Book Review: Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Tramps and Thieves
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Murder and Mayhem #2
Heroes: Dante and Rook
Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery
Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder… and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.

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Review:

As a cop, Dante never thought he’d fall in love with an ex-cat burglar and he especially didn’t think he’d fall in love with one that attracts murders like there’s no tomorrow, but he did. Now Rook is smack dab in the middle of another murder and this one has everyone stumped. Now he’s not only suspected of murder but murdering his own cousin, sleeping with this cousin’s wife and the lead detective is hell-bent on blaming it on Rook no matter what. Dante’s determined to find the real killer but with every new lead, someone shows up dead and Rook’s still right in the middle of it. Will Rook and Dante be able to find the real killer and why they’re so stuck on Rook before things turn from bad to worse?
Okay, hello! This book came at exactly the right time for me. I needed a good gritty murder mystery with a bit of romance to it so this book was actually perfect. I loved that we got more on Rook and Dante because these guys are just so sweet. I love the chemistry and passion between them and I love the sparks their banter created. This one gets more into Rook’s family dynamics and how different Rook is from them but I also loved seeing how much Rook and Dante have changed since they met.
The mystery itself was intriguing. At first I thought I knew who it could be and then I kept second guessing myself with every new twist that came up. I really liked the fact this one kept me on my toes. Although, I was a bit proud of myself for figuring out who it could be before it was actually revealed. Still, I liked the journey this mystery kept me on especially since it I couldn’t put it down once I started it.

The only thing that could have made this book better is if it had been a few pages longer. I mean that last paragraph? It made me want to know what happens next! I won’t give any spoilers but let’s just say I’m jonesing for the next book!

In the end, this was an amazing book. As with all of Rhys’ other books, I was drawn in right from the start and hooked until the very last page. I loved getting back to Rook and Dante and seeing more of Rook’s family. I also loved Dante’s partner, Hank. He was such a sweetheart and I loved the easy banter between them. He just fit into the group amazingly well! If you’re looking for a murder mystery with a bit of romance thrown in, definitely give this one a go especially if you’ve read the first book, Murder and Mayhem.

Overall Impression: It was amazing!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

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