Year: 2011

Dexter is Delicious

Dexter is Delicious

Dexter-is-DeliciousDexter is with child. They say the day you become a father changes you and your perception of life. Well can Dexter, the serial killer Jeff Lindsay created, go from homicidal maniac to suburban dad just because he now has his very own daughter?

In ‘Dexter is Delicious’, the character of Dexter takes a strange turn. No longer is Dex out killing bad guys, instead he is playing host to his long lost brother, Brian and wondering why he has suddenly re-entered his life.

This book plays on Dexter’s detective trait and he teams up with his sister to solve the mysterious disappearance of a young woman. Their investigation leads them into the dark world of vampires and cannibals and pits him against one of the most powerful families in Miami. During the investigation Dexter has to ask himself, how do you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?

Dexter by Design

Dexter by Design

dexter-by-designAfter Dexter gets married – yes he married Rita – things are supposed to be different. He has a house, a wife and two kids who he actually likes. But something is wrong, well maybe not wrong, but something is troubling him.

Is it possible for a leopard to change their spots? No it’s not and by the same token, Dexter will always be a killer and someone who strives to right the wrongs that society has not been able to rectify.

In Dexter by Design, Dexter encounters a series of mysterious art pieces which turn out to be heinous murders and as usual he needs to save the day, after all with these nutters on the loose, Dexter is not free to satisfy his own needs.

I enjoyed this book and in it Dexter gets to save his new bride from a horrific death, and in doing so she becomes a killer in her own right. What could that mean? 😉

Dearly Devoted Dexter

dearly-devoted-dexterIn this the second in the Dexter series, Jeff Lindsay develops the character of Dexter and shows us how a serial killer can juggle dating a mother of two while allowing himself to satisfy the dark urges that control him.

Dexter has a new enemy, Sergeant Doakes of the Miami Dade PD who knows what Dexter is but cannot prove it. However, rather than focus on that Jeff Lindsay decides to throw in yet another serial killer who is rather good at amputating limbs.  Enter Kyle Chutsky who works for a “higher up authority” and takes over the investigation.

I enjoyed this book and it weaves Dexter’s life nicely between ‘reality’ of Rita and a normal life and the ‘ridiculous’ which is Dexter at night doing what he does best. What Lindsay is able to do here, which is particularly good, is develop Doakes’ character beyond the sinister cop and into someone who is a real threat to Dexter.

By the end of this book you will be developing a sense of who the characters in the series are and what makes them tick.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Unusually for me I started to read a series of books after watching it on TV first.  Dexter, the TV series shown in the UK on FX and in the USA on Showtime has become a smash hit on both sides of the pond, but for me the TV does not do Dexter justice.

darkly-dreaming-dexterSo who is Dexter?

Jeff Lindsay has created the likeable  character of Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter analyst by day and a serial killer by night. Dexter is motivated by his desire to kill, but carefully manages this need with a set of well prepared rules, mainly that he can only kill those who have committed acts that can be considered morally wrong. It is this code that Dexter’s father helped mould and I believe make Dexter into an unlikely hero.

In Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dexter meets another who is just like him, someone who is able to make murder into a game and someone who is just as talented at evading the watchful eye of the police. This would seem to be the perfect scenario for our dark action hero, but in this instance this ‘colleague’ of Dexter kidnaps his sister and plans to kill Deborah.

Will Dex save the day and who is this mysterious killer? You’ll have to read the book to find out.