Rezension zu "Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes Book 1)" von Angel Martinez
Kyle is a detective in the precinct of misfit paranormal cops. Kyle borrows the abilities of people nearby, with little control over them.
He gets partnered with the newest member, cool, controlled Vikash, who makes bad things happen, when he gets angry.
The search for a river-side killer keeps the partners busy, but outside of the job they find themselves attracted to each other.
This is a really quirky and fun book.
You have a whole precinct full of detectives with paranormal abilities and mythological creatures. Just that all their abilities aren't that...useful. You have a telekinetic who can only teleport fruit, a fire starter who needs very dry climate to make any fire, a wolf stuck in human form, a vampire who can only drink skimmed blood and is weakened because of it.
Since it's a rather short book, the worldbuilding isn't very extensive, but the curious characters you meet are just very interesting and awesome. There is a lot of potential there, and plenty more parts to explore.
I adore the MCs. Kyle (Kirby) is a rather mouthy, snarky redhead while Vikash is very quiet and controlled with an odd sense of humor. I really liked both of them and I thought they work very well together, though their relationship is still kinda at the beginning at the end of the book, but it's distinctly HFN see-where-it-leads territory.
I though there where a few too many characters in it. I got confused with all the detectives, since first names, last names and nicknames are used at different times and I could never quite keep straight who could do what. A short dramatis personae might have helped wit that.
The book doesn't take itself seriously, luckily. It's a lot of fun, full of weird situations and odd people, that made me curious for more.