Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Deadly Kind of Love

Title:  A Deadly Kind of Love
Author: Victor J. Banis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61581-916-4
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Stanley’s and Tom’s friend, Chris, has decided to take a vacation and, thanks to Stanley’s wide variety of friends, Chris finds himself staying at one of the best gay resorts in Palm Springs.  After a busy night at the clubs, Chris finds himself back at the resort alone, or so he thinks.  After finding a dead body in his bed, Chris calls the only two people he knows that can help, Stanley and Tom.

A Deadly Kind of Love is the newest release in Victor J. Banis’  series, Deadly Mystery.  Readers should know that, while each story could be considered a stand-alone, in order to get the full impact of the men’s relationship it would be wise to read the books in order.  Also A Deadly Kind of Love is the first book to be published by Dreamspinner Press and you will need to check out MLR Press for the previous stories. 

In my opinion, Mr. Banis is one of the few authors who can successfully write a romantic mystery with little romance going on between the characters.  Stanley and Tom are, by now, an established couple, although with all they have been through, I was surprised by Stanley’s comment that they had only been together for a year and a half.  The differences between them is what makes them such an intriguing couple and it is easy to see the love that exists between them.  It is that strong connection between the two that makes Tom’s actions at the end of the story believable.

Romance aside, A Deadly Kind of Love is truly a mystery and one that left me wondering who the bad guy was till just about the end.  Several of the secondary characters clearly could have been behind the murders the two detectives find themselves involved in, but the final reveal and the reasons behind the crimes were surprising.  I especially liked the way the author cleared up the connection between two of the secondary characters, as I did not see that one coming.  Although the ending left me thinking “wait there’s got to be more,” it was the perfect wrap up for the story.  I hope the author has many more adventures lined up for these two as I can’t wait to see what these two find themselves involved in next.

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