Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Private detective Duncan Andrews’s best friend Gina is a witch. His dog is a zombie. And his dead boyfriend, Robbie, is a ghost. So it’s hardly any wonder that he uses his connection to the supernatural to help him solve cases. In Pale as a Ghost, Duncan’s on the trail of a serial killer who may not be human, while also trying to move on in his dating life. In Animal Instinct, someone is using the skull of a powerful wizard—Gina’s father—to control animals and attack young Ashton Marsh. In The Scarlet Tide, Duncan’s latest case leads him to Chicago and a band whose members are all vampires. And in Dead End, Robbie’s cousin Jason has moved into a house that’s haunted by a serial killer, and Gina’s on the run from witch-hunters. Through it all, Duncan must solve the case and balance a complicated personal life.
Pale As Ghost
This first book introduces us to Duncan and his band of misfit friends. He’s a private detective who just so happens to have a best friend who’s a witch, a dog who’s a zombie and a dead ex-boyfriend who’s ghost lives with him. During this story Duncan works on two different cases, a missing girl and a blue ghost that is haunting a family. There’s some action and some comedy and it a little bit of bittersweet as Duncan realizes that a ghost can’t meet his needs and maybe it’s time for him to move on to a living boyfriend. I enjoyed this first book and getting to know this crazy cast of characters.
On this installment someone is using the skull of a powerful wizard to control animals and they’re not doing good things with them. Duncan’s friend Gina is distressed because the skull is that of her father and she knows how much damage he could do. Something serious happens that prevents Gina from being able to help and in addition Robby decides that maybe it’s time to move on to the after life. This one was one of my favorites. The plot was fast paced and entertaining and the side stories with Robby and Gina were emotional in parts.
The Scarlet Tide
Book three has Duncan heading to Indianapolis on case. This leads him to a rock band made up of vampires. He sets out to destroy them but the charismatic leader, Hunt, gains a psychic hold on Duncan, and forces him to look at things in his life he doesn’t really want to. There’s a lot going on relationship wise in this book and the author keeps me guessing as to how things will end up in the long run. The rest of the plot was fast paced and super entertaining.
This story finds Duncan investigating the ghost of a serial killer that is haunting Robbie’s cousin’s house. Duncan goes in thinking it will be an easy case until the ghost almost kills him. Things get serious quickly and they have their hands full with this ghost. There is also a major plot development with the ongoing plot line between Duncan and the men in his life.
Some of the books I liked more than the others but overall I felt that this was a really good box set. Duncan is a great MC and his attitude was super fun and entertaining. There is a unique cast of characters who all add to the overall story line. The romance aspect was as entertaining as the mysteries were. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and while the first person story telling style doesn’t always work for me, it did here. I’ll definitely be continuing with the other books in this series.
Covers by Anne Cain: I liked all of the covers for these books. I think they are really well done. They are cohesive and yet each stands out. I especially like the use of color on them.
ebook, 642 pages
Published December 2nd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635331080 (ISBN13: 9781635331080)
SeriesDuncan Andrews Thrillers #1-4