Title: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Mystery
Page Count: 91
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
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.
Due to an incident six months ago, that involved a Lime Gelatin Monster, a cat and his partner that ended up loosing part of his foot; Kyle is now stationed at the infamous 77th precinct. The division is known for cops with freakish abilities that solve unexplained incidents. In my opinion it is a warped version of the Island of Misfit Toys. However, instead the ‘toys’ here are real people who have bizarre powers.
Kyle’s power is that he absorbs and can temporarily use his coworkers power if they are close to him. Thus he is the outcast, which honestly says a lot about the working environment. He cannot control nor hone his own ability enabling him to use their powers correctly, hence why they gave him the label Kirby. He is soon partnered with a new cop, Vikash. However, he does not absorb his partners power; Kyle can actually amplify it for him.
Soon Vikash is working on a case involving multiple victims that Kyle has kept track of. It is of a mysterious killer that has left mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill; with unexplainable evidence left at each scene. While working the case Kyle and Vikash, seem to come closer and closer together until something develops between the both of them. The perpetrator is eventually caught; however, it then opens up another door that leads to other questions that need answers.
This book had me hooked from the beginning. I really love the world that the author has developed and cannot wait to see how the story unfolds. Not only that, but I really like how this book has some wonderful references of a past childhood that I have somewhat forgotten about. Fond memories….
In addition, I enjoy how the story holds its own without relying heavily on the romance aspect. With that said, the chemistry between Vikash and Kyle is slow (starts around 49%), but once there, they are combustible (yes pun intended). I have to say that paranormal mysteries are quickly becoming a must read for me!
In the end, the mystery is partly solved and leads way for the next book in the series: The Pill Bugs of Time!