Review - Blow Down by J.L. Merrow

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Blow Down

by J.L. Merrow

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Volume 4 of The Plumber's Mate

Tags: Mystery

Posted in Book Reviews on November 13, 2018

Psychic plumber Tom Peretski is definitely not enjoying the publicity engendered from his last case, as recounted in Heat Trap. People either don’t take him seriously, or expect him to do tricks like a performing monkey. Among the latter is a hi-so acquaintance of his sister Cherry, who ropes Tom into demonstrating his abilities at a village fête. But when he sets out to find what’s hidden, he doesn’t expect to stumble over the dead body of the woman herself.

“Blow Down” is another excellent entry in the Plumer’s Mate series. The mystery is a real conundrum that doesn’t get cleared up until the very end, and as usual there are lots of red herrings as well as humorous distractions along the way.

This series has always been good reads, but this time around I was particularly struck by the dialog. Tom speaks in local British dialect, which the author has captured rather well. Dialect can sometimes make for difficult reading, but in this case it flows quite well. It helps that the writing is extremely consistent, which means you’re not surprised by the way Tom puts things.

While each book in the series features its own mystery, the theme of the series is the evolving relationship between Tom and Phil, who got engaged at the end of the previous book. Their relationship is portrayed in a very realistic way. These two are definitely not your typical made-for-each-other romance couple. They’re very different people and their relationship is not a smooth road.

“Blow Down” is available from Amazon.

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