Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1) by Angel Martinez ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

LimeGelatinTitle: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1)

Author: Angel Martinez

Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)

Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/24/2015

Length: novella

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal


What good is a squad of cops with psychic abilities if all of them are defective?
Officer Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to Philadelphia’s 77th Precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as Kyle’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, his new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways.
Now, if Kyle and Vikash can learn to work together, they just might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.

My View:

1,000,000 cool points for the Kirby reference that most people won’t get and had me laughing out loud while I read this on my lunch break. Oops, sorry to the guy next to me who startled when I barked out that laughter. 1,000,000 more cool points for including fire dragons, the Avengers, Bumblebee(in his correct form) and all the other awesome references in this story.

This was a good start to what promises to be another fun series by Angel Martinez. I loved the concept, a group of “misfit” cops with psychic talents that weren’t quite right. I don’t want to give too much away but suffice it to say, each odd ability, or lack of ability, had me chuckling to myself.

This short novella was fast paced and easy to read yet it contained a murder mystery, humorous dialogue, awesome TV/VG/Book references, smexy romance, and just enough world building and character introduction to establish this new series without info dumping or forcing a perfect outcome. I will admit that I felt the relationship part was missing something. I struggled to understand why things went farther than attraction, but that may have been due to Vikash’s carefully controlled personality. I honestly think I would have enjoyed this story even without it.
That being said I am really looking forward to more from this series. The characters in this story were great, the humor was spot on, and the plot was interesting and kept me on my toes. There is so much potential for exciting storylines and I want to know more about each member of the 77th district. Will the badass leather jacket be back for more? Will the ladies of the districts be getting their stories as well? I would love to read about them too!


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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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