Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/30/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fiction, Gay, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Thriller
Sequel to Dead End
A Duncan Andrews Thriller
Private Detective Duncan Andrews is back, along with the usual gang: Robbie, Gina, Nick, and Daisy, the zombie bulldog! Duncan is trying to figure out how his boyfriend, Robbie, will fit in with the team now that he is no longer a ghost. That worry is soon set aside when Duncan accepts a new case to locate a missing young man named Graig Betz. Duncan soon learns Graig is part of a werewolf pack that is terrorizing Indianapolis. The pack is led by a witch, Ashley Campbell, an old rival of Gina’s. Duncan and his team must try to rescue and cure Graig and stop the wolf pack from destroying an entire city.
What a nice surprise. I thought we were done with Duncan Andrews and his paranormal escapades. Stephen Osborne’s four-part series of thrillesrs: “Pale as a Ghost”, “Animal Instinct”, “The Scarlet Tide” and “Dead End” were a satisfying foursome, taking us into the professional life of a young private detective, his ghost boyfriend Robbie, and their zombie bulldog, Daisy. We met his friend Nick, a teacher who discovers a knack for seeing ghosts, and his best friend Gina, an ancient witch who heals and helps as Duncan stumbles from one supernatural mystery into another.
Now Dunc is back, and he’s on vacation in Florida with the no-longer-dead Robbie when he gets a call from a demon friend he calls Elton. Thinking he’ll pop back up to Indianapolis to solve the demon problem and return to his beloved in Florida, Duncan soon finds that things never seem to be as easy as he hopes. Before he can get back to Robbie, a worried grandmother hires him to find her grandson, who seems to have fallen in with a gang of werewolves.
Thing is, Duncan is doubly conflicted. He wants to get back to his vacation, but he’s the only supernaturally inclined detective in Indianapolis; it’s his job to help people with monster-related problems. Plus, now that Robbie is alive again, Duncan wants to keep him that way. He’s got Gina there to help, and his friend Nick, too, but Duncan would rather keep Robbie out of it.
Osborne writes with a wry sense of humor, but his story isn’t really comic. It is bloody and violent and Duncan’s little team has to put their lives on the line to eliminate a nasty problem that could be a threat to human life in Indianapolis. There’s plenty of interaction among the characters, and plenty of action as they tackle the nasties and try to keep the world safe for humanity. Duncan is out and proud and his relationship with Robbie is everything to him. He is a man who cares about people and cares about what he does for a living. Keeping it all in balance is just one of the challenges that faces him.
And, it seems, this is just the first of a new series. More trouble awaits our plucky detective, and I can’t wait until Mr. Osborne gives us book two.
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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