Book Review – The Hound of the Burgervilles by E.J. Russell

Quest Investigations #2
Publisher: Reality Optional Press
Pages: 179
Characters: Matt/Lachlan
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery/Dectective, Series

Blurb:
This case is really going to the dogs…

After I try a little off-the-books interrogation to locate my selkie almost-boyfriend’s nearly-ex-husband (don’t ask, it’s complicated), I’m in the doghouse again with my bosses, who bust me back to surveillance. Ugh. So when another human inexplicably storms into Quest Investigations—something our security spells ought to prevent since I’m supposed to be the only human admitted to our offices—I’m reduced to staking out local fast food restaurants to check out the guy’s alleged sighting of a giant, glowing-eyed, dumpster-diving spectral hound.

Ridiculous, right? Humiliating, too, not to mention boring. But at least they didn’t fire me.

Imagine my surprise when there actually is a giant, glowing-eyed, dumpster-diving spectral hound—one of the Cwn Annwn, Herne the Hunter’s traitor-tracking dog pack, to be exact. Jeez, who let this dog out? It’s my case, though, so it’s up to me—Matt Steinitz, aka Hugh Mann—to return him to Faerie. But while Herne’s normally hopping kennels are inexplicably unpopulated by pups, they’re playing host to one extremely dead body.

Uh oh. Looks like someone’s bite was a lot worse than their bark.

Guess my love life will have to take a back seat again while we nose out the truth.

Dammit.


The Hound of the Burgervilles is the second in the Quest Investigations M/M mystery series, a spinoff of E.J. Russell’s Mythmatched paranormal rom-com story world. It contains no on-page sex or violence, and although there is a romantic subplot, it is not a romance. The series is best read in order.

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Review

I loved this fun mix of drama, comedy, and slow burn romance. I love how the worldbuilding and plot slightly twist the conventional telling of the fae world, and how it all makes perfect sense. An added bonus is catching up with the MCs of previous books by this author which are all part of this world. I’m looking forward to reading more from Quest Investigations.

I love Matt AKA Hugh and his determination to free Lachlan from his connection to his still husband. The scenes between them are very sweet, and I love how protective Lachlan is of Matt and how far he’s prepared to go to keep Matt safe. I suspect this series is going to be a very slow burn, and I like how their friendship and not-relationship is progressing.

The supporting cast are fabulous. I love Jordan in particularly and how he bonds with Doop. I love how far he’s come, and how he grows during this story. Eleri totally rocks, and I love that Zeke gets some closure.

The plot kept me guessing as to the identity of the murderer, and I thought the author got the combination of mystery, drama, and humour just right. The details in the descriptions and worldbuilding totally make it, especially of Sheol and why they went with the decor they did. Perfect.

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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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