Dead & Busy Episode 1
by Kfir Luzzatto
Genre: Humorous Noir, Supernatural Mystery
It is sort of annoying having dead people dropping by at all hours...
A paranormal detective like Dave Callaghan has already seen everything, but he never expected to find a presumed dead mobster drinking scotch in his armchair. He is definitely unhappy when he (it?) engages him to find out who shot him. But the worse is yet to come; Dave’s girlfriend gets involved and the real trouble begins.
Episode 1 of the DEAD & BUSY series will keep you laughing to the (bitter) end.
"Dave Callaghan is not here to bring you profound, life-changing thoughts; only quick, unadulterated fun."
Dead & Busy Episode 2
A SEXY ECTOPLASMIC HOOKER
Why Do All These Deadies Keep Flocking Around Dave?
"It was bad enough, I can assure you, finding a half-naked ectoplasm sitting at my desk, but she had to talk nonsense too . . ."
Dave Callaghan is used to having ghosts drop by uninvited at all hours. But this time he is in for a new experience, and you must get ready for a good laugh!
Episode 2 of the DEAD & BUSY series - the one with the hooker.
Dead & Busy Episode 3
TALKING MICE ON YOUR BED
A Mouse That Keeps Reciting Poetry to You, Is a Pest
When white mice plague a short-tempered mobster, he hires Dave Callaghan to find out where they are coming from. The mobster wants to know why the mice wake him up in the middle of the night to recite "Mary had a little lamb" to him.
Dave is used to dealing with ghosts of every description, but this time he is facing a complex conspiracy that involves the government and a lascivious ghost.
Episode 3 of the DEAD & BUSY series - the one with the Aussie ghost sailor.
Dead & Busy Book 4
HOW TO ELOPE WITH A GHOST
In Which the Accountant Disappears With the Bank Codes
What can be more maddening for a businessman, than to have his trusted accountant disappear with all the bank access codes? Well, discovering that he has eloped with the ghost of a prostitute surely makes it worse.
The need to walk into a ghostly brothel doesn't put Dave off. He even befriends one of the girls there and fun is had by all.
Episode 4 of the DEAD & BUSY series - the one with the little ghostly whorehouse.
Episode 1: Accidental Lazzarus
Dave Callaghan was a paranormal detective. In a nutshell, he can see dead people. Sometimes he couldn’t be sure if it was a gift or a curse. In this episode, Dave gets hired by a dead mobster, who wants to find his killer so that he can get even. Of course, the worst thing a ghost could do was interfere in his own murder; but how in the hell did he end up going to museums with Dave’s girlfriend?
Although it’s a quick read, the mystery was not as progressive. The whole thing mostly consisted of Dave bickering with Stupid Joe (the dead mobster.)
My rating: 3 stars
Episode 2: Phantom Lover
A wealthy woman requests Dave’s help concerning her husband’s affair. Turns out that her husband was seeing a ghost. An affair with a ghost? Obviously, I’m not sure how that would go, but, according to the woman, the ghost was sucking the life out of him (literally.)
But then moments later, that ghost (who makes her death as a hooker) comes to Dave stating that she’s being framed. A ghost being framed? Oh, that’s rich!
This was a quirky case.
My rating: 4 stars
Episode 3: Mice
Can Dave talk to mice now? Just when I thought I had his story figured out, he surprises you with something else. This case was a bit puzzling. I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as the previous episodes, but it still has that zany wit.
My rating: 3 stars
Episode 4: The Accountant
A case of a missing accountant. Well, what did the woman with the slit throat have to do with it?
These episodes are quick paranormal mysteries filled with strangeness and wit; however, you can’t always figure out what’s going on in some cases. Dave is a great investigator and readers will surely enjoy reading about his exploits.
My rating: 3 stars
Kfir Luzzatto is the author of eight novels, several short stories and six non-fiction books. Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier, a voracious reader, and a prolific writer. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. In pursuit of his interest in the mind-body connection, Kfir was certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis.
Kfir is an HWA (Horror Writers Association) and ITW (International Thriller Writers) member.
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