Review: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1) by Angel Martinez

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.


This was all kinds of fun. Full of wacky, offbeat characters, snark, and paranormal shenanigans. 

Kyle Monroe is a detective in the 77th precinct. They specialize in crimes of the non-human variety. They are staffed with an odd bunch of detectives who have some odd talents. There's a vampire who can only drink "skim" blood, a teleporter who can only teleport fruits, and a lizard man who can't talk, just to name a few. Kyle is able to absorb the abilities of others, but isn't able to control this ability. So they are quite the bunch and make for some entertaining scenes, to say the least. 

Kyle is partnered with the newest detective, Vikash. He's tall, handsome, and claims he doesn't have any paranormal abilities. During the course of their first investigation Kyle is thoroughly annoyed with Vikash. They don't get along too well, which leads to some fun and snarky banter. 

Their romance happened rather quickly, but that's kind of to be expected in a novella. It worked for me though. Kyle was hesitantly attracted to Vikash, not knowing were he stood on the sexuality scale and all. But when he found out that Vikash was attracted to him as well... they had some hotness happening.

The ending was a little rushed and some loose ends were left unexplained. Don't get me wrong, it was just as wacky and crazy as the rest of the book. Where Angel Martinez comes up with this stuff, I'll never know. But a little more explanation would have been nice.

Like I said, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters was just plain fun. There were some laugh out loud moments, mixed with a bit of mystery, and a sweet romance.

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