Jo Perry : Charlie & Rose Box Set (Paperback)

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“A wonderful, original, hilarious and brilliant book. I really enjoyed it. I think you’ll like it very much indeed… A must read.” - Eric Idle

Grab ALL $ of Charlie & Rose's adventures in this fabulous 4 x Paperback Box Set.


  • Dead Is Better
  • Dead is Best
  • Dead Is Good
  • Dead Is Beautiful

Dead Is Better

Charles Stone has just woken up dead. Well he’s pretty sure he’s dead, what with the bullet holes in his chest and all. He also appears to be totally alone in the after-life except for the ghostly dog who seems to be his new companion.

Unable to interact with the world of the living other than watching and listening, he and the dead dog (whom he names Rose) have nothing to do and all the time in the world to do it. 

When Charles and Rose try to unravel the circumstances of Charles's death, they uncover a criminal who is raking in millions of dollars by cruelly exploiting, and sometimes killing, his victims. 

But what difference can a ghost make? 

And what does the damn dog have to do with any of this?ter. 

Dead Is Best

Charlie and Rose are back in their much anticipated new adventure.

Charlie’s step daughter lies dying on a beach. She needs help. Some serious help. But how did she get there and what can on earth can a dead guy and his dead dog do?

Plenty as it turns out.

As Charlie & Rose ride to the rescue in their own unique way it soon becomes clear that the body on the beach was only the beginning….

Dead Is Good

A woman opens fire on the North Hollywood Police Precinct and is almost immediately shot dead by the L.A.P.D.

Another woman throws herself off the edge of Santa Monica Pier.

One is suicide, one is art…

Welcome to the world of Charlie & Rose, everyone’s favourite ghost detectives.

Summoned once again from the afterlife, and cursed by death to only ever be on-lookers into the lives of the living, Charlie and his dog companion Rose do their best to protect the only woman Charlie has ever loved. 

Life, it seems, is much more complicated than death, and very quickly Charlie & Rose find themselves attempting to untangle a complicated and deadly web of suicide, art, drug gangs and the illegal sweat-shops of downtown Los Angeles.

Dead Is Beautiful

DEAD IS BEAUTIFUL, finds Rose leading Charlie from the peace of the afterlife to the place he hates most on earth, “Beverly Fucking Hills,” where a mature, protected tree harboring a protected bird is being illegally cut down.

The tree-assault leads Charlie and Rose to a to murder and to the person Charlie loathes most in life and in death, the sibling he refers to only as “his shit brother,” who is in danger.

Charlie fights-across the borders of life and death–for the man who never fought for him, and with the help of a fearless Scotsman, a beautiful witch, and a pissed-off owl,

Charlie must stop a cruel and exploitative scheme and protect his beloved Rose.

Praise for the Charlie & Rose books.

"It's weird, unique, funny and sad all at the same time. An emotional read, but a bloody great story! I can’t wait to read the follow up, Dead Is Best!"

"Jo Perry's novel got under my skin and just wouldn't turn me loose"

"Deep, dark edges that still somehow let in the light, which is in turn harsh and silvery and, as in one of the quotations, “bonewhite…like death, behind all things." I love this story— of redemption, of love, of connection— and I love this book."

“Like a Noir novel by Sam Beckett”

“Weird, unique, funny and sad all at the same time. An emotional read, but a bloody great story”

“I loved it. It made me think. It made me laugh. What more could I want?”

“Smart, funny, original story. Oh, did I mention funny. Take it to the beach with you this summer”

'Dead is Good is a metaphysical detective novel: a meditation on the meaning of life—and of death. It’s also an evocative and wickedly funny portrait of Los Angeles, a city whose disparate communities barely seem to connect. But connect they do, and Perry draws the line between exploited downtown garment workers and ostentatious Beverly Hills McMansions with the sarcastic, chronically dissatisfied Charlie and his sweet-tempered dog, Rose as our guides. Sure, they’re both dead, but they live and breathe as characters whom you want so much to find some form of peace and happiness. I can’t wait for their next case."

Lisa Brackmann, critically acclaimed author of the Ellie McEnroe novels, (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day), Getaway, The Go-Between and others.

"Jo Perry's DEAD IS GOOD is the best book yet in a solid-gold series:
funny, sad, suspenseful, and totally original. They're set in a world in
which the dead can observe the living -- including those they love -- but
can't lend a hand. And her often-beautiful prose is uniquely her own."