Today, I’m really excited to be reviewing three books from the Cassie Tam Files series by Matt Doyle.
New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …
For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.
When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.
Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.
Matt Doyle has penned a fabulous, fun and creative Sci-Fi thriller, murder mystery that had me glued to the book from start to finish. Addict is my first read from Matt Doyle and I am very happy I was able to read this series. It’s the first book in the Cassie Tam Files, and with a start like this, the series is bound to be fantastic.
Cassandra Tam, a.k.a. Caz, is a P.I., and she is absolutely kickass. She is quite the daredevil with her bold personality and I loved her. Bert, her sidekick, a metallic gargoyle A.I. is a protective friend. I loved his character!
As I said, this story had me glued to the pages. I read it in one sitting because of its fast-paced plot. The world building is marvelous, although slightly confusing at times, and the mystery was surprising.
I recommend this book for sure. Fans of Sci-Fi will be happy!
New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …
When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.
Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.
Matt Doyle has done it again with The Fox. The Dog, And The King. It is not a standalone, you do need to read the first novel, but this stood on it’s own as far as a fabulous story. Another fast-paced plot with a mystery that had me reading this one in one sitting.
Once again, the world building is complex and well designed. A bit heavy handed on the descriptions, but I think the concept was well shown.
Caz is becoming an even more interesting character as she grows. I love when a main character grows from one book to the next, and shows no signs of stopping. She is a badass character and I love her.
I highly recommend this one, but read the first book before it!
New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…
When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.
If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.
I am thoroughly impressed with the 3rd book in the Cassie Tam Files. LV48 was gripping, fast-paced and just as entertaining as the first two. This might be my favorite of the three.
I’m a huge fan of Matt Doyle’s writing. He has a really great talent in writing mystery in a Sci-Fi story. I was invested and surprised in the end.
There are a lot of characters, which could get confusing at times, but every one was very well developed. I love the characters that have shown up in each story, because they have all grown every book.
I highly recommend this one. It’s a fast-paced, sci-fi thriller with cool technology and interesting characters.
Matt Doyle is a speculative fiction author from the UK and identifies as pansexual and genderfluid. Matt has spent a great deal of time chasing dreams, a habit which has led to success in a great number of fields. To date, this has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler, completing a range of cosplay projects, and publishing multiple works of fiction.
These days, Matt can be found working on multiple novels and stories, blogging about pop culture, and plotting and planning far too many projects.
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