Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lock Nut by JL Merrow

Still waters run deadly.

Tom Paretski, plumber with a talent for finding hidden things, and his private investigator fiancé Phil Morrison have been hired to locate a runaway husband, Jonathan Parrot. The job seems simple enough—until their quarry turns up dead in a canal, and a photofit of Tom’s face is splashed all over the news, making him chief suspect.

The widow, petite ex–porn star Lilah Lovett, is convinced her husband was killed by his gay lover, but Tom and Phil aren’t so sure. Worried they may have precipitated Jonathan’s death, they’re determined to find the real killer. But with a web of incestuous ties linking the suspects, it’s hard to know who to trust. Especially when a second victim dies a gruesome death.

Meanwhile, with their wedding looming and them sharing a house now, Tom’s worried it may all be too much, too fast. The last thing he needs are the mixed messages Phil seems to be sending out. They’ll need to get back on the same track if they want to make it to their honeymoon together—and alive.

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Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

At this point in the series we know the characters well, we know the ins and outs of their lives, and as the reader, we are just along for the ride. And a fun ride it is. Tom is something of a celebrity these days and even through Phil is the PI, Tom has been asked to investigate a man’s disappearance. Unfortunately, the man eventually turns up dead and once again, Tom and Phil find themselves trying to solve a murder.

On the home front, Tom is having all sorts of doubt and insecurities about himself and getting married. The road to the altar isn’t a smooth one but I like that Phil and Tom aren’t perfect and seeing them have to work at their relationship.

Once again with this series I’m faced with a mystery I have lots of theories about, but I didn’t really guess it right. I like that it isn’t entirely obvious who did it and that I am surprised once the truth is revealed. Or maybe it was obvious and I’m just not smart enough to see it!

Being with Tom and Phil is a blast. I love the language and Tom’s very British humour. I’ve had the pleasure this year of leisurely reading through The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries series. Lock Nut is the final book and another great story. Not sure if it is the final forever or the final book for now. I’m one reader who would happily spend more time with Tom and Phil and would love the author to write more books in this series.

Also Available in The Plumber's Mate Mysteries

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Pressure Head post.

Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our Blow Down post.

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy. In the 2016 Rainbow Awards, her fourth Plumber’s Mate Mystery Blow Down came second in the Dorien Grey Award for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller, and was a runner-up for Best Gay Book, as was her historical romance To Love a Traitor.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Lock Nut (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries #5) by JL Merrow to read and review.

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