Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
All Animal Control Officer Jason Shen ever wanted was a quiet life of rescuing lost kittens and helping animals in need. Having a paranormal cop boyfriend guarantees an end to the quiet part. What at first seems a random encounter with jackalopes in the park might be more than chance and when State Paranormal sends a handsome, charming vampire to consult with the Seventy-Seventh, he finds his relationship with Alex on shaky ground.
Officer Alex Wolf hoped his humaning skills were improving but now he can’t unravel the strange politics at State Paranormal or why Jason’s family seems to hate him. There’s no time to puzzle things out either. Bizarre animals are loose in the city, Jason’s acting strange, and is the vampire captain from State flirting with him? Wolf’s going to have to keep his head in the game if he’s going to have any chance of putting the pieces together and keeping the city safe from the strange critters terrorizing its streets.
You know I’m running out of adjectives here. I’m going to have to start to resort to the sort of thing like making up words to go along with the made up animals like the Jackalope here and the Woofen-Poofs, among others. Angel Martinez’s minds a fantabulous place. Scary, mind-blowing definitely but one I always want to visit with. Here we return to that hard-working Precinct the 77th and its Paranormal Unit. Animals are popping up all over and attacking people, animals that don’t exist in nature…like jackalopes. There’s only one squad to do the investigating. And since one of their own was on the scene of the first attack, that should help..right?
Officer Wolf is one of many great characters here. An actual wolf cursed to be human, he’s dealing with his boyfriend’s unfriendly family, a new case he doesn’t understand, and a new vampire supervisor who’s confusing him. Jason Shen isn’t happy with any of those elements either. The author is juggling one of the weirdest supernatural romances around (believably so), making us understand a wolf trying to understand human while being a wolf, and continuing an overall series arc that keeps getting more series all the time while maintaining its humorous elements. And blowing our mind with her creativity while doing it.
Nothing like loving falling down the rabbit’s hole.
Once more the characters are outstanding, here we are dealing with an established couple having “normal” couple issues but with a supernatural twist, along with a case that has implications far beyond just the ones it seems to present. Angel Martinez never does things simply narratively speaking. Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs (Offbeat Crimes #5) and all the other stories in this series showcase that on a high worbly way! So there!
I’m addicted. I admit it. But these definitely aren’t stand alone stories. You need to go to the first stories and start building your foundation knowledge of the beings/people/couples and overall series arc. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on a book once you’ve started.
Cover art by Posh Gosh works for the story elements.
ebook, 225 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Pride Publishing
Series Offbeat Crimes #5
setting Pennsylvania (United States)
- 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)
- All The World’s An Undead Stage (Offbeat Crimes, #6 coming out in January 2018