Canines, Crosshairs, and Corpses (Brandywine Investigations #1) by Angel Martinez ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Canines, Crosshairs, and Corpses Title: Canines, Crosshairs, and Corpses (Brandywine Investigations #1)

Author: Angel Martinez

Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)

Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

What’s a Lord of the Dead to do? Hades’ bride of several thousand years has served him with divorce papers and she doesn’t just want him out of her life, she wants the palace and the dog, too. Hades’ nephews and his faithful ferryman, Charon, are determined to find their uncle something to distract him before he expires of brooding misery.

Tiberius Snyder had a good future, until his mother dies and his employer shuts down. When he finds himself alone with nowhere to live, he turns to panhandling and to drink, depression slowly killing him.
He just wants a place to sleep out of the cold wind, but Death finds him in a dirty alley. Odd. Ti never thought Death would be so hot…

PizzyGirl’s View:

Right away the author got me with her tone and her twists on Greek Mythology. I love when an author takes something traditional and makes it all her own! The way she integrated the gods and goddesses into contemporary culture while still maintaining their mythological origins was unique. I also liked the fact that all the different cultural Pantheons were mentioned as well as the Christian version of God and the Angels. That all the Deities intermingled and knew of one another. It was something I think added a bit extra to my enjoyment.

I loved Hades. How old world he was at first and trying to fit into modern society. It was actually very humorous. I also loved that he was a mixture of strong and sexy yet emotional and sensitive. For all his hard exterior, he was a bit lost and in need of love and acceptance. Ti on the other hand remained a mystery to me. I felt sorry that his life found him homeless and abused, but I never made a true connection to him like I did with Hades.

I also felt like I missed something in the development of Hades and Ti’s relationship. I totally understood why Ti was attracted to and in love with Hades. Hades was well fleshed out, described as extremely sexy, and full of depth. I fell in love with him myself. But I was at a loss as to why Hades was so in love with Ti. Maybe it was because I never formed a connection to Ti, but I never felt he was an equal to Hades in the relationship. I never felt he was worthy of Hades’s love. It had nothing to do with his life choices or his lack of wealth or employment. I just never figured out what Ti brought to the table as far as the relationship was concerned.

I love that the author left the concept of Brandywine investigations a bit unclear at first. It mirrored the fact that Hades was still figuring out how to blend into the human world and establish his PI business. I enjoyed the murder mystery and liked the fact that the killer and the motives weren’t predictable. The author slowly revealed details that kept me guessing until the end. And I really didn’t see the ending coming. It just made me feel all that much more for Hades, but again left me a little confused as to why things happened as they did.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. The concept of the gods living among humans, and the development of this world was great. It was right up my alley and I am so glad I picked this one up. The romance development left a bit to be desired, but it was not enough to stifle my enjoyment of this book and I am ready for book 2!

Buy Links

Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
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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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