Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Sequel to The Scarlet Tide
A Duncan Andrews Thriller
Duncan Andrews’s best friend Gina is a witch, his bulldog Daisy is a zombie, and his boyfriend Robbie is a ghost. Duncan himself is just your average private detective, who happens to specialize in paranormal cases.
Robbie’s cousin, Jason, has a problem. The house he’s living in is haunted by the ghost of serial killer Dr. Stanley Moore. Duncan thinks banishing the spirit will be an easy task, but when confronted, the ghost nearly kills Duncan.
If that’s not bad enough, a witch-hunting group called the Order of Cotton Mather have tracked Gina down and are bent on destroying her. And Robbie and Duncan’s relationship may be nearing an end, as Robbie feels he’s holding Duncan back from having a lover he can actually touch.
Duncan must rid Jason’s house of the evil Dr. Moore, save Gina, and somehow manage to hold onto Robbie in the process.
The final chapter in the Duncan and Robbie show lives up to the reader’s expectations. Osborne’s wit and clever writing are there, as is the cast of characters we’ve come to know and love: Duncan Andrews, he-who-sees-ghosts; Robbie, his dead-for-a-decade boyfriend; Nick his no-longer-quite-normal gay friend; Gina his ancient witch best friend; and the zombie bulldog, Daisy.
We’ve had a whole troupe of nasties (as Duncan calls them) in this series, from ghoul to vampire; and in each case there is something peculiar (other than the assumed paranormality) about the dark creature at the center of the plot. In this last book, it appears that we’re just going to be dealing with your standard haunted house—until it turns into something far more disturbing, something that poses a real threat to the health and happiness of all involved.
As with all of this charming, fun-to-read series, there are sub-plots that complicate the central theme, and in “Dead End” Gina takes center stage in her own drama, even as she plays a critical role in the ghost-busting.
As I noted in my review of the last book, “The Scarlet Tide,” there were tears in volume four. That’s what happens when things you care about come to an end.
I so look forward to Stephen Osborne’s next venture. We may be done with Duncan Andrews, but oh, the possibilities!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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