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Death Most Definite is a darkly absorbing debut novel, compelling from beginning to end. Jamieson is a skilled writer who has earned his stripes in the short-story craft and enters the novel scene with a bang – I see a big future ahead!.
Death Most Definite is as close to being the perfect Dark Genre Novel as I’ve ever had the pleasure to read, and I confidently predict that Trent Jamieson will deservedly be Australia’s next big genre export.
The first novel in Trent Jamieson’s ‘Death Works’ series is a brilliant opening to what promises to be an enthralling series. The narrative runs at a good pace, interspersed with the kind of humour that has made Jamieson’s award-winning short stories must-reads. It is also great to see Brisbane being used as a location in
the novel. The city is both recognisable and altered by the dark fantasy of the story, and the familiarity of the setting adds to the atmosphere of the story—something that a lot of overseas dark fantasy lacks for Australian audiences. An enthralling read for those that have loved Neil Gaiman, Charles Stross and Charlaine Harris.
Australian Bookseller and Publisher Aug 2010
It is always great to see a city other than the usual literary cities used, and Jamieson uses all of Brisbane’s quirks to their best effect. While this is a triumph of a novel for first time novelist, Jamieson, it is also a triumph for Brisbane.
Stuart Mayne – Aurealisxpress (I was considering just going with triumph here)
There are times when there is nothing more exciting to a book reviewer than the chance to take an early peek at a novel so fresh and exciting that it will most likely be an enormous success upon its release, and to be able to help spread the word, months in advance.
Robert William Berg Rob Will Review
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Death Most Definite is an intriguing and entertaining read that will keep the adrenaline pumping and pages turning. Fans of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series will enjoy the grim realism of this urban fantasy. I can’t wait for the second instalment to be released in December.
Liz Grzyb Ticon4
It might be the most original take on the dead in Australian writing since Garth Nix’s Sabriel series
The Sunday Age 19 Sep 2010
In a word: Compelling
Townsville Bulletin 18-Sep-2010
Managing Death is a fantastic continuation in this bleak Brisbane underworld. Keep an eye out for The Business of Death next year. Everyone should have Jamieson on their Christmas wishlists! Ticon 4
I am totally in love with this series. I enjoyed the first book Death Most Definite, but Trent Jamieson has raised it up more than a notch for, Managing Death. The Qwillery
What makes Steven such a compelling protagonist is that he’s flawed and he makes serious mistakes at times, and neither he nor his author encourage the reader to blindly forgive that. Rob Will Review
And now I have to wait for book three, to find out where Jamieson takes his characters and his alternate Brisbane, which is, once again, as much a character of the story as the humans (and other “things”), so well is it drawn. Ah well, at least the wait gives me a chance to catch my breath! Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus
It will be interesting to see what Steve’s next book will do as after all, any author who has no qualms about grabbing the reaper and playing his ribs like a xylophone, pretty much has no limits. Great stuff. Falcatta Times
The story twists back and forth like a maddened snake. There is less time spent setting up the fantasy premise, which adds intensity to the plot, and after the story gets its hooks into you it doesn’t let up until the end. With a final book still to come, many of the plot elements remain unresolved. However, there is enough resolution to close off the book. Now I just have to wait for book three. Australian Bookseller and Publisher
The Death Works series is almost certain to become regarded as a classic of the genre, and fans of darker fare owe it to themselves to acquaint themselves with Jamieson’s unique take on urban fantasy.
Even though it’s a middle novel in the series, Managing Death manages to up the ante and hint at even bigger things to come in book three. And all that,coupled with the fact that Managing Death also delivers some real scares along with the action and laughs, makes this the most entertaining supernatural series to come out of Australia since, well, maybe since forever.
Keith Stevenson – Coeur De Lion Publishing