Review: Death On Denial (Quest Investigations #4) by E.J. Russell

Rating: 5🌈

Death on Denial is an absolutely fabulous fantasy romp! Not quite a romantic tale, though it has its elements, it’s a humorous, warm-hearted, wildly entertaining, paranormal caper!

Russell’s Mythmatched novel reaches out successfully to all branches of mythology for its characters and storylines, ranging from Herne the Hunter, to the Loch Ness Monster to a Slacker Death whining about work loads. It’s got everything you need! Murder, mystery, communication fails, and, unmet family responsibilities. Spooky stuff too.

A new character introduced here quickly became a huge favorite, Miss Pennymaker. So did a new young werewolf.

Russell’s characterizations are so amazing and memorable. Each one is so well layered and beautifully crafted that they come alive within Russell’s books. We entrust our hearts to them and become invested in the outcome of each plot that involves them.

Especially those who are the most vulnerable.

I adore how this one evolves and where the author left Hugh and his situation with his Kelpie King. Along with everyone at Quest Investigations.

There’s many wonderful stories left here, including a young group of werewolves so close to my heart. This series needs to investigate onward!

I’m hoping E.J. Russell’s listening. Please pass the word.

In the meantime, I’m highly recommending this and all the books already released in this series.

Grab them up and start reading in the order they are written for plot and character development.

Quest Investigations Series:

✓ Five Dead Herrings #1

✓ The Hound of the Burgervilles #2

✓ The Lady Under The Lake #3

✓ Death on Denial #4 › seriesQuest Investigations Series by E.J. Russell – Goodreads › Death-D…Death on Denial: A M/M Paranormal Mystery (Quest Investigations Book 4) – Kindle …


DOA becomes BRB when this client goes MIA…

When I agreed to accompany my selkie boyfriend on a private boat trip, I didn’t realize the invitation included a swim. In the Pacific. In November. Naked. And I certainly didn’t expect to have our swim derailed the instant I got in the water—holy crap, that’s c-c-cold—by a literal boatload of selkie clan leaders.

Climbing out of the water in front of them—did I mention naked? Yeah, way to make a brilliant first impression. Then things get worse: I get served. Not in the metaphorical sense, either. Nope, I’m being sued.

By Death.

Well, not Death precisely, but an Ankou—a Celtic psychopomp who escorts the departed to their final destinations. This guy is miffed that his workload has increased exponentially, which he blames on my actions in Sheol on an earlier case. I’m not about to take the heat when eons of shady demon shenanigans finally come home to roost, but here at Quest Investigations, we aid any and all supernatural folk in need—especially if they’ll drop their specious lawsuits against the agency’s lone human.

When the Ankou skips out on us, though, all hell breaks loose. Because without anyone to lead them on, the dearly departed become nearly departed and stick around to party hearty. Now it’s not just the selkie leaders complicating my love life—it’s the ex-living as well.

And when one of the ex-living decides not to remain ex? Things get really complicated, not to mention deadly.


Death on Denial is the fourth in the Quest Investigations M/M mystery series, a spinoff of E.J. Russell’s Mythmatched paranormal rom-com story world. It contains no on-page sex or violence, and although there is a romantic subplot, it is not a romance. The series is best read in order.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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