Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Perfect Knowledge

Title: Perfect Knowledge
Author:  Alex Standish
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-61040-251-4
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Mystery
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

After the death of his best friend, Evan puts everything on hold and hits the road.  Only his trip hits a major snag when Evan becomes collateral damage in a gang war. 

I loved Alex Standish’s Perfect Knowledge.   It was the perfect combination of romance and mystery, as I found myself drawn in by both the characters and storyline.  Evan is a young artist who still has an air of innocence around him.  When a brush with death leaves him with an unusual side effect, he ends up meeting Chase.  Chase is an ex-cop turned private eye and, while he’s surprised by Evan showing up in his office, he is not shocked by Evan’s talent.  Hired to find a missing girl, Chase is in need of any clues he can get.  The attraction between the men is present from the beginning and, while the author allows things to grow between them naturally, it is not long before the men are acting like a well established couple.  

It is not only the main characters that the readers will enjoy, but also the secondary characters as well.  Evan fits into the friendship between Chase, Toby, and Kay as if he had always belonged, resulting in some snappy dialog that well leave you chuckling.  Perfect Knowledge is slightly different from the usual mysteries, however.  Instead of following one case throughout the story, this book revolves around three separate cases.  The story moves smoothly from one case to the other, with each being different and interesting.  The author also does a wonderful job wrapping the story up by giving the reader a small glimpse of Evan’s and Chase’s future.  This is one story I hope the author plans on turning into a series.

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