Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Wolf-Beast and ex-cop Lowell Kanaan recently brought his boyfriend, Elementalist and mystery author John Tilney, into the PI business with him. They’ve been solving cases for Boston’s varied praeternatural communities ever since. So when a young Terran feels that the brutal murder of his Beast boyfriend isn’t being treated seriously enough by the police, he brings the case to Kanaan & Tilney for a second opinion.
Similarly defiled corpses pop up around Boston as they race to find the killer. All the victims are packless Beasts, like Lowell, and the vicious nature of the killings stir up old prejudices in the praeternatural community, Beast and otherwise. Throw a personal vendetta and some ugly family history for Lowell in the mix, and the trails are as muddy as ever.
This case will test Kanaan & Tilney’s strength, both as a PI team and a couple. It’ll take all they have to keep each other alive—and stop a serial killer.
Private investigators Lowell Kanaan and boyfriend John Tilney are back with another heartbreaking case of murder that hits close to home. This time they are called in to investigate the murder of a packless lion, torn and cut up in an alleyway, parts of him missing. That the lion-beast was packless like Lowell was enough for them to take the case…then more are killed, and it looks like Lowell could be a target.
In this story more of Lowell’s history and the nature of the pack organization/culture comes to light, and not in a good one. Those that are packless are looked down upon by others, said that their state will make them feral without the structure of the pack. Their “second class citizenship” is made evident through their self help groups and troubled lives within the stories. Easy prey for a murderer.
While investigating the crimes, the authors dive into the evolving relationship of Kanaan and Tilney, progressing as work partners as well as romantic ones. I loved them as both and enjoyed the dynamics between them, hot, sexy, and in one instance, where they impersonated tourists, very funny.
I wish there had been more about the actual murderer. That seemed a bit fuzzy at best. The action was swift and suspenseful but the actual person behind it and who they were? That needed more groundwork and a better foundation here. That actually would be the only thing that people coming at this story new would find fault with. It’s not a stand alone. You need to read the first story and then come here. I loved the coroner and look forward to more investigations where he and other continuing characters resume their roles.
Cover art by Dar Albert. I like the intense cover. The old typewriter font and the story elements, Nice!
Published December 26th 2017 by Loose Id
SeriesKanaan & Tilney #2