Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Former forensic accountant Cameron has lost nearly everyone he’s ever loved, and now his vintage clothing shop has been broken into and trashed. When town police chief Will Carson asks an out-of-town cop friend of his for help, Cam takes one look at the dark-haired, blue-eyed detective and knows he’s in real trouble—and it has nothing to do with vandalism or murder.
Pete Minchelli is on leave from his job in Philadelphia due to a gunshot wound, but he figures he can help an academy buddy with some light police work. Plus, he’ll have a chance to experience small-town life. He’s tired of the big city and all its corruption. But he quickly discovers that not all the bad stuff happens in cities. What he doesn’t expect to find is death, treachery—or love.
No Tears for Darcy by Vicki Reese is a solid terrific MM mystery romance, my first from this author. I really enjoyed it on many levels, not just the slow building attraction between Cameron and Pete that happens over the course of the story and the investigation but the investigation itself. That mystery has some very nice twists to it, made all the more suspenseful by the format that includes the pov from the killer as well.
Yes there are multiple povs here but it works, the flow of the plot is even and fast paced, and the bodies pile up nicely. I can say that while admitting the author still makes you care only for a portion of the characters here, not a broad spectrum of townspeople, so when certain people fall you don’t feel nary a twinge.
I also figured out who exactly the killer was but by then I wanted to know how it was all going to play out. Reese did a good job in the action scenes and in making the reader care in the outcome. Plus I have to admit I loved the Minchelli family, all of them. Having them as a support for Cameron and Pete’s relationship gave it depth it needed.
This was a first story for me by this author and it was really entertaining. It is certainly going to send me seeking out more to see what else they have written. If you enjoy contemporary romance with more than a dash of action and suspense, pick up No Tears for Darcy. I recommend it for everyone looking for new authors and a story to add to their TBR pile.
Cover Artist: Tiferet Design. I like this cover. It’s certainly eye catching and has all the right elements.
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Dreamspinner Press