Book Review: Dead Serious Case #1 by Vawn Cassidy

Reviewed: January 8th, 2022
Released: October 31st, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Gay Fantasy

In the business of unfinished business…

Tristan Everett had always preferred the company of the dead because they were quiet and didn’t talk back. As a slightly awkward introvert working as a pathologist at the Hackney Public Mortuary suited him just fine. That is, until a freak accident with a rogue ice cube and suddenly he can see ghosts. No longer content to just lie on the table and let him figure out how they died, they’re now peering over his shoulder critiquing his work and confessing their most lascivious sins before skipping off merrily into the afterlife. 

Just when he thought his life couldn’t get any weirder, London’s most infamous drag queen, Miz Dusty Le Frey, is wheeled in with a toe tag and she’s not prepared to go quietly into the light. Not only is she furious at the prospect of spending eternity in last season’s gold lamé, she’s determined that he help her solve her murder.

Suddenly Tristan finds himself thrown into a world of sequins and fake eyelashes, and worse still, he may have developed a bit of a crush on Scotland Yard’s brand new drool-worthy detective, Inspector Danny Hayes, who’s been assigned to Dusty’s murder. Oh, and as the icing on top of a really crappy cake, the killer now wants him dead too…

All he ever wanted was a simple life but suddenly he’s juggling work, a deliciously sexy detective, a stubborn ghost and a relentless murderer… and things have just gotten dead serious….

Helen’s thoughts: 5/5

A wonderful paranormal MM fantasy about shy and awkward pathologist called Tristan, who chokes on an icecube and is revived by the deliciously handsome Danny who turns out to be a detective newly relocated to London.

They have an instant connection and the murder of a popular drag queen, bring the two together as they investigate her death. Tristan because he can now see ghosts and Dusty (the murdered drag queen) turns up at the morgue when he’s about to perform her post mortem, and Danny because he is assigned to the murder case.

So begins a delightful tale about three memorable and engaging characters, all of which you will fall in love with. I sincerely hope there will be more books in this series, and as this is case #1, I am sure there will be.

Light hearted, laugh out loud moments and the endearingly sweet beginnings of a new romance, entwined with a murder mystery. Wonderful characters will keep you reading as you want them to find there HFN. Looking forward to reading more about these characters.

About the author:

Vawn Cassidy is the MM Romance pen name of author Wendy Saunders. She lives in Hampshire in the UK with her husband and three children. She writes Contemporary & Supernatural Fantasy as Wendy Saunders and Romance & Romantic Suspense as WJ Saunders. 

She’s a hopeless romantic and eternal optimist. When she’s not barricaded in her writing cave she’s often to be found lurking about on social media and she loves to chat about all things books and writing.

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