The MONSTER HUNTER FILES anthology is a brilliant view into the Monster Hunter International series through the lens of some of my favorite authors and some new authors I should explore in the future.
Genre: Mystery & Detective
A police procedural should investigate the main characters, just as the characters are investigating a crime. In GRAVEYARD SHIFT, there doesn’t seem to be much individuality between its investigators, when there should be worlds of difference.
Who would have thought that the detached and distant Noir style would perfectly match that of a robot assassin? Ray Electromatic used to be in the detective business but turns out there’s a lot more money to be had killing people. With Ada, his monitoring computer, whispering in his ear, Ray drives around LA fulfilling his contracts.
WRAITH HUNTER is completely charming, walking the line between intense fight scenes and witty one-liners. Cal Kinsey is both self-deprecating and ambitious. He wants to be a key member of the DSI team, but PTSD has him second-guessing and acting rashly.
While I enjoyed STRANGE PRACTICE overall, I couldn’t help feel a little duped. The series carries Greta’s name but she’s one of six POV characters. It was a disappointing realization because Greta was my hook into STRANGE PRACTICE. A descendant of Van Helsing runs a medical practice for the supernatural? Yes please.
MAGICK & MAYHEM is a nice little cozy mystery with a sight supernatural twist. This was a fairly quick read with a pretty basic murder mystery and while I enjoyed reading it, there were a few smallish issues I had.
PIT PERFECT is a delightfully cozy supernatural mystery story. I enjoyed the different turns the story took in making you question everyone’s motives at some point (except Smooshie, Lily’s adorable dog).
One of the genre tags on the Goodreads page for DEADER HOMES AND GARDENS is “cozy mystery” and that is a very accurate description for this book and in fact the whole series. It’s the type of book to read for someone looking for a ‘scary but not pants-wetting scary ‘ book to read on a cold October evening.
The first episode of Bookburners, BADGE, BOOK AND CANDLE, sure packs a punch for only forty one pages.
The introduction gets you into the brain of the main character quickly and effectively, and unlike many female police characters, I didn’t get the feeling she had a massive chip on her shoulders or something to prove that made her cold and distant.