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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Heat Trap by JL Merrow

Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate Book 3) by JL Merrow
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619229242
ISBN-13: 978-1619229242
Amazon: Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate Book 3)

The wrong secret could flush their love down the drain. The Plumber's Mate, Book 3 It's been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit with a shocking revelation about his family. His lover, P.I. Phil Morrison, is pushing this as an ideal opportunity for Tom to try to develop his psychic talent for finding things. Tom would prefer to avoid the subject altogether, but just as he decides to bite the bullet, worse problems come crawling out of the woodwork. Marianne, a young barmaid at the Devil's Dyke pub, has an ex who won't accept things are over between them. Grant Carey is ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets between him and Marianne, including an old friend of Tom and Phil. Their eagerness to step in and help only makes them targets of Grant's wrath themselves. With Tom's uncertainty about Phil's motives, Tom's family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the revelation of an ugly incident in Phil's past, suddenly Tom's not sure whom he can trust. The body in the Dyke's cellar isn't the only thing that stinks. Warning: Contains British slang, a very un-British heat wave, and a plumber with a psychic gift who may not be as British as he thinks he is.


JL Merrow's Heat Trap is a fabulous mystery story. This is a well-written plot, that is a mystery, driven by the characters and events in the story. Tom's voice is a true character voice, conversational and engaging. The dynamics between the characters, not just Tom and Phil, is wonderful to read, each character showing depth and realism. Growth, or degradation (depending), can be seen in the characters. The mystery was fun to watch play out because of the characters, and other readers who may not stepped their toes into mystery would find this story fits the bill.

Absolutely hilarious. I loved these characters. Great mystery.

Interesting characterization, characters with real jobs and lives instead of fantasy millionaires.   Great sense of location.  Nice blend of mystery and romance. 


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