Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
It’s all fun and games until someone leaves a dead body on the floor.
Life for comic book store owner Alex Martin usually runs to the mundane. Sure, he has a regular influx of geeks and freaks, but for the most part, it’s a familiar weird. That all changes when he opens up Planet X Comics one morning and finds a corpse in the middle of his shop.
When Detective James Castillo is called in to investigate, Alex is torn between wanting to climb the man like a tree and giving him a wide berth. Luckily for Alex, the handsome detective is just as interested in him—as a suspect in the murder.
I love Rhys Ford’s Murder and Mayhem series about former cat burglar Rook Stevens and Detective Dante Montoya. In that series, one of Rook’s cousin’s and the only member of Rook’s family, outside his grandfather, he is close to, is a man called Alex. He and his boyfriend, a detective, not only get mentioned but get pulled into a number of scenes. Alex just had a way of grabbing your attention and a piece of your heart.
So I was thrilled to see a short story about how Alex met his boyfriend, Detective James Castillo. I was almost certain Rook played a part in it. Color me shocked he was innocent….
At 38 pages, this is just cute glimpse into Alex’s life, his Planet X Comics store, and the tale of how he met James Castillo. It has all the hallmarks of the other stories, including the same quirky, believable characters, wild situations only Alex (or a Rook) could find himself in, and a Detective there to help him (them) out of it. I only wish for more pages and a longer resolution. As always with this group, more is advisable!
This is a lovely, cute addendum to the main series. I certainly enjoyed it. Any fan of the series and cast of characters will too. I definitely recommend it.
Cover Artist: Reece Notley. Cover works great for the story and series.