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This week, I’ve read both Dead and Gone and the first book in the series, Trust Me, I’m Dead this week. They are addictive and offer something new in the crime genre - a 40-something woman drawn reluctantly into murder investigations when people connected to her are killed. While she is out of her comfort zone in every way, she has skills she brings that make her a really great protagonist.
Dead and Gone is the second instalment in the Judi Westerholme series and whilst it can easily be read as a stand-alone, I think you would benefit more from reading book one, Trust Me I’m Dead, first. Sherryl does give the reader enough information from it to be able to follow along, but to really get the feel of the series and Judi, you should start at the beginning.
Dead and Gone, sees main protagonist Judi Westerholme now the primary caregiver to her orphaned niece after the death of her brother. Trying to make ends meet, she takes on a job at the local pub, but it isn’t long before tragedy strikes again when pub owner and Judi’s friend Macca is murdered. Not willing to take a back seat while the police investigate, Judi takes it upon herself to start searching for the killer, but the deeper she digs and uncovers, the more danger she finds herself in.
I enjoyed Judi’s character. She is bold, gutsy, takes no nonsense from anyone and is a very strong female lead. Well rounded and developed, she really does carry the story on her shoulders well and I look forward to getting to know her more in future books.
I loved the setting of the book and being an Aussie girl myself and from Melbourne, it was fun to read the book with places I know well and I could visualise as the story takes place. It really was the perfect setting.
Before I wrap it up, it would be remiss of me to not acknowledging the cover art for this book. It is eye catching, atmospheric and really fits in with the tone of this story. A great job has been done by the designer here.
Dead and Gone is a classic whodunnit that is fast paced, thrilling and exciting read that will keep you glued to the pages. With a strong plot, real and relatable characters, twists and turns, an ending I didn’t see coming, that all comes together through great writing, Dead and Gone is a very enjoyable read and I look forward forward to more in the series.
Thank you to Verve Books and Sherryl Clark for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead and Gone which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.