Five Dead Herrings, a Mythmatched Cozy-ish Mystery

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Five Dead Herrings

A Mythmatched story

Quest Investigations, Book One

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.

This author is great at combining an absorbing plot and characters with just the right amount of crazy. More please.

Drops of Ink

This story is a perfect blend of humor, urban fantasy, and relationships, and I’m already tapping my foot waiting for the next exciting story in this fantastic new series.

The Reading Addict

Highly recommended for fans of cozy mysteries with a romantic element.

Love Bytes Reviews

Also in this series

The Hound of the Burgervilles, a Mythmatched Cozy-ish Mystery
The Lady Under the Lake, a Mythmatched Cozy-ish Mystery
Death on Denial, a Mythmatched Cozy-ish Mystery

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