Five Dead Herrings Quest Investigations, Book 1 By: E.J. Russell Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux

The spin off to the Mythmatched paranormal world starts out strong with Five Dead Herrings.

From the blurb:

Something’s definitely fishy about this case….

On my last stakeout for Quest Investigations, I nearly got clotheslined by a grove of angry dryads. I
expected my bosses to reprimand me, but instead they handed me my first solo assignment. Me! Matt Steinitz, the only human on the Quest roster!

Okay, so the mission isn’t exactly demanding. Obviously, the bosses wanted to give me something they think I can’t screw up. I’m determined to show them what I can do, however, so I dive right in with no complaints.

At first glance, it looks as simple as baiting a hook: A selkie’s almost-ex-husband is vandalizing his boat with unwanted deliveries of deceased sea life. All I have to do is document the scene, tell the ex to cease and desist, and present the bill for property damages. Boom. Mission accomplished, another Quest success, and as a bonus, I get to keep my job.

But then things get…complicated. Suspicious undercurrents muddy up my oh-so-easy case. Nothing is as clear as it should be. And the biggest complication? My inappropriate attraction to the client, who may not be as blameless as he claims.

Turns out those dead herrings aren’t the only things that stink about this situation.


Five Dead Herrings is the first in the Quest Investigations M/M paranormal mystery series, a spinoff of E.J. Russell’s Mythmatched paranormal rom-com story world. It contains no on-page sex or violence, and although there is a romantic subplot, it is not a romance.

Jacquie's Review:

Reading the blurbs for the rest of the series will tell you that the romantic sub-plot will stay that way, a sub-plot for a long time, and I love that.

Gimme all the different species, the convoluted mysteries narrated perfectly by Greg Boudreaux. Seriously, I'll listen to him all day and not get bored.

This is a spinoff from the Supernatural Selection series, part of the larger Mythmatched world, but I think it's possible to listen without having read/listened to those, though fuller enjoyment comes from having done so.

Matt/Hugh (the nickname is funny) is human in a paranormal world and is so relatable that I'm looking forward to his next adventure.

Rating: 5 Stars

Five Dead Herrings is available to listen to on and is Whispersynced.