Book Reviews

All the World's an Undead Stage (Offbeat Crimes 6) by Angel Martinez at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Officers of the Law / Shifters / Vampires / Psychic Powers / Magic / Wizards & Witches / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-January-2018

Book Blurb

‘Old actors never die’ shouldn’t be literally true.

Carrington Loveless III, skim-blood vampire and senior officer of Philly’s paranormal police department, has long suspected that someone’s targeting his squad. The increasingly bizarre and dangerous entities invading their city can’t be a coincidence. So when a walking corpse spouting Oscar Wilde attacks one of his officers, Carrington’s determined to uncover the evil mind behind it all.

As a rare books librarian, Erasmus Graham thought he understood some of the stranger things in life. Sharing a life with Carrington has shown him he didn’t know the half of it. They’ve survived attack books and deadly dust bunnies together and got through mostly unscathed. Now his world and his vampire’s appear ready to collide again. Books are missing from the Rare Book collection—old tomes of magic containing dangerous summonings and necromancy. He’s certain whoever has been stalking the Seventy-Seventh is composing their end game. It’s going to take a consolidated effort from paranormal police, librarians and some not-quite-authorized civilians to head off the impending catastrophe.

Book Review

The sixth book in this very imaginative series of thriller/mysteries set in the world of Angel Martinez’s ‘Offbeat Crime’ series starring Philadelphia’s 77th Precinct, focuses on Carrington and Erasmus, just like book three. Only this time they are already in a relationship, are struggling with as-yet-unuttered feelings, and need to stay on their toes in the face of yet another mysterious series of attacks aimed at what is officially Carrington’s squad. Despite the fact that they are finally performing more like a team than a random group of defective paranormal police officers and assorted entities, the evil mind (or whatever it is) behind the bouts of violence almost manages to outsmart them. I was on the edge of my seat cheering on the good guys and wanting to find out who was behind all the villainy.

Carrington, a vampire who can only drink certain parts of human blood and is despised by “normal” vampires for it, is beginning to take charge of the squad. It takes a lot of prodding from his captain, but the more comfortable everyone gets working together, the easier it becomes for Carrington to believe he can do the job his status as most senior officer requires him to do. If only he were as certain about his lover, Erasmus, and what to do regarding their relationship.

Erasmus, as a rare book librarian, was shocked to be involved in a police case the first time it happened, and he is almost as incredulous this second time. But his ability to track rare books, figure out their content, and make deductions about what is really going on is very valuable to the 77th Precinct. All he wants is for this case to be solved, and for him and Carrington to become a “real” couple at last. Neither is as easy as he wishes.

Between a well-put-together investigation, several surprises, fascinating revelations, and a scary final confrontation with the villain, this was a suspenseful installment. The ever-present sense of humor made it entertaining, and Carrington and Erasmus’s developing romance added passion to the proceedings. They learn quite a bit more about each other than expected, and I loved that extra layer of depth in their relationship.

If weird and wonderful paranormality and strange adventures are your thing, if you want to find out more about Erasmus and Carrington’s relationship issues, and if you’re looking for a very suspenseful mystery with lots of revelations, then you will probably like this novella. It feels like it might be the last one in the series – but that doesn’t stop me from hoping there will be another story at some point.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 144 pages/50655 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-January-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $10.49 paperback
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