A Mika Review: Murder and Mayhem (Murder and Mayhem #1) by Rhys Ford


Rating: 4.5 star out of 5 stars

Murder and Mayhem coverDead women tell no tales.

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.

Every chance I get to read a Rhys Ford book I do. Last year I was introduced to Dirty Kiss and fell immediately in love with the writing as well as the characters. I find her stories very well woven together and I absolutely love them. Here I was sad thinking of the end to come with the Cole McGinnis series, and she brings up Murder and Mayhem.

I’m happy to say I was privileged to read an Arc copy of this story, and of course it’s done perfectly.

Just the name Dante Montoya has me shuddering. Ugh, I’m still squeeing on the inside and it’s 3 days later. He was the perfect man to me. It’s hard reading any book by R.F and not end up comparing this character to Cole-ah. I can’t do it. Cole has wormed him way into my heart and ain’t anybody getting through.

But Montoya fought and clawed his way in. I really do love the class of characters that she brought to the world in this one. Rook Stevens, was done perfectly too. I loved the chemistry between these two men, and I loved Rook’s vulnerability. It didn’t make him weak, but he has every reason to be skeptical. If I had a man like Dante Montoya on my heels, I’d lay down for him and let him have his bloody way with me!

The plot was well done. Anything jewel heist/treasure hunt I’m all in. I did figure out the villain ahead of time, which I’m shocked by. My favorite thing about this story was Archie. I find Rhys portrayal of the older generation spot on. It was some heartfelt moments in here. The heat level was just right. I’m most likely going to re-read this a couple more times until book #2 comes along. Good Job, Rhys, Thank you for continuing to write these amazing books.

Cover Art by: I liked this cover a lot. I love how her books are always so colorful. I think it caught my eye because this Rook was beautiful as well as all her other covers.

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Book Details: eBook, 236 pages, June 5th, 2015 by MLR Dreamspinner Press