{Giveaway!} Review: No Rest for The Dead: A Novel by 26 Writers

“I enjoy puzzles. Trying to write a chapter in this novel without really knowing what had already happened and what would happen later was certainly like a puzzle. I decided to be a little perverse. I asked myself what would happen if my chapter turned everything around?” —R.L. Stine
“It’s said that organizing writers is like herding cats, and one fears for the man or woman who tries. I wrote my chapter and, as a novelist is advised to do in Hollywood, threw the manuscript over the e-fence and ran in the opposite direction. Imagine my delight – the inimitable Andrew Gulli has not only brought together a world atlas of writers but in the process has created a world-class mystery. It’s been a pleasure. And the rest of us didn’t even have to break a sweat.” —Gayle Lynds
“I think for me the most exciting part of being involved in this project was to be in the company of so many fine writers–not only because I’ve admired their work for years but because it gave me an insight into the different techniques they employed and their approach to the craft of writing fiction. Normally I’m not an author who “plays well with others,” but it was exhilarating to be part of a team working together in such harmony, all for the benefit of our readers.” —Jeffery Deaver

No Rest for The Dead: A Novel by 26 Writers
Hardcover, 272 pages
Touchstone (July 5, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1451607376
Editor’s proceeds to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Review copy provided by the publisher, thank you!
Burton Book Review Rating:Four Stars

When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. With the help of the dead woman’s friend, he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth, suspect by suspect. Solving this case may be Nunn’s last chance for redemption … but the shadowy forces behind Christopher’s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever.

In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty-five bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only America’s very best authors could achieve.

Written by some of the mystery genre’s most noted writers, No Rest for The Dead is a clever collaboration that is intriguing, engrossing and suspenseful. The concept of the many authors was the first thing that hooked me, but the storyline that followed was a feat in itself. I am rarely stumped during formulaic mystery novels, but this one kept me guessing.

The story begins as Rosemary is executed, and then we go back in time to see how we get to that point. We figure out early on that Rosemary was framed for murdering her husband, but with the large cast of characters we could never really figure out who was who. This presented a minor drawback, as the character pool was so large I started to get confused, but that also kept the suspect pool large and therefore my curiosity remained peaked.

With the many different authors we are also presented with many different angles, some first person and some third person, of several of the characters. There was the detective who became washed out has been because of Rosemary’s case, and several of the museum employees where the victim, Christopher Thomas had worked. Family members and art aficionados complete the cast and we are in for a ride as we are presented with one plot twist after the other.

As for the writing, you always felt the transition between the authors as each writer flowed to the next, and some chapters were better than others. There were some that I didn’t like the feel of the writing, but I knew soon enough that I would be rewarded with a new chapter and a new writer. For mystery lovers, this is a win-win: twenty-six authors all packed into one entertaining novel. Plus, the editorial team is donating their portion of the proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is another win-win.

Authors include Sandra Brown, Jeffrey Deaver, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Palmer, R.L. Stine and Alexander McCall Smith. Watch the video embedded above for a fun look at them.

And for an extra special treat, there are two copies of this book up for grabs! Leave a comment here telling me your email address, and you are entered! Offer open to USA only and ends 8/16/11.

And a note to my regular readers, I will now resume regular programming with historical fiction very soon..



Filed under 2011 Releases, 2011 Reviews, Mystery

17 responses to “{Giveaway!} Review: No Rest for The Dead: A Novel by 26 Writers

  1. Yum!!!What a fun book!!!

  2. This book sounds so cool- thanks for the giveaway!Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

  3. Wow! This whole idea is so awesome. As an avid mystery lover of old (Nancy Drew anyone?), the whole idea of 26 authors writing a chapter each, tickles me. It's also so fabulous that the proceeds are going to Leukemia & Lymphoma research. What a wonderful idea. (\___/) (='.'=) (")_(")alterlisa AT yahoo DOT comhttp://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

  4. Love to read most of the included authors. This sounds like an interesting concept.tmrtini@gmail.com

  5. It does sound like an interesting concept.Thanks.kaiminani at gmail dot com

  6. I would love to be entered!! My email is dreyshouse at gmail dot com. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  7. I have been reading a lot of reviews on this book and I want to read it!!!Thanks for the review Marie…momkelly2003(at)yahoo(dot)comI shared with Share This..

  8. What a wonderful idea. It sounds like it will be an enjoyable read. I have read books that were basically anthologies by 3 or 4 authors with each story part of the story arc with the mystery being solved at the end. None have involved so many authors or alternated chapters. With this wonderful talent pool it should be a good mystery read. I will be looking for it.I'm glad you presented this for us even if it isn't an historical read.librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  9. Oh please enter me. I love the site. Got some great books over here!Charliebitsyblingbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I haven't heard of this book. How fun! Thanks :)sstogner1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. One story that's a compilation of 26 authors….how intriguing. I'd love to read it. Thanks.nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  12. Sounds like a great story. I just love mysteries. Please enter me. Thanks!ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  13. Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for the chance!nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  14. Diana Gabaldon! R.L. Stine! Sandra Brown! Oh this book is a reader's dream come true!!!greeneyesredhair@gmail.com

  15. I'd love to read this! I'm a big fan of mystery stories. Thank you for the giveaway!mittens0831 at aol dot com


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