Time once again to check in on the offers of the 77th precinct in this fifth installent of the Offbeat Crimes. The focus this time around remains on Officer Alex Wolf and his new boyfriend, Animal Control Officer Jason Chen. The squad is still dealing with the fallout from their last encounter with the strange feral dust bunny creatures and the increasing suspicion that someone is targeting the officers with black magic. To compound the team’s woes, the activity has come to the attention of the state paranormal agency, a group that considers the officers of the 77th as sub-normal rejects.
This installment continues the trend of recent books in the series towards a bit more serious mood. There are still touches of humor present to lighten things up, but things are definitely looking bleak for the officers of the 77th.
Alex and Jason are an interesting couple, and this book allows us to get to know them even better. Neither of them seem to be classically attractive, and both have their quirks that might make them even less desirable, but that’s what seems to make them work as a couple. Together they’re a little more than the sum of their parts.
There are a couple of interesting new characters introduced in this volume, although it’s unclear whether they will play a role in any future installments. Frankly, while I really like the characters and situations of this series, the author really needs to wrap up the current story arc, or else the stories risk degrading into one of those bad ’70s action shows where the hero goes up against the same villain every week.
“Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs” is available from Amazon.