Reviews for “Here Be Monsters”
"Here Be Monsters" is Jamie Sheffield's first
novel set in the Adirondack Park of Northern NY. Jamie Sheffield is a great
story teller, and he creates a world based in the beautiful place he calls
home. The title of the novel may conjure up a story about a sasquatch type
creature, or even man eating fresh water lake monsters. Instead, we are
introduced to Tyler Cunningham, and a small group of unique characters that
will stay with you long after finishing this book. I am eagerly looking forward
to the next Tyler Cunningham novel.
I just finished reading Jamie Sheffield's first masterpiece
Here Be Monsters. From the very first page Jamie Sheffield managed to capture
my mind and heart with his character of Tyler Cunningham. I only put the book
down long enough to get a few hours of sleep and even then I found myself
waking up early to read more before I had to go to work. I was totally
captivated with the adventure.I absolutely cannot wait until Jamie Sheffield
produces a second book and continues on from there. Jamie's descriptions of the
Adirondack Park and North Country made me feel as though I were right there
with him soaking in the beauty of that area. Now ready for Book 2
"Here Be Monsters" is the debut novel of Jamie
Sheffield, an author who resides in the Adirondack Park in upstate NY, and his
intimate knowledge of that great wilderness rings through with loud & clear
accuracy as well as an accute attention to detail when describing the local
haunts & habitats. That accute attention to detail is also put to good use
when describing Tyler Cunningham, the Coke-swigging, back-packing,
hammock-camping, dog-loving, mystery-solving, law-bending (and sometimes
This is a first for me in all my 62 years. I cracked the
book about mid-morning and didn't stop. I read it straight through to the
ending. I have never been that enthralled with a book before and usually have
no problem putting them down, sometimes taking weeks if not months to get
Very good read. I hard a very hard time putting the book
down not knowing what Tyler would run into next. A quirky story that keeps you
in suspense while on the verge of laughing. Lots of local color on the
Adirondack Park keep the story believable with a good mix of fiction to keep
the Park safe and inviting. Looking forward to upcoming novels and stories of
Tyler Cunningham's adventures.
Tyler Cunningham is not your typical, hard boiled private
detective; he's mostly a loner all right, but (due perhaps to Asperger's?)
relates to and interacts differently with the world than most of us. Even with
his quirks he's still an immensely likable character; the author doesn't drown
the reader in Tyler's quirks, just enough to explain the way he is. A great
story full of interesting, believable characters, and the descriptions of the
Adirondacks area where it takes place were beautiful. I can't wait for the next
in the series; I hope there are a lot more to come! (P.S. Mr. Sheffield, do you
know where I can get the cane-sugar Cokes that Tyler drinks? I'm a
Coca-Colaholic too! :D)
First, let me say that I ADORED "Here Be
Monsters", the first in the Adirondack Tyler Cunningham series. I eagerly
awaited the next book; hoped it would match my expectation; and Jamie Sheffield
did not disappoint!! If anything, his writing has only gotten stronger and
sharper. I will not give anything away about the story and spoil the fun. The
mystery is enticing and comes to a jaw dropping conclusion, that alone would be
enough. But Sheffield's ability to get inside the head of his unique
protagonist; as well as make poignant statements about life and the world we
live in through Tyler's eyes; make this a fantastic reading experience. This is
a book that will please readers looking for a complex and startling mystery and
are tired of reading from the perspective of the same old, cookie cutter, hero
but who want something more original. My only complaint is that the joy in
reading it was over too quickly as I devoured it in a matter of days. Cannot
wait for more.
I put some books off until my schedule can allow a few late
nights, and I correctly placed Caretakers in that category. Tyler Cunningham
keeps me reading into the night. Jamie Sheffield writes incredible detective
stories, and he beautifully illustrates the interesting and even brilliant
thought patterns of one who thinks and acts outside social norms.
Another literary delight finds its way out of the
Adirondacks and onto my Kindle. Caretakers like Mr. Sheffield's other works had
me imagining and wishing that I was in the Adirondack Park right alongside
SmartPig. Having read all of Sheffield's publications to date all I can say is
that I want, need, and yearn for the next...
You know you're in the hands of a skilled author when he can
persuade you to eagerly devour a book in a genre you normally detest. As a
general literary rule of thumb, I intensely dislike mystery novels ... but
Jamie Sheffield has created an utterly fascinating character in Tyler Cunningham
that has made me a believer. Not in the mystery genre as a whole ... but
definitely in any mysteries that Sheffield writes with Tyler as the
I mean, what other sleuth fuels their deductive prowess with ice-cold Coke,
Twinkies, and Chinese food (of both great and mediocre quality)? Tyler is
unlike anyone else, does not think/act/socialize like anyone else, and the
pleasure of this series is not so much in watching the plot twists unfold, but
in observing how Tyler's weird (in a non-derogatory sense) mind employs various
abnormal methods to unravel the problem.
Sheffield's debut novel, "Here Be Monsters," was good, but
"Caretakers" finds the author even more firmly in control of his
writing, which is stronger/tighter and infused with the confidence of a bona
fide professional. And as always, the Adirondack Park of upstate NY is not just
a setting, but a character ... a character that Sheffield knows with the
intimacy of a long-time lover. If you live in this neck of the woods (no pun intended)
you'll appreciate all the references to familiar (and some not so familiar)
locales. If you don't reside in the Adirondacks, by the time you complete this
book, you'll wish you did.
The mystery market is mobbed with detectives and private detectives and wannabe
detectives, but despite this glut of characters, Tyler Cunningham stands
uniquely alone (and that's just the way he likes it) and it is this uniqueness
that should ensure this series of mystery-adventures not only continues, but
continues to gain more and more fans.
I thoroughly enjoyed this twisted tale! I was pretty hooked
on the protagonist when I read Here be Monsters, but this story was even more
of a thrill ride. Lucky for me I am nowhere near as smart as Tyler, so I do not
figure it all out before he does. I look forward to going on more adventures in
the wilds of Adirondack Park with Tyler. I also hope Barry hangs around as he
amuses the neck out of me.
This is the second Tyler Cunningham Adirondack mystery I
have read and thoroughly enjoyed. Tyler, the main character, is a departure
from the usual detective. Tyler has many of the characteristics of a person
with aspergers. He has a great knowledge base, thinks "out of the
box," and struggles with interpersonal relationships. Tyler's uniqueness
is consistent and well done.
The Adirondack back story and locale are well presented by someone who
obviously knows the area and loves it. The descriptions of the Great Camps ~
their current state and their place in Adirondack history was well done.
Reviews for “Between the Carries”
I hadn't realized how much I had missed Tyler Cunningham
until I started reading this new novel by Jamie Sheffield. I could
feel/smell/taste/see some of the wonders of the Adirondacks through this book,
getting transported there easily through Tyler's descriptions. The action is
(as it has been in the prior novels) unpredictable and heart-stopping. It was
interesting to take a look inside Tyler's head and to learn some of the
reasoning behind his decisions/actions. This is my new favorite in the series
(as will the next one be when it is written and read.) I highly recommend this
book to anyone who loves or wants to learn about the Adirondacks, enjoys quirky
characters, exciting action and a book you can't put down until it is finished
I have read all the previous books and novellas following
the adventures of Tyler Cunningham, and relish his thought processes. He sees
and interacts with the world in a unique way. Jamie's writing style makes one
instantly engrossed in the story - you forget that you are reading a book;
there is just the story. I hope there are many more to come!
Just between you and me, murder-mysteries are not my thing
... unless they are Tyler Cunningham murder mysteries. This is the 3rd book
(plus assorted short stories/novellas) in Jamie Sheffield's uniquely absorbing
series about a social misfit who just doesn't see the world like the rest of us
and puts his skewed mental view to work solving problems. As always, his fuel
of choice is Canadian Coke, greasy Chinese food, and donuts (Hey, Tyler might
be the smartest guy in any room at any given moment, but nobody claimed he was
As only Tyler can, he takes to the backwoods of the Adirondacks--perhaps more
of a character in this book than ever before--to solve the murder that has been
pinned on someone Tyler believes is innocent. As is usually the case with Tyler,
he discovers the killer's identity, but not without dangerous consequences.
I could prattle on for pages, but there really is no need. Mystery fans need to
be reading this series. Adirondack fans need to be reading this series. Fans of
unique/weird/awkward protagonists need to read this series. In fact, the only
people that shouldn't be reading this series are those who are fans of missing
out on good books.
Wonderful, entertaining, read, especially for Adirondackers.
Jamie Sheffield's experience, as a Special Ed teacher, influenced his writings
to portray folks, whose minds operate on a different level, in a positive way.
We looked for "Smart Pig Detective Agency" as we drove thru' Saranac
Lake, today. The author's description of the area makes the reader forget that
it's fiction. We're watching for the next book in the series.
I simply could not put this book down! The pacing was
extraordinary--slow introspective moments for Tyler, break-neck canoe chases,
zinging bullets, ricocheting plot line. And time for the reader to consider
Tyler and the spectrum of autism, handled with respect, understanding, and love
by Jamie Sheffield. The ADK, a winning hero, a compelling supporting cast--what
more could a reader want.
Book 3 has been just as much of a good read as all the other
books Mr Sheffield has put out for us Tyler fans to read. Best read after the first two so if you have not bought any of his three full
books doing in order does make a lot of what goes on in this one work better for the reader. I like that there is not a lot
of "bringing you up to speed" with back story just the right amount to remind you what you have already read. I do not read a lot anymore so Mr Sheffield being able to make me look forward
to his next efforts is huge.
Just finished reading HERE BE MONSTERS. I LOVED it. Mystery novels are a favorite of mine and what could be better than reading one taking place in our little corner of the world. I now look forward to many other Tyler Cunningham escapades.
Great job Jamie.
A friend of mine gave me the entire collection of Jamie Sheffield's books for Christmas 2017. She and I grew up in Plattsburgh many years ago and spent a lot of time in Lake Placid visiting my grandmother who worked at the Club. Both my parents graduated from Lake Placid High School and our family still has a small cabin off rt. 30, on the dirt road behind the camp store, not too far from Donnelly's. I no longer live in the area, however spend time at our cabin each summer. My husband and I have introduced another whole generation to the beauty of the Adirondacks through our adult children and their families. I have so enjoyed reading the vivid descriptions of the area and have discovered some new places to visit this summer. I started reading the series in January and finished BETWEEN THE CARRIES this morning. I have tried my hardest to make each book last, but I can't put them down! I am afraid to start my last one THUNDERSTRUCK, because I know the same thing will happen! I hope Mr. Sheffield has more stories in the works! Even if you are not familiar with the area you will love the wild, mysterious adventures of Tyler Cunningham and the entire cast of characters. Happy Reading!
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