Original publish date: 13 October 2014
Have you ever been stuck and hoped that an idea would come to you?
Well, Niall did just that when he was younger and for the rest of his life, unbeknownst to him, he had a Muse assisting him with every important decision. Catherine Winchester’s Bemused follows Niall through his supernatural detective adventures after his Muse, Mel, introduces herself while saving his life from vampires, thus drawing him in to her sleuthing endeavor.
A local home is struck with the bad fortune of mysterious deaths taking place there and the only common denominator is the smell of sulfur, which clues Mel and Niall into the supernatural element that explains the seemingly random nature of the deaths. With Mel able to instantly transport herself across the world to get what they need to solve the mystery, the case goes rather quickly; however, the more time Mel spends with Niall, the more emotionally involved with him she becomes, which is problematic as she has an incredibly long lifespan but does that matter? Not only does Niall learn about himself, but Mel learns about herself, too.
The story takes recognized supernatural beings and has an interesting take on them to elaborate their unique qualities special to this particular universe. The story was quick-paced and built suspense, but the climax seemed rather rushed, along with a feeling that there was some text missing for details of what happened in some areas of action, as well as what motivates Niall and Mel into action. There was some grammatical clean up that could be done to polish the text into something a bit more impressive. There were plenty of pop culture references throughout to make the story more relateable and on occasion humorous, but the obvious yet clever reference to MUSE was amusing.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.