*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
This book had all the same good things the first one had—likeable characters, a solid plot, unique relationship struggles, writing that flowed well, snarky humor—but I actually liked it even more than the first.
For one thing, I found this one to be funnier because, in addition to Duncan’s snarky/sarcastic thoughts and remarks, there was that specific type of humor in which ridiculous things just keep building up until you can’t help but laugh. In this case, it was often thanks to the ghost of Duncan’s client’s neighbor who was recently killed and decided to haunt them and would always show up with perfect timing (he was rather harmless though, so don’t get confused and think this story is about a haunting).
I also thought the plot was more intriguing this time since it had a more legitimate mystery with a whodunnit aspect.
Another thing I liked was that Duncan was no longer doubting his relationship with Robbie and knew that he still wanted to be with him, regardless of the lack of sex. I loved how much they cared about each other and were willing to talk things out and try to make things work. I mean, even that brief snippet of a scene when they were lying together on the bed—it touched my heart that they were really trying and willing to work on things and were so comfortable with and in love with each other. I get that maybe clinging onto each other instead of moving on isn’t necessarily the healthiest thing, but I 100% understand why they’re doing it and think that their relationship, in the way that they treat each other, is really healthy.
My only negative is that, though this book was maybe a tad more emotional than the first, I was disappointed that there wasn’t more emotion wrought out of the characters and the situation. The emotion was there, but I didn’t really feel it. But as I mentioned in my review of the first book, it’s probably the perfect amount of emotion for people who don’t like heart-wrenching but still like just a little bit of feels, or for anyone who needs a break from emotional and wants to read something lighter. And the ending of this one did give me some warm, fuzzy feels at least.
Overall, this was a great sequel with a fun mystery plot, snarky humor, and likeable characters!
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Pale as a Ghost (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 1) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: Animal Instinct (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 2) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: The Scarlet Tide (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 3) by Stephen Osborne
Private detective Duncan Andrews has the home-team advantage when it comes to solving paranormal crimes: His best friend, Gina, is a centuries-old witch. His dog is a zombie. And his boyfriend, Robbie, is a ghost.
Duncan certainly has his work cut out for him with this case. Someone’s been using the skull of a powerful wizard to control animals, and whoever it is, they’re not out to set up a petting zoo. For Gina, the case hits close to home—she knows just how dangerous it is, since the wizard was her father.
Just when he thinks they’re close to breaking the case, tragedy strikes, leaving Gina in a coma. Then, after years as a ghost, Robbie finally decides to move on, leaving Duncan to protect young Ashton Marsh, the victim of several strange animal attacks. Suddenly Duncan is working without his supernatural safety net. Without his friends, can Duncan defeat the power of Eleazar’s skull and keep Ashton alive? Or will the struggle for his life end in broken bodies as well as broken hearts?
Book Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Duncan Andrews Thrillers
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT, Mystery, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Indiana, USA