Book Review: A Cold Day in Hell, by Mark Cain

I wanted to read this one while on vacation, but couldn’t resist starting a few days ahead already, then couldn’t resist reading on, and before I knew it, had it finished and still wasn’t on vacation. You know how these things happen…

Anyway, here’s the cover pic cold day in helland what it says on the jacket:

“Paranormal comedy that can sit on the same shelf with Christopher Moore’s best: madcap lunacy!”

Steve and Orson are back in this cracked sequel to Hell’s Super, book two in the new satire and humor series, Circles In Hell. This time, the guys must fix Hell’s heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, which has failed. Hell is getting progressively colder, and things are a lot more serious than devils and demons needing to put on some sweaters. If you’ve ever used the expression, “It will be a cold day in Hell before …” then you know that there are metaphysical ramifications involved. The HVAC system must be fixed before all Hell freezes over, which is an even worse state than just a bit of frigid weather. Still, anything can happen on A Cold Day In Hell … even a paranormal comedy romance that becomes a whacky love triangle.
A Cold Day In Hell Is the second volume in the new fantasy comedy series, Circles in Hell. It has been compared to other works of paranormal humor and Hell fiction including The Screwtape Letters and Good Omens and to the writings of Tom Holt, Christopher Moore and Douglas Adams.

And here’s what I think about it:

After having read the first part of the series, Hell’s Super, I went into reading this one with high expectations. I was not let down. Just like the first book, this one is a highly funny, quirky and intelligent read, mocking but never disrespectful. I love the way the author combines all sorts of faith – Christian, Greek, Norse, you name it – for his personal version of an afterlife in hell.
In this book now, Steve, hell’s man for everything that needs to be fixed, faces the challenges of not only having to repair hell’s heating system, but also of having to find out who broke it in the first place. And he doesn’t have much time, because with the system down, a cold day in hell is imminent, up to and including what the author so beautifully describes as ‘metaphysical ramifications’. And a cold day in hell is nothing compared to what might happen if all hell freezes over…
I very much enjoyed reading this book, so much so that I completely forgot myself and laughed out loud, or went to read the best parts to my husband.

A Cold Day in Hell on Goodreads

A Cold Day in Hell on Amazon

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About angelikarust

My name is Angelika Rust. I was born in Vienna in 1977. These days, I live in Germany, with my husband, two children, a despotic couple of cats and a hyperactive dog. After having tried almost every possible job from pizza delivery girl to HR consultant, I now make a living knowing English. No, I haven’t yet figured out what I want to be when I grow up, whenever that may be. In the meantime, I write the occasional book.
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