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In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. When a dead man walks into his office to solve the mystery of his own murder, will our hero be able to track down the hard truths that no one wants found? Along the way Zack must confront thugs, corrupt cops, ghosts, In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. When a dead man walks into his office to solve the mystery of his own murder, will our hero be able to track down the hard truths that no one wants found? Along the way Zack must confront thugs, corrupt cops, ghosts, undead mobsters, angels, devils, and his ex-wife. But he won't have to do it alone; he'll get help from his partner – a half-goblin bruiser with a secret, and a slacker street-warlock whose involvement in the case is a bit of a mystery in and of itself.


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In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. When a dead man walks into his office to solve the mystery of his own murder, will our hero be able to track down the hard truths that no one wants found? Along the way Zack must confront thugs, corrupt cops, ghosts, In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. When a dead man walks into his office to solve the mystery of his own murder, will our hero be able to track down the hard truths that no one wants found? Along the way Zack must confront thugs, corrupt cops, ghosts, undead mobsters, angels, devils, and his ex-wife. But he won't have to do it alone; he'll get help from his partner – a half-goblin bruiser with a secret, and a slacker street-warlock whose involvement in the case is a bit of a mystery in and of itself.

43 review for Monday and the Murdered Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    A good first novel and apparently the start of a series being "Book One of the Fifth World Series" (in which the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers). Actually it is not a book about baseball or Monday night football, it is a murder mystery in which the P.I. is hired by a dead man. Sounding like a movie noire, reading like a Mickey Spillane novel with perhaps a character based on a different Mickey Spillane, (yes one was a writer, the other a mobster) one is put in a somewhat mid 20th century m A good first novel and apparently the start of a series being "Book One of the Fifth World Series" (in which the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers). Actually it is not a book about baseball or Monday night football, it is a murder mystery in which the P.I. is hired by a dead man. Sounding like a movie noire, reading like a Mickey Spillane novel with perhaps a character based on a different Mickey Spillane, (yes one was a writer, the other a mobster) one is put in a somewhat mid 20th century mood while at the same time experiencing a turn of the century (20th-21st) flavor. With homage to at least one of the TV series of that time. The author skillfully blends the two genres, adding a little scene or two of erotica, into an easily read book everyone should read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John

    A fantastic murder mystery set in a wonderful new sci-fi/fantasy world. The humor is Douglas Adams meets Terry Pratchett while the twists and turns are something that Agatha Christie would be proud of! I may be effusive but I love this book. I found it because the author is my wife's cousin but I've reread it every year since I picked it up. A fantastic murder mystery set in a wonderful new sci-fi/fantasy world. The humor is Douglas Adams meets Terry Pratchett while the twists and turns are something that Agatha Christie would be proud of! I may be effusive but I love this book. I found it because the author is my wife's cousin but I've reread it every year since I picked it up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    Monday and the Murdered Man deftly melds urban fantasy with detective noir in this entertaining self published novel by Andrew Kirschbaum. Zach Monday is a private investigator whose latest client is a revenant, a man raised from the dead bent on avenging his own murder. Unusually the revenant can't remember who he is, nor the circumstances leading to his death and wants Monday to find out. Despite his distaste for his clients rotting flesh, Zach agrees to take the case only to find himself in t Monday and the Murdered Man deftly melds urban fantasy with detective noir in this entertaining self published novel by Andrew Kirschbaum. Zach Monday is a private investigator whose latest client is a revenant, a man raised from the dead bent on avenging his own murder. Unusually the revenant can't remember who he is, nor the circumstances leading to his death and wants Monday to find out. Despite his distaste for his clients rotting flesh, Zach agrees to take the case only to find himself in the midst of conspiracy, corruption, a mob war and a battle between heaven and hell. But Zachariah Monday never backs off until he has the truth, results guaranteed. The world in which Monday lives is populated by a mix of humans, goblins, faeries and a raft of other mythical creatures. It is an alternative Earth, also known as the Fifth world, where magic is as commonly used as technology. The author has created a alternative world that is inventive and interesting and he builds it naturally throughout the narrative. Germane to this novel is the war between the Goblins and Faeries that has been transformed into 'The Game' a televised event of individual fights between the two races. The death of 'Freakshow', one of 'The Game's' most popular Goblin fighters, at the hands of the Prince of Faery becomes relevant to Monday's investigation when he stumbles across a new street drug known as Passion. The plot is actually quite complex, as Monday pieces together the clues to identify his client and his murderer he is drawn into an illegal drug manufacturing ring, a mob turf war, sport fixing and the evil plans of the Duke of Sorrows. Throw in time travel, magical disguises,a touch of romance and plenty of action, and Monday and the Murdered Man is a terrific read. Monday has the air of a cynical, tough guy 'gumshoe', and his personality merges surprisingly well such a fantastical environment. Quick witted, handy with his fists and willing to take risks he doesn't back down, even against overwhelming odds. As a human surrounded by magical creatures, Monday has to be clever and resourceful, though being human doesn't exclude him from the use of magic in the form or runes, charms and packaged spells. For back up he relies on his half goblin business partner, Baxter, and an eccentric warlock, Tim. Imaginative, well written and entertaining, I really enjoyed Monday and The Murdered Man and I hope that Kirschbaum is already working on a second. If the combination of urban fantasy and detective novel appeals to you at all I urge you to take a chance on this novel - its well worth the gamble.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diana Gagliardi

    Monday is fun again! As a fan of urban fantasy as well as old style noir I found _Monday and the Murdered Man_ a near perfect combination of thugs, patsies, bosses, dames, gumshoes, magic and all the things that you hope you will find when you crack open a book. The initial premise- helpin...Read More As a fan of urban fantasy as well as old style noir I found _Monday and the Murdered Man_ a near perfect combination of thugs, patsies, bosses, dames, gumshoes, magic and all the things that you hope Monday is fun again! As a fan of urban fantasy as well as old style noir I found _Monday and the Murdered Man_ a near perfect combination of thugs, patsies, bosses, dames, gumshoes, magic and all the things that you hope you will find when you crack open a book. The initial premise- helpin...Read More As a fan of urban fantasy as well as old style noir I found _Monday and the Murdered Man_ a near perfect combination of thugs, patsies, bosses, dames, gumshoes, magic and all the things that you hope you will find when you crack open a book. The initial premise- helping a reverent (a corpse whose revival is based purely on revenge) find his own killer- leads deeper and deeper until you realise that there is so much more going on that you wish you had a notebook like Monday's to help you solve it all! Luckily for you, Zach Monday has one and looks at it frequently to keep you in the know. Set in an alternate reality where heaven and hell have played havoc with our world since the 1920s and magic can create undead mob bosses like "Frankie Golem" while Fae and Goblins fight centuries-old battles with corporate sponsership Monday, as a mere human going off of brains and grit, seems almost outclassed. Too bad for the bad guys that they thought the same and never saw Zach Monday coming! I had a great time with this book, even telling friends to go have fun without me so I could finish it, excited and in total suspense right to the very end when the Devil himself tells Monday about the 5th world (the series title). Even then, I knew that there was more story to tell. I await more tales of Mr. Monday and expect that the suspense and color will continue in (I hope!) plenty more books to come!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Lamer

    Some people think being a private detective is all about following around people who are busy cheating on their significant others. Zack Monday is not that kind of private detective. He’s the kind of man that doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty, his body beaten up, or being involved in magic that’s not exactly safe – as long as he solves the case in the end. It’s this dedication to his job that makes him the perfect private detective to solve his dead client’s murder case. Zack finds himself in Some people think being a private detective is all about following around people who are busy cheating on their significant others. Zack Monday is not that kind of private detective. He’s the kind of man that doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty, his body beaten up, or being involved in magic that’s not exactly safe – as long as he solves the case in the end. It’s this dedication to his job that makes him the perfect private detective to solve his dead client’s murder case. Zack finds himself in deep as the pieces of the case start to unfold. He has to face old enemies, risk breaking hard sought truces, and test the loyalty of his closest friends. In a world where magic and mystical creatures are as common as technology and humans, it can be difficult to tell who’s right and who’s wrong, who’s good and who’s bad. And difficult to know who, exactly, Zack is working for as the case brings him to some of the darkest places he has ever been. In Monday and the Murdered Man, Andrew Kirschbaum has woven a web of deceit, double dealing and mystery that keeps the reader guessing all the way through. He has created a world where underground battles are fought between creatures much more powerful than humans and where the lines of right and wrong are often blurred. The balance of these things directly affects the safety of humanity. It’s a good thing there are men like Zack Monday willing to put their lives on the line to make sure that balance is maintained. I thank the author for a review copy and I give the book 5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arachne8x

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fairly light-hearted pan-supernatural urban fantasy novel, the first of a series. I love the combination of first person noir patter with a supernatural setting. The Monday series certainly has a lot of meat to write about based on the descriptions of the New Jerusalem setting. The use of magic in the story is also compelling. Monday is an interesting character, gutsy and self-deprecating at the same time. Do I detect a hint of Spenser in him? Oh... I think I do. On the critical side, I would h A fairly light-hearted pan-supernatural urban fantasy novel, the first of a series. I love the combination of first person noir patter with a supernatural setting. The Monday series certainly has a lot of meat to write about based on the descriptions of the New Jerusalem setting. The use of magic in the story is also compelling. Monday is an interesting character, gutsy and self-deprecating at the same time. Do I detect a hint of Spenser in him? Oh... I think I do. On the critical side, I would have rather had solution to the mystery be something the reader could never have guessed. I think the way this ended was neat, but I wish that it had been something I could have figured out had I been on the ball enough.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Price

    A lovely little noir story set in an alternate universe with technomagic, goblins, faeries, and even the occasional extraplanar visitor. It's not quite a mystery in the traditional sense, since we don't get enough information to foresee the end, only to follow along, but what an exciting adventure to be tagging along on! I did actually snicker when I realized how he was going to get himself out of his Old City pickle. It's nice to see a protagonist who doesn't take himself too seriously and I'm A lovely little noir story set in an alternate universe with technomagic, goblins, faeries, and even the occasional extraplanar visitor. It's not quite a mystery in the traditional sense, since we don't get enough information to foresee the end, only to follow along, but what an exciting adventure to be tagging along on! I did actually snicker when I realized how he was going to get himself out of his Old City pickle. It's nice to see a protagonist who doesn't take himself too seriously and I'm looking forward to sequels.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Excellent blend of mystery and modern fantasy in which our non-magic-using private detective is hired to solve the murder of the corpse that just walked into his office. Our protagonist and his author keep us nicely grounded despite this alternate world openly including faeries, goblins, and sorcery, as well as other elements both divinely and infernally inspired. The characters are richly enough realized that I forgot that this is the first book. A great debut.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Fun little noir/pulp/fantasy detective novel. I'm looking forward to Andy's next book in the series. Fun little noir/pulp/fantasy detective novel. I'm looking forward to Andy's next book in the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carey

  11. 4 out of 5

    Renel Fredriksen

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Coyne

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lise

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theo Clarke

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul Kempley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clint Johnson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caelyn

  19. 5 out of 5

    Miss Lily

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam Kirschbaum

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lowell Gilbert

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cidney

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Wallace

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tara Scanlon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Sheena

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liz Ruifrok

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Sheena

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emillybeth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Kirschbaum

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diana Gagliardi

  31. 5 out of 5

    Jan

  32. 4 out of 5

    Meow

  33. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Weinstein

  34. 4 out of 5

    Laima

  35. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  36. 4 out of 5

    Nisaa K

  37. 4 out of 5

    Kari Lynn Mackey

  38. 5 out of 5

    Zach

  39. 5 out of 5

    Zee

  40. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  41. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  42. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  43. 4 out of 5

    GracieKat

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