Posts Tagged With: Private Detective

Book Review: Crime Wave by Adam Carpenter

Reviewed by JustJen

25972283Title: Crime Wave
Author: Adam Carpenter
Series: The Jimmy McSwain Files
Heroes: Jimmy McSwain
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 238 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: July 19, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Jimmy McSwain returns to help his sister’s boyfriend fight a murder charge–and finds he may just have a lead on a cold case.

Hell’s Kitchen private investigator Jimmy McSwain returns in a twisting tale of past sins and present-day vengeance. Jimmy McSwain isn’t thrilled about taking a case for free, but when his sister fears her boyfriend, Rocky, is cheating on her, he has no choice. But the case takes a deadly turn when Rocky is standing over the body of a man he was just seen kissing, and he’s holding the gun. He begs Jimmy to prove his innocence.

Meanwhile, as a sweltering heat wave claims New York City, a gunman with a thirst for blood is targeting Manhattan deli owners and has already claimed two victims. Jimmy knows a thing or two about those—fourteen years ago his father was killed outside a deli, and it’s possible today’s killer could be linked to that unsolved murder, one that continues to haunt Jimmy. Enlisting the aid of sexy NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano, Jimmy finds himself torn between the two cases, as well as the heat simmering between himself and the hot cop. Suddenly a quiet summer has erupted into a full blown crime wave.

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Review: The story of Jimmy McSwain continues in this book, which picks up not long after Hidden Identity ended. The hunt for his father’s killer is always present, but he works to solve some other cases in the meantime. This time around, he is sort of thrown into a case when on a stakeout for his sister who believes her boyfriend is cheating, he ends up at the scene of a crime where nothing is cut and dry. The cops have their suspect, but Jimmy believes he is innocent, having been there at the time of the incident. He must now find a way to prove them wrong and free a seemingly innocent man. At the same time, there are other shootings going on that Jimmy believes mirror his own father’s and he tries desperately to connect the dots.

Jimmy has totally grown on me. I really love his quick wit and snappy comebacks, his total sexiness and even his vulnerability. All of this shines through in his work and his play, which, as was alluded to in the first book, involves the uber sexy Capt. Frisano. Unfortunately, it seems these two have no chance at anything beyond their hot hookups, which is a shame, but totally believable. This is a story that seems more about Jimmy and his mystery solving and not so much into his finding love and romance. With that being said, there is still some hot sex that never left me feeling like something was missing. Yes, I’d like to see Jimmy find someone to be happy with, but the way this story reads, I was content to wait it out and see what comes next. With things cooling down with Capt. Frisano, and the upcoming return of Jimmy’s ex (the only other guy besides Capt. Frisano to really get to Jimmy), the next installment should be quite interesting.

This story takes place in NYC, where Jimmy lives. If you are at all familiar with the area, you’ll find it fun to follow Jimmy’s footsteps as he makes his way around the City looking for clues, etc. It will difficult not to be on the lookout for the Dress-Up Club and Paddy’s Pub the next time I’m there and wishing I could run into Jimmy McSwain.

If you want a really enjoyable gripping whodunit mystery, be sure to give this series a try. It’s a fast-reading tale that moves along at a great pace, with colorful characters and interesting twists.  I’m definitely a fan and am really looking forward to the next one.

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, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: Stay With me by S.E. Harmon

Reviewed by  Morgan

1Title: Stay With Me
Author: S.E. Harmon
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Heroes: Mackenzie “Mac” Williams and Jordan Channing
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 290 Pages / Audio – 10 Hours, 5 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – April 29, 2014 / Audio – January 20, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’ newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy–charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem: the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiance. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

Of course Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being a smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client?

Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible: another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.
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Categories: 2.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton

Guest Reviewed by Trish

1Title: Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries
Author: Marshall Thornton
Series: Boystown #1
Heroes: Nick Nowak
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Marshall Thornton
Release Date: (previously released – November 1, 2009) January 9, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  A former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, Nick locates a missing young man for a mysterious client, solves a case of arson at a popular nightspot, and goes undercover to prove a dramatic suicide was actually murder. When he isn’t detecting, and sometimes when he is, Nick moves through a series of casual relationships. But his long suppressed romantic side surfaces when he meets Detective Bert Harker. Will he give love another chance? Or, will he continue to bury himself in the arms of strangers.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Brokedown Hearts by Cameron Dane

Reviewed by Susan65

7Title: Brokedown Hearts
Author: Cameron Dane
Series: Foster Siblings #4
Heroes: David Joyner/Ben Evans
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 332 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Available at: Loose Id, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Ex-con David Joyner returns home knowing he must atone for his past sins. Working at an animal shelter, David keeps his head down, desperate to prove to a hostile town he’s a new man. The one time David looks up, he spots fellow motel dweller Ben, and is terrified by his attraction to the man. David doesn’t want to feel anything. He can only damage what he loves.

On a forced vacation, PI Ben Evans accepts a job to tail a recently released prisoner. What begins as an easy gig turns complicated when Ben, a controlled man, can’t deny the pang of empathy he feels for his subject, David. Ben can’t suppress his gut-deep sexual desires whenever he’s near David either.

Repeatedly crossing paths, David and Ben do their best to fight their growing attraction. When passion explodes, and secrets are revealed, both men have to conquer inner demons in order to accept the others love.

Someone has turned the tables on David, though, stalking him and leaving threatening notes. Will anyone believe David if he tells? And when David’s stalker raises the stakes, can Ben find the man who has become his world in time to save their love?
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Double Coverage by R.W. Clinger

Reviewed by Susan65

5Title: Double Coverage
Author: R.W. Clinger
Heroes: Johny Knight/Matthew McDestin/Beckley Roarke
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 159 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: August 10, 2014
Available at: JMS Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Who is murdering the Eastern States Football League officials in Vanmer, Pennsylvania? And why is the killer using Vanmer Vipers’ helmets as murder weapons?

Johnny Knight, photojournalist for the Independent, takes on one of the most dangerous jobs and responsibilities he has ever attempted. As he begins to unravel clues about the Helmet Killer murders, he uncovers a gambling ring involving numerous Viper players and a real estate mogul with a town full of secrets. And what about the missing money from the first victim, a whopping nine hundred thousand dollars? Is a Viper footballer paying off his steep gambling debts by murdering well-to-do officials?

Along the way, Johnny falls in love with two very attractive and different men — the sexy owner of McMuscles Gym, Matthew McDestin, and the jockish running back for the Vanmer Vipers, Beckley Roarke. Both have a piece of Johnny’s heart, and both really don’t want to share Johnny. So what’s a detective to do when he’s seeing two hotties at the same time?

Can Johnny piece together the puzzle of murder and bring the Helmet Killer to justice, putting Vanmer at peace again?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Buck Baxter, Love Detective by Geoffrey Knight

Reviewed by Heather C

3Title:  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?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Blessed With a Curse by N.J. Nielsen

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Blessed With a Curse
Author: N.J. Nielsen
Series: The Experimentals #1
Heroes: Storm Gennaro/Heath Madden
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 132 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: January 16, 2014
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: What doesn’t kill me – had better start running…Storm Gennaro

When the past calls Storm Gennaro for assistance, he willingly comes to help the man who walked away from him. Thirty years is a long time to be parted from the one person meant to stand at your side forever.

Heath Madden is sick, and his family calls Storm to help save him. All the hurt and betrayal suffered at the man’s hands resurfaces, but not everything is as it seems.

The past has come back to wreak havoc on their lives, and as they dig deeper, they realize they aren’t the only ones whose lives are being played with.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Stay With Me by S.E. Harmon

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Stay With Me
Author: S.E. Harmon
Heroes: Mackenzie William/Jordan Channing
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 290 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

Of course, Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client?

Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible—another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment