Book Review – Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters by Angel Martinez

Offbeat Crimes #1
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 100
Characters: Kyle/Vikash
POV: 3rd
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.

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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.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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