Reviewed by Brianna
AUTHOR: Angel Martinez
NARRATOR: Michael Pauley
PUBLISHER: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
LENGTH: 4 hrs and 2 mins
RELEASE DATE: November 15, 2017
A poltergeist haunts Taro, dogging his international travels. It washes glasses, puts dishes away, and even dusts. At least he hopes it’s a cleaning-obsessed poltergeist and not his own anxieties burbling over into neat freak fits he doesn’t remember. When his property manager suggests he call paranormal expert, Jack Montrose, Taro’s skeptical but desperate enough to try even a ghost hunter.
Jack’s arrival crushes Taro’s hopes of a dashing Van Helsing-style hero. Instead of an invincible hunter, he gets Ichabod Crane. As the paranormal puzzles multiply and Jack begins to suggest the entity might not be a ghostly one, Taro adds a budding friendship with Jack to his pile of anxieties. It’s a race to see whether Taro’s poltergeist or his relationship with the obviously-not-ace Jack will reach maximum strangeness first.
Taro comes into a lot of money and decides to country hop for a while. In one of the countries that he’s bought a house he starts seeing things cleaning up all by themselves at night. At first he just thinks that it’s him but little by little he comes to terms with the fact that it may not be him at all.
Jack shows up and he’s tall, clunky and a little bit weird. But he stays there to do the job of trying to figure out what this uncommonly tidy poltergeist really is.
This is the first time I’ve ever heard or read anything from Angel Martinez. The characters are pretty solid, especially Jack’s character. I love the chemistry between Taro (not named after the root vegetable) and Jack even though it doesn’t show up until late in the book, I wish I could have heard more about them two together because they were really sweet. Taro and Jack finally get what they have been yearning for. Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists is a really cute mystery with a few twists and turns that are sure to leave you surprised.
I wish the book was a bit longer and that both Taro and Jack had a bit more back story. Taro was pretty freaked out all the time when he honestly shouldn’t have been. I would love for something to be cleaning up all my messes at night!
I do love the ending of the story and glad Taro and Jack are able to solve the mystery together. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. There is a teeny bit of sexy-time. Taro does a really good job of explaining Asexuality to Jack. I know that I understand a bit more now of what Asexuals may go through.
Michael Pauley does a really good job keeping voices separate from each other, especially with the German accents. He and Angel made Jack and all of the other characters in the book come to life. I’m glad Michael Pauley can do gruff voices along with sweet and high pitched voices, he has a great vocal range.
I totally recommend this audio book. It’s short but cute and sometimes funny in it’s own quirky way. Definitely a different book than what I have been reading. But wonderful!