Title: Butterflies by K.J. Charles
Series: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery
Published October 28th 2013 by Smashwords
Length: 17 pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Journalist Robert Caldwell is still smarting from his first encounter with ghost-hunter Simon Feximal. Their night in a haunted house was thrilling, but the aftermath leaves Robert hurt, disappointed, and resolved not to see Simon again.
But just a few days later their paths cross once more, this time investigating a pair of mysterious deaths: two corpses shrouded in butterflies.
Now Robert wants the truth – on the deaths, on where the butterflies came from, and most of all, on the attraction that still burns between him and Simon.
A free standalone short story (8700 words) in the Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. The first Simon Feximal story is The Caldwell Ghost, available from Torquere Press.
Free here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/371325
I like the sequel, Butterflies, better than its predecessor, The Caldwell Ghost. Robert and Simon gets more page time and we know more about their personalities in this book.
Robert is still naive in the ways of the world, but he's naturally curious and that suits his job as a journalist well. He is also very direct and assertive in communicating his feelings and dislikes. In comparison, Simon is the one who's more introvert. Simon's disposition comes from years of experience dealing with ghosts and people's motives in raising ghosts. He has seen things that made him grow older and mature into who he is. I really enjoy the couple's interactions, from letters to blow jobs, in this book.
The mystery plot is chilling with a creepy imagery of butterflies killing people. The description are vivid and I love it. Two people died with mysterious and copious amounts of butterflies around them and in their throats. Simon is called in to investigate and Robert meets him on in assignment from the newspaper. Their partnership on this case is clear and well portrayed.
Overall, this is a great story with a well developed plot and interesting characters. I would recommend reading The Caldwell Ghost to be more acquainted with the characters since Butterflies starts right after The Caldwell Ghost ends and it would satisfy a curiosity of how these two characters meet. However, it's not necessary to do so in order to enjoy the second book. Mystery fans should definitely give this story a try.
I've also reviewed the first book in this series, The Caldwell Ghost, here: http://onsilverwingz.blogspot.com/2013/11/review-caldwell-ghost-by-kj-charles.html
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