Old actors never die shouldn't be literally true.
Carrington Loveless III, skim-blood vampire and senior officer of Philly's paranormal police department, has long suspected that someone's targeting his squad. The increasingly bizarre and dangerous entities invading their city can't be a coincidence. So when a walking corpse spouting Oscar Wilde attacks one of his officers, Carrington's determined to uncover the evil mind behind it all.
As a rare books librarian, Erasmus Graham thought he understood some of the stranger things in life. Sharing a life with Carrington's shown him he didn't know the half of it. They've survived attack books and deadly dust bunnies together and got through mostly unscathed.
Now his world and his vampire's appear ready to collide again. Books are missing from the rare books' collection—old tomes of magic containing dangerous summonings and necromancy. He's certain whoever's been stalking the Seventy-Seventh is composing their end game.
It's going to take a consolidated effort from paranormal police, librarians, and some not-quite-authorized civilians to head off the impending catastrophe.
I LOVE the Offbeat Crimes series by the very talented Angel Martinez, but I don't think that this one was the strongest in the series.
First of all, it's a huge pet peeve of mine when covers don't reflect the way that the character's look, and Ras is a scrawny, nerdy guy (a sexy librarian!), not that muscled dude on the cover. Gah! Details...
I found the book to be entertaining, but a lot of that was visiting with my favorite paranormal squad of quirky, queer characters. It took me nearly a week to read, which is unheard of for a book of only about 200 pages, so that lets me know that it didn't have that readable quality that makes me not want to put it down.
The baddie jumped out at me from way before Carr figured it out, which was disappointing, but at least we got answers to all of our "why" questions. I loved the way the supporting cast was so intertwined in the story. I would read an entire story of just The Jackets flirting and communicating wordlessly!
The story was fun and sexy with some small hints of kink, which I liked. I love Carr and Ras together, of course, so they were fun for me to read. Just a note for potential readers: You really have to read this series in order, so don't try to jump in at the end!
All in all, I hope this isn't really the end of these characters and this series because it's near and dear to my heart. I recommend all paranormal lovers to give this one a go.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Enjoy, my friends!