elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Winter Kills by J.P. Bowie (248-08-03-2016)

This is a good, fast-paced, entertaining story of murder and mayhem. From the beginning of the story, it keeps you wondering who the murderer is, twisting your views at every turn until the end when the culprit is revealed which, honestly, took me by surprise. Mr. Bowie has a way with words that keeps me glued to the stories he writes. Recommended to those who like a good 'whodunnit' story.

Winter Kills (Seasons of Murder #4) by J.P. Bowie
Gay Romantic Suspence
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC (May 25, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Winter Kills (Seasons of Murder #4)

A dancer and a detective are thrown together by fate - and a murder - as New York City shivers in one of the coldest winters on record.

Simon Harris is down on his luck in New York City after a show he'd auditioned for and won a place in folds during rehearsals. Working as a stripper in a seedy club is not his idea of Broadway, but it keeps the wolf from the door -- even if it is the door of a homeless shelter.

When one of the strippers is murdered and his body found in a dumpster, Simon is questioned by handsome detective Tom Holt, and his partner Brenda Brennigan. Both Tom and Simon feel the pull of sexual attraction, and when Tom finds out that Simon is sleeping in a homeless shelter, he offers him a room in his apartment until he gets back on his feet.

It isn't long before they are sharing more than just kitchen duties.

During his investigation, Tom discovers that the murdered stripper, Andy Summers, was being paid large sums of money by an older man, Al Cohen. Al tells Tom that he blames Andy's death on the club owner Frank Costello, but Tom isn't convinced especially when he's told that Frank had the hots for Andy and considered him his best dancer.

When another stripper is brutally attacked and left for dead in a dumpster, Tom fears for Simon's safety -- a fear that is borne out when Simon is held hostage by the murderer during a faceoff with the police and a SWAT team.

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