Title: Dim Sum Asylum
* Novel-length expansion of original short story found in Charmed & Dangerous anthology. *
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that's running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart... even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
Author: Rhys Ford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fish and Ghosts, Duck Duck Ghost, Murder and Mayhem, Ink and Shadows
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Author
Published: June 9, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance, Urban Fantasy
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The San Francisco that Rhys Ford has created is beyond fascinating. The human the fae and the splice/hybrids that fill this world don’t have an easy time sharing its space. The San Francisco police department has a special division just to handle all of the paranormal and magically enhanced crimes. The Arcane Crimes Division operates a little differently than other divisions. Officers and inspectors go in armed with tea leaves and salt because one never knows when statuary will come to life and cause wild street chases, mass chaos, and curb side orgies.
Nothing Trent Logan has read in his many books could have prepared him for his first day on the job with the San Francisco police department. None of his research could have prepared him for complications that come with Roku MacCormick as a partner. Roku’s faerie genetics give him a tiny bit of extra but not enough for the majority of the complications in his life. Oddly it’s his human half that gives him the most grief in the form of his grandfather, the leader of family criminal activities who is actively searching for his replacement in Roku.
I loved how we readers were just dropped into the action, bat crap crazy action. It reminded me of another Ford series that I thoroughly enjoyed. The action never stops, full throttle from the very beginning. The case that Roku and Trent have been assigned to gets more complex with each kill and attempted kill. The deeper involved they become the more unclear the motive and next target are. Dim Sum Asylum has an excellent blend of urban fantasy and romantic suspense.
I did not read this when it was pubbed in the Charmed and Dangerous anthology so I can’t give my opinion on the expansion. What I can tell you is that I want more of this world and more of this couple. So if I feel that way after a couple hundred pages I can only imagine what readers felt like with even less. Yes this world is so mesmerizing that I want to spend more time in it. I believe that Roku and Trent of course have more to give us readers. I do hope that this is something that Rhys has in her writing plans.