Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the animal control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.
Animal control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.
I should know by now that the cuter the title the scarier the story with this series and Angel Martinez. I mean we started at Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters which laid down the universe and characters (book 1) and with each story after, the author has been ramping it up! The monsters have been scarier, the romances more heartwarming, the couples and their various backgrounds far more fascinating and absorbing than it might appear on the surface…it just keeps getting better and better. Next came giant pills bugs in space (The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes, #2). Trust me, that’s something that doesn’t bear thinking about too closely. Great story though. Followed by two of my favorites, animated clothing in love (Hunter Green Pea Coat (Offbeat Crimes, #2.5) and the truly remarkable, almost unimaginable verse spitting flying books and a vampire with blood issues (Skim Blood and Savage Verse (Offbeat Crimes, #3).
Then Feral Dust Bunnies showed up. Be still my heart! If I was one of those people who used emojis in their reviews, I’d be throwing them everywhere. Hearts and stuff. Why? Because I loved this story. First of all. That title! Hooked! I always knew those suckers were alive! Next up. The characters. Wolf and his lizard partner Krisk were always mentioned in the other stories as being good if strange and uncommunicative officers of the 77th Precinct, the one that handles the offbeat and downright weird crimes. Feral Dust Bunnies gives us the real insight into their partnership and Wolf’s background, and such a sad one it is. He’s an actual wolf, cursed as a pup and turned into a human. The full story is actually poignant as is his continuing attempts to navigate the human world through a wolf mind. Martinez does an amazing job of making Wolf such a believable being. We’re in his head and heart as he tries to work through the simplest of things as a grocery list which can still confound him yet have the great skill set to solve the most difficult of crimes. He’s given an amazing foster mother to help him work through daily life tasks and be his support as well as a great friend and partner in Krisk whose story we’ve yet to hear.
In one awful event, two amazing things happen for him and the readers. Wolf finds an orphaned kitten and he calls on the services of ACO Jason Chen, who makes Wolf want to lick him. I tell you, these two characters (and yes Audacity the kitten is a full blown character) are almost beyond description they are that good! Wolf’s interaction with them, I want to say Audacity, but you really can’t leave Jason out of any of it, is intimate, tender, believable and will leave you with a hurt face, because you’re smiling too much over each scene.
Of course, Wolf is never alone. His ‘pack’ is the other officers at the 77th Precinct and they figure largely in this story too. Martinez treats them with all the love and care you would expect. They may not get a lot of time on the page but when they show up, it’s as the fully fleshed out characters we know and love. And sometimes laugh at or with.
In Feral Dust Bunnies, a villain we’ve only been getting hints about further solidifies here. The plot thickens as a famous detective says and becomes even more frightening for everyone involved. There’s another story with Wolf coming out ~ Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs (Offbeat Crimes, #5). I’m on that like hotcakes! Where do we go from there? I have no idea. Quite frankly the author’s mind is a wild, imaginative and scary place. I haven’t a clue where she’s taking us but I can’t wait to hop on board. I may need my blankie and a kitten. Plus a broom.
New to this series? Start at the beginning and meet all the detectives at the 77th Precinct. Watch them find love while solving some of the wildest cases you will ever read about. The writing is excellent, the pace as fast as rollercoaster and the imagination of one Angel Martinez? Out of this world!
Cover art by Posh Gosh is nice and I have to admit how do you do Feral Dust Bunnies?
ebook, 115 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Pride Publishing
Original TitleFeral Dust Bunnies
Series Offbeat Crimes #4
- Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes, #1)
- The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes, #2)
- Hunter Green Pea Coat (Offbeat Crimes, #2.5)
- Skim Blood and Savage Verse (Offbeat Crimes, #3)
- Feral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes, #4
- Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs (Offbeat Crimes, #5)
- Offbeat Crimes: Volume 1
- Offbeat Crimes: Volume 2