Dexter is Delicious is the fifth book in the Dexter series. You can read my reviews of the previous books using the Jeff Lindsey tag
Synopsis (from amazon)
Everything’s changing for our friendly neighbourhood serial killer. As if getting married wasn’t enough to complete his nice-guy persona, Dexter is now the proud father of a baby girl. And disconcertingly, he actually seems to care. But even if fatherhood is distracting Dexter from his midnight excursions to rid Miami of a few more lowlifes, there’s no let-up at work. Two young girls are missing – and it’s not long before one of the bodies turns up, partially eaten. But as Dexter and Miami PD’s finest investigate, Dexter can’t shake the feeling that somebody’s watching him…
Dexter is Delicious is probably the most disturbing book so far of the Dexter series. It’s kind of sick, and even the title makes me remember and shudder a bit. It’s strange because it’s not like there aren’t other gruesome crimes in Dexter books, chopping up and freezing body parts is probably the least gruesome, cuttings off parts of someone’s body whilst they are concious is a particularly cruel way to go, and the idea of body parts and death as art is not without its gruesome factor either.
Maybe it’s the nature of the death. It wasn’t exactly intended as something violent or something to kill someone, it was more like survival in some weird twisted way. Plus there was a sexual element (something between necrophilia and some sort of sexual fascination with death) which is just uggh.
It wasn’t violet as in violent for the sake of violence is what I suppose I am trying to say, but in a way that made things worse.
It’s also however part of what made Dexter is Delicious more interesting to me. It was sort of intriguing. I also liked seeing a bit more of a human Dexter, and how he was squaring his ‘human’ side with his ‘monster’ side.
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Dexter in the Dark is the third book in the Dexter series
Synopsis (from amazon)
Dexter Morgan is busy planning his wedding to Rita to complete his nice-guy disguise.
But when a student is found burnt, molested and headless – seemingly sacrificed to an ancient god – and Dex is brought in as forensic analyst to help investigate, he realises he could be dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is. Soon it seems the dark passenger in Dexter’s head has gone into hiding. And when something creeps out your friendly neighbourhood serial killer, you know it’s serious . . .
As Halpern and Dexter are stalked by death, it looks like it’s getting personal – especially as Dex now has a family to protect. Gradually, Dexter realises his stepchildren might share his extracurricular interest in death. Could he help them target their bloodlust, just as he steers his own? But to do that, Dex must cope with a certain mutilated sergeant from his past, and more importantly . . . stay alive . . .
I introduced the boyfriend to Dexter recently and he’s overtaken me now (that’s what you get for having a TBR pile of 50, and your boyfriend has one of 0). So he read Dexter in the Dark before I did. HE told me it was more fictional than the others, which seems a really strange thing to say about a fictional book, but he couldn’t tell me how it was more fictional without spoiling it.
Actually, turns out I get how it is more fictiony. The most I can say without spoiling is that the Dark Passenger becomes more of his own entity, rather than just a part of Dexter.
As far as a comparison to other novels. I found this a little slower, less gruesome, less inventive, and actually a little predictable. Yeah we had more information than Dexter but I still found myself wondering how he could be so stupid. I don’t think he could have guessed the solution exactly- as the reader might, but he certainly didn’t seem to be linking together the clues he did have, and he could have come pretty close.
However towards the end I must admit I couldn’t see how it could end in 50 or so pages, there still seemed so much to happen. I was worried it would be rushed, and a little (considering my TBR pile in growing faster than I can read, even with a book buying ban) concerned that there would be a cliff hanger which would make me want to read Dexter by Design straight away.
Luckily it was neither. It was certainly action packed, but it felt steady enough, and considering the events the fast pace I think might have made us feel a fraction of what Dexter would have been feeling.
The very, very end I was not so keen on. I don’t think it fitted with the idea, but it makes the next book possible I suppose.
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This book was read as part of the Wishlist Challenge
Dearly Devoted Dexter is the second book in the Dexter series, you can read my review of the first book here
Synopsis (from amazon)
Miami’s best-dressed serial killer is back and on the prowl, at least he would be if he could shake off his permanent shadow. Ever since their paths first crossed, Sergeant Doakes hasn’t let Dexter Morgan out of his sight. Dexter may well be the Miami PD’s blood-spatter analyst, but Sgt. Doakes has a pretty good idea of how Dex likes to spend his free time and he’s determined to catch him in the act.
Dex hasn’t killed in months and is getting twitchy. To throw Doakes off his scent, he’s spending more time with Rita, his girlfriend. But no matter how many cosy nights they spend in front of the TV, Doakes is still watching.
Then a body turns up, horribly mutilated and barely alive. To trap the torturer, Doakes and Dexter will have to work together, if they can trust each other. It’s a devil’s pact and one of them will have to be the bait…
It was over a two years ago that I read the first Dexter book, Dearly Devoted Dexter has been on my wishlist (on amazon and bookmooch) ever since, but due to my habit of not buying from my wishlist it’s just got pushed further and further down, But a few weeks ago it came up on bookmooch and I snatched it up.
Despite it being over two years I remember certain parts of Darkly Dreaming Dexter quite vividly. I can’t see this happening so much with Dearly Devoted Dexter. It’s not that it wasn’t bad exactly, there were just less singular events which I think will be memorable, all the crimes were very similar, so whilst I think the general theme of the torture will stick in my memory I don’t think any specific victims will in the way they did for the first book.
The criminal was undoubtedly psychotic, as with the first murderer, however he was maybe less imaginative. And there were times when the plot seemed to drag a little for me.
However there were certain events which make me think that the next book in the series could be rather interesting.
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Synopsis (from Amazon)
Dexter Morgan isn’t exactly the kind of man you’d bring home to your mum. At heart, he’s the perfect gentleman: he has a shy girlfriend, and seems to lead a quiet, normal life bordering on the mundane. Despite the fact that he can’t stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But Dexter also has a secret hobby: he is an accomplished serial killer. So far, he’s killed 36 people and has never been caught because he knows exactly how to hide the evidence. And while that may lead some people to assume he’s not such a nice guy, he tempers his insatiable hunger for brutality by only killing the bad guys. However, Dexter’s well-organised life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Intrigued that the other killer favours a style similar to his own, Dexter soon realises that the mysterious new arrival is not simply invading his turf but offering him a direct invitation to ‘come out and play’…
I’m sure I’ve said before that crime novels are not usually to my taste. I find them not exactly predictable but somewhat formulaic and it kind of puts me off. I can really enjoy a good crime novel though and I’d heard lots of good things about this one so I thought I would give it a go. The Dexter books sounded pretty original to me too so I wasn’t expecting anything very formulaic
Well I can certainly say I raced through it. I can read about 100 pages a day without too much of a struggle but it doesn’t happen very often. Still I managed to finish Darkly Dreaming Dexter in just under two days which is pretty fast for me, especially when one of the days is a work day. I found the story very compelling and I really wanted to keep reading.
I found I had a somewhat of a love hate relationship with Dexter himself. Which I think was really that I enjoyed reading him as a character but felt I shouldn’t like him because, well, he was still a murderer, even if he was one with a ‘good heart’. In some ways I think the love hate thing gave me more of an understanding of Dexter too as that seemed to be his attitude towards himself.
I liked how the story was actually told by Dexter. It felt like you could really see how murderers tick (whether or not Lindsay had researched criminology I can’t say but it felt genuine). I think it was the psychologist in me that liked that, even though I haven’t studied criminal psychology since I was doing the a-level. In ways the book made me interested to look a bit more at criminal psychology (and I may well do that).
The actual storyline was exciting, I could never figure out things before Dexter did- but I suppose that is because I cannot think like a murderer (thinking about that it makes the idea of meeting Lindsay a little scary!). It’s an aspect that kept me going with the story and even at the end I was still scratching my head trying to work out what happened between the last chapter and the epilogue. The major twist at the end I never expected although parts of what made it work I had considered.
Adding the next to my wishlist right now!