May 6, 2014

Review: The Case of the Werewolf Puppy

I keep doing this. I start with the wrong book in a series. I don’t do it on purpose, but it turned out The Case of the Werewolf Puppy was actually the second in The Warlock Case Files.

The good thing, however, is that there was enough information and action that I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything by starting with Book 2. It made for a good stand-alone book within the series.

Author Juli Monroe has a great voice with a very easy, casual feel about it. It’s almost as though a friend is telling you a story rather than an author trying to put a series of actions together. Getting inside the head of Dafydd, the protagonist, is also interesting. He’s a warlock, but it’s more about rituals and potions. That doesn’t mean he is bad. In fact, Dafydd goes through some serious soul searching as he learns more about evil and how far he is willing to go in the name of doing the right thing.

The Case of the Werewolf Puppy has an interesting premise with Dafydd finding a werewolf child. The problem is he and his friends learn the child is an infected werewolf and not a natural one. That is a big no-no.

Dafydd and his friends aren’t typical crime fighters. He is a gay warlock. His evil-fighting partner is a vampire, Paul, who doesn’t want to drink from humans. His best friend, Laura, is a quadriplegic who was paralyzed in a car crash in high school. And they bring in a local werewolf pack leader for help.

They mesh well and have easy conversations. Even though, they are all dealing with their own daily struggles, there is still enough light in their lives that it won’t allow the darkness to consume them.

I started with Book 2, and I fully intend on heading back to the first book of the series to see how Dafydd and Paul’s partnership began. 

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