Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.
With Murder and Mayhem, Rhys Ford rolls out another great series and another set of spectacular characters. With storythreads convoluted as hell, and characters with pasts as twisted and hard to untie as wet sailor knots, this is a story you just need to dive into and enjoy for the sexy, wild knuckle ride it is.
Starting with the fascinating character of Rook Martin, a high class thief trying to go straight, Rook has a background as startling as any you’ve might have come by. I could go into it here by why spoil the pleasures that Ford has in store for the reader and Dante Montoya as he investigates Rook Martin’s background and stumbles into one shock after another.
So many pleasures here. The characterizations are outstanding. From the Cuban-Mexican detective Dante Montoya and his Uncle Manny, who I adore, his ginger haired partner Harry, to the almost tangible heat that builds up between Rook and Dante, pulling them closer and closer until it ignites off the page. And all the while a killer is loose, stalking a prey across the pages. And the killer’s identity will keep you guessing right up until the reveal.
This is a marvel of a story. I loved every minute of it. The writing is smooth, action packed, vivid and everything I would want (and have come to expect from Rhys Ford, a go to author for me). Grab this up and get reading. You’re going to love it.
Cover art by Reece Notley is wonderful and works for the character of the detective
ebook, 236 pages
Published June 5th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
Original TitleMurder and Mayhem
ISBN 1634762231 (ISBN13: 9781634762236)
Series Murder and Mayhem #1
CharactersRook Stevens, Dante Montoya settingCalifornia (United States)
Literary AwardsLambda Literary Award Nominee for Gay Mystery (2016)