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Blackcap

by Benjamin Aeveryn

Kade Blackcap was once a famous detective. Overburdened with guilt at sending a man to the noose, he finds himself unable to take a case for fear of the consequences. But with the taxman breathing down his neck, he has to find work soon, or he'll lose the house his father left him.
He has one hope left.
Long has he suspected the myths of old were creeping back into the world, and with his detective background he has all the skills to hunt them. But once he finds himself on the trail of a monster, he realises how out of his depth he is.
He might have the skills to track such a creature, but what will he do when he catches up with it?

SFINCS – Our Reviews

Catherine Catcho

Blackcap

TBH, this is what I expect from a Novella. You read it and immediately think– more, please.

Quick-ish Pitch:

Detective finds his moral compass, drowns his sorrows in alcohol and finds that “one-last-case” that could maybe save his sanity.

What I Liked:

  • The voice.  Reads easy and smooth.
  • The steam-punk vibe x sad Sherlock (with no clear Watson)

Minor Tiffs:

  • The ending felt abrupt. 😩 More please.

Recommended: 

  • When you’re craving a taste of post-apocalyptic x vampires

Favorite Line:

He watched Kade in the way a belly-stuffed lynx might eye a sheep. That glint of recognition at the sight of prey, but none of the impetus to pounce.

 

Score: 8.0 out of possible 10.

Laura from OWWR Pod

Former detective Kaden Blackcap is struggling to make payments on the home that was left to him by his father. Though he’s still haunted by sending men to the noose, Kaden knows that the only way he’ll be able to pay the tax man is to take on another case. He hopes that chasing monsters instead of men will keep his conscience clear, but finds things are a little more complicated when a recently widowed woman asks him to find her husband’s killer.
This novella doesn’t rush to an ending, but still manages to keep the mystery alive throughout the story. I so appreciated how the author sat with Blackcap in the conflict he faced with his own skills and situation. I’m also a bit of a sucker for a tortured soul, and loved the way that Kaden Blackcap didn’t seem to have the bitterness that I feel when reading (or watching on tv) other grizzled detectives. Blackcap is an effective problem solver who does his best to understand the nuances of the situations he’s in and the people he’s near, which was really effective.
Beyond the main character, I felt that the story wove fantasy elements in fairly well. I think that there was just enough to spark my curiosity and make me want to learn more about the world. I also felt that the imagery was excellent. A rainy New London and it’s countryside were a great setting for this fantasy-mystery.
Overall, a really enjoyable read and great start to what is likely a fun series.

Score: 8.0 out of possible 10.

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 8 OUT OF 10

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