Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Portrait of Andrew

Title: A Portrait of Andrew
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press
ISBN: 978-1-60820-388-8
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Since Andrew and David moved to New York, Peter has missed his friends beyond belief.  Thrilled that he and his partner, Jeff, are able to spend the Christmas holiday with them, Peter is looking forward to the trip.  The only thing he did not plan on was the murder investigation that has Andrew as a possible person of interest. 

While A Portrait of Andrew is the third book in the Portrait series, this is the first one I have read and let me tell you it won’t be the last.  The story is able to stand on it’s own and the author gives background information along the way so I never felt as if  I was missing something.   

The characters are interesting and pulled me in right from the beginning.  Peter is an artist who finds himself with physic powers after coming out of a coma.  The author played this very well, rather than having Peter experience ‘visions’ or ‘dreams’, the young man gets a feeling, almost as if becoming ill.  Jeff is an ex-cop turned private detective.  Slightly older than Peter, Jeff is the prefect counterpart for the artist.  While the story is not heavily saturated in sex, the author still brings across the passion and love that exists between the men. 

A Portrait of Andrew is just as much, if not more, a murder- mystery as it is a romance.  The crime is one that builds slowly during the course of the story, as the author gives the reader a chance to become familiar with all the characters.  It is not surprising that Jeremy is killed but I am surprised someone had not killed him sooner.  The killer, and the reason behind the crime, was the surprise.  While it was easy to figure out part of the mystery, I did not expect the whole of it and loved the surprise twist at the end. 

While A Portrait of Andrew is a sequel, it is also in some ways a prequel as well.  Readers new to J.P. Bowie’s books are introduced to Nick Fallon, the cop investigating the murder at the center of this story, and his new lover Eric.  These two men are now the main characters in another series by the author. A Portrait of Andrew is a very entertaining read and I can’t wait to check out the earlier stories.


JP said...

Thanks o much for the great review! Hope you enjoy the others also - Cheers, JP

William Maltese said...

No doubt, JP, my fellow MLR Press author, knows how to spin a good mystery yarn ... this book as good evidence of that as any.