- Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford
Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford
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Murder and Mayhem (Book 2)
About the Author
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats, a black Pomeranian puffball, a bonsai wolfhound, and a ginger cairn terrorist.
Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.
But mostly to the coffee maker.
September 18, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.
Moving Forward Isn’t as Easy as It Seems
Oh, where to start? How about with thunderous applause! I was a little behind on the Rook and Dante scene, having not picked up book one, Murder and Mayhem, until I saw that this one was coming. I am *so* glad I waited. With a two year hiatus between them, I’d have probably had a fit of the vapors. Also, it is important to note that you do need to read M&M first. I would not classify this as a standalone. There is simply too much background to jump right in. However, it was a thrilling book, too, so not a bad deal!
So let’s get on with the review, shall we?
To get into details of the story is to unravel the wonder that it is, so I’m alluding only. Firstly, T&T picks up a bit down the line from M&M. Dante and Rook are happily coupled up and living the interesting life of a cop in love with a (former) cat burglar…and vice versa. Rook snared my heartstrings but good in the first book, and those little hooks burrowed deeper into my skin with T&T. His unique perspective on life continues to shine through, and no matter how exasperated Dante might get, the only thing he truly wants is a happily ever after with his enigmatic lover.
Unfortunately, stumbling across the corpse of his cousin while sneaking into the man’s home means that the HEA is going to wait again for a bit. Accused of murder, this book is a fight to find the truth that will set Rook free against the built-in prejudice and headblindedness the lead investigator has against him, and amidst the ever-growing chaos that becomes Rook’s (and therefore Dante’s) life.
The story is full of fantastic twists and intriguing turns, captivating from the first word through the last. As with most of Ford’s books, this one has a nice, fast pace, never bogging down while the mystery murderer is about as clear as mud. Figuring out the whodunit is not an easy task! Watching Rook and Dante’s relationship grow and bring them closer together, however, brought an element of sweet through a growing list of bodies.
Familiar peripheral characters pair with new ones, keeping a touch of home in a storyline filled with bright, shiny new people, while Los Angeles is an undercurrent to the whole. By the end, I knew I was headed for a book hangover! I love when characters grab hold of your mind and haul you through their every encounter, so the hangover was expected – and not at all painful.
This is a solid four and a half star read, which I happily and highly recommend! Now to wait to see what they get into next (so I’ll be over here looking for my patience). Enjoy!
**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.**
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