Offbeat Crimes #1
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Sub-Genre: Series, Urban Fantasy
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 started reading this series with the latest book—All the World’s An Undead Stage—loved it, and wanted to go back to the beginning to see how it all started. Although I followed the latest book without any trouble, I’d recommend starting at the beginning as it confirmed a lot of what I’d figured out about these guys and their powers.
I love the premise of Offbeat Crimes. These police officers have powers, but they don’t quite work the way you’d expect. For example: Jeff can teleport fruit, but nothing else. This first book centres on Kyle and Vikash. I liked learning about the precinct through Vikash’s eyes as he starts his new job. I loved the misunderstandings as Kyle realises he’s attracted to Virago but thinks he’s straight as he keeps talking about his cat without mentioning she’s a cat.
I really felt for Kyle and how his encounter with the lime gelatin amoeba left him not only with powers, but with scars. He and Vikash are well matched, and I love his lizard tattoo. The action scenes are well written and had me on the edge of my seat. The author does a great job of mixing humour and seriousness, and I very much enjoyed the mix of tone in this story.
Although this story is Kyle and Vikash’s, the supporting cast is not sidelined and everyone has his or her part to play in bringing down the bad….. not sure guy is the right description in this case! I also loved how they’re all so geeky, and the references to the differences between the book and movie versions of Lord of the Rings! All in all a very enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series.
I’d recommend Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters to readers who enjoy urban fantasy with a good dollop of humour, interesting quirky characters, and very different antagonists. 5 out of 5 stars.