Book Genre: Fantasy, Humor, Paranormal
Book Series: Grim Reaper #2
Released: 8/25/15 by William Morrow
Pages: 335 Price: $26.99 Hardcover
Buy the Book: Amazon Secondhand Souls: A Novel
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.
In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing—and you know that can’t be good—in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore’s delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall “meat” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.
To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind…
Earlier this year I listed to the first book in this short series, A Dirty Job, and quite liked it. Decided to put book two on my wish list at my library and this week it became available. I was a bit hesitant when starting this book as a good chunk of the reviews are less than favorable over on Goodreads. Since I needed something to listen to while working on a project and this book looking the most promising of those available to me I decided to give it a shot.
I’m glad I did because I thought it was a charming little story. Most of the characters I loved in the first book were back and we got to deal with the leftover issue of what happen to Charlie. It is the characters that make this world for me. Their quirkiness, the foul language, and even the stereotypes have grown on me. Again there was a pleasant mix of humor, drama, and mystery to keep me listening. In fact, this is perhaps one of the fastest listens I have experienced with an audiobook. Partially due to its length but mostly due to the story kept me coming back.
Only having read/listened to two of this author’s books I can not say if this is typical of his style or not. If it is, though, I can tell there are plenty of good books waiting for me to make time for them. The style is a little quirky and way snarky in dialog but a whole lot of fun. Not a lot I can find fault with in this one. Maybe a little heavy-handed with the language at times, definitely not safe for work or children of any age. I liked it but didn’t love it so it gets the same rating as the first book in the series. This one feels like a finally but if another shows up in this world I will make room for it on my to-read shelf.
My Rating: 4 Stars