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The Guy Who Died Twice

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The Guy Who Died Twice by Lisa Gardner.   I am a fan of Lisa.  She writes a thriller that makes you think about it for days.   In this short story DD is sharing a strange case with her FBI husband.   It is like a version of Clue.   A man dies in his mansion.  We have a cast of characters as we solve the ‘who done it’ to include the wife, doctor, chef, chauffeur, and the maid.  I enjoy following the interviews and how DD reveals the killer. Can you guess the killer?  

Lisa’s short stories are a great diversion for a dreary winter day  I highly recommend picking one up.  
Violence - solving a murder
i dont recall any language

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3.5 stars to this standalone DD Warren short story. Reminded me so much of an Agatha Christie or other similar whodunnit, because it involves a small cast of characters that DD brings together in the end in order to reveal the culprit. 
I enjoyed the mystery and the real-life science behind the story. Those looking for a short mystery will be intrigued and this one is both captivating and fast-paced.

I love all of Lisa Gardner's books, if you haven't read anything by her, this is a nice way to get your feet wet. I do recommend reading all of the other D.D. Warren books in order, because although the mysteries stand alone, the characters have gone through a great deal of change and development and that's a big part of the story.
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What a great short story!

D.D. Warren tells her husband about the weirdest case of the day as they relax over wine.  In flashbacks interspersed with the telling, the story of the man who came to the police department to report he was dead ends up dying is disclosed.  

It is written in a humorous and easy to read style.  The characters are all fun and intriguing.  Each of the suspects has a secret to hide.  The book offers shades of the game of Clue.  The mystery is solved in true Colombo fashion.

I loved this book.  I am typically not a fan of short stories or novellas but this one may change my mind.  The writing is tight, quick and comical.  The characters are well developed even in such a short time.  

Readers of Lisa Gardner books will get a fix of D.D. Warren until Never Can Tell is released.  Others who are not familiar with this author will become fans after reading this gem.

I received an ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way affects my opinion or ratings of this book.
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Genre:  Mystery/Short Stories 
Type:  Standalone 
POV:  First Person – Female

Expected publication: January 8th 2019

❝ Liars tended to fall into two camps. Those who held back- the Dr. Anils of the world -and those who were overly detailed - like Mrs. LaToile. Either way, neither one was being completely honest.❞

DD the famous FBI detective who I came to love from the previews books was assigned to a very crazy bizarre case, one very unusual case she hadn’t come across before and she had to solve it. When a man comes to her detective station very confused apologizing for being dead, the case gets more interesting when later after he gets dismissed and sent to his family for help he in fact ends up dead. 

This is a very short but really good book that will have you trying to put all the clues of this mystery together. The book goes back and forth from the past where DD finds herself finding the truth and to the present where she’s telling her husband the details of the case. 

❝  "I am not dead, I am not dead. I AM NOT DEAD." But somedays, D.D. knew, the woman still wishes she was.❞


When DD goes to the house where the murder occurred she finds a challenge because everyone including the wife, employees and even family doctor are all suspects. Overall, I really enjoy this short story, The Guy Who Died Twice was very detailed, funny, surprising and fascinating. Readers who enjoy cold case files and murder detective books will find this book appealing.
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D.D. Warren has just had the weirdest day. As she sits home with her husband, she has to recount the story to him. If she hadn’t just lived it, she wasn’t sure she’d believe it. 

A man walked into the station claiming to be there to report a death, his. He claimed he wasn’t alive anymore but was dead. Obviously suffering from mental issues, they called his house & sent him home in the car his wife sent for him. A few hours later, they were called to the house where he was really dead this time. 

It’s truly remarkable how Lisa Gardner comes up with her story lines. This was quite hard to believe. It was interesting to read a little more of the process with the entire investigation taking place in one day. I’m not sure if it was the delivery (DD recounting everything to the husband as if it was a story) or the fast pace of the plot but I wasn’t able to get as emotionally tied to the story as I usually can with her longer books. This was still a very good story, just not what I was expecting.
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Lisa Gardner has written a very thoughtful short story with Detective D.D. Warren was the storyteller.  The Guy Who Dies Twice has you trying to keep track of each relationship that was developed with the deceased. A caring doctor, a household full of employees and a loving wife, all possible suspects. Can D.D. Catch the murderer quickly and swiftly?
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This short story (fewer than 100 pages) introduces new readers of Detective D.D. Warren to her tenacious character and re-introduces her to her fans in a fun, frolicking mystery.  D.D. is enjoying some family time when she gets called in to investigate a murder, the murder of a man who came to the police station earlier that day to tell everyone he was dead.  Adam LaToile indeed ends up dead, later that day.  It is up to D.D. To solve the mystery, with a cast of characters reminiscent of Agatha Christie and her style of eliminating suspects one by one.  I really enjoyed the way the scene switched from the murder mansion to D.D.’s home, where she was explaining the case to her husband.  I liked having a short read to remind me of how much I really do love the D.D. Warren books, and I think those who read mysteries will really enjoy this one.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.  I was not required to post a positive review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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Told from a fascinating perspective, Lisa Gardner again lets her readers in on D.D. Warren's private life... and cleverly weaves a quick, wonderful mystery about a guy who did die twice. When reading the story, the reader is not quite sure how she's going to tie this all together- but, as always, she does so magnificently. A fantastic read!
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Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren is back with what might be the oddest case to date. 

A man walks into the police department , desperate to convince to anyone that will listen that he's dead. As one would expect, he is told he is alive. He leaves and then a few hours later he turns up dead.

This is a great short story in the Detective D.D. Warren Series. I very much enjoyed it, and there is a sneak peak at Lisa Gardner's newest release Never Tell.

This is a quick read but packs the punch of a full length novel. Lisa Gardner NEVER disappoints.
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Picture this-a disheveled looking, seemingly homeless man walks into a police station and announces that he’s dead. Allowing for the fact that he is able to talk and walk he still insists that he is dead. Sadly for him by the end of the day he is in fact dead (stabbed in the back in his bed). As this short mystery unwinds we find out that he was an extremely wealthy man married for the second time with a host of servants to see to his and his wife’s every need. Sadly a number of his family members have suffered from severe depression as does he-some of them succumbing to the illness including his teenage daughter. Needless to say with so many people in their employ the detectives have their hands full finding the murderer. Even in this short mystery “novelette” there is a twist I never saw coming. This goes to show that short or long Lisa Gardner is an excellent writer who holds your interest from beginning to end. Another good read.
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This is an oddly intriguing story! I was never good at the game Clue and missed the clues in this story too. Once the detective was giving her speech at the end it so made sense. Great job. Thanks!
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The Guy Who Died Twice is a fun, quick read. I don’t normally like short stories that much, but I really enjoyed this one.  I love D.D. Warren and this little story doesn’t disappoint.  It’s very strange, but that’s what makes it fantastic.  I learned something new. The main character suffers from Cotard's syndrome, a neurological disorder, which is a severe form of depression.  I had no knowledge of this condition and I keep learning something new every day by reading.  I highly recommend taking the time to read this short story, especially if you like D.D.!
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This quick story was great for getting back into the D.D. Warren world, and this one seemed to give the characters a chance to show a little more personality than they sometimes have time to do in the serious world they inhabit. Even more excited to get started on Never Tell now!
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Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This was a very short who dunnit story, that was very easy to read. It was fast pace, very very interesting and may I say a very unique story line. I can honestly say I have never read anything like this before. It was entertaining and kept me wondering till the end when the culprit was revealed. Good story .
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This is the first story by Lisa Gardner that I've read. I've wanted to read her books for ages. I have two on my TBR shelf, and my library has several more. But with literally thousands of books on my shelves, I just hadn't gotten to her yet. I think every avid reader must have a couple authors that they really really really (really x 10) want to read, but their work never seems to pop up at the top of the TBR list. 

Reading this short story has officially moved Lisa Gardner's books to the top of my TBR pile. Immediately. 

The Guy Who Died Twice is part of Gardner's Detective D. D. Warren series. I haven't read any of the prior books, but was easily able to get into this story. It's a nice stand alone short story. And definitely a great lead-in for those who haven't read the series....while still being a nice tale for series fans who are waiting on the next book. 

In this quick read, Detective D.D. Warren tells the tale of her strangest case to date. A man walks into police headquarters in Boston announcing that he has information on his own murder. The man thinks he is already dead. Even after the detective and others attempt to explain to him that he isn't dead, Adam LaToile refuses to change his story. Strangely enough, a few hours later, LaToile is actually dead. Stabbed. In his own bed. 

This story progresses like an Agatha Christie story. Christie is my favorite author, so I was in heaven as the detective arrived to find that a strange cast of suspects were in the house when LaToile met his grisly end. The wife. The doctor. Gardener. Driver. Man servant. Maid. Chef. It's almost like a demented game of Clue. And the tale ends with all the suspects gathered in the library for the reveal. All the Christie vibes had me very, very happy! The ending was unexpected and darkly entertaining. 

Loved it! I am heartily sorry now that Lisa Gardner's books have been languishing in my ponderous TBR list for way too long. This series, and anything else by Gardner, is now at the top of my list. I have the first book of this series, Alone, on hold at the library already. :) For those who already love this series, Book 10 -- Never Tell -- will be coming out in February! (And it's on my review TBR)

**I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this story from Penguin via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was a super fast read at only 96 pages but I love how Lisa Gardner can pack so much information and interest into such a short story. I have read and loved everything she's written and I loved this book as well.

This whole book is told while Detective D.D. Warren and her husband Alex are sitting on the couch together after work and dinner, drinking a glass of wine to unwind after putting their son to bed. D.D. says she has the top most strange case and she isn't kidding, earlier a man came to her precinct claiming to be dead. As D.D. and all her partners could plainly see he in fact was still alive they began to question the mental competence of the man. After talking with him for awhile they send him home and hours later get called out on a dead man, the same man who that morning claimed already to be dead. Is the man psychic or is really possible for a person to die twice?

I loved how this book was written and how she gave some many details in such a short story. The whole book went back and forth between D.D. and Alex sitting on the couch and hours prior when D.D. was working the murder and it had plenty of entertaining characters. The whole time you're wondering which of the couple's hired help committed the murder or was it the wife that did it. 

I myself had no clue who the murderer was until the very end and there was a huge plot twist I didn't see coming. Great, great read as always by the amazing Lisa Gardner.
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In her latest novella, Lisa Gardner has given us a tale that seems to have dropped out of the files of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone.  It begins with Mr. Adam LaToile walking into the police station wanting to speak to someone who can help him.  D.D. Warren and her partner, Phil are there to help.  When asked the problem Mr. LaToile,ever the gentleman, tells them that he is dead and needs help in preventing further killings.  In disbelief, yet wanting to help the man they ask him to come in and offer him a glass of water.  He accepts and speaks further of his problem.  He provides his identification and with it Phil searches for a family member to call.  After reaching Adam's wife, he summons the family driver to pick him up.  Once he home, both D.D. and Phil are off to speak with his wife and doctor regarding all the uncertainties.
This plot seems unsolvable in the short story format.  I was more than curious as I continued reading.  It was an excellent novella.  I could envision it as the words went on thinking what a great film this would be.  
I thank Dutton Publishers for providing me with the uncorrected proof of D.D. Warren's latest story via Netgalley.
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If you are looking for a fabulous "who-done-it" short story that you'll devour in a few hours tops? Yes! You guessed it! Lisa Gardner isn't a best selling author for no good reason! This short story is the best of Agatha Christie and the classic game "Clue" but with an incredible twist that will introduce you to a mystifying medical condition.
The main character, (the guy who died twice) suffers from a real neurological disorder called Cotard's syndrome. 
Cotard delusion is a rare mental illness in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that they are already dead, do not exist, are putrefying, or have lost their blood or internal organs.
But, when he actually turns up stabbed to death, detective D.D. works to get to the bottom of who the killer is! Well, the deceased has a lot of money and all of his house servants have a potential motive! Even the Mrs.?? But as everyone tells their side of the story, detective D.D., begins to piece together the mystery of how Adam really died and you won't believe how Lisa Gardner manages to shock the reader! 
Reading this short book is like being in the middle of the ultimate game of Clue! Truly a creative story that in a few short hours will have you glad you read it!
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This is a fun, cozy short read. Although, it did not read like a "short" story. It had everything to make a "great" story. Entertaining characters, a good storyline with plenty of twists, and a satisfying ending. The more I get to know of D. D.; the more I love her. She is very intelligent. Additionally, I learned something new. The main character who dies suffered from Cotard's syndrome, a neurological disorder.

Per Wiki "Cotard delusion is a rare mental illness in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that they are already dead, do not exist, are putrefying, or have lost their blood or internal organs. Statistical analysis of a hundred-patient cohort indicates that the denial of self-existence is a symptom present in 45% of the cases of Cotard's syndrome; yet, paradoxically, 55% of the patients present delusions of immortality. "

I tried to piece together all of the puzzle pieces from the different characters but I was not as smart as D.D. The way the mystery all came together in the end did leave me with a few "ah, ha" moments. This short story is a nice one to get me ready for the next full length novel.
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The guy who died twice is a Great short story by Lisa Gardner, I was sad that it was over so quick! I usually dint read books that are less than 300 pages but I was given the chance to read this and am glad i did. If you enjoy her DD Warren books this one will not disappoint!
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