Angel Trouble

Angel Trouble by D.M. Guay

One loser, one talking cockroach, and one karate-chopping bombshell stand between YOU and certain death. Or not. No, definitely not, because the grim reaper’s lost his job. He’s been stripped of his scythe and banned from reaping. The angel of death has officially fallen, and he’s crash-landed at 24/7 Demon Mart.

It doesn’t take long for DeeDee, Lloyd, and Kevin to figure out that living with the angel of death isn’t easy. Lost souls. Angry exes. Ancient curses. Will the grim reaper ever get his afterlife together? The outlook is not so good.

The reaper isn’t the only angel who’s out of sorts. Lloyd’s devilish boss Faust hasn’t been the same since a tentacle monster spit him out of an alternate dimension, and his ex-girlfriend tried to start the zombie apocalypse. And Angel eight ball? He’s having a hell of a time juggling a terrible new boss and saving Lloyd from eternal damnation.

As unreaped souls stack up and the specter of death looms larger, what’s the Demon Mart crew to do? Find out in this grim reaper comedy.

Angel Trouble is book three in the 24/7 Demon Mart series, a humorous dark fantasy and horror-comedy book series for fans of Christopher Moore (Dirty Job), Dave Turner (How to be Dead), Jack Townsend (Tales from the Gas Station) and Rick Gualtieri (Bill the Vampire).

The IndieMuse Review

Angel Trouble is book three in the horror-comedy series, 24/7 Demon Mart (book five if you include the tie-in novellas Hell for the Holidays and Creature of the Poo Lagoon) by author D.M. Guay. The series tells the tale of lowly convenience store worker Lloyd Wallace who finds his new job at Dairy Mart also entails occasionally saving the world from demons and all other manner of hellish creatures. Joined by a motley crew of co-workers, including a suave demon and a talking cockroach, Lloyd tries to get through his shifts without causing too many world-threatening apocalypses along the way.

Angel Trouble introduces a new character in the form of a grim reaper called Zackumzaphielhermesiappotholonian (don’t worry, you can call him Zack for short), who takes a shine to poor Lloyd, but leaves a trail of bodies in his wake wherever he goes. Soon the Dairy Mart is overrun with ghosts, and with nobody to guide them over to the afterlife, Larry must find his inner-hero and once again save the day with the help of his unrequited crush DeeDee and belligerent boss Kevin.

Horror comedy is a tough nut to crack and I can count on one hand the number of authors who have tried their hand and done it well (I’m looking at you, Jeff Strand). Angel Trouble succeeds by leaning much further toward the ‘comedy’ in ‘horror comedy’, using the supernatural as a springboard to tell outlandish and funny tales. It’s all very light and fun. For all the implied peril, no character ever really feels in any danger, as the rules at play in this supernatural world offer all kinds of convenient get-out-of-jail-free cards. It makes the book unpredictable in a fun way and helps to keep the tone light and enjoyable.

The premise (average Joe in over their head when employed by a company with lots of supernatural shenanigans afoot) reminded me a great deal of the hapless Paul Carpenter from Tom Holt’s fantastic Portable Door series, although Angel Trouble reads more like Christopher Moore or A. Lee Martinez, with 100% more sex, swearing and heavy metal.

The book’s humor largely comes from how out of his depth Lloyd is. He is constantly finding himself in situations where he has no idea how to act and he is a great lead, in that he is our window into an otherwise manic and crazy world where anything can (and does) happen. There isn’t much in the way of story when it comes to Angel Trouble, more of a series of unfortunate events that culminate in a life lesson for Lloyd, leaving him a changed character by the books end (although hopefully not too changed, otherwise book four may be a bit dull)!

An enjoyable entry in a fun series, Angel Trouble is heavy on comedy and light on horror, but you can’t help but get swept along in the fun. It’s pure, unashamed entertainment and easy reading for when you want a book that’s engaging and more than a little bit silly. Consider me a new fan.

RICHARD MARTIN

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.

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