Chasing the Chupacabra (Critter Catchers #2) by Hank Edwards #mm #review @hanksbooks

Chasing the Chupacabra

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Business is tough for Critter Catchers, the animal control company owned by best friends Demetrius and Cody. Their first big job was a few months ago, but no one likes to talk about it because that critter turned out to be a murderous wolf man. When a new job finally appears, they jump at it, and end up chasing an unidentified creature through the woods around Parson’s Hollow. Soon they’re smack dab in the middle of another potential paranormal case, complete with a mysterious blood-thirsty creature, a secretive laboratory, and a farmer they’re not sure they can trust!addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Double TimeTAGA-nony-mouseTAG

I’ll admit. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story. But I was in one of those “what the hell” moments and decided I’d check it out. I have to admit, it was a pleasant surprise.

It’s kind of a mixture between a cozy mystery and a paranormal suspense all mashed up with a whole “Scooby Doo” television show-esque feel. Demmy and his best friend Cory run a company that gets rid of creatures you have hanging around – you know the kind: squirrels, skunks, and oh yeah, the wolf man they caught the year before. But they’re in trouble monetarily and even though they’ve sworn not to go near the paranormal again… sometimes the need of money forces action. So when goats turn up exsanguinated, well, they’re on the job against a possible chupacubra.

I do not want to give anything away, but I have to say, it’s a whole lot of fun from beginning to end. The secondary characters truly make the show. Especially Widow Monroe who shouldn’t be driving and yet still is. She is a wonderful dig at society as a whole and if you like dry humor? You’re gonna love this book.

The story was charming enough I may have to get hold of the first book in the series to check out what happened with the wolf man. And I wonder just how Edwards is going to handle Cory and Demmy’s possible budding ‘more than friends’ bromance. After all, Oliver is sweet and I would hate to have him tossed to the side if those two decide to shake things up.

Cute, amusing, and good for a read when you just want a light book to read.


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Here we go, book two. And you need book one to understand the players and the feelings of this one.

So this poor town, at one time so peaceful and now, wow blood bath. Dem and Oliver have started a relationship, Cody is not handling it well, but no one is catching on that the straight friend is or has always been jealous and wants Dem all to himself. Although I think Oliver finally got it. And is trying his best to be a wedge between the pair, without being obvious. Because Cody is still a man child, to Dem Cody is just acting like a brat.

Business is picking up, and things are looking better for the two, then they catch another blood bath case. The chase and catch of the creature was fun and watching everyone get involved with that.

But once again, I just can’t put my finger on this story, the pulse. I’m not a fan of any of these people, Oliver has an agenda, Cody is too ‘man child’ and Dem is to passive. None of it is working for me.


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