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Summary

For Jake Fletcher, the end was just the beginning. Cursed to wander the streets of London as a ghost, the only way he can earn his spot in the afterlife is to atone for his mortal sins. And so, he becomes a spectral detective - a phantom PI who helps restless spirits depart the earthly plane by bringing their killers to justice. 

When a mutilated body is discovered with wounds matching the first victim of Jack the Ripper, the police realize that they have a copycat killer on their hands, and Jake sees an opportunity to even out his balance sheet.

But while he’s busy chasing down the killer, someone from Jake’s old life resurfaces. Someone who wants to make use of his talents in a way that definitely won’t curry favor with him upstairs.

Coerced into doing his bidding, Jake must maintain a delicate balancing act as he figures out a way to turn the tide on his blackmailer, while at the same time stopping the copycat from attaining the Ripper’s “canonical five” kills.

Will Jake earn his just reward, or will he topple even deeper into the twilight world between life and death?

Mystery, macabre, and caustic wit collide in this bizarre noir. Fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Mike Carey, and Benedict Jacka will love this thrilling detective story with a paranormal twist.

©2019 David Bussell & M.V. Stott (P)2020 David Bussell & M.V. Stott

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Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Learning to love yourself’

No real spoilers in this review!!
Fantastic fantasy again from the Uncanny Kingdom gang with a book so good I’ve listened to it 3x before I remembered to write a review.
Gotta be honest, the reader is kinda crappy at some of the accents (sorry, but it’s true although your ‘femme fatale’ is spot on) but that doesn’t detract at all from the story, in some ways it makes it more fun to listen to just so you can groan or laugh appropriately when the terrible accents pop up...

To get the best out of the Uncanny Kingdom you really want to listen all of the crossover books as well, or you could listen to ‘em just for the h*ll of it either way this book has it all... a dashing Dashiell Hammet detective (aka Jake the ghost) a hot femme fatale (on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s the rest of the time she’s a he... or is she?...) a stalwart officer of the law (whose a bit Stronge) and last but not least man’s best friend (his own zombie, everyone should have one!)
It’s Jake and Frankenjake (or just Frank if you like) a ghost and his zombified body (reunited and it feels so good) hanging out, burning down buildings, stopping the bad guys and saving the day. Enjoy 😉
One last thing... gotta say it... just can’t resist... ‘Braiiiinnnssssss...’

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Fabulous more Jake 🙂

I received this free and I am leaving this review voluntarily .

Great start to Jake Fletchers new escapades can’t wait to listen to more in the series.

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“If it’s stupid but it works, it ain’t stupid”

Really great book! Great pretence and great characters all wrapped up in a great story that definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously with a ton of wise cracking. I love his use of “breaking the fourth wall” style.
This book definitely takes a slightly darker turn than the previous books and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next books have in store!
Great narration that perfectly suits this style of writing. Great pacing and character voices to boot!
All in all… Great! ;)
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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brilliant tale

really enjoyed the ups and downs. getting to know jake and watching his character develop was enjoyable. I look forward to following his adventures in the future.

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Great listen

Was dubious about this book.but I was really pleasantly surprised I'm kinda hooked. Give it a go its worth it

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Great

Mark Restuccia made this book a easy and a joy to listen to. He made the listening easy on the ears Wow this book has it all , action, suspense and mystery oh yes humour. This book is action packed ,so sit back and enjoy. The characters are well written and you will like fall for them. Oh yes we have Zombies, ghosts and serial killer, told you , it has everything.

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⭐⭐ Absolutely Brilliant ⭐⭐

I loved this story very different very well written the Zombie element was brilliant great characters / funny / action / ghosts demon serial killer this had it all. narrator was Excellent. Fabulous job guys can't wait for the next installment
AAA++++ 😁👍

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Best book I've read in a long, long time.

Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was provided by the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

Within the first 5 minutes of starting this book, I was gripped. From the cocky protagonist, the wonderfully descriptive writing style to the perfectly chosen narrator, this was clearly something special.

What happened next was I arranged Friday off work and spent the entire day and half of Saturday with headphones on to finish the story as I simply could.not.stop.

This is the tale of Jake Fletcher, Private Detective and a ghost to boot,working alongside a thoroughly interesting cast of characters to stop a copy-cat Jack the Ripper while juggling incursions from various other sources, both human and other.

Being a ghost, Jake has some particular skills and abilities beyond the mundane as well as a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the supernatural but at no point was this used to try and emulate similar characters such as Harry Dresden or Quincy Harker and the story and setting is fantastically original in pacing and style.

As a Brit, the wordplay and cockiness was brilliant and more than once I was given a bemused look by others as I chuckled, cackled or outright roared with laughter but this by no means a comedy tale and more than one I was beset by gasps and grimaces. The story maintains a perfect balance between the dark and the light, the danger and the comedy and even throws in a beautiful piece of fourth-wall breaking which really had me laughing. All this would of course fall flat if not for the amazing narration provided by Mark Restuccia who seems born to have played Jake as I can imagine no other voice for him.

Throughout the story there seeds dropped suggesting history between characters which was never really expanded upon but I now realise that there has been a series of books prior to this one and soI hope to get the opportunity to experience and review these in the future as this was truly a magnificent tale.

There are so many parts I want to talk about, from the shock I experienced at the end of Chapter 1 and the hilarious trick played by a certain shape-shifter later in the book but to do so would do you a disservice as the book really is just so clever it has to be experienced spoiler-free.

So do yourself a favour and buy this book, it really is one of the best I've read in a long long time.

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Amazing!


This is my first book by the author, I was gifted and audiobook code and no review was expected of me. But I ended up enjoying so much that I had to came here and leave my peace.

This novel is a mix of action, mystery, suspense and a dash of dark humor. I understand this story could be read as a standalone and it's part of a series, and the worldbuilding is great, I didn't feel lost in any moment. The characters are likable, I adored Frank with all my heart, can't wait to see more of him! But not just him, all side characters are bi-dimensional with a lot of depth.

The only thing I didn't like much was the pace. It's action packed yes, but sometimes it dragged with not much of plot happening.

I knew of Mark Restuccia as another pen name and this is by far his best performance. I always had a tough time understanding him (non native speaker), but this story was easy enough to follow so I had no trouble at all. He is an amazing voice actor.

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Brilliant

only just started listening this series can't wait for more would recommend if you are paranormal fan

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  • 14-07-21

some zombies are good

I love Fletcher's snark , but most of all I liked the glimpses of heart and compassion starting with Frank and Fletcher's favorite meat suit. I found Shift to be an intriguing addition to the story. What an epic wrap up!! The double cross was icingon the cake. Looking forward to more. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters and story to life.

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  • trufriends
  • 17-02-21

just couldn't

I just couldn't get into this book like I did other books in the same world.

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  • R K
  • 21-01-21

Paranormal Investigating book-Ghosts and a Zombie

The book is has two parallel plot lines running through it of the case Jack Fletcher is helping the Police solve even though he is a ghost and can only be seen by one person on the force. He is also working on a case for the local crime boss even though he did not want to due to coercion. He is working on the two cases with the assistance of other paranormal 'people' and some humans.

You need to pay attention to the plot line to keep the two investigations straight and understand who is assisting with the investigation and who is working against Fletcher. I enjoyed the book and found the book believable in the realm of other paranormal works - not the same thing once again but realistic in this genre. Looking forward to Book 2 in the Fletcher and Fletcher Series.

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  • Fairycrystal
  • 27-07-20

Excellent Beginning To A New Series

Necessary Evil is Book 1 of the Fletcher & Fletcher, Paranormal Investigators series by David Bussell. This is a well written story with exceptional characters. Jake Fletcher, Spectral Detective, is a ghost who must deal with his resurrected zombie body as well as help the police with a Ripper copy cat case. David Bussell has created a unique story filled with fast paced, action packed, page turning adventure that at times the British humor will have you laughing out loud. I loved this story and am looking forward to the next in series. Do yourself a favor and read this series as you won't be sorry you did. I also had the pleasure to listen to the audio book. Mark Restuccia is an awesome narrator. His performance brought this story to life.

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  • Monique Olivier
  • 14-05-20

A spectral detective and a zombie walks into a bar...

I really enjoyed this book, it is such an amazing instalment to the Uncanny Kingdom. I really liked getting to know FrankenJake, too, and still feel for poor Jake — the original spectral detective. I liked the other characters, some I knew from before (hi, Jazz hands!) but I loved Shift. The narrator was good, too. All round greatness.

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  • richard joesten
  • 24-04-20

Necessary Evil

This is a fast paced and action packed read that has great humor in it. The Narrator brings out the characters so well. And the Author has brought a fantastic read to life that once you start listening you won't want to put it down. It's a great Audio
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  • S. Christenson
  • 23-04-20

Always a pleasure

Yet another feast for the ears! Narrator Mark Restuccia does an incredible job delivering the snarky, the dry, the sassy, the waspish, just as facilely as the not-firing-on-all-cylinders, shall I say? He’s quite adroit. But in order to be that good he’s got to have clever material & that is why I adore anything set in Other London or really anywhere in the Uncanny Kingdom.

There are some series that have that je ne s’ais quoi that leads you from one story to the next, one web of characters to others, seamlessly. They make it so interesting, cause you to become so invested, or are just so madcap & adventure filled that you trip along behind them merrily. These are those kinds of series. Buy them a few at a time, though, because you’ll want to just keep going.

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  • txdoc
  • 22-04-20

Quintessential urban fantasy!

Ghosts, zombies, demons, magic-wielders, fairies and so much more coming at you in this imaginative, action-packed, always fun, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny story about Jake Fletcher (a ghost) and his newly animated remains (yes, his zombie self). As it turns out, life does not get any easier or less complicated after you die – just ask Jake. As Jake, a spectral detective, is forced into working on two different cases each with lives on the line, the pressure builds, risks are taken, and danger lurks around every corner. If you enjoy a good mystery, snarky British humor, and outrageous paranormal chaos, this story will check all the boxes. Clear a little time for this book as it is really hard to put down and it just keeps drawing you in deeper with each chapter. I chose to read along while listening to the audiobook and I must comment on what a perfect choice Mark Restuccia was for the narrator. His performance was outstanding. Highly recommended for all urban fantasy enthusiasts. Brace for a totally epic ride!

While I did purchase a copy of this book, I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author and I am voluntarily offering my honest and unbiased review.