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From the Best-Selling Author of The Rules of Supervillainy:

Jane Doe has settled into her new role as the Shaman of Bright Falls but that doesn't pay the bills. With her boyfriend off chasing his evil father, Jane has decided to take up a job as security on the set of horror movies being filmed in her hometown. Unfortunately, the crew have been threatened by an ominous force that quickly sets its sights on Jane herself. 

Complicating matters is that Jane's past sins are coming back to haunt her with her vengeful cousins still blaming her for the death of their sister. Her complicated relationships with Alex and Lucien are also about to come to a head. Enjoy the final installment of the Bright Falls Mysteries! It's deerlightful! 

Set in the same universe as Straight Outta Fangton, The Morgan Detective Agency, Red Room Trilogy, and Psycho Killers in Love.

©2021 Charles Phipps (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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A Nightmare on Elk Street review

A Nightmare on Elk Street was a real blast of an exciting story. It had interesting characters and a great narrator. The short story at the end was just as good. It was well worth listening to. Now to go and listen to part two.

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Phipps & Suttkus Do It Again (Buck Yes)

A Nightmare on Elk Street, based on the title alone is awesome. But digging into the soul of the book – shows that Phipps and Suttkus not only know how to create magnificent worlds – but know how to keep them alive and thriving. I say this with a little bit of irony because in these worlds things seem to always be going wrong, but how is that any different than our world today? Nightmare is the third book in the Bright Falls Mysteries Series and the… probably tenth (a guess) book in the overall world that Phipps created (especially with the mention of an alternate reality that Jane visited (Supervillainy Saga), New Detroit is mentioned (Straight Outta Fangton), along with many others of the same world.

As with every book in, honestly every series I’ve read from Phipps – there are lots of pop culture references. In Nightmare, there was a particular focus on horror movies, especially B-Horror movies. Jane knowing most, if not all of them from her time working at a video store. As someone who worked at a video store, I can definitely confirm that’s exactly what we did, especially during slow hours. We’d throw on movies we loved or movies we wanted to see and have them playing while we were at work. So getting an encyclopedic knowledge of movies (especially certain genres) is 100% a fact.

This story was interesting because it seemed to focus on the creation of this movie (or movies) but it’s obviously so much more than that. Some of the stories focus is on Jane and just her becoming more of a woman. I say that not physically, but just in the choices she makes and has to make for herself and those around her. They aren’t kids’ decisions anymore and I thought Phipps and Suttkus did a great job in allowing her to grow as she gets older. I especially liked the scene later in the story when she’s talking with someone about how they hurt her and made her feel. That type of scene (not mentioning more because of spoilers) is really mature for Jane and I really enjoyed it.

Overall, as with all other books that I’ve LOVED from Phipps – this one is up there too. The pop culture and nerd references, mixed with the number of puns that Jane and company throw out there really make these books amazingly fun to read. But the stories back them up and they’re not just fun “fluff” novels either. Phipps and Suttkus are able to really write big wide-open worlds and throw these characters into almost anything. It’s a blast to read and I can’t wait to read more.

Given certain things that happened near the end – I’m not sure if there will be more Bright Falls Mysteries books, but I’m sure that we’ll see/hear from Jane in the other books set in this universe in the near future.

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It was like watch the story arcs dieing

I truly have mixed feelings about the
story has it felt similar to the time I watched "RE: Finale Chapter" where toke all the unfinish storylines and finished them has fast has possible and bring in new and old chacthers that hadn't been seen in along time has plot devices that It felt weird has I didn't really have a big impression of them to like or hate just trying to figure out if they even matter.

The story links to outer novels and even gives hints to later novels was interesting to pick at those. A fine point of this was Jane using her friendship if comic chacthers to show where awesomeness but no one believing her made it funny to to see those nice nods. Do seeing the slashers was totally let down has they weren't has cool has they were in there own novels has they felt like they were more like they where to be info dump for Jane or minor help in battle.

Has I read the story I thought there would be more horror in the novel this time but it was more b-c type horror not true horror but it felt right and I'm not sure why but I injoyed it. Do i did hope there would have been an evil doll scene but the node to Chucky dool was amassing to read has it gave a new look at Janes childhood from toys she played with.

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worth your bucks

this is a very deer-lightful story. Doe not miss this this installment of Jane and her amazing adventures.

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Fun and witty!

A Nightmare on Elk Street
by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus
Narration by Arielle DeLisle

This is the third Jane Doe, a weredeer story, and I have loved every one! Each one gets crazier! Start with the first book so you can get the whole background on this zany town. This book starts when someone tries to kill her dad. Or maybe it was when the Boogeyman came to kill her? Was it when they decided to do a shifter's slasher movie to help the vampires hide money? Or when Jane's boyfriend, soon to be ex, put the ultimate enemy, (dead but alive in spirit), in the community lake to imprison him?

Well anyway, there's lots of action, puns, plenty of humor,
strange creatures, shifters, vamps, (did I mention puns ?), snarky attitudes, and so much more!

I think this book was the best so far! I want to thank the author for letting me listen to this book! The opinions are my own! Recommend highly! Start with book one!

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Fun take on the campy horror films.

Puns. So many puns. Toss in a bit of lore about horror movies, references to those movies, and the trademark snark of our deerlightful main character and you got a fun tail.


Deer lord I'm infected now.

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Great listen

Filled in some holes for me in this series and another from C.T. Phipps. Excited to get a chance to listen to it. Jane is as sarcastic as you are use to and introduces more loveable characters.

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Deerlightful way to close out a story arc!

It always amazes me that authors with such a large shared universe across multiple series can come up with new material that doesn't just retread other stories. Once again, this duo has created a fresh new story that adds to the lore in this universe and series, adding new characters and bringing in some old favorites from across the various series. The characters, as has been the case in this series, are the real selling point. Yes, the plot and world building are top notch, as is usually the case with these authors, but they really pulled out all the stops with the characters in this final chapter in the Bright Falls Mysteries.

The series main character, weredeer Jane Doe, has come a long way from her introduction as a teen caught up in magical events. Now both a wizard apprentice and the shaman of Bright Falls, she is still a snark factory, but is now more than ever willing to take on baddies way outside her weight class. She is the anti-damsel, and the story she's involved in now tests her to the limit and beyond. Her companions, especially Emma and Lucian, get nice little growth arcs of their own, and the new additions to the cast of characters are fun, with Jane's cousins being a real delight. The one flat note was the anti-supernatural Christian politician's daughter, who of course did everything her religion forbade, basically just being a parody hypocrite. It just felt flat, since its just such an easy shot to take. Not a deal breaker by any stretch, just kind of a flat spot.

The villains fit well in with the worldbuilding, since they are integrally tied to Bright Falls. If there's some bad juju that could possibly happen, it's bound to end up in Bright Falls. This is the case again, and the town's sordid past once again helps create a villain that threatens the entire town's safety. The final fight with the villain ends up determining the course of the rest of Jane and her friends lives, in some intriguing and unexpected ways.

The narration again is handled by Arielle DeLisle, and she really brings her A game for this one. She really brings such a great presence to Jane Doe especially, giving her an endeering vulnerability while also making you feel she can kick tail with the best of them. She really brings the characters to life, and she has excellent pacing on the narration, so you never feel like your being monotoned to death.

While this is the end of the Bright Falls mysteries, I suspect this is not the last time we will see these characters, whether in the other series in the universe, or in their own new arc of stories. I'll be glad to read them either way, and I will of course update this review when the audiobook releases. This is a recommended read.

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More “deer”lightful fun with Jane

Do you like puns? Horror movies? Fantastic urban fantasy full of witty banter and pop culture jokes? Then you should definitely be listening to the Bright Fall Mysteries. Presumably if you’re looking at reviews on this book, you’ve already listened to books one & two (if you haven’t, go do so, you can thank me later), and enjoyed them as I did. Book 3, in my opinion, is the best of them. Like Jane, the series has matured a bit, don’t worry, there’s still lots of snark and jokes. But Jane has gained a well deserved confidence that was great to see. The premise of the story, they need to make a low budget horror film to save the city, was a little ridiculous, but in a tongue-in-cheek fun way that was throughly on board for.
Many of the characters from the other shared United States of Monsters world make an appearance, or are at least mentioned, and while it probably helps to be caught up on those, it isn’t needed. William, The Accountant, was a particularly fun appearance for me.
Having read The Supervillainy books would also be helpful to you (especially as I’ve heard laughter is the best medicine, so I’m pretty sure that makes them healthy for you), but not strictly needed to enjoy the book.
But back to Bright Falls and Jane. No longer a teenager, but still obviously a were-deer, she’s got bills to pay, a diner to run, a boyfriend not returning calls, and a movie to star in with a bit too much realism for comfort. I enjoyed getting to experience Jane figure out what she wants for her life versus what was just expected of her. Phipps and Suttkus knock it out of the park with the writing, great pacing, wonderful dialogue, and lots of well timed jokes to keep you laughing. And as usual, they sneak in some great reflections on our current world between, or with, the jokes.
Arielle was fabulous, as always, she has a very large cast to voice in this book and she handled them all beautifully.

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Thoroughly enjoyable finale

I've really enjoyed the Bright Falls Mysteries books. I'm sad to see it end, but I respect the author for making sure to wrap it up - I roll my eyes when an author seems intent on stretching out a series indefinitely for dozens of books with no real conclusion.

This book does go in a few odd directions, in my opinion. It could definitely benefit from some strong ending, to avoid some repetitive word choice. And one of the big key reveals was pretty heavily telegraphed for much of the book (and I'm someone who NEVER sees the big reveal coming in mystery novel).

But it's still entertaining. It's full of vibrant personalities and action. And, of course, deer puns.

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  • Luke H.
  • 08-06-21

Is this the end? I hope not.

The Brightfalls mysteries--I loved the first two books and was a little apprehensive about this third one. I think there have been some crossover stories with other series the author has written and I was concerned I might miss out on important plot points. I needn't have worried. This is as snark and pun filled as the previous two and though there are references to the author's other works, just like his pop culture references, some are included as a nod to those in the know and don't detract from the story if you don't. The plot zips along and there's a lot of satisfying tying up of loose ends from the previous novels. I particularly like how the characters, and Jane in particular, have really grown over the course of the series and within each novel. In many ways they seem to be 'living' between the pages. My only complaint is that this seems to mark the end of the series but hopefully there'll be more from Jane in future as a main character.

The narration was spot on and really captured all the different characters' personalities.