Book Review: Back in Black by Rhys Ford

Reviewed by Heather C

Title: Back in Black
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: McGinnis Investigations #1
Heroes: Cole McGinnis
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: There are eight million stories in the City of Angels but only one man can stumble upon the body of a former client while being chased by a pair of Dobermans and a deranged psycho dressed as a sheep.

That man is Cole McGinnis.

Since his last life-threatening case years ago, McGinnis has married the love of his life, Jae-Min Kim, consulted for the LAPD, and investigated cases as a private detective for hire. Yet nothing could have prepared him for the shocking discovery of a dead, grandmotherly woman at his feet and the cascade of murders that follows, even if he should have been used to it by now.

Now he’s back in the dark world of murder and intrigue where every bullet appears to have his name on it and every answer he digs up seems to only create more questions. Hired by the dead woman’s husband, McGinnis has to figure out who is behind the crime spree. As if the twisted case of a murdered grandmother isn’t complicated enough, Death is knocking on his door, and each time it opens, Death is wearing a new face, leaving McGinnis to wonder who he can actually trust.



Cole McGinnis is back!!  And he’s still running from dogs and bullets!

It’s been a few years since we last saw Cole and his “happily ever after” with Jae in Dirty Kiss, and I guess it’s been a few danger free years of catching cheating spouses and finding lost dogs.  But when Cole stumbles across the dead body of someone he’s investigated in the past, he teams up with Bobby to track down the killer.

It’s Cole McGinnis!  What’s not to love?! I loved everything about this book:

The Mystery:  The mystery was tight and unpredictable. Even though there was that one person I was always highly suspicious of, I never figured out the “bad guy” or the motive until it was revealed.

The Friendships:  There was A LOT of Bobby in this book.  I’ve always loved Bobby and I enjoyed seeing him work with Cole on a case.  Hopefully there will be more of them teaming up in the future. Plus, there’s some things between Cole and Ichi that I never realized were unresolved.

The Romance:  Of course, Cole and Jae are now happily married now.  But this series is not heavy on the romance, nor is there big relationship drama between Cole and Jae.  No worries, there are definitely some sexy times between them.

The Action:  Was Cole always this BAD-ASS??  I mean seriously!

The Crossover:  Love Murder and Mayhem?  Rook and Dante make a few appearances.  And Detective O’Byrne of course. Was she in the previous Cole McGinnis books?  I can’t remember.

Love Cole McGinnis?  Read this book!

Overall Impression: I loved it!

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

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2020 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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