Review: Walking Dead by C. E. Murphy ★★★★

Walking Dead by C. E. Murphy
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book four in the Walker Papers series
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
ISBN: 037380301X
Page Count: 384
My Rating: ★★★★

Summary
SEATTLE'S A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE...IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE UNDEAD.

For once, Joanne Walker's not out to save the world. She's come to terms with the host of shamanic powers she's been given, her job as a police detective has been relatively calm, and she's got a love life for the first time in memory. Not bad for a woman who started out the year mostly dead.

But it's Halloween, and the undead have just crashed Joanne's party.

Now, with her mentor Coyote still missing, she has to figure out how to break the spell that has let the ghosts, zombies and even the Wild Hunt come back. Unfortunately, there's no shamanic handbook explaining how to deal with the walking dead. And if they have anything to say about it -- which they do -- no one's getting out of there alive.


REVIEW


Another exciting, action-packed story from C. E. Murphy. I'd say overall I enjoyed it just as much as the previous one. It had a strong mystery plot once again and Joanne is getting increasingly better at handling her many different abilities when put to the test. Even without the help of her mentor, Coyote, who is still M.I.A.

I did have an issue with one small aspect of it, though. My little niggle was that, in between this book and the last book, it seems Joanne has started a relationship of some kind with one of the secondary characters. This bothered me, not because of who the guy is - I like him just fine - and not because it's not the one we've been getting hints and clues about - I can wait, I am patient like a spider - but because it happened IN BETWEEN books. I hate that! When you come to read the next book in a series only to find out that rather significant things have happened to your lead character in the weeks or months between stories that you don't get to "see". It just doesn't make sense to me to have something as important as a new love interest begin without us being privy to it. This led to me having to try and work out for myself how important he is to her - are they just "dating"? Are they in a sexual relationship? How much am I supposed to care about him? I still don't know the answer to these questions which I find annoying to the nth degree.

Anyway, I got over it. And on the plus side, it did at least serve as a warning to certain other parties that Joanne won't stay on the shelf forever!

The main plot this time revolved around the time of Halloween and had zombies! How cool is that? It also saw the reappearance of "The Hunt" from the first book as it's the time of year that they have to Ride, and that was enjoyable too.

I'm still enjoying the relationship Jo has with the adorable septuagenarian Gary, the cabbie. He's like the father-figure she no longer has. And even though there was obviously no progress on the Morrison-as-love-interest front because of the new guy, what was good was that he at least now has no choice but to believe in Joanne's shamanic abilities, as he definitely gets sufficient proof in this one!

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