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KINDLE ⚜ Death Is Overrated ⚤ Professor Thomas Payne didn t intend to wind up dead on his caving vacation to Wales, and in truth he wasn t the victim But proving his identity to the police becomes tricky after they pull his passport off the body and conclude the deceased is Dr Payne, no doubtThings go from bogus to baffling when a mysterious phone call at the crime scene leads to the arrest of the young scientist His fate seems sealed when the victim s fingerprints match the professor s work visa and his employment records disappear altogether A tart tongued American with no identity looks like a pretty good patsy to the detectives eager to close the case Being accused of killing himself presents the brooding inventor with an interesting puzzle, but taking time to solve it from jail will threaten his deadline to file a patent worth millionsIntervention by the smitten police captain s sculptress daughter frees Thomas to search for clues to prove his innocence before his invention goes up for grabs So, it s off around the UK with Terri, one jump ahead of the authorities and his estranged sociopathic father, a lapsed Quaker who may be the real killer One slip and claustrophobia will be the least of his problemsThomas journey soon becomes as much about healing his troubled past as recovering his present self Along the way, he ll battle betrayals by his envious staff, romance the rebellious artist, and suffer harrowing misadventures at historic sites in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales Travel even to find yourself was never so perilous Hmmm The best way to describe Death is Overrated, what could that be insert thinking face here I m going to have to say that it s reminiscent of vintage murder mysteries It s the game of Clue, meets Sherlock Holmes, meets Agatha Christie However, not nearly as good sorry to say.Following is a bit of the premise Professor Thomas Payne, an archeologist slash scientist goes caving in Wales, when all of the sudden he finds himself dead Now, when I say that he finds himself dead I really mean Hmmm The best way to describe Death is Overrated, what could that be insert thinking face here I m going to have to say that it s reminiscent of vintage murder mysteries It s the game of Clue, meets Sherlock Holmes, meets Agatha Christie However, not nearly as good sorry to say.Following is a bit of the premise Professor Thomas Payne, an archeologist slash scientist goes caving in Wales, when all of the sudden he finds himself dead Now, when I say that he finds himself dead I really mean that he is looking upon a dead body which the police are calling him Thomas Payne.The police are out for him, trying to pin the murder on him and things go ballistic Somehow Terri, the Police Captain s daughter takes an interest in Payne and becomes an active part of trying to solve the mystery.True it it s title, when you think someone is dead, all of the sudden they are not.I am on the fence as to how I feel about this read I cannot say that I hated it, but I can also not say that it was the worst book ever written The books does a definite balancing act as far as pros and cons for me.Following are my pros and cons This time, I will combine them into bullets with all of my thoughts both positive and negative as opposed to separating them by group, then bullet.The writing is engaging enough, but at certain intervals seems lackluster and also seems to drag on at times.1 The syntax was great However, there is tons of UK slang, which can make it a difficult read for those English speaking people from other countries Particularly those who are not familiar with that type of slang.2 While this is supposed to be a thriller of sort as mysteries should be , I didn t truly feel thrilled I did appreciate the small element of realism, however it didn t quite make the mystery mark for me.3 Many of the scenarios felt redundant I kept thinking to myself How many times people die 4 The characters were likeable enough, well developed for the most part, and the ones that you are meant to not be liked come across as such Also, while the character of Thomas was well written, sometime he felt a little rude Needless to say he wasn t really my favorite main character I preferred Terri.5 There was the element of romance in the story While this could potentially be good, when incorporating this element into a mystery novel you must be careful You do not want the love story to take full reign of the mystery However, unfortunately, this story did just that.6 There is some action in the story, but not enough that would keep the action seeker hooked To be completely honest, I fell asleep several times because the action had dissipated to the point of boredom It does eventually pick up again, however the gaps between down time and action sequences seem to be too long.7 While sufficient downtime in any good mystery is necessary in establishing plot, there has to be a method to the madness There needs to be enough of a hook to keep the reader wanting to turn the page, not wanting to toss the book aside and go to sleep That was this stories downfall.In a nutshell, Death is Overrated is a potentially good read, however in my opinion is could be better Death Is Overrated by Jeffrey PerrenPhysicists, Caves, Murders and Mynah BirdsMost of us have watched a large number of crime mystery thriller stories Fewer of us but quite a number have also read many books on this genre, from Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie to the new craze for Scandinavian authors We all like to think we can spot who the killer is and work out motives and reasons I don t know if like me, when you read or watch one of these stories, you come out wondering if it al Death Is Overrated by Jeffrey PerrenPhysicists, Caves, Murders and Mynah BirdsMost of us have watched a large number of crime mystery thriller stories Fewer of us but quite a number have also read many books on this genre, from Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie to the new craze for Scandinavian authors We all like to think we can spot who the killer is and work out motives and reasons I don t know if like me, when you read or watch one of these stories, you come out wondering if it all really fits in as neatly as it appears or if given time you d find holes in the story But you plunge ahead taken by the rhythm of the writing or the performance and are left satisfied Death Is Overrated is one of these novels that will leave you satisfied The author is careful at sharing and revealing clues that come together neatly at the end, but keeps enough information hidden to make sure you don t have one of those a ha moments in the first pages You might have your suspicions, but getting the full story is a fairly tricky business What makes Death Is Overrated different to other books in the genre Mr Perren does not go for the tried and tested Yes, we have a number of amateur detectives, the main one Thomas Payne good name, although this Thomas sometimes shows little of the Common Sense his historical namesake so loudly proclaimed , an American physicist who is a victim of mistaken identity and ends up accused of having killed himself He is not the typical suave charmer He s a physicist, who loves caves and is pretty secretive about his life for very good reasons that I m not going to tell you You ll have to read the book Somebody is clearly at work trying to kill him, and goes beyond that crime, to annihilating any way that would allow him to establish his identity and it made me reflect of how vulnerable we might be, not only to identity theft, but even to being erased, like in The Net , and he desperately needs allies He has a friend colleague, Rhys, who shares interests even a romantic interest as it happens and will go to any lengths to help him And he meets Terri, the daughter of the chief inspector in charge of the case She s a sculptor who has a difficult but affectionate relationship with her father and as we find out, sharesthan a few things with Thomas The main characters are well drawn, flawed, and likeable, and the author piles up complication after complication, never letting us draw breath forthan a few pages, before we re rushed again, climbing, swimming, driving, flying, and even being almost eaten by a shark We travel through Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland and one can t help but think that if there is a movie and there should be and it keeps to the settings, it would be an astoundingly gorgeous one And pretty fast.I m not sure I ve yet mentioned important scientific discoveries, Quakers, estranged fathers, electrocutions, yachts, Mynah birds, guns, hammers, computers, phones, passports, dead bodies, motorcycles, crazed landladies, determined immigration agents, attempted rapes, claustrophobia, nature and.The author maintains a good pace throughout the language is accessible with some amusing comparisons and turns of phrase and there is enough suffering, humour and even romance to keep everybody happy Death Is Overrated is a good addition to the genre and it will keep readers guessing until the end If you enjoy adventures, mystery, and hate being bored, this book is made for you Go and get it I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Professor Thomas Payne looks down at a body that other people are claiming is him a very dead man with brutal marks that indicate foul play ThePayne insists the body is not him, thehe seems to be getting himself into deeper trouble He is taken to the local jail and the inquiring police officer believes he is the murderer, albeit the fact that missing evidence is all that questions Payne s guilt.A meeting with the Police Captain s daughter, Terri, seems like oil and water that sim Professor Thomas Payne looks down at a body that other people are claiming is him a very dead man with brutal marks that indicate foul play ThePayne insists the body is not him, thehe seems to be getting himself into deeper trouble He is taken to the local jail and the inquiring police officer believes he is the murderer, albeit the fact that missing evidence is all that questions Payne s guilt.A meeting with the Police Captain s daughter, Terri, seems like oil and water that simply will not mix however, she seems to trust him enough to quietly arrange for his release from jail and that enables him to begin the search for the unknown murderer The betrayal of a colleague follows with destruction and theft but it turns out that there is someone behind these actions who is evendeadly Add to that puzzle that Payne s father, a former Quaker, is looking for Payne Sounds innocent enough, right It s not.Terri s father is a tough, competent detective, who is willing to give Payne the benefit of the doubt but will leave his guilt or innocence an open question In the meantime, Payne and Terri will be frustrated by a gauntlet of misunderstandings and missed meetings to contend with in spite of their growing feelings about each other.Death is Overrated is a superb mystery that will engage every reader with its numerous twists and turns The capacity for evil has no boundaries but the perseverance and integrity of better characters as well as the physical and mental tests arising on every page of this novel proves the better human beings Great read If you like mysteries you should give DEATH IS OVERRATED a try It is set in the UK and includes everything a good mystery should have When you think you understand who the killer is or why the person was killed, something happens and you re lost again The reader is kept guessing until the end, just like an Agatha Christie mystery The author has managed to create well developed, likable characters and scenes which are not boring, but realistic It allows the reader to imagine the characters c If you like mysteries you should give DEATH IS OVERRATED a try It is set in the UK and includes everything a good mystery should have When you think you understand who the killer is or why the person was killed, something happens and you re lost again The reader is kept guessing until the end, just like an Agatha Christie mystery The author has managed to create well developed, likable characters and scenes which are not boring, but realistic It allows the reader to imagine the characters crawling along in the small cave system, but also see the open countryside, while being glad you re not the one experiencing the wind and rain as it attacks them Each person in the story is given just enough information for the reader to appreciate the person for who and what they are, without droning on and on making them boring in the end.As the story opens, Thomas Payne is attempting to convince the local DI that he is indeed alive and not the dead body in front of them Unable to do this, things take a turn for the worse and Thomas eventually ends up in jail Once he is free, he is able to return to his lab, only to find disaster there also Attempting to get a new passport, in hopes of returning to the USA, is harder than he ever imagined, as he has no records in his university s computer system So he attempts to find who the victim is and why was he killed in the first place Who could have done this and why, seems a mystery until the very end of the story when everything comes together and it all makes sense