elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Blow Down by J.L. Merrow (181-07-21-2016)

1) This is a British mystery novel - complete with all the British spelling and slang - that stars newly engaged plumberTom Paretski and his fiancé Phil Morrison, a private investigator. Hired to find a missing necklace, they stumble on the corpse of Amelia Fenchurch-Majors. The list of suspects are many: Amelia's step-daughter, Amelia's husband, Amelia's business partner, Amelia's brother. It even includes a bishop! As our protagonists decipher all the clues, they find themselves pulled in all directions - both from the families involved and also from their desire to form a family of their own. Even though this book is the 4th on a series, it's a stand alone book. No need to read the three others to enjoy it fully. The writer narrates the story from the first person point of view and the story is well developed. The characters are alive - the dialogue is phonetically British complete with its slang. I might had included a glossary for those of us who did not grow in Britain. Even though there is explicit homosexual sex, it's neither erotic nor pornographic. I was engaged from the beginning and enjoyed the book greatly. Highly recommended for those who like mysteries.

2) I love this series so much I had to reread the first three before I dove into this one. Such an odd premise for a series just works in every way. All of the characters have personality and so do the settings. Hoping book five has a wedding for the boys.

3) This was a delightful story, full of snappy, humorous dialogue and vivid characters. I laughed out loud more than once, and I really enjoyed the well-crafted mystery.

4) A good strong mystery story with well-delineated, likeable characters, in a setting so beautifully realized that I feel I was there.  The characters draw me in, such as the straight guys who don't want to be told what the gay guys get up to in the bedroom, but are happy to have a pint in the pub with them.  Merrow's craft at characterization is particularly evident in how quickly she depicts the villainess' personality in a few deft paragraphs.

Blow Down (The Plumber's Mate #4) by J.L. Merrow
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619235803
ISBN-13: 978-1619235809
Amazon: Blow Down (The Plumber's Mate #4)
Amazon Kindle: Blow Down (The Plumber's Mate #4)

Death is what happens while you're making other plans.

The Plumber's Mate Mysteries, Book 4

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He's got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.

Hired to find a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, wind up trying to unmask a killer-and there's no shortage of suspects, up to and including the local bishop himself.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they're up against is a ruthless schemer who won't hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren't careful, their love-and all their plans for the future-could be blown down like a house of straw.

Warning: Contains a bishop of questionable Christian charity, a necklace of questionable taste, and a plumber of questionable nationality who may be running out of time.

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