Book 1 in the Offbeat Crimes series
Kyle Monroe, his irritating new partner and their fellow freaks at the 77th Precinct must learn to work together to stop a vicious murderer that might not even be human.
Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange, gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.
I’m just going to say this up front, this was a hard one for me to grade, the bones of the book I liked. But not having read this author before, and knowing that we get ARC copies and a lot of times we (me) are not sure if it’s the final printed draft or not, it’s hard to tell if it’s the style of writing by an author, because we all know everyone has an unique style or simply needs another edit.
So I’m writing this based on the ‘bones of the story’/ the idea.
We jump into an established working group of misfits. These are the officers that have been told that the ability they have does not fit in with the other para people and they must all work together. Or separate from ‘normal’s’. Some have been there for awhile. And all are unique and as you read along, they will learn to play off each other.
Kyle, seems to be the most unpopular of the rejects simply because of his ability and the fact he doesn’t hide the fact that he is gay. After losing his last partner to an unfortunate lime gelatin creature, he’s assigned a new one.
Kash, also with a unique gift, was once a normal but a few months ago, his life changed. Now he finds himself here at the 77th.
Kash,Kyle and the rest of the officers seem to work together, in solving the more unusual cases. Feeding off each other, this makes for an entertaining read. All the while, Kyle is giving us an internal monologue of his feeling on Kash. Until Kash breaks down and show Kyle the true Kash.
These two are fun together, a little forced at times but overall, you could see them in a real life relationship. Minus the para stuff. The quirky happy for now ending had me chuckling.