Words damage more than just feelings as Carrington hunts feral books menacing the city.
When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it’s an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It’s a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack.
With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library’s Rare Books Department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington’s vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It’s enough to put a nutritionally challenged vampire off his skim blood.
I’ll admit, I was excited to read Carrington’s story. This book totally delivered. Carrington is a vamp… albeit one of the paranormals in precinct 77, which means his vampness isn’t quite right. His vamp boyfriend tried to turn him and then dumped him at the hospital when he thought he’d killed him instead. He can’t drink blood from the source because he’s intolerant to it. And even worse, he faints in the sun.
I adore Carrington. His personality is perfect–and he’s got more issues than ten humans put together. In the third book in the Offbeat Crimes series, he’s in charge of an investigation involving attack books. Yes, you heard it – books imbued with magic are attacking people verbally as well as with their literal words. The sheer amount of double-edged meanings in this book was brilliant.
Poor Carrington has a thing for men who are bad to him and once again charges into the fray, not noticing the one individual who might be perfect for him. And when he does notice? He instantly tells the guy it can’t happen.
You’ll meet another inhuman paranormal as Leather Jacket’s got a girlfriend! Oh wait. That was very genderist. Ahem. Let me try that again. Leather Jacket’s got a coatfriend! Hunter Green Pea Coat has more than air up it’s sleeve.
Each book in this series gets better and better. I loved the first two, but I think this is my favorite – probably because I absolutely adore Carrington’s uptight, slightly bumbling nature. (Not to mention all the vamp jokes.)
5 stars! I hope this series ends up on Audible with an exceptional narrator as I would love to listen to it.