A Change In Crime: A Supernatural Depression-Era Thriller (La Famiglia di Mostri, #1) by D.R. Perry (Review by #NerdGirlJulie)

Title: A Change In Crime: A Supernatural Depression-Era Thriller (La Famiglia di Mostri, #1)

Author: D.R. Perry 

Published Date: October 31st 2016

Genre: Thriller


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In November of 1929, the last autumn leaves started a domino effect in Fall River. At a time when most give thanks, others lurk at society’s fringes, waiting for a shot at revenge. Power. Redemption.

A Mafia hit leaves Leo Riley homeless and at the mercy of Oguina, a powerful monster under an ancient curse. A hunter with skin in this game stalks the streets, playing cat-and-mouse with the creatures he’s sworn to eliminate. The capo di tutti capi with a secret gazes into a moral abyss, threatening to take his men with him if he falls. All struggle to hold on to humanity.

Unlikely allies join forces, fighting for their rights to Fall River’s streets and their very survival. Some will fall, some will rise, but can there ever be a winner when crime and change come to call?


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Violence or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***#NerdGirlJulie’s  Review***
A Change In Crime is an excellent period piece in that the author peppered this prohibition-era story with authentic slang and phrases. It is a preternatural-creature story that is told in a film-noir style. Ms. Perry has entwined classic supernatural lore and 1920’s style organized crime.

Set in Fall River, MA, the story is about a boy named Leo, the mobsters who killed his family, and his plan for revenge. In this tale the monsters are the good guys, and they’re all too happy to help Leo take out the mobsters responsible for killing Leo’s family.

I found the start of the book confusing—the author tosses her readers into the story without giving them a point of reference. That made the plot very difficult to get into. Through the journey quite a few characters are added to the mix, and it is not always apparent how they fit into the overall arc of the story.

While I loved the premise of the story, the implementation of it didn’t grab me. The one thing I did appreciate was the detailed development of “monster” lore.


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