Dead Detective Series

Kevin Fahey was an alcoholic, a lousy father and husband — and an even worse detective when he was alive. Now that he is dead, he finds himself trapped in a lonely plane between the living and the dead, with nothing to do except visit his old life and seek redemption in trying to correct some of the mistakes he made when he was alive. He follows Maggie Gunn, his replacement on the detective force,  around town, investigating her cases alongside of her and her partner, Adrian Calvano. His fate is to face the terrible mistakes he made in his life and, somehow, find a way to move on to a better place.

Desolate Angel 

Desolate AngelKevin Fahey has been dead for three months and in that time he has come to understand how he squandered his life while alive. But now he must face a terrible truth: a killer he thought he had captured has struck again, claiming the lives of several young girls and making it apparent that Fahey and his equally incompetent partner put the wrong man behind bars long-ago.

Can Kevin Fahey redeem himself by solving the case right this time around and undo   the damage his carelessness caused? Or will he be down to wander his lonely world forever?

Desolate Angel is the first in the Dead Detective series. It is available as a paperback in bookstores as well as in various e-book formats.

Angel Interrupted

Angel InterruptedKevin Fahey returns in Angel Interrupted, one step closer to redemption but still a wandering soul left to ponder the damage he did as a hard-drinking, little-caring detective when he was alive. He keeps watch over his hometown and, especially, over his replacement on the force, Detective Maggie Gunn, hoping for the chance to atone for the life he wasted.

This time, he is caught between two cases, the murder of an emergency room nurse and the kidnapping of a young boy — audaciously committed in the park across from the first crime scene while everyone’s attention is on the dead nurse.

His journey takes him deep into the mind of an odd neighborhood man, whose memories hold the clue to the boy’s whereabouts, and into the pysche of a dark and self-contained nurse hiding secrets from those who loved and admired her deeply.

When Fahey discovers who has the boy and what forces are at work, he must do everything he can to lead the living to him before the boy’s innocence is lost forever.  Available in bookstores and in various e-book formats now.

Angel of Darkness

Kevin Fahey has been wandering a plane between the living and the dead for over a year now, seeking redemption — or at least company — in his lonely world. Attracted by their own lonely wanderings, he finds himself drawn to the Holloway Institute for the Mentally Ill, an immense and sprawling hospital that sits on a hill overlooking his small Delaware town. At Holloway, he finds solace in the quiet rooms and distraction in the troubles of the patients who live within its walls. But one day, his peace is broken when a young girl is brutally murdered and her body dumped along the banks of a river that winds behind Holloway.

Fahey’s replacement on the force, Maggie Gunn, and her partner Adrian Calvano, are assigned to the case and within minutes find themselves baffled: the girl has been killed in exactly the same way, down to the smallest unreleased detail, as a series of girls killed many years before.  Only those murders were solved and the killer was caught and sent to Holloway to live in its locked ward for the criminally insane. There is no way he could have escaped to commit these murders, but he is surely pulling the strings.

As the Dead Detective  joins Maggie Gunn and Calvano in tracing the steps of the killer, he must confront personal demons when he spots one of his sons among the troubled youths at Holloway. Worse, when the killing continues, this time on the grounds of the mental hospital itself, there is a very real possibility that his son’s life is in danger. Fahey must find a way to protect those he loves as well as a way to stop a man he knows to be, quite literally, pure evil.

Angel Among Us

Angel Among Us (3)The fourth book in my Dead Detective series is now available in the United Kingdom and United States. Angel Among Us is available in hardback and e-book formats. It features Kevin Fahey, a dead detective who is doomed to wander a lonely afterworld between the living and the dead after squandering his life being an alcoholic, a lousy father and an even worse detective. In Angel Among Us, he finds himself infatuated with a young school teacher eagerly awaiting the birth of her first child. The love she shares with her husband is balm to Kevin Fahey’s tortured soul. But when the schoolteacher abruptly disappears and the town’s suspicions turn against the husband, Fahey must find way to alert the living to what has really happened to her. His journey takes him to a magnificent mansion on the edge of town where a famous television star and his young wife — maimed by too much plastic surgery — live in unhappy silence. As servants come and go, another invisible occupant of the mansion makes his own unhappiness felt — a despair acutely painful to Fahey, his fellow wanderer. Strange visitors, self-denial, decades-old secrets and an unlikely hero all come together in a desperate race to save the life of the young schoolteacher before it is too late.

Here are some real reader reviews about the Dead Detective series:

“This is a wonderful book with a unique and appealing hero. I loved it. ”

“At first glance at the cover of ANGEL INTERRUPTED, one would gather that this is a typical cozy mystery, but once inside, readers will find a absorbing paranormal/police procedural/ mystery that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go to the very end. Chaz McGee is a creative and intelligent writer who combines a lively, fascinating cast of characters with a complicated but captivating plot to give her audience a brilliant story.”

“… I flipped thru the book wanting to just see what it was like before putting in on my “to read” shelf since I was halfway thru another book. Two hours later after starting the first page I was still between the covers of Desolate Angel and I did not put it down until I was finished. This was excellent. Her writing style just swept me away. This book was different and compelling and very hard to put down or forget. I would very much recommend it to everyone.”

“This is like no mystery I have ever read before. It has a great story & even though you know the murderer through a good part of the book, the suspense is still high. It is not one of the formulaic mysteries being written today, it is different in so many ways, it makes you ponder truths, it makes you think about life, it reminds you of the reality of being while telling you a fictional story.”

“I usually whip through mysteries in an evening, this took me three days. I had to keep putting it down & let the author’s words sink in… I’m sorry if I’m not explaining myself clearly, you’ll have to read it for yourself & if you are an intelligent reader you will want to keep this book & read it again… and look forward to the next one.”

“The writing is so compelling that I couldn’t stop reading, in spite of being frightened out of my wits. The writing is descriptive, engaging, and makes everything vivid. The writer has a superb knack for getting inside a person’s head and describing what they are feeling—very scary when the person is a sociopath. The characters are fully formed, mature, and complex. The descriptions are so well done that I could smell the bar that one of the characters went in.”

“This book was very well written and draws you in slowly as the dead character developes. I had a hard time putting the book down.
It made me think of my own mortality and how as humans we tend to take for granted what we have, not enjoy more the things we do have, and how complicated we can make life be. The author goes to some very dark places in this book and makes you literally feel the things the character is feeling; ie how deeply he feels remorse, pain, evil, shame, joy, goodness, faith and hope. I finished the book happy that in the end justice was done and wanting more. Much more. I cannot wait for the next installment of this book.”

“There is a lot going on in this novel; the plotting is very intricate, but it never feels like too much or that it is overdone. There are several neat twists that readers won’t expect, and characters turn out differently than originally expected. A nice blend of genres, this book offers a nice change from the usual light cozies and very dramatic police procedurals.”

“This is a great paranormal police procedural that focuses on two violent crimes, a dedicated but lonely cop working both and a ghost who fights evil anyway he can as he has a personal objective. Heart wrenching yet also heartwarming, Angel Interrupted is fast-paced with terrific twists the reader never expects yet afterward will feel Chaz McGee is on target as the paranormal adds the nice extra touch to an entertaining whodunit. “

18 thoughts on “Dead Detective Series”

  1. I read the first Dead Detective book a couple of years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Sometime after that I mentioned it to a friend who works at Houston’s Murder by the Book bookstore telling him first that I loved the writing style of the author and that second I was almost positive I had read books years ago with that same style. The Dead Detective series HAD to be written under a pseudony!. He immediately said that I must be remembering the Ghallager Gray series, and that flipped the switch in my memory. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your books, and I am eagerly anticipating the newest Dead Detective. PLEASE keep them coming!


    1. Suzi — if you can believe it, I am just now seeing this post. (?!) I love that someone made the connection between Gallagher Gray and my Dead Detective series!! Bless Murder by the Book. I do have a new one that came out this year, Angel of Darkness, in hardback and another one, Angel Among Us, out in 2013. Thanks for posting.


      1. I have been loking for so long for more of the Dead Detective series – I read the first one over a year ago – I’m so happy to find that you are writing them under Katy M. now – Please keep them coming.


  2. Love the Dead Detective series! Sorry I cannot make it to the Durham signing due to the arrival of my first granddaughter. Have fun at the signing and keep up the great work writing such captivating stories.


    1. We had a great time at the reading, Susan, but the arrival of a first granddaughter is WAY more important and I’ll have another reading one day. BTW, I assume you named your granddaughter “Katy?” 🙂


  3. Just happened up on “Desolate Angel” about a week ago…I got so totally involved in it I stayed up all night reading…
    I just came on line to check to see if there were anymore in the series and found there are at least two.
    I will buy them tonight so I can catch up on the latest capers of Detective Kevin Fahey and be ready for the next one in the series..
    This is a terrific read and I would recommend the Dead Detective Series to anyone who likes a good page turning mystery..


    1. Jacqui — thank you for much for letting me know that! I have been trying to find the best way to keep this series going and catch some new readers, but not having the e-book rights to existing Dead Detective books hampers me a little. Am thinking of some short stories and novellas for e-book format instead. I appreciate your kind words!


  4. I just finished reading, DESOLATE ANGEL I borrowed it from the library today and I could not put it down as I started to read it. I was so involved in the story that I finished it the same day. Are there more books on the Dead Detective Series comming in the future. I’m looking forward to more reading on this series


  5. I have read the first two books in this series and loved them! I’ve been searching for the third one but was not able to find it even at Murder by the Book! I continue to search though!


  6. Hi, I am writing to say that I really enjoyed both “The Desolate Angel ” and “Angel Interrupted. Are you planning to write any more Dead Detective Mysteries? If so when? I will be first in the line up to buy it.


  7. First, happy birthday! Second, I discovered your books about a year ago and have searching for another Chaz McGee book. I am soo excited to have discovered you are that writer! Can not wait to read the new Dead Detective Mystery!


  8. I love ” Angel Among Us” its the first book of yours I’ve read. I needed a story to help get my mind and off my own problems. Thank you. Keep them coming and I’ll keep enjoying them!


  9. Just finished the second Dead Detective book, so delighted to find out there is more!!! Glad I Googled Chaz McGee! Please keep writing, these are so good! I gave you 5 stars on Amazon. I found you first thru Book Bub. Love this series!!!


  10. To Katy M: hi, just reading angel interrupted.
    Chapter 24, you mention ‘black shapes’…
    Have you ever seen these on real life because my (Ex)wife and I did both separately and together.during the last few weeks of my step-father. I call them spectral vultures being an apt description: non-human entities hovering (circling) over a person in their last throes of life. My step-father died of lung cancer.


    1. I have, Andrew — and I find them terrifying. Seeing them has convinced me that evil is a tangible force that can take over otherwise decent people (no shade on your former father-in-law!) and is always waiting for a chance to claim someone new. More validation for what you saw: Mikal Gilmore, brother of Gary Gilmore (mass murderer) and author of Shot Through the Heart, says that when he was growing up, he would see a dark shape appear amnog their family at times — always near his brother Gary. If I recall, it appeared one Christmas morning and terrified him. This was well before Gary Gilmore killed many people. How scary is that?! .


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