Dead Man in a Ditch Review

  • Author: Luke Arnold
  • Series: The Fetch Phillips Archives #2
  • No. of pages: 464
  • Dates read: 06.09.20 – 11.09.20
  • Star Rating: 4
  • Challenge: ONTD Challenge for September
  • ARC published by Little Brown Book Group/Orbit Books

Plot: The name’s Fetch Phillips — what do you need? Cover a Gnome with a crossbow while he does a dodgy deal? Sure. Find out who killed Lance Niles, the big-shot businessman who just arrived in town? I’ll give it shot. Help an old-lady Elf track down her husband’s murderer? That’s right up my alley. What I don’t do, because it’s impossible, is search for a way to bring the goddamn magic back. Rumors got out about what happened with the Professor, so now people keep asking me to fix the world. But there’s no magic in this story. Just dead friends, twisted miracles, and a secret machine made to deliver a single shot of murder.

Thank you to Little Brown Book Group/Orbit Books and Netgalley for letting me read this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I really enjoyed the first book which I read earlier this year and I was anxious going into this as the series had so much potential but I did not expect to love this as much as I did!

Going into this book I expected to feel very much the same as I did with the first novel. Satisfied by the conclusion of the story but not this time. I need more! The ending left me with the need to read on and the need to know more!

First of all, this book is such an easy read, the writing feels really accessible and I got back into the book and the world really easily.

One of the things that I enjoyed last time that translated to this book as well was learning in more ways how the world was affected by the magic disappearing and also how people have been adapting to the new world.

I enjoyed that still got to learn more about Fetch’s past, it wasn’t just restricted to the first book as I initially thought. I also think more than ever Fetch’s past had more importance in this book as well. Fetch as a whole was a lot more likeable, one of my critiques from the last book was I wasn’t fully sold on his inner narration but I really enjoyed it this time round.

This book definitely packed more of a punch emotionally. Just to the extent of how much the world is affected by the magic being gone and the extremes people will take to feel like themselves again.

I will definitely be reading the next book of the series.

The next book I will be reviewing is The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. I am super nervous going into this one as its the final book of the trilogy and I gave the last book 5 stars. Let’s hope its worth the hype I have seen.

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