Author: AJ Sherwood
Book Name: Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Series: Jon’s Mysteries
Overall SPA: 4 Stars
Blurb: A psychic without an anchor. A student in trouble. A shooter on the loose.
I’m Jonathan Bane, a licensed psychic who consults for the police. I routinely help the police put the bad guys away and, for that reason, the criminal world doesn’t like me much. People like to take a swing at me, or go stabbity, or try for a gun. It makes for interesting times. My psychic ability prevents me from handling anything electronic—and I do mean ANYTHING, I fry it in seconds—so calling for help isn’t always a possibility.
I need an anchor, a partner, but I’m resigned: it’s just wishful thinking.
At least, I thought so until he walked through the door.
Donovan Havili looks like a thug and has the soul of a superhero. He shines so bright in my vision it’s like watching a supernova. He definitely has the right mindset and skills for this crazy job. But asking anyone to take me on long-term is a bit much. And now we’ve got multiple cases to handle, a Chinese exchange student falsely accused who needs our help, and someone taking random shots at me. It’s a bit much for any new guy to handle and I’m half-afraid that my new partner will run for the door.
But in Donovan Havili, the criminal world has met its match. And maybe, just maybe, I have as well.
Main SPA Evaluation Areas:
Characters: 4/5 Stars
Believability: 3.5/5 Stars
World Building: 4/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 4/5 Stars
The title of this is such a mouthful, but so fun! It isn’t often that I find a book that attempts to blend small bits of the paranormal, in this case the psychic elements, with the normal world and actually pull it off. There are still places where it pushes hard on the believability boundaries, but the author does an amazing job of still making those pieces work.
You also get a fun blend of snarky sass, adorable sweetness and fun tossed in with the seriousness of the crimes addressed in this book. Yes, you also get some insta-love going on in here, but… again, I liked the way it was done and, while a bit of a stretch, it manages to still work.
If I were to point out any negatives at all, it would probably be some of the liberties taken in the police work aspects, which tends to be a peeve of mine. That said, there are some explanations for why those liberties can be taken, but I think I would have liked them to be a bit more solid and defined. It really wasn’t enough to impact my enjoyment of the story, though.
This was a fun, sweet read and I’ve already got the next book ready to slot in when I need another lighter read.