New Release Review ~ Five Dead Herrings by E.J. Russell

Something’s definitely fishy about this case…

On my last stakeout for Quest Investigations, I nearly got clotheslined by a grove of angry dryads. I expected my bosses to reprimand me, but instead they handed me my first solo assignment. Me! Matt Steinitz, the only human on the Quest roster!

Okay, so the mission isn’t exactly demanding. Obviously, the bosses wanted to give me something they think I can’t screw up. I’m determined to show them what I can do, however, so I dive right in with no complaints.

At first glance, it looks as simple as baiting a hook: A selkie’s almost-ex-husband is vandalizing his boat with unwanted deliveries of deceased sea life. All I have to do is document the scene, tell the ex to cease and desist, and present the bill for property damages. Boom. Mission accomplished, another Quest success, and as a bonus, I get to keep my job.

But then things get…complicated. Suspicious undercurrents muddy up my oh-so-easy case. Nothing is as clear as it should be. And the biggest complication? My inappropriate attraction to the client, who may not be as blameless as he claims.

Turns out those dead herrings aren’t the only things that stink about this situation.


Five Dead Herrings is the first in the Quest Investigations M/M paranormal mystery series, a spinoff of E.J. Russell’s Mythmatched paranormal rom-com story world. It contains no on-page sex or violence, and although there is a romantic subplot, it is not a romance.

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4.5 Stars!

While Five Dead Herrings is the first book in the Quest Investigations series, I think for maximum enjoyment, you need to read some of EJ Russell’s previous series first. EJ’s characters generally overlap, and there are a lot of them that feature in this book.

I loved Matt/Hugh! He was so much fun, self-deprecating, and all-around amazing. I’m looking forward to more of his adventures! I didn’t quite like Lachlan, he was too brash, and too married for my taste, LOL. Still, I’m willing to give him a chance and prove himself worthy of Matt.

I loved catching up with Mal, Niall, David, Alun, and Jordan (OMG, how cute is Jordan? He’s just so bouncy and adorable, like an overgrown puppy, LOL).

The case was intriguing and I really enjoyed how it worked out. The book was fast-paced, fun, plot-oriented and I’m looking forward to seeing how things will unfold in the next installment. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***