Title: Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses
Author: Angel Martinez
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Allure
Buy Link: Buy Link Canines, Crosshairs And Corpses, Amber Allure
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: Novella (40,000 words)
Rating: 5+ stars
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: What to do when you are the Lord of Death and your wife divorces you leaving you homeless? Become a Private Investigator, of course!
Blurb: What’s a Lord of the Dead to do? Hades’ bride of several thousand years has served him with divorce papers and she doesn’t just want him out of her life, she wants the palace and the dog, too. Hades’ nephews and his faithful ferryman, Charon, are determined to find their uncle something to distract him before he expires of brooding misery.
Tiberius Snyder had a good future, until his mother dies and his employer shuts down. When he finds himself alone with nowhere to live, he turns to panhandling and to drink, depression slowly killing him.
He just wants a place to sleep out of the cold wind, but Death finds him in a dirty alley. Odd. Ti never thought Death would be so hot…
Review: Homeless men are being killed. The fourth murder takes place in front of a very drunk, deathly ill young man, Tiberius Snyder, who has had more than his share of bad luck, leaving him homeless and despairing. With nowhere to turn, Tiberius allows himself to be rescued by a strangely compelling man whose seeming lack of humor barely masks his awkward responses to simple human interaction.
Before too many days have passed, Ti, now recovering from the physical battering of drying out, begins to suspect this is no ordinary private investigator. Aiden Plouton, aka Hades, must now not only protect young Ti from a killer, but somehow make him believe that he is indeed the Lord of the Underworld and not some left over drunken illusion.
So, so clever. Angel Martinez takes Greek mythology and gives it her own special twist in her new novella, Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses. From the humorous nuances she builds into her main character, Hades, to the tender yet broken figure of the homeless man, Tiberius, the author weaves a story that delightfully draws you into its subtle wit and budding romance.
This novella joins a murder mystery with a quick lesson in mythology and wraps it all up in a tender love story. Along the way, we capture glimpses of well known figures such as Hermes, Dionysus, Hestia, and Persephone, to name a few. However, other than Hades, the most humorous character would have to be Charon, the boatman of the Underworld. And his job, topside on earth? Undertaker, of course.
This story had me grinning, guffawing and every once in a while, sighing sweetly, as it all unfolded on the page. Underneath this deceptively simplistic mythological lesson was a deeper understanding of how we learn to love, and, in doing so, freely give up ourselves to care for another, placing their needs above our own.
Dear reader, I enjoyed this book immensely. It surprised me with its whimsy and its depth. If you are looking for a light and happy read, then Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses maybe just the right choice for you!