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Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood

  In a town where the monsters don’t always have claws, someone has to look out for the little guy. That’s where I come in.

Title: Cunning Devil
Author:  Chris Underwood
Series:  Lost Falls #1
Publish Date:  March 10, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  In a town where the monsters don’t always have claws, someone has to look out for the little guy. That’s where I come in.

They call me cunning man, conjurer, wizard, but mostly they call me Ozzy. If a witch is throwing curses your way, or there’s something scary scratching at your window in the night, I’ve got just the charm for you.

Mostly, though, I find things. Lost treasures, missing loved ones, doesn’t matter. If you want something found, I’m your guy. For a nominal fee, of course.

So when a grieving father hired me to track down a stolen family heirloom, I was happy to help. Trouble is, what started out as another garden-variety stolen property job just ended in attempted murder. Mine.

They made a mistake, though, when they put a bullet in my stomach and left me for the worms.

They didn’t bury me deep enough.

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

 

I’ve had this book in my TBR for some time, actually.  I bought it because the title and cover were intriguing.  Enlarge the book cover for just one minute.  There are so many things to see that the cover made an impression on me. To look at the title, I’d have guessed that this book was going to be some kind of demon romance, but trust me, it’s not.

Ozzy is a Cunning Man.  A Cunning Man is kind of like a Harry Dresden wizard, but yet a lot different.  In his arsenal are charms but his real money maker is finding things.  Not always people, but things.  He always seems to stumble upon a monster or ten.

There are monsters in this book.  Treachery, back stabbing with twists and turns await. There is no sex but there is blood, gore and grossness, but it wouldn’t be a good story without.

I enjoyed it.  I’d give it a 4.

 

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Blood Money by Chris Underwood

Reading and reviewing the stories in Eight in the Chamber anthology.  Reviewing book #2

Title: Blood Money
Author:  Chris Underwood
Series:  Lost Falls #1.5
Publish Date:  July 8, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source:  purchased by reviewer in Anthology, Eight in the Chamber

Publisher’s Description:

As Lost Falls’ resident folk wizard, I can track down anyone.

It should’ve been a simple job. Find the girl, bring her home.

Except she’s not just any girl. She’s the bloodslave of one of the most powerful vampires in town.

And I’m not sure she wants to be found.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a review of the second story in the anthology.  I started reading Cunning Devil, so I sorta knew the premise but not the characters.  If you happen to pick up this anthology, don’t worry, there are no spoilers that will ruin anything.  It’s a good intro to the characters, what they do and what kind of trouble they find.

I liked this story plenty.  The writing is good and the protagonist is pretty good at what he does.  The world that the author has built has trolls, vampires and maybe more creatures that I haven’t met yet.  It appears that Lost Falls is a town that is home to quite a few supernatural creatures.  I don’t know the why of it yet.  I’ll probably learn a lot more when I finish book #1.

The author writes well.  I especially liked the risk Ozzy took to save the troll.  And I like the name Ozzy. All in all, the story was really good. I like what I read so I’ll proceed with book #1.  Oh, like I said, don’t worry about reading this story before the others.  It felt very stand alone-ish.  I figured out the character to a degree that I was not lost.

 

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