Review: Dead Beat. Dresden Files 7 by Jim Butcher

When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Dead BeatMurphy’s reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

The blurb says it. Harry needs to find the ‘Word of Kemmler’ and deliver it to a vampire or the vampire will ruin Murphy’s life. So of course Harry sets out to do just that. Without knowing what he’s after. And we’re in for action, explosions, drama and way too much excitement for poor Harry^^

I listened to the audio book version on my way to work, which is 2h a day so it didn’t take me very long to get through it. There’s positive sides to working almost every day for 2 weeks! πŸ˜€

James Marsters is doing an excellent job! I love his voice and how he slightly changes it for the different characters. That adds a lot to my enjoyment!

And this was probably the best Dresden since Fool Moon for me. I considered dropping the series but now I’m back on track for sure.

Harry has to deal with necromancers this time and it was pretty damn great to read. The supporting cast is brilliant! You have so many people from the previous books turning up and adding to the story – Harry now has a dog as well as his cat, Mister^^ I liked his sidekick and I also really enjoyed that Murphy isn’t around this time, even though Harry thinks he needs to save her again.

I still am NOT a fan of his savior complex and how he loses his mind whenever he sees a decent looking woman. Also, I’m not a fan of the romantic scenes. That was one of the longest & worst kiss scenes I ever listened to! Even Spike couldn’t save it!

But the story I loved! It was action-packed, with lots of mysteries & revelations, funny, and fast paced! I didn’t feel bored at all or lost interest. There was so much variety – Harry interacts with so many different people/entities and it was a whole lot of fun!

Some things were a little over the top like the dinosaur^^ And Thomas is too mopey for my taste. Stop suffering, dude, you’re worse than Harry and that says something!

I like the new direction this is taking for Harry and I am honestly looking forward to listening to the next one. I’ve planned it for March once I’m done with my current audio book.




  1. Nobody does mope as well as Harry! Thomas can only try! πŸ˜€
    Glad you’re back with it – the series has some ups and downs, but many of the books are a lot of fun!

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  2. I love this series! I need to re-read the last book before the new (finally!) comes out this summer. I haven’t done audio for this series, but I do love me some Spike, so maybe I’ll give it a try. I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I love Thomas, BTW, and I thought the dinosaur was awesome. πŸ™‚ But yeah, maybe a smidge over the top.

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  3. Harry can be a frustrating character but I really fell in love with these books while marathoning them a year or two ago. I LOVED this one, it might be my favorite, if nothing else for the absurdity of the whole dinosaur situation lol.

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