Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Chasing the Chupacabra
SERIES: Critter Catchers #2
AUTHOR: Hank Edwards
PUBLISHER: Wilde City Press
LENGTH: 170 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 30, 2016
Business is tough for Critter Catchers, the animal control company owned by best friends Demetrius and Cody. Their first big job was a few months ago, but no one likes to talk about it because that critter turned out to be a murderous wolf man. When a new job finally appears, they jump at it, and end up chasing an unidentified creature through the woods around Parson’s Hollow. Soon they’re smack dab in the middle of another potential paranormal case, complete with a mysterious blood-thirsty creature, a secretive laboratory, and a farmer they’re not sure they can trust!
Six months after hunting down and taking out a wolf man that had been terrorizing the town, Demetrius and Cody are back and better than ever. Business has been slow over the winter months and the bills are piling up but with their latest case and the promise of a substantial payday, things are beginning to look up. Something is killing a local farmer’s goats and it becomes obvious fairly quickly that this isn’t going to be the run of the mill job they were hoping for. When the farmer goes missing and signs point to foul play, the boys of Critter Catchers will have to step up their game if they plan on coming home the victors.
Much like the first book in the series, this was a really entertaining read. I mean, how many people can say they’ve read a book with a chupacabra in it? There didn’t seem to be as much interaction between the main characters in this story as there was in the first (a lot of things were being set up then, so I can understand that) but the connection was still tangible between the two. Demetrius is still in a relationship with Oliver from the previous story and that had an impact on quite a few things this time around; you can see the strain between him and Cody as Oliver is making his presence felt on a more personal level. You can also see the strain between Demetrius and Oliver also, however, as Demmy’s friendship with Cody is also going through some changes. It was nice to see Cody’s views on Demmy begin to change and I’m really enjoying the slow buildup from friends to something more that’s been happening gradually over the course of both books.
The mystery itself was interesting though maybe a little less involved than in the first book though I was still surprised by the explanation into the creature and how everything was resolved. Without giving anything away, I’d still like to nominate the Widow for a medal. The author might not have meant for it to, but I laughed so hard when she showed up later in the book. That moment in the story was very nearly priceless to me. 😀
This was a really great, easy mystery that I had a fun time reading. I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to more in the next book; the mystery or watching Cody and Demetrius continue the slow crawl out of the friend zone and into lover’s lane. Either way, I really like the series so far and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.