The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.
by Kevin J. Anderson
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 15 Nov 2018
Kevin J Anderson has a gift for writing fantasy that leaves you laughing out loud. Services Rendered features Anderson’s renowned PI, Dan Shamble, oops Chambeaux, a zombie investigator working in the Unnatural Quarter, Sheyenne his ghostly gf/office manager, Robin Deyer a lawyer who wants justice for all monsters, and his BHF Officer Toby McGoohan - placed in the unnatural quarter for his unfortunate sense of humor. The cases they face range from the serious to the absurd, and each and every one is entertaining. From a gorgon who wants to participate in a beauty pageant, to a headless man who believes his head was stolen; from a missing Mayan wish turkey to a newt with a stolen eye, there is no zombie investigator more suited to the case than Dan Shamble, I mean Shambeaux.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Services Rendered from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. This anthology is a collection of stories reprinted from various science fiction and fantasy magazines.
Back from the dead, and back on the case! Dan Chambeaux was a human private investigator in the Unnatural Quarter, where all the monsters have gathered in hopes of finding normal lives. Even though he was killed in a back alley when a case went sour, Dan “Shamble” is still on the case. Even death won’t keep a good detective down. Now, teamed up with his partner Robin Deyer, a bleeding-heart human lawyer who wants justice for all monsters, his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, and his BHF (Best Human Friend) Officer Toby McGoohan, Shamble solves a host of bizarre mysteries involving Mayan sacrificial Christmas turkeys, a headless man who is sure his head has been kidnapped, a book collector who finds deadly curses instead of valuable autographs, a medusa who battles stringent beauty contest rules, a vengeful poltergeist who won’t obey a restraining order, an infernal monster cooking contest, and more! In these nine cases—two original to this collection!—Dan Shamble puts the P.I. back into R.I.P.