Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Buck Baxter, Love Detective
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Hero: Buck Baxter
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 90 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: September 3, 2014
Available at: Wilde City Press and Amazon
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Blurb: Welcome to Wilde City, 1924—a crane on top of every skyscraper, a party in every club, a romance on every dance floor, a shooting every night, a broken heart on every street corner and a dirty secret behind every window with the curtain drawn. It’s the kinda town that keeps Buck Baxter, private detective, in business.
For despite his fondness for a cold gin and a pipe stuffed with cannabis, Buck is the best gumshoe in Wilde City. Why? Because he has rules: never make friends, never make enemies, and never ever fall in love. That is until the day playboy nightclub owner Holden Hart swings into town. He’s suave, he’s charming, he’s chivalrous… and he’s exactly the kinda man that Buck will break all the rules for.
From the romance of the Rainbow Palace atop the Wilde City Tower, to the dazzling debauchery of the gentlemen’s parlor The Velvet Viper—from the history surrounding the sinister convent on the hill better known Hell’s Bells, to the lantern-lit opium barge, The Peking Empress, run by the mystical Madame Chang—could Buck be about to unravel the greatest mystery of them all…
The mystery of love?
Buck Baxter, Love Detective…the name says it all! Picture this – It’s 1924 in the fictional city of Wilde City where illegal booze is rampant and there are rent boys aplenty. One lone gumshoe is out to liberate love one mystery at a time. Well, not intentionally.
This was hilarious and witty and a lot fun. I loved Buck’s voice and his quick, internal monologue…like an investigator with ADD who needs pot to calm him down.
Buck is a private detective working out of his office-slash-bedroom who is no stranger to vice. He has been hired to catch a cheating spouse and his investigation leads him on a crazy ride from speakeasies to sex clubs to an opium barge (nothing new to him), all the while dodging propositions, drugs, bullets…and romance. Yeah, it was a crazy few days for Buck Baxter. I have to admit that I was totally surprised at the twists (yes, plural) at the end. Never saw THAT…and THAT coming. So much craziness was going on that it somehow tied all back together at the end! Bravo!
The secondary characters where great and totally over the top. OMG I loved Stella Starling the most! I kept rereading her lines over and over.
I wouldn’t call this a romance, but there is certainly an unwanted love story taking place. Buck has this new found obsession with rich boy and new club owner Holden Hart, leading him to do numerous outrageous things that had me laughing my ass off!! This definitely has a HFN though.
I can’t wait for the next installment: Buck Baxter and the Disappearing Divas. I can only imagine what kind of trouble Buck is going to get into next.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*