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Review - Restraint by AJ Rose

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 31, 2018

Restraint

Volume 4 of Power Exchange

Psychologist Ben and ex-police detective Gavin are back for another adventure. Things start innocently enough, as they always do. The two men are just married and off on their honeymoon at the Puget Sound island cabin that Ben spent many summers at when he was younger. But when Ben starts reading through his monther's old journals he uncovers evidence that the car crash that killed his parents may not have been an accident. Their quest for the truth puts the duo on the trail of a talented art thief, and right in the sights of a crime syndicate that they already know will stop at nothing to protect their dirty business. More...

Review - Relief Valve by J.L. Merrow

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 24, 2018

Relief Valve

Volume 2 of The Plumber's Mate

Tom, the plumber with a supernatural knack for finding things, is back for another adventure. Tom is settling into his relationship with private detective Phil, whom he reunited with in the first book of this series. But Tom isn't the only one in a new relationship. His sister Cherry announces that she is going to marry a priest. When Cherry gets poisoned at her engagement party, Tom and Phil are naturally on the case. More...

Review - Pressure Head by J.L. Merrow

Posted in Book Reviews on May 29, 2018

Pressure Head

Volume 1 of The Plumber's Mate

Tom's life took a sharp turn at the age of 17 when he was hit by a car while running away from bullies. Rather than pursue a high flying career in law or medicine like his siblings, Tom settles for a quiet life as a plumber in the town of St Albans, where he occasionally puts his ability to “find things” to use helping the local police. He thinks he has made peace with what happened to him, until, that is, he meets up with one of the bullies who chased him, who also happened to be Tom's first crush. More...

Review - All the World's an Undead Stage by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 13, 2018

All the World's an Undead Stage

Volume 6 of Offbeat Crimes

The Offbeat Crimes series [finally] comes to an end in this sixth and last book. The squad's not-quite-completely-a-vampire Carrington takes the lead, along with his boyfriend Erasmus. All the officers are hot on the trail of whoever it is that keeps throwing all manner of paranormal creatures in their way, as recounted in the first five books. The main threats this time are zombie actors, who seem to be menacing most of the squad in general, and one officer in particular. More...

Review - The City of Rocks by Don Travis

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 12, 2017

The City of Rocks

Volume 3 of BJ Vinson Mystery

Time for another adventure with private detective BJ Vinson. The case this time involves the theft, or “duck-knapping”, of a prize duck from a ranch in the boot-heel of New Mexico near the Mexican border. As BJ digs into the crime, the border, and what comes across it plays a key part in unraveling the case. More...

Review - The Bisti Business by Don Travis

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 10, 2017

The Bisti Business

Volume 2 of BJ Vinson Mystery

Private investigator BJ Vinson from “The Zozobra Incident” is back with another case. This time, BJ is hired by a rich, and rather homophobic, California wine maker who wants him to find his son, and his boyfriend. The two lost contact while on a vacation in New Mexico. Did something happen to them, or is the son just avoiding his disapproving father? More...

Review - The Zozobra Incident by Don Travis

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 22, 2017

The Zozobra Incident

Volume 1 of BJ Vinson Mystery

BJ Vinson is a private investigator and former police detective based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When BJ's ex boyfriend Del comes to him for help, he approaches the case with mixed feelings. It seems that the rent boy who broke the two up is blackmailing Del with some racy photos of the two. What seems to be a relatively simple case at first eventually escalates into a deadly game of cat and mouse where everyone, including BJ's new love interest, is a suspect. More...

Review - Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 15, 2017

Dim Sum Asylum

In an alternate San Francisco, the human and magical worlds have collided in a big, messy way. Fairies, dragons and other magical creatures mix with humans, and it's the job of the San Francisco Police Department's Arcane Crimes unit to make sure nobody misuses magic for nefarious purposes. The Chinatown headquarters, known by its officers as the “Dim Sum Asylum”, is where most of the action is, and where Detective Roku calls home. More...

Review - The Curse of the Blue Scarab by Josh Lanyon

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 06, 2017

The Curse of the Blue Scarab: A Monster Mashup

In this retelling of the original 1912 classic “The Mummy”, Dr Quentin Armiston is a middle-aged physician whose Edwardian-era London practice consists mainly of the cooks, chauffeurs, housekeepers and other assorted servants of the upper classes. He is single, but has never really felt lonely, and besides, his true desires are the kind that could land you in jail. More...

Review - Playing With Fire by Dirk Greyson

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 29, 2016

Playing With Fire

Someone is killing people in the affluent suburb where Jim Crawford is the lead detective. At a loss for clues in the seemingly random shootings, Jim enlists the aid of psychologist Dr Barty Halloran to try and get inside the head of the killer. Barty does more than get inside the killer's head and uncover clues to who he might be, he gets under Jim's skin as well. The nerdy professor is just Jim's type, although he is still smarting from his last relationship with a college teacher. More...

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