Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case (Jon’s Mysteries Case #1)
Author: AJ Sherwood
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery
Page Count: 290
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


A psychic without an anchor. A student in trouble. A shooter on the loose.

I’m Jonathan Bane, a licensed psychic who consults for the police. I routinely help the police put the bad guys away and, for that reason, the criminal world doesn’t like me much. People like to take a swing at me, or go stabbity, or try for a gun. It makes for interesting times. My psychic ability prevents me from handling anything electronic—and I do mean ANYTHING, I fry it in seconds—so calling for help isn’t always a possibility.

I need an anchor, a partner, but I’m resigned: it’s just wishful thinking.

At least, I thought so until he walked through the door.

Donovan Havili looks like a thug and has the soul of a superhero. He shines so bright in my vision it’s like watching a supernova. He definitely has the right mindset and skills for this crazy job. But asking anyone to take me on long-term is a bit much. And now we’ve got multiple cases to handle, a Chinese exchange student falsely accused who needs our help, and someone taking random shots at me. It’s a bit much for any new guy to handle and I’m half-afraid that my new partner will run for the door.

But in Donovan Havili, the criminal world has met its match. And maybe, just maybe, I have as well.

AJ Sherwood is a new-to-me-author, but this book definitely put them on my radar. Sherwood does an amazing job of world building by giving us a lightly alternate universe where psychics and the police work hand-in-hand to solve crimes. Each psychic has a different set of skills; Jon sees auras and meridian lines and while he can’t read minds, he pretty much knows if someone is lying and other little things, like if they’re a serial killer.

When Jon meets prospective employee Donovan at the office, he’s immediately blown away by the brilliant colors emanating from this huge, scary looking thug. Simply put, Donovan is the most kind, generous, protective man he’s ever met. And yup, the sheer brilliance of his aura makes Jon glad he’s wearing his protective shades. Donovan quickly becomes Jon’s bodyguard and the two men work on solving a variety of cases while not-so-slowly falling in love.

Sherwood fleshes out this alt-universe as the story moves along and I found myself really engrossed in the plot … although honestly the murder/mystery solving was perhaps my least favorite part of the book. Not that it wasn’t interesting, but getting Jon’s POV, learning more about this new world, getting to meet the various characters (especially Donovan’s family who shines as brightly as he does) and slowly unraveling Donovan’s backstory … that is the best part of this book.

Well, that and the sweet romance between Jon and Donovan. For a psychic, it sure takes Jon a while to see that Donovan has a crush on him that could be seen from space. There are no overly graphic sex scenes but plenty of cuddling and bonding and straight-forward communicating, and it’s all kinds of perfect.

I only have a few small things to grouse about – Detective Solomon is unbelievably awful as Jon’s nemesis-of-sorts, and the book needs another round of editing to catch some awkward and/or incomplete sentences. But overall, this book is a great start to a really quirky series set in a fascinating universe populated by interesting characters, plus lots of snark, plenty of detective-y stuff, and okay …. just a bit of shooting. 4.5 stars and a Recommended Read.

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Galley copy of Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case provided by the Author in exchange of an honest review.

A great start to a really quirky series featuring a psychic and his huge scary-looking bodyguard (who is really a giant teddy bear) plus lots of snark, plenty of detective-y stuff, and okay .... just a bit of shooting.


  • I have to say that this book grabbed me by the title alone. Thank you for the review it was most helpful and I’ll be checking it out but I wonder if the book has humor of the kind that the title suggests.

    • Interesting question. I wouldn’t consider this book as having a lot of humor, but rather it’s quirky. There are several references to Jon’s character bringing out the worst in some people but that’s lightly referenced and all in the past. There are no laugh-out-loud moments but Jon has some fun asides in his POV.


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