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Blog Tour: Strays – Janeen Leese-Taylor

A murder without evidence, a secret that could topple society and a cop with a bit of a coffee habit!

Three things were certain in the mind of Officer Theodore Night:
One: There’s a serial killer loose in Portstewart
Two: His new friend is a werewolf
Three: He’s in way over his head

When bloody paw prints at a crime scene leads Officer Night to consider the impossible, he must rely not only on his years of investigative experience, but on the local werewolf pack, for help.
An unlikely friendship gives Night the edge he needs to prevent an all-out war. Has Blair, the mysterious barista from Bean and Gone, caused him to bite off more than he can chew?

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Janeen is an Irish author born and raised on the scenic Causeway Coast. Curious, and with a great love for adventure, Jan spent her childhood climbing trees and talking to her imaginary friends, many of whom have now found a home in her writing.

She has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and works for gaming companies around the world. She is a lover of all things fantasy and aims to bring some magic to the places that she visits in her writing. Portstewart, Dublin and Chester City each feature prominently in both her travels and her writing, and her stories often draw from real life places that have captured her heart.

As an ultramarathon runner, Jan often writes on the go, using her trusty phone and stylus to craft scenes that come to her after hours on her feet. 

She lives with her husband, Liam, their Border Collie-Cross, Zarya, and their Guinea Pig, (Peek-A) Boo, who they all fear will one day take over the world!

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My thoughts: when a series of brutal family killings has PSNI stumped, with the strange wolf prints (in a country where wolves have long been wiped out) that no one can identify, Officer Theo Night, K9 trainer and owner of 7 dogs (I love that a corgi cross called Flump is the pack leader) discovers that well, werewolves are real, living in Northern Ireland (and elsewhere) and yes, their killer may well be one.

Teaming up with reluctant lycanthrope and barista Blair to investigate the killings, Theo gets a crash course in werewolf history and politics, going toe to toe with Alphas, determined to find the killer and his pack, and put a stop to the reign of terror.

This was a lot of fun, and I want more. Ireland has a hugely rich mythology, with creatures found nowhere else and a lot of them are pretty scary. I have a book of Irish fairy tales and some are nightmare inducing. I’d love Blair and Theo to become like The X-Files or Wellington Paranormal of Northern Ireland. That would be great. The ending hints at such a possibility, so fingers crossed.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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