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May 26, 2015

MACABRE 2 by John Spencer Yantiss

John Spencer Yantiss


Contrary to the openly stated of many in the latter 20th and early 21st centuries, ghouls, ghosts, and other horrors frequenting the nightmares of those who consider themselves to be otherwise rational and "scientifically" minded, are just as real and frightening today, as they were in the 19th and preceding centuries. In "Macabre2" Sherrod Colsne finds himself confronted with circumstances and events that shatter his own steely sensibilities. "The Weerwolf Problem" (Dutch spelling) forces Monty Weston, assistant, friend, and de facto son to Colsne, to reassess all that he had come to accept about the monsters that had once been part and parcel of most people's belief systems prior to The Industrial Revolution, and the subsequent explosion of "scientific" discovery. No less nerve rattling is the truth behind a series of freakish animal deaths in Upstate New York, found in "The Golden Dart. (from Amazon)


About the Author

John Spencer Yantiss
John Spencer Yantiss was born in Louisville, KY to parents of Anglo-Scotch-Irish, and Lithuanian descent, and is author of the Sherrod Colsne Mysteries series. For fans of modern and classic mystery alike, this first recorded tale in the casebook of Sherrod Reynard Colsne is a marriage of two eras, and considering the leaps in applications of technology since 2000, perhaps even three. For "friends" of both Sherlock Holmes, and Nero Wolfe who, according to Rex Stout, Archie Goodwin's agent, are father and son, it is the long-sought continuation of "the family saga." Combining the seemingly opposing elements of fast-paced action, methodical interrogation, and abstruse but exact deduction, Murder by Bequest introduces an all-new, old-fashioned gentlemen's and ladies' detective whose heart and passions reside in Victorian England, but who utilizes the Internet and related tools in tracking down criminals. Colsne is tall and slender like Holmes; like Wolfe, he is a gourmet; again, in common with Holmes, he loves and plays music (piano in his case). His temperament and wonts eerily drawing from the disparate personas of each, he is sometimes sedentary (as Wolfe is always in danger of a "relapse," Colsne is just as likely to "go Greek," as Monty Weston terms it, escaping to his fifth-floor retreat, his "little corner of Achaia"), and, like Holmes, when a case is on, can be driven almost mad by inaction, must see the scene of the crime, and examine it carefully. Unlike either, Colsne likes and appreciates women, one in particular, but whom we do not meet in this introductory tale. There are several more in what is a growing series, with "Code Name, Erelim," a novella, "The Golden Dart" and "The Weerwolf Problem," both short stories filled with subtile horror and the grotesque, and all Kindle books. Coming are "Sa Kainitan," based in The Philippines, and "The Seiðr Affair," a bone chiller about a doomsday computer weapon.

 This book, Macabre 2 is two very short stories centered around detective Sherrod Reynard (which means fox in French) Colsne and his side kick Monty Weston. Mr. Yantiss uses these names as they make the reader recall Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. The first story is about a strange weerwolf  (Dutch spelling)and the second story is about a mysterious series of human and animal deaths.  These are set in today's world.   Living in a large Manhattan brownstone, Colsne and Weston seem to be bachelors, wealthy and have associations with the New York society's upper crust. All the characters are as if they were living in 1880.  Neither mystery is the same.  The Weerwolf is obviously a supernatural story while the other is more of a standard mystery. The book was an OK read but I don't think I would read it again.  I think the reason why is that they were too short for the reader to really get their thoughts into it.

I was given a complimentary copy of MACABRE 2 from 
the author, John Spencer Yantiss for my view of the book.

I would give this book 3 STARS.


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