Drip Drop Dead by Willow Rose is Book 12 of the Emma Frost books. I like all Willow Rose books, she is one of my “Go To” authors for thrillers. Many of her novels are part of a series and one of my failings is I pick one of her novels not in order. That is OK because I have never found one of her novels not to be a stand-alone novel. Rose presents enough of a back story to not frustrate me but not enough so there is a teaser element and I want to move on to another novel to get a complete character picture. Note that this is Book 12 so there are a lot of backstory teasers and I look forward to reading more in this series.
The first half of Dead is set up but that does not mean lack of action. We find mysterious deaths by drowning. Usually, drowning victims are found near bodies of water; ponds, pools, lakes, places to which they traveled and met unfortunate ends. Not in this novel. The water travels to, actually pursues, the victims. Against this background, we find interesting characters.
Emma Frost, the writer lives in an interesting household with interesting relationships. There is not a husband but an interesting detective playmate, Morten, appears occasionally with updates on investigations into mysterious water deaths and perhaps to satisfy Emma’s occasional needs. There are “children” who a reader may assume didn’t appear on earth through a normal birthing process involving Emma. To find out if this is true, read the story. Maya, a somewhat willful, independent teenager lives in the Frost home while retreating into occasional flashbacks about a previous boyfriend who was a serial killer. Vincent, a boy a few years younger, goes to a special school for students with mental challenges. He requires the care and supervision of others for daily tasks such as dressing. Skye, a younger girl, tends to levitate a lot and is the only person in the family who can communicate well with Victor. They do so by telepathy. Emma has been a successful author up to the point where this story opens. In a fit of pique directed at her publisher’s unwillingness to publish her latest project, she follows the indie publishing route. Emma, with her author and amateur investigator career, provide the overall context of the novel. She reveals a great truth about the central requirement to be a successful author. I don’t believe it is a spoiler, I will mention it below. It is a great temptation for at least one reader, me, to assume this is almost autobiographical Willow Rose.
This is a fast-paced action novel I read in one session. One of the things unique for me is the social setting of the story. Set in Denmark on Fanoe island, the setting is one of social care and respect for the rights but also the responsibilities of everyone. Wide latitude is given to one and all for independent behavior. One neighbor reminds another that it is a duty to shovel snow so no one gets hurt. Emma finds it natural that Victor speaks to her rather harshly, chalking it up as a natural process of a special needs child. Emma speaks to Maya as if she were an adult and accepts a boyfriend sleeping over in her room. Emma has no problem with the levitating Skye and no problem in raising her without fear of government intervention. Emma’s playmate, policeman Morten, has no problem accommodating Emma’s hiding of Skye from authorities. Morten also turns a blind eye to Emma’s constant hacking of police database information about mysterious deaths.
Everything combines to make a great story, one that is unusual enough to keep me reading Willow Rose books. The great secret revealed in this novel is about writers and perhaps about Willow Rose.
The fuel for writers, perhaps the Muse in physical form, is chocolate chip cookies.
On to more Willow Rose stories. I gave this novel five Amazon stars for what I thought was a creative mix of genres; mystery, crime, and (almost) paranormal.
This novel is available through Kindle Unlimited. For me, that means reading is next to free because I read at least one novel or short story collection per day and most are available on Kindle Unlimited. I read on my laptop and sometimes on my phone. On my Android, there is something called Flip Mode. It seems that if I read on a device with Flip Mode enabled, the author doesn’t get paid. Willow Rose encourages readers to read her novels with Flip Mode disabled in an Important Message note (Kindle Loc 94). I make sure to read Willow Rose novels on my laptop. Her writing skills deserve a financial reward.