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Don DeBrandt

Author of Dying Bites

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Works by Don DeBrandt

Dying Bites (2009) 536 copies
Death Blows (2010) 296 copies
Killing Rocks (2010) 207 copies
Better Off Undead (2011) 164 copies
Back from the Undead (2012) — Author — 140 copies
Shakedown (2000) 136 copies
A Taste Fur Murder (2014) 97 copies
Undead to the World (2012) 92 copies
Cult Following (2006) 82 copies
Riptide (CSI: Miami) (2006) 71 copies
Heart Attack (2007) 66 copies
Cut and Run (CSI: Miami) (2008) 56 copies
Timberjak (1999) 54 copies
To Die Fur (1708) 51 copies
The Killing Jar (CSI) (2009) 49 copies
The Quicksilver Screen (1992) 49 copies
The Closer (2004) 47 copies
Steeldriver (1998) 42 copies
V. I.: Viral Intelligence (2000) 40 copies
A Deadly Tail (2016) 36 copies
Marked Fur Murder (2015) 32 copies
Dark Sundays (2010) 27 copies
The Man Burns Tonight (2005) 15 copies
Purrfectly Dead (2021) 11 copies
Remote (2011) 4 copies
CSI zwarte zondagen (2011) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
DeBrandt, Don
Legal name
DeBrandt, Don H.
Other names
Barant, D. D.
Cortez, Donn
Lyle, Dixie
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Places of residence
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Short biography
DD Barant is a pseudonym used by an author with more than one pseudonym. See the Official Blog link above.



StarKnits | 12 other reviews | Jul 24, 2023 |
Fun little CSI novel, not sure if it was based on an episode or not, but if so, I didn't see it. Although it did follow the plot of the series. Nothing amazing or special, just a nice little read.
MrMet | 2 other reviews | Apr 28, 2023 |
I could not put this book down. I have read some of the books in this genre and was really sick of heroines that were, well, for the most part passive and, for lack of a better word, weak. Jace is the perfect antidote. She's strong, sarcastic, witty, and she takes no guff from anyone knowing her value as a detective. IN a world where humans make up 1% of the population and in which she meets some very anti-human characters she is more then willing to take them on, even if it means possibly fighting a battle she would be unable to win without her werewolf and golem cohorts. Obviously I like strong heroines, but I also really appreciated the alternate reality that this book was set in and how we got to experience it from inside Jace's head - if we were ripped unexpectedly into that world I assume many of us (or at least I) would have similar reactions.

I can't wait for the next book to come out.
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BurrowK | 34 other reviews | Jul 31, 2022 |
I’d given up on this series. Purrfectly Dead was one of those books whose publication has been slated for years, but whose release date was always being pushed back. I’d accepted it was something of a zombie. And then a few months ago, there it was, released and waiting for me.

The series itself always leaves me baffled – not least because I thoroughly enjoy it in spite of myself. I must not be alone in this feeling, as the author recognises this in the first chapter, in a clever breaking of the fourth wall combined with a series world-building summary: the MC can communication with animals telepathically, and part of her job is overseeing the pet cemetery, which serves as a crossroads for animal spirts travelling to visit their former owners (also dead).

I’ve never been a fan of talking animals so I shouldn’t enjoy this series as much as I do (and the cat calling the MC ‘toots’ grates on my nerves), but I love the idea of the crossroads, and the mysteries are usually pretty good, so it works.

I enjoyed the book, including the incredibly fast, witty dialogue, and not only laughed out loud, but had to read MT passages about the rock star with writer’s block and his efforts to overcome it (all of which involve copious amounts of recreational drugs). But there’s a theme to the plot that’s based on Native American mythology – Thunderbirds – that I’d have liked to have enjoyed more, but didn’t. There was no reference to Native Americans or their myths beyond using Thunderbirds, and the themes behind averting a supernatural war were heavy-handed. A tad preachy. However, the murder mystery was excellent with very clever plotting and possibly the best method of hiding by a villain I’ve ever read. Admittedly impossible, but so much fun anyway.

I hope the reasons for the series hiatus are behind it and there’s a 6th book in the works; the premise is a bit silly, as the author acknowledges, but it’s also so heart-warmingly wonderful and fun at the same time. So fingers crossed I can look forward to another one.
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murderbydeath | 1 other review | Feb 10, 2022 |



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