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Review: Carter & Lovecraft

Carter & Lovecraft (Carter & Lovecraft #1) by Jonathan L. Howard

Genres/Themes: Sci-fi, Fantasy, H.P. Lovecraft – lore, Mystery, Crime, Slight Horror


Summary from Goodreads:

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case-the hunt for a serial killer-went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he’s a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he’s never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn’t want a new boss.
She’s Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn’t want to be involved, he’s beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As he reluctantly investigates, he discovers that Lovecraft’s tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted inheritance.

What in the world did I just read? I think a lot of this went over my head and I did not feel like going back to read pages and paragraphs multiple times.

There is a lot going on in this book. One plot line, true, but I feel like there was soooo much to read between the lines. Truly, this is an interesting and fascinating novel. I am quite curious about how the story will progress, but considering how I felt reading this book was akin to ‘work’ I don’t think I will be continuing it.

There are a few friends I might recommend it too. So, this isn’t a book I would tell people to pass on. I think it just takes a very special person to read and enjoy this book


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