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Official Review: Over My Dead Body by Saul Warshaw

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[Following is an official review of "Over My Dead Body" by Saul Warshaw.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Over My Dead Body by Saul Warshaw is the first title in a series of mystery stories following Will Jonas, a retired police detective who now works as a private investigator. With the help of investigative instincts honed by years of experience, as well as his various police connections, he does his best to piece together whatever cases his clients bring to him, ranging from a fifty-year-old murder to simply finding their long-lost family. The copy I received was a compilation containing the first three stories in the series, titled Three Will Jonas Mysteries, so this review will focus on the compilation as a whole.

Right away, I was struck by how character-driven these stories were. They're told from Will's perspective, and his somewhat gruff, very guarded character comes through on every page. I especially enjoyed the contrast between the carefully constructed cover stories he gave people involved in an investigation and the true feelings he revealed to his family.

I felt that this book's writing style was quite good, too. It uses very short chapters, which feels choppy in other books, but it works very well in this case. They're usually separated according to the different people that Will speaks with throughout the course of his investigation. At times, his discussions with various parties do seem a bit more like a series of interviews than a true investigation, but the characters themselves are crafted so well that I didn't really mind. I only found a few minor grammatical errors, too.

My biggest issue with this book is its narrative organization. Each story cuts off too close to the climax, and none of them have enough of a conclusion to provide readers with proper closure. Also, I found it very strange that the stories seemed to be told in reverse chronological order. At one point, someone references details about a case Will solved in the past, spoiling some parts of the next book that tells the story of that case. This might have been a stylistic choice, but it's one I disagree with; watching each story play out chronologically would have made much more sense.

Despite the otherwise excellent execution, in light of these flaws, I would give this compilation 3.5 out of 4 stars if I could. In the end, though, I enjoyed it enough that I think it deserves 4 out of 4 stars. If you enjoy murder mysteries or books about private investigators, it's certainly worth checking out, though it does have some mature content and language that you might need to look out for.

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Post by Josephe-Anne »

Murder mysteries are often plot-driven, so it is a welcome change to see that this compilation is more character-driven. I agree with your opinion that the stories should have been told in chronological order to avoid spoilers.

Thank you for a great review.
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Post by Chikom »

This is a great review! Being a lover of investigative novels, i think its interesting and worth reading because it contains some lessons and insights. I have started reading the book and so far so good.

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Post by Valkyrie9 »

Omnibuses are great, especially when the story is well crafted and the characters well developed. This sounds like an enthralling read, and I hope the author writes a few more stories to add to the series. Thanks for a thorough review!
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Post by NetMassimo »

Despite the reservations you expressed, the stories in this book seem intriguing, particularly for murder mystery fans. I'll look into this series. Thank you for your great review!
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Post by Nelson Reviews »

Firstly I have been driven by the book's title.

"Over My Dead Body"

Secondly, this review has elaborated everything I expected to find in the book. A thriller that envelopes Murder and Mysterious scenes. This is quiet an action pack for me. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Suzer6440 xyz »

What a great review! Thank you . Sounds like a great book to start. I enjoy some books with shorter chapters- I usually feel I have read more and understand it more that way. However, it doesn’t work with every book.i find some books chapters are so long that it drags it out . Thanks for the great review

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Post by drwcroaker »

Your description of the main character makes me picture Robert Forster. Too bad he has passed on. He would have been perfect in a TV adaptation. Thanks for your review.
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Post by Misty20058 »

I have never read a crime novel that is more character driven than plot. Due to this I am extremely excited to read it. Thanks for the review.

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Post by funmilayo_h »

Your review is informative, I love murder mysteries and would still love to read this book despite the shortcomings you mentioned..

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Post by Sandy16 »

Great review. I’m excited to be adding this to my shelf.

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