Book Review – The Charms of Death by Richard Amos

Jake & Dean Investigations #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 173
Characters: Jake/Dean
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series

February. The month of cold weather and hot romance. At least, that was the plan.

Despite the busy nature of their lives working as Paranormal Investigation Agents (PIAs), and being fathers, Jake and Dean are determined to have the soppiest of Valentine’s Days. Romantic dinner, red roses, a stroll by the canal, then some snuggle time to cap it all off.

Too much to ask?

Hell yeah!

Complication #1: The mutilated body of a goblin turns up on their doorstep.

Complication #2: Some humans have been murdered by an unknown supernatural entity.

Complication #3: Those same murdered humans get back up again.

Looks like the romance will have to be put on hold.

Death is the end. Right?

The second instalment in Jake & Dean Investigations—a kick-ass Urban Fantasy tale with an established MM relationship.

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I love this series and enjoyed this instalment as much as book 1. The opening scene is fabulous, and has a couple of visuals that will stay with me for a long time. Totally brilliant, and a wild start to the story.

I love the world building in this series. It’s well thought out, and the setting of the Netherlands adds a different flavour. I also like that this world is populated by different kinds of supernaturals as well as humans, and how they interact. The pods are creepy, and kept me guessing as to what effect each one was going to have.

I love Jake and Dean as characters, both as individuals and together. The family they’ve made with their daughter, Louise, is very sweet, and I like that it’s important to them to make their home a safe haven from the nasty things they fight as part of their job. I also like that they’re both flawed heroes, make mistakes, and are still trying to put their pasts behind them. They’re aware of each other’s flaws, they see each other at their worst, and although they argue at times, their love for each other doesn’t waver. Their relationship feels very real.

This story was quite creepy with the dead bodies not saying dead, but I thought the reason behind the necromancy was very bittersweet and I felt for those responsible. I liked the different take on how and why it had happened and the difficult decision that had to be made to move forward.

Although the story with the necromancy is tied up in this book, I liked that there are still loose ends going forward, and can’t wait for the next book to see what happens next.

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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