Review: The Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer (Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees Book 1) by Jennifer Cody

Rating: 4🌈

What we have here is a paranormal murderous romance farce as narrated by a snarky mute with a bent for sparkly jewelry and competent killer men so outstanding it brings out the heart eyes.

The author states in her notes she wrote it for fun and it reads that way. It’s absolutely entertaining, a one-sided narrative from a mute character, Romily Butcher, who’s bloody, dark short history absolutely prepares him for the supernatural/ paranormal death fest that’s Arlington Fox.

And it all starts with

“Once upon a time, a mute boy fell in love with an unapologetic murderer.”

— The Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer (Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees Book 1) by Jennifer Cody

From the beginning of their meeting in the diner, it’s a chaotic bloody romantic snarky funny mess. One that allows the narrator to peal back his own devastatingly awful personal history even as his new one is rolling out before us. It’s full of cherubs, demons, organizations that help with the balance of good and evil, magical agents and agendas galore , all served up with mystery and sarcasm!

Bad things happen. Lots of people die. It’s high action, kidnapping, murder, hijinks, and terror amidst the humor and romance. So while it’s fluffy in parts, it’s hellish fluffy.

Which, depending on how the author executes the story and frames out their characters, I’m a fan of. I really like how it works here. It’s a interesting combination of mythology, crime family dynamics, romance, and farce.

A note, traumatic and semi-traumatic events are given glossy or brief, succinct treatments here in the book and series. Maybe there’s a mention of a few tears but that’s generally it. I’ll let Romily spell it out as he does at the beginning of the book.


Dear Reader,

I’m a sassy, brave, beautiful boy who happens to use humor to cope with an unseen disability. If that bothers you, maybe you should consider expanding your horizons about how disabled people make life bearable when we’re surrounded by the oblivious.

Sincerely, Romily Butcher

PS: There’s a dub-con scene in this book. Shhh, it’s ok. I’m fine.”

— The Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer (Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees Book 1) by Jennifer Cody

Yes. As I said bad things happen. But they’re always happened to him. And they happen repeatedly throughout the book, to others all around him. It’s that series and those types of characters.

You know if you’re the type of reader that this will pose a issue for. Pls take that into consideration.

Meanwhile, I’m recommending The Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer (Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees Book 1) by Jennifer Cody. There’s 3 stories out now with plenty more planned. That is great incentive for me if I’m enjoying a series so far!

Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees series to date:

✓ The Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer #1

✓ Fox Recruits a Mute Boy (And Falls in Love): A Short Story MSMD #1.5

✓ The Trouble With Trying to Save an Assassin (Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees Book 2) › showThe Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer by Jennifer Cody | Goodreads



Third time’s the charm, right? At least that’s what I tell myself when I witness the same hot guy commit mass murder three times in a few days. I’m either the luckiest mute boy ever or possibly the unluckiest. Who knows, maybe him kidnapping me will turn into the greatest love story ever told? Hey, it could happen! You never know how these things will turn out. I happen to believe in love and soulmates, and if nothing else, Arlington Fox doesn’t treat my disability like a nuisance. It’s not everyday you find someone who just gets you, and I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth even if the horse in question is a man so good at killing people that I should probably introspect a bit about why that skews my moral compass and possibly my kinks. But c’mon, competence is sexy, amiright?

The Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer is an MM Paranormal Romance with lots of sass, humor, a ridiculous 3000 year age-gap, and an inordinate number of tables.

Praise for The Trouble with Trying to Date a Murderer:

“Arlington Fox is so smexy, but if he accidentally gets blood on one of my suits again, we’re going to have words.” —Romily Butcher, aka the narrator.

“I’d never accidentally get blood on any of his suits.” —Arlington Fox, aka Future Husband


Unless it’s noted, all books reviewed have been purchased by the reviewer.

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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