by William Meikle
It starts off with the usual trope. A small-time private detective is visited by a beautiful woman who is paying too well and probably not telling him everything. The cases in the three main stories lead to Lovecraftian monsters, shapeshifters, mermaids, and werewolves… There are many things here the author does his own spin on, and it’s pretty good. I don’t really want to say much more about them. Best to see for yourself how crazy it gets.
Derek Adams is a good character, he has a lot of inner thoughts to relate to, and I liked his friendship with Doug. He solves most of the cases by blundering through, getting drunk, getting beat up A LOT, and talking to people with heavy Scottish accents.
Which, of course, leads me to the downside, it is a fairly big collection, and it drags on and feels repetitive at times. All the action and mystery get padded out by a lot of bar visits, and I was pretty burnt out by the end.
**** Four out of Five Stars (Good)