The Shinigami Detective Bureau (or How to Be a God of Death in 10 Easy Lessons) Case File #1: The Wicker Man

The Shinigami Detective Bureau (or How to Be a God of Death in 10 Easy Lessons) Case File #1: The Wicker Man

by C.G. Anderson

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The Shinigami Detective Bureau (or How to Be a God of Death in 10 Easy Lessons) Case File #1: The Wicker Man by C.G. Anderson

A supernatural mystery thriller...a buddy cop story, lots of humor, and the twist of reincarnation without the safeguards.

"It was after I died that my REAL troubles began...."

James thought he had enough troubles during his life. He'd survived being killed by Sedgewick, the Mummy Murderer, an infamous serial killer, though his veteran partner, Roy, hadn't been so lucky. But during Sedgewick's trial, James contracted and died of some sort of unknown virus. That was when things really got complicated. He found himself drafted as a rookie shinigami cop, in the Violent Crimes Division. Shinigami were also known as Gods of Death or Grim Reapers, but completely unlike the stereotypes - and his group was tasked with locating wayward spirits, often too shellshocked to find the Afterlife on their own. That was bad enough, but his conscience was still heavy with guilt, for Roy had been drafted as well, not to mention the additional guilt he felt regarding all the other souls that had died because of him and his failure in life. But he had another chance at police work, even if it was a bit unconventional.

Yet the Afterlife was full of non sequitors; for one, Roy looked like a teenage Asian boy now, and the people they worked with didn't seem like normal people, er, spirits, at all. They practiced magic, changed into dogs, had a little girl as a receptionist, a real pirate as a division captain, a bombshell named 'Fred', an eternal prince, a samurai, not to mention the squad's unfortunate tendency toward practical jokes.

He had a lot of questions and a lot to prove, especially when it was discovered that Sedgewick's spirit had not shown up in Reception as expected. The ghost of the serial killer was at large in the world of the living, endangering those that James cared for, and it looked like a powerful magician was behind it, someone who was now hunting shinigami, and hunting it seemed, he and Roy in particular.

But most of all, he wanted to know one thing, for just like Roy he didn't look like himself anymore! WHY was he now in the body of a middle-aged woman? No, really! Why? Because it DEFINITELY WASN'T an illusion! And that was more than an 18 year old guy could handle!

Also check out the related "magick interWorld" novels: Remedial Magick (YA appropriate) and The Sorcerer's Secretary. Comedy-Adventure-Thriller

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148197195
Publisher: Little Dogs Media
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Series: Magick InterWorld , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 700 KB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lot's of fun and thrills.  Not a manga/anime, but a well done adventure/thriller novel with lots of humor and good characters that you like.  Ties to ancient China are interesting, yet set in Seattle and Bellevue, WA.  And the other characters, not just the main ones, are also really good, makes you wonder if the next novel(s) will deal with them more.  Love the fact that the Captain is based off of a real historical captain that many people don't know about (even like how the footnote detailing that is included).  The climax is movie worthy, but the near to last scene with James and his family makes me cry (but fits too), but the book doesn't end on a down note, and the joke at the beginning is finally answered about Hellmouth Bob (what's in Hellmouth Bob).  Look forward to the next one with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a RIPD ripoff, but BETTER. Not Dead Again, more like the fun stories you get with anime, and a lot more character depth and real motivation behind the characters. James isn't just using an avatar, but actually in a woman's body, except he's a spirit now, and the body is how he looked in a previous life. He's a rookie shinigami, or grim reaper or death god, depending on the culture. And so is the cop that died protecting him. Now they are both in new bodies and stuck in Seattle, trying to find the spirit of the serial killer that they'd been pursuing in life. Good old fashioned detective/cop action story but with lots of humor and supernatural twists. The other characters are a hoot. Some gory parts, as you find with supernatural monsters, but surprisingly, a lot of good history and context, and a great magical climax at the end. The wicker man is obviously both something James must overcome from his past, but also an analogy with his current situation. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it. And I think the other writer meant Dead Like Me, not Dead Again, but yeah, it's not like that since it's not an illusion that they look different. And seems like a rich, thought out world, so everything makes sense...rather than having villians 'just because' or events without meaning. And my penname failed on the website, so sorry. ReaderFromTacoma.