Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Kyle Monroe, his irritating new partner, and their fellow freaks at the 77th Precinct must learn to work together to stop a vicious murderer that might not even be human.
Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.
Previously published, I somehow missed this the first time around and now got to enjoy a new adventure into the creative mind of Angel Martinez with Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the first in her Offbeat Crimes series. Its another wild lollapalooza of creatures and mysteries thrown together and it starts with the 77th Precinct, also known as the “Island of Misfit Freaks”. Its the precinct where any paranormal cop with a non-useful talent gets stuck, aka…the reject pile. One cop can hear the unhappiness of waterfowl, another? Well, they’re not sure what he is or does. He just is. One’s a ghost who’s job is to maintain coffee pot and he’s bad at it. And so it goes at the 77th Precinct. Then we arrive at our main couple. Kyle Monroe, on the short side, although he maintains he’s average who absorbs any paranormal talent nearby without control. And Vikash Soren who’s at first reticent about why he’s been transferred…until he connects with Kyle and all hell breaks loose.
Half the fun and the charm of a Angel Martinez story is the inventiveness and down right quirkiness of the characters involved. A cop that hears the unhappiness of waterfowl? Thats sort of amazing and something I can picture as are all the other inhabitants of that Island of Misfit Freaks. I grew downright fond of them all as the story progressed and I got to know them better. Another? The mysteries, murder cases actually, that the squad must investigate. Often horrible, its a wonderful avenue for personal exploration for the reader as well as for themselves. And it works beautifully here. I enjoyed seeing the case being solved as much as I enjoyed the romance progress too.
As this is the first in a series, its a HFN which is fine. There is so much more exploring to do as far as the Precinct and the characters go. I can’t wait. If the supernatural, the paranormal, murder mysteries, and romance is something you are looking for, here is a story that combines all of them to my delight. That its written by Angel Martinez just seals the deal. I highly recommend it.
Cover art by Posh Gosh really doesn’t relate as well as it should to the story line. Its just ok.
ebook, 2nd Edition, 91 pages
Expected publication: August 16th 2016 by Pride Publishing (first published May 24th 2015)
SeriesOffbeat Crimes #1, Tales From The 77th Precinct