DEAD IS BEAUTIFUL finds Rose leading Charlie from the peace of the afterlife to the place he hates most on earth, “Beverly Fucking Hills,” where a mature, protected tree harboring a protected bird is being illegally cut down.
The tree-assault leads Charlie and Rose to a to murder and to the person Charlie loathes most in life and in death, the sibling he refers to only as “his shit brother,” who is in danger.
Charlie fights-across the borders of life and death–for the man who never fought for him, and with the help of a fearless Scotsman, a beautiful witch, and a pissed-off owl, Charlie must stop a cruel and exploitative scheme and protect his beloved Rose.
Dead is Beautiful was published by Fahrenheit 13 in paperback and ebook formats on 13th February 2019. Many thanks to the publishers for my copy of the ebook for this review.
Dead Is Beautiful is the fourth book in Jo Perry’s series about Charlie and Rose – both are dead with Charlie being accompanied by Rose the dog in the afterlife. A unique premise to a book I’m sure you’ll agree 🙂
If you are coming to this series as a new reader then Dead is Beautiful is best read after the first in the series, Dead is Better as it gives the full background as to what brought Charlie and Rose together. It also gives some background on one of the main players in this book, Charlie’s ‘shit brother’.
Rose takes Charlie to the one place he absolutely despises, Beverley Hills where they find a protected tree being killed and hacked to the ground along with the owl who lives inside of it. It turns out that the tree is part of a development of expensive, high-end properties. Also, Charlie and Rose witness the murder and become involved in finding out who the perpetrators ar. This is the catalyst for a chain of events that Charlie could never have predicted, having to protect Rose and also in ‘contact’ with his ‘shit brother’ who Charlie still despises, even after death.
Dead is Beautiful is a dark novel into the world of those who inhabit Beverley Hills interspersed with a lot of dark humour through Charlie’s observations of what’s happening around him. The author’s writing is on-point and brings Charlie and Rose to life from the page (of the irony seen as they are dead characters!!). I found it frustrating that Rose couldn’t tell Charlie what she wanted/where she wanted him to go and why (she is a dog after all!!) so I can only imagine Charlie’s frustration knowing that she’s trying to tell him something but he’s got to work it out for himself!
An intriguing and unique series – I implore you not to fall in love with Rose and bond with Charlie!
Jo Perry earned a Ph.D. in English, taught college literature and writing, produced and wrote episodic television, and published articles, book reviews, and poetry.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist Thomas Perry. They have two adult children. Their two dogs are rescues.
Jo is the author of DEAD IS BETTER, DEAD IS BEST, DEAD IS GOOD, and DEAD IS BEAUTIFUL, a dark, comic mystery series from Fahrenheit Press.