Rune Rat Rune…

Some four years back I reviewed a book of interconnected short stories about a middle-aged paranormal detective and a ‘rat’, which you could at a stretch call his partner. I equated this to something along the lines of Jim Butchers Harry Dresden novels, but set in Teesside, with a talking (generally swearing) rat. It was my first foray into the alternative Teesside of Brennan and Riz. A place I have visited many times since in the form of the authors micro tweet stories (frankly if you don’t follow their author on twitter you should) and with Peter James Martin’s many contributions to the Harvey Duckman Anthologies featuring the unlikely duo.

Back then Peter told me he was working on a novel about Brennan and Riz which was in essence the origin story. I looked forward to it, and waited…

and waited…

and waited…

and hunker down due in a global pandemic…

and waited…

and came out of the other side of a global pandemic

and waited…

and waited…

Bloody authors, tell you they are writing something and then take an age to get it written, and don’t get me started on Patrick Rothfuss… If I wasn’t just as bad my self I would scream a little…

Then finally…

So you wait for years for a book to arrive and finally it does and it sits on your to read pile for months, because readers… But eventually I got around to reading it and I was not disappointed.

Riz, when he is not swearing, cursing and generally been a bit of a swine, is a rat. Actually he is a rat when he is doing all that as well. He is also something else. Very definitely something else, but want that is, is a question that gonna remain unresolved. We may be better not knowing, certainly Brennan is probably better off in the dark.

There is a fair chance Brennan would have been better off if the rat never hid in his backpack to avoid the spring-heeled goblin murders lead by Jack the Ripper, who’s working for a Fae lord who wishes to ‘Make humans believe in the fae again’

The the emphasis being very much on ‘Make’ as it is hard not to believe in mystical creatures when they start ripping your face off, and murdering everybody. The survivors will almost certainly believe…

Luckily for Brennan he and his best friend Merrick, along with Valarie who might be Brennan’s girlfriend at some point, with a little help from the rat, are sure to be more than a match for the ancient unspeakable evil Fae Lord and his army of murdering Zebedee impressionists… Just as long as they are all on the same side and none of them are too busy squabbling. Thankfully Riz is a calming influence and Bren’s parents are perfectly normal…

Peter writes with wit and charm on every page, there is also a sense of darkness and dread that seeps in at the seams (possibly that’s Riz). If this is the first time you have come across Brennan and Riz then you are in for a treat, if you have cross paths before you are not going to be disappointed.

Also, whats a littler mass murder between friends.

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