Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold – Review

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: September 22nd 2020 
Pages: 448
My Rating: 4.5/5

Fetch Philips has nothing left to believe in. Which is why he’s surprised when the people of Sunder City start to believe in him…

Rumour has it that Fetch is the only one who can bring magic back into the world. So when a man is murdered in a way that can only be explained as magical, Fetch is brought in on the case. A case which just might unearth things best left buried…

This is the second book in The Fetch Phillips Archives Series, and I have to say I like it more than the first one. In the beginning, I wasn’t quite sure. It looked like it would be very similar to the first one and it was in some ways but it was also quite different. Here is my review.

Things that I liked:

  • As with the first one the book was nicely written. The writing is nice and easy and the pace of the story very well done.
  • We get to know more about Fetch and his relationship with Amari, the love of his life, but also with his former mentor, Hendricks. It was nice to see how their relationship started and develop, and it helped make us feel Fetch’s pain instead of being constantly told.
  • Now here is the big difference with the first one. The first book felt like a nice detective story, where a depressed detective solves a mystery. In this one, though despite the fact that the beginning of the books feels like a new episode of the “depressed detective solves crime”, the book changes course a little and the stake when higher, and I really like that. It felt a little more adventures, and we even got a battle towards the end.
  • But the bit that I enjoyed the most was the morally grey topics. We have so many instances where characters actions are so grey, and you can see the right and the wrong in their action and their thought and yet. For me, it was impossible to say “he is wrong, and he is right”, and I enjoyed been torn and questioning together with Fetch the events and characters actions. That was very well done.
  • The cliffhanger and the end, although it had been foreshadowed over and over, it left things off on a note that promises a great third book.

Things I didn’t like

  • Fetch’s self-pity started to get old. Every time something happens we spend a couple of paragraphs in his head where he keeps telling us that everything that is happening is his fault and that everybody hates him and there are right, and he wished that he could fix the wrong he has done and how everyone is doomed. OK, we get it from the first book, you did something terrible, you are sorry and depressed and rightfully so but do we really need to go over that every two pages?
  • Some important events were predictable and a little cliché. I wish we had a twist or that it was executed in a way that we haven’t seen before. But not some things were textbook trips.

There you have it. I really enjoyed this second book and I’m really looking for the next one.

What about you guys? Have you read it? What were your thoughts?

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