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The Beast of Barcroft book review

The Beast of Barcroft, by Bill Schweigart, is a fun read with a near classic atmosphere of the monster of the moment or ‘creature feature’ movie populated with fun writing.

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After reading The Beast of Barcroft by Schweigart, I came away not only enjoying the read, but jumping right in on the sequel book, Northwoods from Schweigart, both a part of The Fatal Folklore Trilogy. It was that fun.

The book teaser reads as follows:

‘”Ben McKelvie believes he’s moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, D.C., suburb of Barcroft. Instead, he’s moving down—way down—thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.

First, Ben’s fiancée leaves him; then, his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine’s noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he’s not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn’t possibly exist—in this world.

Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.”

The style of the book was such that we learned enough about Ben to root for him but the cast of supporting characters are kept slightly elusive. We get to know them, but not enough to make them boring. In fact, we just get to know enough about them so if they show up in sequel stories, there’s still plenty to learn about them.

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