Title: Animal Instinct (Duncan Andrews Thriller #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Stephen Osborne (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 28, 2012 – 200 pgs
Private detective Duncan Andrews has the home-team advantage when it comes to solving paranormal crimes: His best friend, Gina, is a centuries-old witch. His dog is a zombie. And his boyfriend, Robbie, is a ghost.
Duncan certainly has his work cut out for him with this case. Someone’s been using the skull of a powerful wizard to control animals, and whoever it is, they’re not out to set up a petting zoo. For Gina, the case hits close to home—she knows just how dangerous it is, since the wizard was her father.
Just when he thinks they’re close to breaking the case, tragedy strikes, leaving Gina in a coma. Then, after years as a ghost, Robbie finally decides to move on, leaving Duncan to protect young Ashton Marsh, the victim of several strange animal attacks. Suddenly Duncan is working without his supernatural safety net. Without his friends, can Duncan defeat the power of Eleazar’s skull and keep Ashton alive? Or will the struggle for his life end in broken bodies as well as broken hearts?
This book was such a good addition to this series!
I love how snarky Duncan is in this book. So in this book you get more of the characters from the first book plus meet new characters too. There are animals attacking people in this book plus a very jealous dead wife who likes to cause trouble and tries to Possess people.
I have to say I love the humor the author puts in this story and how he mixes the action, plus the serious parts in perfectly so once I start reading it just grabs me so much that then I am staying up almost all night reading this book not wanting to put it down.
So you get Duncan who is a supernatural private investigator which I love his character. Then there was Robbie his ghost boyfriend who has been dead for 10 years and has been sticking around Duncan since he died. They are still very much in love and neither one is willing to let the other go. This part was so sweet to me and also so sad that Robbie died so young. Robbie does go through a lot of soul searching in this book trying to decide if it was better for him to let Duncan go and move on or not. Then you get Daisy the zombie dog and Gina the witch who is Duncan’s best friend. So I do not want to give away anymore of this book because you really need to read this series for yourself it is just so good!
So all together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
I first fell in love at the age of 9. Her name was Alexandra Moltke, and she played Victoria Winters on the soap opera Dark Shadows. Yes, I was one of those kids who ran home from school to watch Barnabas and the other spooky people on that show. I obviously never lost my love for the macabre, and it turns up often in my writing.
I graduated from Purdue University and went on to manage a pizza restaurant. I also worked in bookstores for many years, and I joined an improvisational comedy troupe and did that for nearly a decade. I now work in a food packaging plant, testing the product before it goes onto the lines…so I basically bake brownies for a living. Someone has to do it.
Even though I write about ghosts, zombie bulldogs, and impulsive college students, some of my real life seeps into my writing every now and then. I’m not saying which bits, but there’s a scene in a bedroom in Pop Goes the Weasel which still brings back painful memories…