I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive going into this. For no other reason than my disappointment from Carrion In The Crow’s Nest. Yeah, I judged the second author based on a completely different author for no other reason than I picked up both books at Scardiff, and they both, I assume, were self-published. But I actually had the chance to talk a little to the author of this one, got the book signed, and was intrigued by the idea. Partly because of my own novel Moonlighting, still working on and which can be found at my Fictionpress page, which centres around a Private Investigator called, of all things, Sam, who ends up working with and for supernatural creatures that enter our world when something goes wrong in theirs. Part of me wanted to see if the two were in any way alike, part of me was just interested because I love supernatural novels.
It’s nothing like Moonlighting. Yay! And, luckily, my fears about the book quickly disappeared.
The Casebook Of Sam Spallucci follows the main character in his first week as an investigator of the paranormal. While trying to solve cases, he often finds himself in tricky situations, but is, lucky, helped out by those around him. Included are stories of a Satanic cult of daytime TV actors, a vampire Sci-Fi geek trying to adjust to his new life and a possible werewolf threat in Lancaster.
The book is, as the name suggests, a collection of the cases that Sam deals with, all split up into their own short stories but connected to each other via the characters and a couple of over-arching mysteries. It feels, almost, like reading a TV series.
There are a few typos, but they are fairly easy to overlook. The voice of Sam is entertaining, even when he seems a little dense at times. The supporting cast, as it were, is made up of Sam’s close friends, and each brings their own charm to the book.
There are a few questions that could have been answered; some people seem to fully accept the paranormal in the book, while others scoff at the idea. It’s hard to tell if the paranormal is something known and accepted in Sam’s world, or something that most people don’t believe in. After all, surely it would be difficult to be a paranormal investigator if most people don’t believe in that sort of thing? It’s a little confusing, and something that Chambers could maybe work on a little more.
Anyway. The Casebook of Sam Spallucci is a fun, entertaining book. It has its faults, but in amongst the drama, horror and Sam’s very likeable voice, the faults are very easy to overlook. Worth reading if you’re looking for something slightly different.