Too Many Cases
Author: Julia Rancourt
Title: Too Many Cases
Pairing: M/F, Trans
Rating: Two Petals
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Jo is a man of multiple worlds. He was born in the mundane world, but while working as a private detective, he inadvertently chased his quarry into Otheropolis, a parallel world filled with magic. Deciding to stay, Jo is joined by Simone Of Hecate, his partner in more ways than one, and resumes his private detective work in his strange new home.
But when his private life in the mundane world comes under assault, on top of three new cases, and multiple attempts on his life, Jo starts to wonder if maybe mundane was better than magical after all.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jo is a private detective in the paranormal world known as Otheropolis, but this weekend he must return to the non-magical world to attend his mother's wedding. His partner, Simone Of Hecate joins him and they have to work together to solve a number of mysteries.
There was a lot going on in the story, too much for such a short book. First, the fact that Jo is trans, which is the cause of some drama with Jo's family. Then there's someone out to hurt Jo and leaving graffiti on his business in Otheropolis. Plus, he's got a case of a man who got locked out of Otheropolis. And, of course, the wedding. It's way too much happening at once. Every single one of those plot lines start out really interesting with depth to each that got me interested, but then they ended easily and without drama. The end of each didn't hold up to the promise of the beginning. Had the book been longer with more time to completely flesh out the plot all the way to the end, this story could have been wonderful. It's a real shame the book ended so quickly.
Overall, this book felt like a vignette pulled from a larger story. The world was really interesting, but we're only given bare glimpses into Otheropolis. There's politics and customs that are hinted at, but never given any depth. The magic was the same: lots of potential, but never fully explained. I did enjoy reading the story, but there was so much missing that I kept wondering if there was a prequel I hadn't read.
I liked this book. It was fun, but it needed work. Nothing was fully fleshed out, from the descriptions of the world and magic to the plot itself. This story needed at least twenty thousand more words to handle all the plot that was squeezed in. There was so much potential there, but since it wasn't realized I unfortunately can't recommend this book.
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