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Dead Man in a Ditch (The Fetch Phillips Archives #2) by Luke Arnold – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  24 September 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 448

Publisher: Orbit

Source:  Hachette Australia


Fetch Philips has nothing left to believe in. Which is why he’s surprised when the people of Sunder City start to believe in him…

Rumour has it that Fetch is only one who can bring magic back into the world. So when a man is murdered in a way that can only be explained as magical, Fetch is brought in on the case. A case which just might unearth things best left buried…



Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of Dead Man in a Ditch in exchange for an honest review!

I absolutely loved The Last Man in Sunder City and was over the moon to receive the ARC for the second book! Luke Arnold proves again that he can spins a tale like no other, and the brilliance of his first book was no fluke. The snarky, self depreciating wit in these books speaks to my very soul.

Dead Man in a Ditch picks up where the first book left off. Fetch is still making his way (barely) in the grimey, violent city of Sunder as a Man for Hire. When he’s unofficially ‘hired’ by the police, to find out what brought a certain man to a sticky end, it looks like magic. But it can’t be magic. Because magic has gone and it’s never coming back, right?

I loved the introduction of some truly fascinating new characters this time and, of course, the insane scrapes Fetch manages to get in to.  The sheer number of different magical creatures (well, non magical, once the magic disappeared) that appear in these books is brilliant. They all have their own unique culture and unique problems that have arisen since their magic up and left them. Some of them are even quite relatable, which means Fetch wasn’t the only character I found myself sympathizing with.

With some modern day debacles and lessons cleverly woven in to the plot, Dead Man in a Ditch has me laughing, crying and absolutely glued to the page.  This style of modern, urban fantasy is fast becoming a favourite of mine!

If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend you pick up the first book ASAP!

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