Saturday, June 20, 2015

Murder and Mayhem

Author:  Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634762236
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Rook Stevens has tried to fly under the radar since the last time he was busted.  He’s turned his life around and is still making a pretty good living.  When a former colleague turns up dead on his store floor, and the police find him covered in blood, the former cat burglar finds himself right back in jail. 

Murder and Mayhem is the newest book by author Rhys Ford and if you are a fan of this author, then you are sure to like this book.  It is easy to find yourself pulled into the worlds created by Ms. Ford and this one is no different.  You will find yourself hooked from the beginning as the story opens up with Rook finding a body in his shop.  The author does such a good job describing what is going on that it is easy to see the gruesome scene that the young thief has found and when the body falls on Rook, you can imagine the way he must have freaked out.  This is the start of a murder mystery that has so many twists and turns that you will keep flipping the pages just to see what will happen next.

Rook’s newest misfortune brings Detective Dante Montoya back into his life, this time with different results.  Several years ago, when Rook was still stealing, Dante and his partner were involved in trying to bring him down.  There was a chemistry between them that neither wanted to acknowledge, especially Dante who almost lost his career over the case.  When the two are brought back together, Dante hopes he will finally be able to arrest the young thief.  The attraction between the two men is stronger than ever and readers will find themselves rooting for these two.  I liked that the author did not make their coming together an easy one, even though the readers were able to see how much they want each other.  Rook’s cockiness is the perfect foil for Dante’s seriousness and as the story plays out, it is easy to see how much the each man has learned from the other. 

There are several secondary characters in this story that play important roles in the mystery. One of those secondary characters is Rook’s grandfather.  After meeting him, readers will see just where Rook gets all his attitude from.  There is a lot of action in Murder and Mayhem, all of which will hold the reader’s attention. If you play close attention, there is a hint as to who the primary bad guy is but the why is still unknown. 

While the author already has several series going, all of them worth reading, I hope she also has plans to turn this story into one as well, as I would love to see more of these two.

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