Missouri Dalton – Night Shift

Author: Missouri Dalton
Reviewed by: Aggie
Publisher: Torquere press
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13:  9781610403177

Rating: ★★★★½ 

I think I just found a new independent author to obsess over! YAY!

After cruising through her entertaining Night Shift, Missouri Dalton, (how awesome is this name?! )  will be at the top of my list as ” Authors-I-Have-To-Read-Everything-By.”  And even though Night Shift is the second book in what appears to be a series with Fynn Adder as the protagonist, it was an easy read.  It wasn’t long before I fell in love with Fynn and all the supporting cast of characters in this paranormal mystery.

Fynn is a psychic detective who investigates crimes for a special Chicago police unit  whose members all have special abilities. When Night Shift opens he and Simon, a young psychic pup, with whom he’d had a drunken tumble in the ‘ole hay a few years previously, are dispatching a nasty group of ghouls and ghosties.  They barely make it out  alive. Simon is injured.

The book takes off from there and before poor Fynn can get home and into the loving arms of his partner, Jack, he is called to the horrific scene of a child’s murder. And it only gets worse.  Fynn’s sobriety is tested and he is back smoking cigarettes as a way to cope as more murdered children are discovered. In addition, he has to deal with protecting Simon from his mob boss daddy, and try to fend off FBI agent Gabriel Sheppard who is annoying him and harassing Simon. Plus, someone is stealing supernatural artifacts from the special unit’s vault that is suspected to be an inside job.  Throw in a persistent elf-king and a grieving alpha werewolf, and Fynn may be headed to the Funny Farm if he can’t control things quickly. Gee, I think the poor guy has a lot going on! Ms. Dalton gave him a lot to deal with.

Night Shift is told in first person from Fynn’s point of view, and oh, what a wonderful voice he has. He is a very sympathetic guy. He is kind and determined. He loves his family, his lover, Jack (who is also a cop), and their daughter, Tara. He is a vulnerable guy and the reader sees this as the murders pile up and he tries to keep from drinking and not let the killings overwhelm him.

The secondary characters are outstanding. Ms. Dalton provides the reader with a supporting cast that are not caricatures, but are quirky and interesting. Simon, who Fynn feels protective over, is even more of a vulnerable person.The poor dude. When he isn’t hiding from his father, or in action fighting the bad guys, he is unconscious (how I like my men, by the way. heehee). And then there is Michael. Fynn’s twin (hey, that rhymes!) Oh, he is a whole lot of mystery and a rather psychological mess. I really liked him and found myself wanting to know more about him (maybe he’ll get his own book). And there is Bronson, the witch who talks to his plants. He does a lot of research for Fynn and also backs him up to kill the beasties.

There is a lot that goes on in Night Shift. It is never boring. It’s fast paced. The murders of the children are truly horrific. The reader feels Fynn’s sense of urgency to find the killer(s). His reactions are realistic. I found myself not wanting to quit reading because the book was so engaging and Fynn is so likeable.

There is something for many paranormal lovers in Night Shift: trolls, ghosts and ghouls, vampires, and creepy necromancers. Plus, witches, elves, and cops that aren’t your normal crime stoppers. A great combination!

I highly recommend Night Shift. But fair warning to the reader: there is a cliffhanger ending. It didn’t bother me. In fact, I cannot wait for the next installment! If one doesn’t like these kind of conclusions then steer clear. If not, read on and enjoy! And furthermore, I would recommend Ms. Dalton’s, The Hanged Man’s Ghost, the first book (I believe) that Fynn Adder shows up in. That should probably be read first. I know I am excited about getting my grubby little hands on it, plus all of her other works. Missouri Dalton is an author to check out.

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