- Tied Up In Knots by Mary Calmes (audio review)
Tied Up In Knots by Mary Calmes (audio review)Hot
Work isn’t the same without Ian. Home isn’t the same, either, and Miro’s having to face his fears alone… how to keep it together at the office, how to survive looming threats from the past, and worst of all, how to keep living without Ian’s rock-solid presence at his side. His life is tied up in knots, but what if unknotting them requires something more permanent? What would that mean for him and Ian? Miro’s stuck between two bad choices, and sometimes the only way to get out of the knot is to hold tight to your lifeline and pull.
Performance: 5 stars.
Story : 5 stars.
Tied Up in Knots is the third novel in Mary Calmes’ four novel Marshal series and should not be listened to as a stand-alone. There are too many characters and vital backstory that would interfere with the full appreciation of this novel. This series makes for a superb listening experience so having four audiobooks to anticipate and enjoy is no hardship.
In Tied Up in Knots, Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finds himself left alone for four months and struggling with loneliness as his partner Deputy US Marshal and Green Beret, Ian Doyle, leaves for his longest deployment yet. While he’s away Miro is sent to San Francisco to assist the DEA and finds himself entangled with a corrupt officer. A cameo by Kane Connor from Rhys Ford’s superb Sinner’s Gin series makes for plenty of action and laughter as they work together to bring down the bad guy.
Ian is home barely a day when he is called in to discuss a former team mate in special ops who appears to be murdering his old team one by one. Alone again Miro is sent to Las Vegas to pick up a young man who has made himself known whilst in the WITSEC program and needs relocation to Chicago. Enter Josue, a young man alone and needing Miro’s help. Of course Miro ‘adopts’ him, introduces him to Cabot and Drake and they all quickly become fast friends. Miro also returns home to some terrifying news. Dr Craig Hartly, a vile serial killer with an obsession with all things Miro, has escaped and will no doubt be in a hurry to pay him a visit.
As the tension rises, Ian returns home again, and it’s not a moment too soon. New neighbour Barrett has been providing Miro some much needed friendship and company during Ian’s absence, but Barrett’s reaction to Ian’s return seems off, and we’re left to wonder if Barrett had hoped for more from Miro. Time will tell. The next few days are packed with all their friends arriving for thanksgiving and serial killer worries go on the back burner. Two FBI agents outside and their protective dog inside seem deterrent enough. Naturally everything goes sideways from there...
Tied Up in Knots is one heck of a ride. There’s action aplenty, some sizzling reunions and lots of interaction with all the people in both Ian and Miro’s lives. This novel gives the listener so much more than just Ian and Miro. We learn more about both of their past lives and the reason why Ian has been unwilling to leave the green berets. The secondary characters add humour and depth to the story. It’s a fast paced and riveting listen.
As usual Tristan James takes Mary Calmes’ extremely well written story and makes it something more. Great characterisations add to the humour and drama and I was so engrossed I didn’t want the story to end. If you haven’t tried audiobooks before then I highly recommend you do. It’s a completely different experience from reading a book and, with a narrator like Tristan, I actually think it’s even better. I’m thrilled to be able to go immediately to the last audiobook in the series and can’t wait to see where Mary takes us next.