Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review - An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T Phipps and Michael Suttkus
Narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Series: Bright Falls Mysteries #2
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Date Read: June 19, 2019
Length:  9 hours 15 minutes
Source: Author
★★★★☆
From the best-selling author of The Rules of Supervillainy.

Life is not easy for the world's first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion.

As if this wasn't complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she's investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas--as well as their love for Jane.
My Review

I had fun with this audiobook!  Since I enjoyed the first book in this series, it was a pretty easy decision to pick up this second book.  This is a lighter story that moves pretty quickly with a ton of pop culture references that added a nice touch.  All in all, this was a pretty enjoyable listen.

This book picks up shortly after the events of the first book.  If at all possible, I do recommend reading this series in order.  Jane Doe is a weredeer.  She has taken on her mother's role as the town shaman.  She has been training as much as she can but even Jane will tell you that she still has a lot to learn.  This mystery starts when Jane and her best friend Emma find a bunch of infant skeletons.  She soon joins forces with a girl connected to the bones named Robin.  The mystery was really quite complex and kept me guessing until the very end.

This book was very well balanced.  I thought that the characters were well developed and sometimes found where you least expect them to be.  I liked that there was a thread of humor in this story with the puns and pop culture references.  I think that these moments were well-timed and helped give the story a lighter feel.  I thought that there was just the right amount of action woven throughout the book to really keep things moving. 

Arielle DeLisle did a great job with the narration.  I thought that she really was able to capture Jane's personality and handled the cast of characters very well.  She has a very pleasant voice that I had no trouble listening to for longer periods of time. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a fun story with a great mystery and just the right amount of humor.  I look forward to seeing what Jane gets in the middle of next!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.
About the Author

C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles" blog. He's recently released the novels The Rules of Supervillainy and Esoterrorism.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are enjoying this series. Can honestly say I've never heard of a weredeer before. Sounds pretty cool!

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  2. Melanie enjoyed these too. I wish I could read everything.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  3. I think I'll ass book 1 to my wishlist now!

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  4. It sounds really good! I am glad that you're enjoying the series so much.

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  5. I so need to try this books! I keep hearing how good they are

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  6. That does sound like a lot of fun.

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  7. This sounds really good! And a weredeer- I haven't run into that one before, but I like it. The pop culture references and humor sound great too. :)

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  8. "This is a lighter read." "They find a bunch of infant skeletons."

    :D

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    1. Fair point...but I do consider most cozies light reads even though they usually have a dead body or two in the story.

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    2. It is "lighter" than the first book... tossing dark things into a funny story doesn't make it all darker ;)

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  9. what's a deer have to do with a bunch of infant skeletons? and FBI cops are always in love with meek things huh?

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  10. The story itself sounds interesting and I like the idea of were-deer but as soon as I saw love triangle, that was the end of my interest! I'm glad you continue to enjoy the series though!

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  11. I really love this series too. Jane and the gang are a lot of fun.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  12. Michigan is where I grew up. I don't recall any weredeer? LOL This sounds like a fun series.

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