Review: Dexter Is Delicious (Dexter #5) by Jeff Lindsay

Print Length: 350 pages
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (September 10, 2010)

From Dexter Morgan's happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He's always live by a single golden rule - he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy - to an eight-pound curiosity named Lily Anne - and strangely, Dex's dark urges seem to have left him. Is he ready to become an overprotective father? To pick up soft teddy bears instead of his trusty knife, duct tape, and fishing wire? What's a serial killer to do?

Then Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of an eighteen-year-old girl who seems to have been abducted by a bizarre group...who just may be vampires...and - possibly - cannibals. Nothing like the familiar hum of his day job to get Dexter's creative dark juices flowing again. Assisting his bull-in-a-china-shop detective sister, Deborah, Dex wades into an investigation that gets more disturbing by the moment. And to compound the complication of Dexter's ever-more-complicated life, a person from his past suddenly reappears...moving dangerously close to his home turf and threatening to destroy the one thing tat has maintained Dexter's pretend human cover and kept him out of the electric chair: his new family.

From an uncharacteristically racy encounter in the Florida Everglades to the most bizarre fringe nightclub in the anything-goes Miami scene, Dexter Is Delicious is an ingenious journey through the dark recesses of Dexter's lovably cold soul. Jeff Lindsay is once again at the top of his game, with this new novel that will thrill fans of his bestselling series.

My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

At least this one was a step up from the previous one. Marginally. And honestly that step up was due to the reemergence of his brother Brian, and a couple of different plot twists that I did not see coming.  

It definitely had nothing to do with dull as dishwater Dexter who has sworn to go the straight and narrow after the birth of his daughter. I am honestly starting to think that we will never get book one Dexter back, and if that is the case? Well perhaps he is just too stupid to live. Time and again he does things that defy the Dexter logic that has served him so well up until now. The Dark Passenger has stopped talking to you? Well yeah, possibly because you literally have NO SENSE of self-preservation. And for the love of all things holy can we please grow pair and start standing up to Debra? He allows himself to be forced into situations that he doesn't want to be in (including illegal activities) and all because he can't stand up to her? Or because she punches him? 

Five books down. And because I got them all at once, three more to go. Wish me luck! 


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