I’ll be honest. This one wasn’t quite as good as #6 for me but it was still a great installment in this urban fantasy series. Harry continues to be challenged not only by the bad guys but even by those that should be on his side. We learn more about the White Council and the Wardens who enforce magical law. It is going to be interesting to see the end game for each of these groups. I think we may be surprised.
One of the things that I felt was weaker in Dead Beat was the overall story. It starts with Mavra threatening Murphy if Harry doesn’t get a book for her. This turns into 90% of the book showing Harry fight against the followers of Kemmler (an evil necromancer) who also want the book. For the first time I felt that there was just too much thrown in. Fae mythology, vamps, necromancers, wizards, etc. Sometimes UF series can become bogged down when the story includes everything and the kitchen sink from the supernatural world.
The best part of Dead Beat was the inclusion of Butters (Polka will never die!) and seeing more of Thomas in action. There were scenes where I (and Harry) hoped Michael or another one of his strong allies would step in and help. No such luck. Harry received most of his help from the mild-mannered medical examiner and a dinosaur (long story, you’ll see, it actually does make sense.)
Overall a solid installment. 4.5/5 stars. It’s always a good sign when you can’t wait to start the next one.