Kevin J Anderson has a gift for writing fantasy that leaves you laughing out loud. Services Rendered features Anderson’s renowned PI, Dan Shamble, oops Chambeaux, a zombie investigator working in the Unnatural Quarter, Sheyenne his ghostly gf/office manager, Robin Deyer a lawyer who wants justice for all monsters, and his BHF Officer Toby McGoohan - placed in the unnatural quarter for his unfortunate sense of humor. The cases they face range from the serious to the absurd, and each and every one is entertaining. From a gorgon who wants to participate in a beauty pageant, to a headless man who believes his head was stolen; from a missing Mayan wish turkey to a newt with a stolen eye, there is no zombie investigator more suited to the case than Dan Shamble, I mean Shambeaux.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Services Rendered from the...
The Dead Ringer
An Agatha Raisin Mystery
by M. C. Beaton
St. Martin's Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 02 Oct 2018
M C Beaton’s newest Agatha Raisin novel is loads of fun for fans and newcomers alike. Filled with sharp eyed portraits of quirky locals, as well as honest and amusing takes on series favorites, The Dead Ringer is a hilarious depiction of village life in the Cotswolds - as well as a mystery with several confounding turns. As always the villains are rather easy for the reader to ferret out, but it is simply much too fun watching Agatha strive and struggle - mainly with her desire for a man, and her tempestuous but vulnerable ego. Agatha is the perennial fish out of water in the Cotswolds, but she has made it her home and has numerous friends looking out for her - a necessity since she has a tendency to get into trouble.
The trouble here begins with the visit of the local bishop to Thirk Magna. Considered a celebrity because of his gorgeou...
by Lynne Truss
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 06 Nov 2018
A Shot in the Dark is a delightfully funny mystery in the classic vein. Lynne Truss skillfully captures the feel of 1950s Brighton in her newest comic novel. The captain of police likes to think all crime ended with the shootout between two gangs that not just made the news - a movie followed idolizing him. Little real police work was done before the arrival of Constable Twitten, a too bright newcomer. The murder of theater critic A S Crystal opens the door to an investigation into a decades old robbery and a conspiracy behind the scenes of Brighton’s cheery holiday veneer.
The quirky characters and the strange situations make A Shot in the Dark a funny book. It’s plot is cleverly composed - more than enough to satisfy the most critical mystery lover. A Shot in the Dark is the perfect antidote to the large quantities of...
Ghost Busting Mystery Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series, Book 1
by Daisy Pettles
Hot Pants Press, LLC
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Sep 2018
Despite its unfortunate name - surely almost anything is better than Ghost Busting Mystery - the book is a cute one. What it lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for with a heaping serving of quirky small town residents and more than a dash of down home humor. Abbott had Costello, and Ruby Jane has Veenie. The duo make for a unique pair of detectives, which goes a long way towards explaining the unusual cases they end up taking. In this case Dode Schneider is convinced ghosts are haunting the abandoned Wyatt mansion. Ruby Jane and Veenie are hired to investigate. Of course as luck would have it, they stumble upon a skeleton- the start to a first class adventure.
Ruby Jane and Veenie are not the type of people to let propriety or expectations stan...
Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden
Humor , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 20 Sep 2018
Battlestar Suburbia is a bizarre confection, part humorous part surreal, but entirely unique. Like Brazil ( the movie ), it is bitingly satirical in a way that can be funny, painful, or painfully funny. The electronic appliances on earth have not only become sentient - they have also taken over. Humans are at the bottom of the totem pole, tasked with cleaning. When Darren’s charge cart gets knocked into space, he’s eager to make some cash to retrieve his livelihood - even if it means acting as a personal cleaner. But instead of clearing out dust bunnies he short circuits a lamp post, which photos Kelly and Darren, putting them on the run. One haphazard act after another leads them into unwittingly starting a revolution, and to Pam, a bread maker, discovering a conspiracy that drives them on a collision course.
From megalomaniacal smartphones to lock picking drones...
by Kevin Hearne; Delilah S. Dawson
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 17 Jul 2018
Kill the Farm Boy is one of the most hilarious fantasy novels I’ve ever read. It takes the old trope of a young man chosen for adventure and greatness and turns it on its head. Yes the farm boy and his now speaking goat Gustave set off for adventure, but Worstly is soon killed, the victim of an accidental squashing. What follows is a riotous pun filled adventure, with a group of mismatched and more than a little inept adventurers. From Fia, a warrior in an extremely uncomfortable chainmail bikini, Argabella a bunny bard, the crepuscular lord (not quite dark) whose magic centers around bread products, and Poltro the chicken fearing rogue to Gustave, the chosen one, who simply wants to avoid becoming curry and imbibe lots of delicious leather boots - these adventurers will make even the most staid reader laugh until...
Secrets, Lies & Crawfish Pies is a fun cozy that is big on personality. As a New Orleans native transplanted to Texas, I was intrigued by the description. I’m glad I picked the book up. It is quirky, funny and full of charm that highlights the best of New Orleans and small town Texas.
Romaine Wilder left her small town roots to become a medical examiner in the big city. But a combination of dwindling finances and lack of position drove her straight back to where she didn’t want to be - Robel, Texas. Accompanied by her larger than life Auntie Zanne, she returns home to find that Auntie Zanne’s funeral home has acquired an extra body. As her cousin, the sheriff, has absolutely no experience investigating a murder, Romaine reluctantly joins forces with Auntie Zanne in hopes of finding the killer - or more accurately kee...
Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 May 2018
Magick Run Amok is a fast paced cozy that serves up a winning mix of humor, magick and murder.
Kailyn Wilde has plenty to keep her busy between managing her shop and helping her aunt keep an eye on Merlin - who has a talent for trouble. When an investigative journalist and good friend is found dead, Travis suspects foul play. But all he has to back up his claim is a list of names that Ryan believed were connected. Kailyn readily joins in on his investigation, providing magical assistance when necessary. Killers have been dying, but who is responsible? Was Ryan murdered because he found a connection the police did not? Investigating murder is a dangerous proposition, even when you have magick on your side.
Magick Run Amok is a cute cozy mystery that will readily appeal to fans of paranormal cozies.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Magick Run Amok from the publishe...
Dead Eye (Tiger's Eye Mystery #1)
by Alyssa Day
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Feb 2017
Dead Eye is a cute paranormal cozy with an adorable heroine and a sexy hero who is itching to make her purr. Tess Callahan is sweet, smart and funny. She runs the Dead End pawnshop where a quirky array of residents bring their items to pawn and where visiting tourists find everything they never knew they had to have. But life isn't all taxidermied gators and vampire fangs, Jeremiah, Tess’s boss, was murdered and left on the pawnshop steps. And now just as his son Jack returns to town, another body is dropped at the shop. Jack is determined to get justice for his father and Tess is happy to help - so long as he keeps his hands to himself.
Dead Eye is a cute paranormal cozy. It has some romance, but nothing graphic. Neither does it have graphic violence. Dead Eye is a fun read that makes for the perfect afternoon escape.
Death of a Busybody A British Library Crime Classic
by George Bellairs
Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 05 Sep 2017
Death of a Busybody is deliciously fun to read. It is a mystery that delights readers with an assortment of colorful village residents. Bellairs’ characters leap from the page, making it impossible for even the most serious of readers to hide their grins and chortles. It's clear that Bellairs has an eye for both the nuances of human behavior and their at times seemingly absurd motivations. The ways people relate to one another lies at the heart of Death of a Busybody.
Miss Tither is the archetypal nosy parker/ bully who knows everything about everyone and is prepared to tell each and every person exactly what it is they are doing wrong. Responses range from grim tolerance to outright annoyance, but no one expects her to be murdered. As the village constable is unprepared for such a serious case, Scotland Yard sends in one of their...