مقدار زیادی از خون پیدا شده، در آنجا كاشته شده، و دختر گمشده ی مورد نظر، «ساماناتا آلدوار»، برای گرفتن پول از پدر و مادرش، ناپدید شده است؛ «دكستر» آزمایشاتی را انجام و متوجه میشود، كه گروه خونی یافت شده از گروه خونی «سامانتا» نیست و ...؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 15/03/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
January 9, 2012
Ugh. This book should have been titled "Babies Ruin Everything" for it contains very little to none of the Very Dark Dexter we know and love. Instead, Dark Dexter had been practically castrated by his new offspring, ending up as prey instead of the predator not once but *twice*. He drones on endlessly about how having a baby has suddenly made him human, which is just another boring way to phrase a tired old cliche:

"Becoming a parent makes you a better person!"

:::insert hurling sounds here:::

Dexter's transformation to a "better person" with "emotions" (which mostly involve the loaf-worship of Lily Ann) made it incredibly difficult to slog through this whole thing. The only redeeming aspect was the reappearance of Brian and his apparent interest in mentoring Cody's and Astor's Dark Passengers. It's a bad sign for Dexter when his biological brother become the most interesting character in the book! Even his foul-mouthed-but-entertaining sister, Deborah, has turned into a broody, predictable caricature thanks to becoming pregnant (and, it seems, a single Mom).

:::insert more hurling here:::

If I want to entertain myself with trite stories about how wonderful breeding is, I'll turn to some glurge-infested Hollywood tripe such as "She's Having a Baby" or "Baby Boom." I don't need a refresher course from Dexter to remind me that babies make everything interesting and fun into something dull, predictable, and utterly mundane. I don't want to read about the mundane.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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86 reviews6 followers
January 26, 2012
Don't get me wrong, I still reccomend this book and the Dexter series as a whole is one of my favorite series.

Let's just get down to it shall we? The reason I rate this so low is probably because my expectations were set higher by the previous books. The Dexter in this book is NOT the Dexter I have come to love reading about.

In Dexter is Delicious, new Daddy Dexter is faced with horrors far more gruesome than serial killers and Rapists. No, I am not talking about the coven of cannibals either. Far worse, Dexter dearest has to face emotion brought on by the arrival of his daughter and the decision to put his dark past behind him and retire his dark passenger.

The whole book Dexter internally whines and whimpers about his feelings. We don't get to see Dexter in action save a single scene. The whole book everyone else does all the heavy lifting while Dexter sits around sucking his thumb.

The writing and story telling are still very good but the story still left me frustrated with Dexter. I can read a ton of other "dime-a-dozen" detective novels if I wanna read about an every day guy solving a mystery and saving the day just in the nick of time. The appeal that Dexter had in the previous books has been the cold, calculated, justice dealing killer is gone from this book completely.

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406 reviews54 followers
July 24, 2019

‘’I want to be slowly roasted while I’m still alive and can still watch these people chew me up…’’
I find cannibalism, vorarephilia and shit like that hella interesting so i guess that is mostly why i loved this....please don't question my interests... People are saying that this is their least favourite one, *which I think is BS because book 3 exists 🍵* so I may just be blinded by my interest in cannibalism.
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2,839 reviews389 followers
April 16, 2018
You'd think with cannibalism it would have been more exciting.

Sure it had the fun slice and dice of knife play, but frankly it was less artistic and lacking in the panache that Dexter has perfected. More like getting a dish called "rustic" when all it really means is that the sous chef has the prep skills of a blind monkey, not a beautifully prepared plate. It lacked the cleverness that I expect from Dexter, there's a few zingers, but in general there's a high degree of stupidity in this episode from all the characters. All. Multiple whacks of the stupid stick and Dex, Deb, Chutsky, Deb's partner are all piñatas.

Except Brian. Hello, long lost family member who's existence really does highlight the shared hobbies in the ever-increasing domesticity of Dexter Morgan's life.

I think my disappointment is echoed here:
My Dark Passenger fought back, of course, and my rational mind sang harmony. Seriously, Dexter, it crooned with oh-so-sweet reason. Could we really let all this predatory frolicking go unchallenged?
Profile Image for Albert Riehle.
497 reviews47 followers
October 8, 2010
I swore, after reading the last of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter books, that I'd never read one again. I swore the series off. I gave up on Jeff Lindsay. Then I read this book. Now, I'm really, really, really, really, really, really, really upset with myself for not listening to myself!

Is it really a spoiler alert when the plot of this book is the EXACT same as the plot of the last book and the one before that and the one before that? The first book in this series is brilliant. It's what inspired the Showtime television series. Sadly, in a rare occurrence, the TV people got it right from that point while the writer has not.

Lindsay doesn't seem to understand what it is about Dexter that people connect to because he insists on turning him into a spineless jellyfish in every book. It's always something. Lindsay introduces some new facet to Dexter's life and it turns him into a total pussy. It's sad. What the TV people understand is that we connect to the vigilante Dexter, we like having a bad guy we can root for because he takes on even badder guys. We like the creepy, macabre way his mind works. Lindsay gives us, once again, a spineless jellyfish for much of the book. This time it's because he has a baby. Awwww.

Lindsay obviously has run out of creative ideas. He's just cashing checks at this point. You know an author has sold out when he starts involving the fad-of-the-moment in this plot. That's right, vampires! Don't worry, at least they don't sparkle.

Lindsay tries to give the coldblooded sociopath an arc in every book. Sadly its the same arc and more importantly, sociopath's don't have internal arcs. Any arc the Dexter character has must be external. A sociopath doesn't change throughout the course of a book and he doesn't change throughout the course of six or seven of them. The TV show gets it right. Dexter never changes--the world around him does. They show the challenges of the sociopath fitting into that world as it changes. That's what we love. That's what we want. That's what Lindsay just doesn't get and this time I'll keep my promise. I won't ever read him again.

I HIGHLY recommend I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells and it's sequel, Mr. Monster, instead of this retread story from a writer who doesn't understand his audience.
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27 reviews1 follower
May 25, 2011
The only book in the Dexter Series I have detested and had to force myself to finish.

Sadly the serial killer I have grown a huge attachment to lost his edge. And began to mirror the characterization of his wife on the television show. I could not stand Dexter the entire novel, his whole idea to fly straight killed me. This was not a further advancement in the character's plotting or personality, no this was something else. I cannot even try to give this a name. Dexter who is normally a smart, charming, and cunning fellow was about as interesting as the paper it was printed on. He spends almost the whole novel complaining, and whining about his daughter and the fact he must and will protect her... Yeah okay I got it no need to spend almost the whole book with Dexter acting like a dimwit. It took too many chapters for Dexter to kill anyone and it was just too little too late. The only reason I can give this 2 stars is that Lindsay is a great writer and kept me interested long enough to finish this painful chrade of a Dexter installment.

I can only hope the next novel is better and that Dexter finds a damn spine, because if it's a repeat of this last novel; then perhaps I'll be the one begging to be strangled with fishing line.
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570 reviews169 followers
January 20, 2016

What happened to my beloved serial killer. The dark passenger who preys on sick bastards who love to destroy innocent people. Dexter has changed. Maybe it is becoming a husband, step father and a new dad but whatever it is has made him ordinary, boring and indecisive. It destroyed his uniqueness. I want the old Dexter back and at one with his dark passenger! Without the real Dexter, this series turns into just another detective murder mystery novel and that is such a shame.

BTW, what is the matter with Rita? That woman can't finish a sentence and it is driving me up the wall. Its all, umm...ahh...Dexter...I don't- I mean... Ohh. She is putting my teeth on edge. But I can see why dexter 'decided' to settle down with her. She is part of his camouflage, the one thing that makes him appear supper normal and harmless. Who will suspect such a normal family guy of being a serial killer? Rita is also super domestic, very nurturing and sweet. But I can' help thinking Rita lives in her own lala land. A sort of Rita fairytale world where everything is shiny, colourful and perfect. In other words, this is Rita's world! The problem is, Rita's world is now part of Dexter's world and she still doesn't have a clue and if she does then the woman is pretending the hell out of it. I can't help but feel this has disaster written all over it.
Author 13 books9 followers
October 24, 2011
There’s a Venn diagram on the web that shows two circles that almost completely overlap. The first is labeled “Things you shouldn’t laugh at”, the second is labeled “Things I think are funny”, and the intersection is labeled “Reasons I’m going to hell.” Enjoying Dexter probably falls into the third category. If you can put aside your moral qualms about sympathizing with a serial killer, this is fun.

Dexter Morgan is a family man, with a wife, two stepchildren and a new daughter, and a job with the Miami-Dade police as a blood spatter expert. He is also a serial killer with a hobby of killing murderers. He’s not a reluctant avenger, half-heartedly dispatching those the law can’t reach, he truly enjoys killing people. His stepfather recognized his avocation early and provided him with a set of rules about who to kill and how to get away with it.

I haven’t read the other Dexter books, so I’m picking up a lot from context and passing references. This story is about family, as it were. Dexter’s brand-new daughter, Lily Anne, has caused Dexter to try and turn over a new leaf, to leave murder behind and become a responsible father to his children. He’s experiencing emotions he’d always faked before. As always with the plans of mice and men, there are events that stand in the way of his change.

The first is the kidnapping or murder of Samantha Aldovar, which quickly leads definitely to murder and, believe it or not, cannibalism. Dexter’s sister Deborah is the lead detective on the case and drags her reluctant brother along. Debbie takes the case to heart and shows a lot more emotion than Dexter is used to from her. Dexter wonders if everyone has gone weird on him. The lead suspects turn out to be a group of faux vampires led by Bobby Acosta, whose father is both rich and politically connected.

In addition, Dexter’s brother Brian, a serial killer without Dexter’s restraining rules, shows up and elbows his way into our protagonist’s life and family. What does he want? The problem is complicated because Dexter’s stepchildren are on the same road as Dexter, budding serial killers in the making.

One can’t expect to quit a bad habit like smoking or serial murder cold turkey without the occasional lapse and Dexter finds it harder than he expected to give up his hobby.

If all of this sounds too grim for words, it isn’t. Dexter has a great way with words and his commentary on his life is funny. His sister bullies him and has a habit of punching him in the arm. His Dark Passenger, his dark side, warns him of danger and helps him in his work, if it isn’t too upset at Dexter for snubbing it.

Four stars, for this unusual take on detection and murder.
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Author 8 books59 followers
September 20, 2010
Dear darling Dexter,

Distressed, I desired that daddyhood not deprive you of your dark deviation. It's all very diverting for TV-Dexter to have (shudder) feelings, but not for you, dark, depraved book-Dexter! This deviation into devotion was a disturbing digression not desired!

But now, data fully devoured, I deem your detour not dissatisfying, and in fact, delightful. I dined upon it with dedicated dispatch, and was disheartened to reach the denouement, and be denied further developments in the digests of delicious Dexter....please, divulge and distribute another discourse soon!

Your dazzled devotee,

anxious astounded Alisa
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Author 13 books1,399 followers
August 20, 2015
I really enjoyed this next installment of the Dexter series. The cannibal storyline was very interesting and went in a different direction from the rest of the other books.

Dexter grows a lot emotionally in this book, and it is very interesting to see how he wrestles with new feeling his has since the birth of his daughter. The writing is quite humorous in several places, as when his sister Debs is behind the wheel,driving like a maniac through Miami traffic. Unlike the show, Dexter's brother, Biney, returns and it's amusing to watch Dexter react to the way he inserts himself into his brother's family life. You know what Brian is, so his hanging around keeps you on edge, wondering what he might do next. Lindsay created a wonderful tension with that part of the book.

There is an especially well-written part, in a scene where Dexter believes he will meet his demise. The thoughts he has and the emotions he feels are described in such a realistic, authentic way. Dexter is a very complex character and the author did a great job with letting the author into his head and line of sight. Again, I loved the interaction between Dexter and Deborah. She is just as funny as she is on the show and Dexter's attachment to her is endearing. There is a really funny moment with Doakes too, and it would have been great if the show had gone the same route with his character and with keeping Brian around too. Chutsky is always a favorite of mine, and I was sorry to see how the storyline ended up as far as he was concerned.

I wanted to see more of Cody and Astor too. I'm wondering if Dexter will give them what they want--don't want to give away any spoilers. That would be an interesting plotline to pursue. The outcome at the park I kind of saw coming--and loved the setting of the abandoned amusement park, so beautifully described--but the ending took me by surprise. The whole Dark Passenger element still ran strong, which delivers a great creep factor and one has to wonder if it might really be a thing for serial killers. It would certainly explain the two kids in the same household, one's an honor student, the other kills the neighborhood pets, thing.

I really enjoy these books, the witty prose, the simple way Dexter sees some things all tied up with his more complicated thoughts about himself. Lindsay doesn't need to use graphic sex or violence to keep the reader entertained. Dexter's thoughts are all you need to keep you glued to the pages. When I don't want a book to end and am thirsty for the next in the series, that's my mark of a great read, and this one delivered that for me!
48 reviews1 follower
March 29, 2011
My least favorite of the whole series. Issue #1: What happened to the narrator Nick Landrum? He did such a fabulous job bringing Dexter and his world alive that changing the voice, even to the author's, is so jarring. No wonder from that first sentence on, Dexter never seemed to pick up his likability that he had (and Landrum pulled off so well) from the other books...

Issue #2: What happened to the confident and intelligent Dexter that we read about in the other four books? The charm of the whole series is that Dexter doesn't have a soul but is redeemed from the fact that he skillfully preyed on other killers. Most disappointing, none of that was here in this novel. I understand that Dexter is going through some changes, but seriously, you'd think (at the very least) self preservation skills would remain.

Issue #3: What happened to the mystery and surprising twists? The plot was too obvious to keep my attention, and I found myself wishing he'd finally get to the end and confirmed what I already knew. Also some plot holes that make no sense and one very uncomfortable scene that didn't seem to contribute anything (to the story nor character development), just put there to shock readers.

I so very hope that Landrum reads again and the old Dexter comes back...

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1,127 reviews106 followers
October 17, 2011
Certainly not my favorite out of the series.
I love the series don't get me wrong. But this one was the least of my favorites.
I felt Dexter was cheated in this book, for some reason I came away from this with that feeling.
Maybe he could have done things better or even worse, in his victims eyes.
Oh well. Can't wait for another. :)
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83 reviews77 followers
September 3, 2020
it was hard for me to decide what to rate this book due to my mixed feelings about it.

for some of the book... i admit i was a bit bored. i think it was longer the other ones i’ve read, and the plot did seem a little slow during the first half.

this book spent a lot of time developing dexter’s family dynamics with rita and their new baby, which isn’t a bad thing. but it’s not as exciting as the second half of the book was.

one of the things i really liked about this book was dexter and debra’s moments. i liked how they worked together during the latter half of the book. their dynamic has always been interesting to me (both in the tv series and in the books), so i liked how it was expanded on in a way that was still interesting and fun to read.

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Author 26 books914 followers
August 26, 2011
You may already be familiar with Dexter, the award-winning TV series about happily homicidal Dexter Morgan — blood splatter expert with Miami PD and secret serial killer of serial killers. The original and improbable premise of a psychopathic serial killer ‘good guy’ works with surprisingly entertaining results. But whether or not you are a fan of the TV series, the novels by Jeff Lindsay are simply not to be missed. This is where you get pure Dexter in first person:

'My conscience is as clean and empty as it can possibly be – which means, of course, that I have always tidied up carefully, and in any case, my conscience has the same hard reality as a unicorn.'

But Dexter’s conscience may be somewhat more real than a unicorn, in my humble opinion as armchair psychologist. With a strict code of ethics to ‘only kill people who deserve it’, and apparent feelings of regret whenever he makes an error of judgement in his bloody battle/game/sport against killers who prey on the (comparatively) innocent, Dexter is not the prototype of a true psychopath. And this is a very good thing, because Lindsay’s Dexter is so much more psychologically complex than a plain old remorseless and guilt-free killer could be. His ongoing existential struggle to understand life and human emotion and to find appropriate responses makes him a truly unique protagonist, and his ‘Dark Passenger’ is always pulling him into new adventures of the homicidal kind. And strangely, we are with him all the way.
Read this crime series for the wonderful dark wit and deliciously black humour.
Yes, Dexter is delicious.
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28 reviews73 followers
April 26, 2012
This is the fifth book in the Dexter series.

I always judge a book by whether or not the story stays with me after I’ve finished reading. When I decided to start writing book reviews I made the conscious decision to wait a few days after I’d finished a book to let the story wash over me a little. Some stories you forget about, but this is not one of them. This story just keeps coming back and certain scenes keep popping into my mind. I like it when they do that.

This book’s written in the first person and the entire book is from the main protagonist’s point of view. I have to say, for me, the narrative voice is spot on. There is a lot of humour injected into Dexter’s view of the world and the balance works well.

I’ve read a few reviews on Amazon that say how disappointed some people are with this story and I completely disagree. I enjoyed reading this from start to finish and once I got into the flow I only stopped reading when my eyes wouldn’t stay open. For consecutive evenings I stayed up later than planned because I HAD to keep reading. That is always a good sign.

This is a book about a serial killer and there’s a lot of bad language and scenes of a violent nature, which you’d expect from a book about a serial killer! If you don’t mind that type of thing then I highly recommend this book and all the series. And if you haven’t seen the TV programme I recommend that too!
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105 reviews125 followers
October 9, 2013
Quinta entrega de la Saga de Dexter, de Lindsay Jeff. "Dexter, el Asesino Exquisito"
La historia se inicia con el nacimiento de la niña de nuestro personaje, lo que nos hace conocer un lado de Dexter que lo tenía totalmente oculto hasta el mismo día que la vió por primera vez en la sala de espera de maternidad del hospital.
A más de rescatar (una vez más) el tremendo talento de Jeff Lindsay en la creación de semejante hombre (Dexter, claro) agradezco la "ligera" desfocalización de la historia en esta entrega, en la que existen otros co-protagonistas que no llegan a quedar sólo como personajes principales. Es el caso de Deborah, (la hermana de él) que muestra su lado más "psicológicamente complejo", personalmente encontré a este personaje encantador, no por el rol, pero sí por su esencia.
Bien, lo que no me gustó o… costó más por decirlo de otro modo, fue el hecho de que al iniciarse la historia, si bien no me sorprendí como en ocasiones anteriores lanzando unas buenas carcajadas fue el tema del ritmo, sí sí. Me costó horrores seguir a tiempos, a tal punto que pensé dejarlo y seguir después de un tiempo, pero vamos que es Dexter! Eso no podía pasar, así que pasé el obstáculo y aquí estoy, diciendo que valió la pena.

*(Okaaay… ¡Quería un Dexter MÁS crudo! Ehm... jeje)
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4,407 reviews463 followers
September 28, 2015
As any Dexter fan will know by this point in the series the television series headed in a completely different direction to the books and the birth of his daughter, rather than his son as in the television series, may have a few people doing a double take. Do not let such a thing put you off; the birth of Dexter’s daughter in this book is a real turning point.

Dexter’s life as a serial killer seems questionable now that he is the proud father of a beautiful baby girl. Throughout we see a whole new – and amusing when compared to the dark Dexter of the past books – side to our friendly neighbourhood serial killer. However, just because his life has taken an unexpected turn it does not mean that the world is suddenly going to stop and change the way it is: if anything, at times, Dexter seems more alert to the evils in the world and how they can do his daughter serious harm.

Filled with the wit of the past books (including many amusing moments from this new more human side that we are seeing) and great characters, book five in the Dexter series is another great read. That being said, the start of the book did contain many more twists and turns than the end of the book as the further in you got the more predictable things became. Nevertheless, it was another great Dexter book.
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2,084 reviews192 followers
February 5, 2013
Easily my least favorite of the Dexter series to date. Too much immediate family hijinks. The only person of interest is his cop sister, the others are just boring fillers. This is not a good story. 2 of 10 stars
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9 reviews2 followers
August 4, 2015
Dexter books are becoming predictable however still a good read. I've fallen in love with the characters all over again and enjoy the dark humor and elegant storytelling from Dexter himself.
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Author 3 books27 followers
June 20, 2022
Undeniably the strongest Dexter book in terms of plot. Though also the most disturbing, with the very overly graphic cannibalism. Not for people with a weak stomach.
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400 reviews6 followers
August 19, 2021
I enjoyed this one! After a couple really boring books in the series, this was a pleasant surprise. Excited for the next, hoping it is just as good or better than this one.
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Author 67 books142 followers
July 7, 2017
Декстър - татенце... Хммм, има нещо нередно :) Малко мудно заради всичките тези сантиментализми за малкото пищящо, но сюжетът компенсира отвсякъде :)
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1,293 reviews283 followers
August 22, 2013
Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder, cannibalism

My Thoughts: So, this is the last book in the series that I've read before, and I actually bought a first-edition hardcover of this one, which is very nice of course. I'm very excited now to move on and read the two books I haven't yet read.

Watching Dexter falling hopelessly in love with his daughter was quite a thing. However, seeing Astor and Cody's reaction to Brian made me think, “Oh, dear, Dexter, you really should have worked with these kids a bit more...” They are obviously pulling at the bit in anxiety to leave the starting gate but Dexter is always too distracted to do anything beyond saying, “Later.”

Still, this is a very interesting addition to the storyline, with everyone changing. Dexter is becoming a much more complex character, and of course things are never quite what they seem. I really do understand the vigilante attitude; so many deserving people escape justice because of money or status. It is terribly frustrating. It's nice to see Deborah coming around a little, but overall I don't find her very likable. She has absolutely no consideration for anyone, even dragging Dexter away from his newborn without any apparent qualm or guilt. I wish Rita would read her the riot act, maybe make her understand that Dexter doesn't always need to jump when she says, or that maybe she could find a bit of gratitude for the help he gives her, or at least show that she understands how much danger he puts himself in for her. But no...

So, of course, fans of the books: you don't want to miss this one! Things are changing in the Dexterverse, yet the more they change the more they'll stay the same. What will be next? I''m dying to know!

Series Information: Dexter Morgan series
Book 1: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, review linked here
Book 2: Dearly Devoted Dexter, review linked here
Book 3: Dexter in the Dark, review linked here
Book 4: Dexter by Design, review linked here
Book 5: Dexter is Delicious
Book 6: Double Dexter
Book 7: Dexter's Final Cut

Disclosure: I purchased a new, first-edition hardcover of this book for myself. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Dexter Morgan's happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He's always lived by a single golden rule—he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy—to an eight-pound curiosity named Lily Anne—and strangely, Dex's dark urges seem to have left him. Is he ready to become an overprotective father? To pick up soft teddy bears instead of his trusty knife, duct tape, and fishing wire? What's a serial killer to do?

Then Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of an eighteen-year-old girl who seems to have been abducted by a bizarre group... who just may be vampires... and—possibly—cannibals. Nothing like the familiar hum of his day job to get Dexter's creative dark juices flowing again. Assisting his bull-in-a-china-shop detective sister, Deborah, Dex wades into an investigation that gets more disturbing by the moment. And to compound the complication of Dexter's ever-more-complicated life, a person from his past suddenly reappears... moving dangerously close to his home turf and threatening to destroy the one thing tat has maintained Dexter's pretend human cover and kept him out of the electric chair: his new family.
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1,744 reviews35 followers
November 8, 2015
Dexter Is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay Note: If you have seen the TV show based on this series, then you can probably jump into this book as a stand alone. If you haven’t seen the show or read other books in the series, then I don’t think this would work well as a stand alone novel.
Dexter Morgan, forensics crime scene expert, is a new daddy, his wife having just delivered their daughter Lily Anne. But before Dexter can settle into a daily snuggling, feeding, burping routine, he’s being pulled out of family bliss and back into the Miami crime scene. There’s a missing teen, a group of goth wannabe vampires, and cannibalism. Dexter is intrigued and yet distracted by thoughts of his young daughter back home, safe and snug.
Through out the book, Dexter struggles with his darker side, his Dark Passenger, that encourages to seek out someone deserving of his blade, and his new-found family-oriented side. He’s trying really hard to re-imagine himself as a devoted father and husband, someone who doesn’t kill for pleasure (even if those victims are carefully chosen and fully deserving of death). This internal struggle twines it’s way through the entirety of the book. While I can appreciate the character growth going on, I picked up this book to experience the grim side of Dexter, the mystery, the hunt, and the ultimate decision of who to take out when and where. All the father figure for Lily Anne stuff was basically a distraction from the rest of the book.
The mystery itself was pretty interesting. I wasn’t expecting cannibals and definitely not a group of them. And these cannibals make a party of it! At first, we have a party scene with some human blood and other evidence and then we have some missing teens. At first, it isn’t clear if the two are connected at all and the police are treating the two as separate crimes. Deborah Morgan, Dexter’s sister, is heading up the investigation of the missing teens even as Dexter and his team analyze the evidence from the party scene. I liked how these two mysteries were pursued, making an interesting plot.
Once Dexter gets to the heart of the matter, things are indeed rather twisted. I did not see where the cannibal aspect was going. I have to say that the author came up with an original twist here. Even Dexter himself is taken aback by it and if you are familiar with the series, then you know it takes quite a lot to cause Dexter to blink twice at something.
The final scenes were the most riveting of the book. There’s a pirate ship involved. Yep. I won’t spoil how that comes about, just know that you are in for a treat. I wasn’t too sure Dexter was going to make it out of the final stand off with all his flesh attached. Once the big action scene is over and the mystery has its ending, the author throws in a few little surprises to be explored in the next book.
This was my first Jeff Lindsay book. I jumped into the middle of the series because I had watched the related TV show. I thought I would have a good idea of the plot and characters and that it didn’t matter where I started in the series. Upon reflection, I believe I would have preferred to start with Book 1 in this series. There are some points that definitely vary from the TV show and I would like to see how those came about instead of just smashing right into them.
The Narration: Jeff Lindsay’s narration was just OK. He has a good voice for Dexter. However, most of the time his female voices lack femininity. For instance, his voice for Deborah usually just sounds like a kind of screechy Dexter. Also, his pacing is sometimes a little quick, like he is excited for what is to come next so he just wants to race through this in between scene that gets us from one interesting bit to the next. His Hispanic accents and I think it was Haitian were believable. 
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175 reviews23 followers
June 4, 2018
Rita on the tv show was annoying but Rita in the book series is a babbling brain-dead bimbo. Also I’m a little tired of the hot guy being dumb. Not my favorite book in the Dexter series.
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Author 3 books140 followers
April 18, 2020
Wonderful, delicious tale where Poor Dexter has to fight against Vampires and Cannibals and for the third book straight he doesn't come up on top. But the story sure was interesting, yucky and strange and Dexter was present in all his glory it's just that like the TV series book Dexter is also surprised to find himself caring for a new bundle of joy in his new born daughter and he wants to put away the dark passenger away forever, but alas there is no rest for the poor restless Dexter. Poor Delirious Dexter. It had almost everything Dexter hunting, Dexter refusing to hunt, Dexter in Peril, Dexter at work, Dexter peevish because oh yes his brother Brian is back in town and he is chummier with the family than Dexter is comfortable with but there's a reason Brian is back and that and more is covered in this delicious wonderful tale.

So go ahead pick the book of course you have seen the bloody TV series so pick up the books and then just keep on reading.
People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.
10 reviews
October 16, 2010
Dexter is Delicious is more of what Jeff Lindsay gave us in the 4th book. Dexter is no longer the king of his own castle, as everyone pushes him in every direction possible. His new desire to do good for the sake of his newborn daughter, combined with his brother showing up, his sister requiring his presence every ten minutes on her case, and his neglected dark passenger, he just isn't himself any more. When I got through the novel, I really had the sense that I don't care about this character anymore. Through book 2, Dexter is awesome. I'm constantly waiting for him to explode in action or inrigue, playing forces against each other and coming out on top. Since Book 3, he's mostly been at the whims of forces greater than him, who are smarter, better prepared and more or less win. In Book 3, his son saves him. In Book 4, yep kids to the rescue again. And this book once again shows he is incapable of saving himself.

I did enjoy the book, but it Dexter's inner turmoil isn't interesting anymore, and he's not doing anything interesting and has no insight that I find interesting either. He's getting boring.

I'm switching all of my hope over to the John Cleaver series by Dan Wells, as he's got a Jr. Serial Killer who is a heck of a lot more interesting than the Dudley Do Dexter that has come to bore me.
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960 reviews97 followers
October 15, 2015
" I had not seen my brother since that memorable evening several years earlier when we had met, for the first time as adults, in a storage container in Port of Miami, and he had offered me a knife so I could assist him in the vivisection of his chosen playmate."
Dexter has now become a dad to the lovely Lily Anne, an 8 pound miracle child with wife Rita. Curiously his 'dark passenger ' seems to be on vacation and he makes several 'Dexter Daddy' mistakes, putting his family and himself in danger.
His presence is demanded by Sargent Deborah ( sister Deb) on the case of a missing teenager, and all good sense seems to go out the window. Does this case involve vampires or possibly cannibals? Deb is determined to save the girl, but that is more difficult than it seems, and Dexter gets caught up in the madness and might need rescuing himself. Can anything get more complicated? Why yes, yes it can....
' Biney' or Brian, Dexters long and (hopefully) lost brother shows up and installs himself in Dexters already quickly growing family, replacing our intrepid serial killer hero. Dexter becomes very concerned. He knows what kind of monster Brian really is, and Brian has somehow sweet talked Rita and influenced both children into trusting him. Dexter is not happy. Not happy at all.
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