Adam Simcox: The Dying Squad (review)

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When Detective Inspector Joe Lazarus storms a Lincolnshire farmhouse, he expects to bring down a notorious drug gang; instead, he discovers his own dead body and a spirit guide called Daisy-May.

She’s there to enlist him to the Dying Squad, a spectral police force made up of the recently deceased. Joe soon realises there are fates far worse than death. To escape being stuck in purgatory, he must solve his own murder. A task made all the more impossible when his memories start to fade.

Reluctantly partnering with Daisy-May, Joe faces dangers from both the living and the dead in the quest to find his killer – before they kill again.

As 2021 sees me continue down the path of “books i would not normally read”, … I review The Dying Squad a debut supernatural thriller (i love a debut).
The book begins at the end… sort of!
Joe Lazarus is dead and he soon finds out that death is not the end, Up , down or Purgatory… and Purgatory needs some policing…. perfect for a Star detective from Lincolnshire police, things are going wrong and its getting a bit odd on the death side of things!
Once Daisy-May his new (dead) partner explains that he is dead and convinces him of it, and then next the rules of being dead, EG: the fact that the more time he spends “Soil Side” ie on this plane of existence, the faster a persons memory rots and goes.. with the risk of being left a mindless shell. As it is neither Joe or Daisy know how they died, and solving those riddles is their mission and could help them pass on upwards… 
The imagination behind this story is brilliant, although when I read the blurb about the book being set in Lincolnshire (next county over from me) I had hoped to see lots of places I would recognize (the lack for me was a bit disappointing) , but the plot was dark, twisted and yet heart warming and funny. Daisy- May is a wonderful character and hopefully we will get to see more of her and Joe in future books about the dying squad…. I cant say too much more about the plot except, its not what I expected, it was so much more in the end. telling you anything else would risk spoilers. Just know that in the same way that Rivers of London was the start of something wonderful, this is too.
Well Recommended



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