Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal…werewolves.
Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long purple tresses and black-glossed lips captured his heart the moment he first saw her standing behind the register at Hot Topic. Desdemona may have nicknamed Hal “Creep,” but he’s determined to win her heart. And, you know, save everyone else, too.
Well this was unexpected I must admit. I got Thinning the Herd expecting typical urban fantasy and yet it's so much more than that. It's a quirky read with a very peculiar hero but I admit he did grow on me. Fabulous supporting characters with truly laugh out loud moments. I hesitate to say too much but a wolf and a cat partnership has to be read to be believed! Add in Hal's obsession with Desdemona, a Goth girl who really isn't that enamoured by the creepy guy, who keeps showing up and you start to see this book will take you on a very unexpected ride.
Is Hal really as good as he thinks he is? Or is he just a legend in his own lunchtime? Either way it's completely different and whilst normally I'd recommend to those like myself who enjoy urban fantasy or even paranormal stories this time I'm thinking if you enjoy the off the wall work of Terry Pratchet, then this might be just up your street! Unique, quirky and chock full of entertaining ideas.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.