Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Title: Honeybone
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN: 978-1-55487-513-9
Genre: {M/M} Thriller
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

US Federal Marshal Dean Honeybone awakens in an Australian hospital and has instant recall of the plane crash. Dean was escorting a serial killer of children back to the location of the first crime for imprisonment. The only survivors are Dean and nine-year old Kaia Pendleton. As Dean and Kaia convalesce, Dean discovers that serial killer Richard Stance is the only one whose body was not recovered from the crash site. Still recuperating, Dean takes a week long vacation on Wilson Island where he meets Jean-Luc Sebastien, the island’s French chef. The attraction is immediate and Dean is thinking of a career change. However, he has a nagging feeling that Richard Stance is alive, waiting to kill again.

Honeybone is the first book in the Honeybone series. In this installment, the events take place in Australia. The serial killer is outlined including his standard killing patterns. Dean is a US Marshal based in Washington. His interest and education prepared him for his cop position. Dean has good instincts, in addition to being aware of the smallest details. At the same time, it is Dean’s total focus on a case that makes it hard for him to have a relationship. Meeting Jean-Luc brings Dean to a crossroads; if he abandons his profession, will he be overwhelmed with regret? Jean-Luc already has regrets stemming from his breakup with his former lover and business partner. He has a healthy respect for nature, yet seems to be somewhat self-centered when it comes to compromise in a new relationship with Dean.

The incredibly talented A. J. Llewellyn has created a realistic story with a sinister theme that encompasses all of the emotions. The building plot is gripping, the intimate scenes are exciting. The crimes are mournfully realistic, so as to incite awareness of the dark side of humanity. This is an impressive cop thriller and I am looking forward to the next episode.

Warning: Contains references to a serial killer of young people.

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