The Changeling Detective

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For a private detective, being able to change your face is a distinct advantage. The changeling detective thought he was unique, a mutant of sorts, like those he had read about in comics when he was younger. However, when he becomes the focus of a vile-smelling crime boss with similar abilities and meets a genuine witch, the changeling detective has his whole world turned upside down. More

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About Phillip Berrie

Phill Berrie lives in Canberra Australia with this wife, two daughters and the rest of his extended family. He is on the downhill run of his first century and has decided he wants to be a writer when he grows up. Phill is an editor as well as a writer and is a great fan of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy and horror).

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Review by: Gary Williams on Feb. 13, 2014 :
This book was intriguing and a lot of fun to read. The author manages to make the changeling thing quite believable, with his description of what he can and can't do... and we get to ride with the character in first person as he discovers knew aspects of his ability he didn't know about. I suppose near death experiences will do that to you.

The twists and turns in this book are subtle, so that I was unaware of exactly how it managed to keep me so hooked all the way. I love the humour in this book! A little way into the book, the changeling detective decides the time has come for him to be honest about his abilities to a woman who becomes his new sidekick. Shortly after, as he is just about to become intimately involved with her, he tells her, "I can be any man you want me to be!"

The quality of this novel is superb. I hardly found any typos or omitted words (and I always do - even with the huge volume publications). I notice that the author offers services, such as continuity checking, to other indie authors. This novel is a shining beacon leading the way for other indie authors.

My only complaint about this book is that the sequel isn't written yet. So, you'd be doing me a big favour if you also read this book, and then also told the author to get on with writing a sequel!
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Review by: Felicity Banks on Aug. 7, 2013 :
Great hero, great book. I do like a good cross-genre novel, and being a "mutant" (as he calls himself) P.I. works beautifully.

The transition from x-men style scifi to buffy style magic (possibly still scifi) to Christianity-ish supernatural creatures (or are they?) was interesting, and it works. I found the jump from "magic/witch is real" to "If that's real, what about God etc?" really intriguing. I still do. It's strange that so few books go there.

The character of Ruth isn't super well developed, and her magical skills are under-utilised - but she was still compelling. The climax was genuinely tense, and I want so badly to read the next book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Chris Andrews on July 23, 2013 :
The Changeling Detective is a solid mix of noir and fantasy, and contains plenty of tension and mystery as well.

Primarily an origin story, it delves into the darker aspects of the main character's ability to change his appearance, and as such offers a refreshing take on the genre.

Most of the answers give rise to more questions – with each revelation shaking the protagonist's understanding of the world to the point where he's forced to question his very existence.

The characters are solid and believable, and there's plenty to keep you guessing. A few things have been left unexplained, but I suspect those questions will be answered in further instalments.

Overall, an easy read and very enjoyable.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Lisa Mears on July 2, 2013 :
A well written, well edited story. It was a nice easy read peppered with humour which added to my enjoyment of the story. Set in Australia's capital, Canberra. A series in the making.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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