Praise for the Shepherd & Wolfe series

Along Comes a Wolfe

Confronted by a 400+ page book, I recalled the words of one of Jane Austen’s characters: “If a book is well written, I always find it too short”…. To my delight, I was completely hooked by page 16 of Along Comes a Wolfe, and authors Counios and Gane never let me go. I now eagerly await the next installment of the “Shepherd & Wolfe” series.… What sets Along Comes a Wolfe apart from so many other “detective” novels directed at adolescents is the (unusual for the genre) richness of character development.

Dave Jenkinson, Canadian Materials

Along Comes a Wolfe’s strengths lie in its well-drawn protagonists, but it also shines in illuminating the feeling of a teenager’s world of innocence and security being transformed into an adult world of secrets and danger. 

The pages turned and burned until the end. Then we wanted more.

— Terry Fallis, award-winning author of Best Laid Plans; Suzannah Showler, author of Thing; Caroline Vu, author of Palawan Story
Gripping ... couldn’t stop reading until I reached the last page!
— M. H., Washington DC, USA
These teenage boys just seemed real and they were over all just well rounded characters.
— The Book and Beauty blog
These may not be the Hardy Boys, BUT I LOVE THEM!! What a wonderful contrast in characters. Tony Shepherd is the serious, logical one and Charlie Wolfe the wise cracking, erratic one. It really gave the book a Holmes and Watson sort of vibe (with more humorous banter!) 

Bookworm Drinketh

Much like the archetypal pairing of John Watson and Sherlock Holmes, Counios and Gane provide their readers with a remarkable contest of wits between Tony, who is sensible and empathetic, and his eccentric, emotionally detached counterpart.

Mazin Saffou, Advance Southwest

Like the Hardy Boys, Shepherd and Wolfe leave you wanting more. Counios and Gane, tell me there’ll be a sequel.

Billings Gazette

Shepherd’s Watch

The narrative flows together as smoothly as if it were written by a single author. Both Counios and Gane (who are in-laws and friends) come from a screenwriting background and you can see it in the fast paced short scenes which frequently end on a cliffhanger. As one reader said at a recent signing: “I couldn’t stop reading. I kept telling myself, the chapters are short, just read another one. I literally couldn’t put it down.”

SaskBook Reviews
Significantly longer than the typical YA "detective" story, Shepherd's Watch is, nevertheless, a most engaging read. Fans of the series will eagerly await the next installment.

CM Reviews

Wolfe in Shepherd’s Clothing

Authors Counios and Gane have concocted an excellent piece of crime fiction, one filled with the appropriate number of red herrings and a delightful misdirection as to the serial killer’s identity. What could have been a tired trope, a pair of adolescents’ entering what is supposedly a deserted and abandoned house, becomes a truly tension-filled episode towards the novel’s conclusion.

Dave Jenkinson
, Canadian Materials: Volume XXV / Issue 16 - December 21 / 2018

Right from the start though you feel in safe hands as a reader. Counios and Gane know what they are doing, and you can happily allow yourself to become immersed in the story.

SaskBook Reviews
With a plethora of twists and turns and a multitude of characters, Wolfe in Shepherd's Clothing is as involved a read as it is a thrilling plot. Still Angie Counios and David Gane tie things up effectively without being frivolous or simple–no one likes solving a mystery easily– even leaving readers hanging with a teaser about the elusive Charlie for their next Shepherd & Wolfe Mystery book.

Canlit for Little Canadians

Shepherd’s Call

Four stars. Highly recommended.
Canadian Materials, Volume XXIX / Issue 15 - December 9 / 2022
That tight, terse combination of fear and fun works, as does the collaboration of the writers who produced it.

Prairie Books NOW
 Issue 75, Fall/Winter 2019/20
The series is marketed as YA but I’m sure adult readers who love crime fiction will be as caught up in the books as I am. The fifth book in the series, Wolfe’s Blood, is apparently coming soon. I can’t wait!

SaskBooks Reviews

I’d recommend this to any lover of mystery thrillers, but if you on top of that like fast-paced YA stories, and maybe also are a fan of The Hardy Boys, then you’re going to really enjoy this. Maybe the teenage rascal in your house is looking for a new book to read? Then there’s four books in this series for them!

Trey Stone

From our Readers

Gripping.... once I picked it up, I couldn't stop reading it until I reached the last page!
— M. H. from Washington DC
The book is soooo exciting. I don’t want to put it down. I am about three-quarters done. So suspenseful....I just finished your book. I loved, loved, loved it. It was so exciting and awesome. You and Dave are fantastic writers. I am so impressed. Can hardly wait to read more!!! I thought it would be good but honestly never expected it to be so intriguing – big word for
— Penny Walker, Regina, SK
Finally had some down time this week to really dig into your book...Damn getting good now! Well done!!...Can’t honestly remember when I have just sat and read other than at the beach somewhere which is a faded distant memory. Much appreciated...Wow. Done the book. Got to the last page and turned it over and was like – Really? That sucks. It’s done. Good sign. Means it was a good read. Reads like a movie. Did someone option it? When is the sequel coming out? The writing is vivid enough that it already reads like a movie. Kids could probably identify...
— Theresa Trakalo, Regina, SK
Just started the book and I’m hooked. I’m almost halfway through...
— Jana Wlock Churchill, MB
The dialogue sounds like kids exactly. Well written. Lots of detail. It was scary. It makes you care about the characters. I read a book this summer where I didn’t care at all what happened to the characters. In this I do because it’s so full of details...
— Tracy Wharran, Regina, SK
I am on page 104 and I’m loving it. I just read the sentence 'somewhere across the plain, howling beneath the surface of the fields, an animal howled. And the boy knew he had to hurt someone again.' I literally said the word 'Dark' out loud to myself. I am so intrigued.
— Mike Scott, Regina
Loved your book, the characters were brilliant, the story line was fantastic and I found it impelling, difficult to put down.
— Colin Vigus, London England, UK
I just wanted to say your book is amazing and I couldn’t put it down!!! I ignored my family for the day and finished it. It was so so so so good. Can’t wait for the next one. I am thankful for the amazing book. Both my parents said 'You don’t read.' I said ‘Yes, but when you have a book this good you can’t put it down.' I needed to know who the killer was.
— Dane Boneville, Alberta
I just finished reading your novel! I am so proud of you and your writing partner. What a great story. As a math geek, I am not an avid reader; however, I found your book to be easy for me to read. It kept my interest which is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations to you and David! I look forward to reading the sequel.
— Joan, Regina, SK
'Along comes a Wolfe' is an amazing read. I was hooked before the end of the prologue. Being from the area I recognized landmarks that were described and the mixture of the known and unknown elements of the setting made my imagination run wild with images as I read. The characters were great and some reminded me of people I've met throughout my life. This was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone. I cannot wait for the next book.
— Melanie Vollman, Regina SK
Okay. This is getting disturbing!!! But I love it!! [And] it’s the funniest thing I’ve read so far. I’ve got two friends waiting for me to finish it so they can read it...Just finished and OMG I want more!!!!!!!!!!!! I really enjoy them together, Charlie and Tony. Write more! Go, go, GO!!!!!"
— Humna Ali, Regina, SK
Thanks for the great traveling companion, 'Along Comes a Wolfe.'
— Sejal Thakkar (on holidays in Mexico) Regina, SK
Thanks for the book...It’s quite good...Finished the book last night. Couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Lol
— Maurine, Regina, SK
I do enjoy the short chapters. Because once you start one you’re obligated to finish so it’s easier to leave off if I have to stop. It’s an easy and fast paced read and I haven’t gotten bored but my hands hurt actually, because it’s a new stiff book. I haven’t noticed any dry boring parts. It flows at a great pace. You know how some books you can skip a few pages and not miss anything when it gets too dry? I haven’t had that problem. I need to know Charlie’s weird deal. It’s a definite on your toes-want to keep reading-can’t figure it out story. And I really enjoy how it switches from the killer to the boyfriend when you read it. I think that’s my favorite part about it. I promised my boyfriend I would cook dinner tonight however I can’t put the book down so he’s doing all the cooking and I had to bribe him with sex later so I can continue reading because I just can’t put it down. 'Did you seriously touch the donuts?' I laughed out loud. Charlie is hilariously weird.
— Anon, Regina, SK
Am I Sheri Beckman???? Sofia Bekar….Sheri Beckman? Coincidence? I think not!
— Sofia Bekar, Regina SK
Just got back from Cuba late last night. My goal was to finish your book on the trip and I did it! I loved the familiar references...I am excited to read the next one.
— Amanda Vindevogel Cundall, Regina, SK
Finished your book last night!!! I really could have been done sooner but I didn’t want it to be done so soon. It was a great read and it challenged a few emotions and creeped me out too. I can’t wait for the next one. I’ll have to say it was my first murder mystery.
— Crystal Barlas, Regina, SK
Just wanted to let you know I read your masterpiece and enjoyed it greatly and look forward to the next Tony Shepherd and Charles Wolfe book. It was a 'clear and present danger' to my free time. I truly can’t wait for volume 2
— Craig Bates, Regina, SK
Hey! I just started reading your book tonight. It’s awesome. I’m almost 100 pages in. I can’t believe you guys wrote this together. It flows so nicely. You can’t tell two people wrote it. I can’t wait for you to write adult content.
— Dimitra P. Regina, SK
I read your book in two sittings! Congratulations, it is really well written and suspenseful.
— Lisa Smyth Montgomery, Regina, SK
Congratulations!! I’m starting the 6th chapter. I bought your book for Kindle while waiting for a plane in Tampa today. So far I’m loving it.
I finished your book. It was great. I really enjoyed it and had trouble putting it down...I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I was kept guessing until the end and was shocked when I found out who the murderer was.
— Kathy Mckenzie, Regina, SK
I spent Christmas and Boxing Day reading your novel, which I loved! The suspense was great...I chuckled at all the Regina references or generational references! (Tom Petty and Free Falling). Anyway, thanks so much—it was a great Christmas present!
— Sheila Petty, Regina, SK
Just finished your book and wanted to let you know I loved it. I read lots and lots of mystery novels and your book had me just as captivated as some of my favorite authors. Congrats – I hope you and Ang write at least a few more Shepherd and Wolfe novels.
— Nial Mcfadyen, Toronto, ON
Don't dismiss Along Comes a Wolfe as 'just' a young adult novel. Despite the high school setting, the story starts off with the glimpse into the dark and methodical thoughts of a serial killer and the suspense only increases from there. The development of the two unlikely heroes is believable and entertaining - Tony Shepherd is a typical student but begins to learn things he never wanted to know about the world and himself, while the enigmatic Charlie Wolfe knows far too much for someone his age and likes to stay above the fray because he already knows all the bad things life can bring. But he is dragged by Shepherd into putting his skills to work to try and prevent further murders. The villain is chilling and the plot is relentless and unpredictable. This is a terrific first novel, and I hope just the first of many books about Shepard and Wolfe. Definitely worth the read!
— Kevin Johnson, St. Paul, MN, USA