elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Death by Misfortune by A.M. Riley

The only complain I have on this novel is that this is a good mystery / thriller. Well, that is not a complaint at all you would say, and indeed it was hard to find something that was not good and to me, romance lover and all, that was the only point: I remember Bill and Christopher from Amor en Retrogrado and I was really glad to have the chance to read about them again, especially since in the previous novel their story was left hanging. And so, when I started this second book, I was eager to meet again Bill and above all Christopher; the author was nice enough to reintroduce me to Bill on chapter 3, but Christopher only made an appearance by phone, and I had to wait more or less 1/3 of the book to have him by person.

Actually this was not a novelty, but more a common occurrence; I remember that many of Bill and Christopher’s scene are by phone, with Bill calling Christopher to postpone an appointment, or Christipher calling Bill to be sure he was able to make one of their appointments. The phone is at the same time their main connection but also their main element of misunderstanding, on the phone they are cold and detached and it’s easier to break the connection. Truth be told, Christopher is very patient and even if most of the time Bill relapses in his closet, Christopher is always ready to welcome him with a smile and a kiss when Bill tentatively opens the doors of that closet and glances outside.

Amor en Retrogrado was the story of Robert and JD and Bill and Christopher played a nice but supporting role in the background; now in Death by Misfortune they have their center stage and the author introduce Becket and Jeremy. Like for Bill and Christopher, and for Robert and JD, also between Becket and Jeremy there is the stronger partner, Becket (stronger not in body but in personality), and the more subdue one Jeremy; but like in the past, Robert, Bill, Becket all have their issue to overcome and all of them have a sympathetic partner (JD, Christopher, Jeremy) waiting for them. It’s not always assured the partner will have the necessary patience, like Penelope with Ulysses, to wait their lover find the right path towards the life in common that is waiting for them, but that is the good of these novels, these characters will give you plenty of surprises and also a little bit of heartache.


Amazon: Death By Misfortune
Amazon Kindle: Death By Misfortune
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 23, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608200728
ISBN-13: 978-1608200726

1) Amor en Retrogrado: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/225771.html
2) Death by Misfortune

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Tags: author: a.m. riley, genre: contemporary, length: novel, review, theme: cops, theme: show business

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