Book Reviews

Good Boys (The Solomon Mysteries 1) by Keelan Ellis at NineStar Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officer of the Law / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Fiction
Reviewed by nakin1978 on 26-June-2020

Book Blurb

Having risen through the ranks of the Baltimore City Police Department to the elite Homicide unit as an out gay man, Paul Solomon has always prided himself on his integrity and self-reliance. As the last vestiges of his failed eight-year-long relationship fall away, Paul finds himself adrift, forced to rely on others to help him find his footing again.


When Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, are called to the scene of a double murder of two high school students on the city’s west side, Paul finds the lives and deaths of the two boys hitting closer to home than he’d expected. With his personal life in upheaval, he struggles with the perspective needed to untangle the web of secrets and lies that led to their demise.


While working his way through the complicated case, Paul starts getting his life back together. After a date with an enigmatic young man takes a dark turn, he reaches out to an old flame who brings some much-needed lightness to his life. But Paul finds that relationships, like murder investigations, are never as simple as he’d like.


Book Review

Well, I think I have found me a new series to impatiently wait for the next book to come out. This was a great mystery, with a little bit of heartache, a lot of confusion, and even a little bit of romance. And if you ask me, the next book may even have somewhat of a love triangle thing going on if my impression is right. But then again, I could be way off on that one. Regardless, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.


Paul is a homicide detective. Along with his eight-year relationship ending and going down the drain, he and his partner Tim have landed a homicide that is more than a mystery. Two boys have been murdered and with each new piece of evidence that comes in or is uncovered, there seems to be more questions than answers. Both men know they are on to something but the problem is they also know they are missing something vital to in order to crack the case.


Along with the murder investigation, Paul is having to find a new place to live since his and his ex’s relationship is well and truly over. While he looks for his own place, Paul finds himself staying with his work partner Tim. This is possibly a really good thing because their friendship seems to strengthen and because of Tim, Paul has met someone new and reconnected with someone from his past.


The someone new is a man named David. Once Paul realizes who he is, Paul finds himself constantly questioning if he should have anything to do with him. And more to the point, should he take things further with him or should he just be his friend or no friend at all?


Then there is Owen. Paul dated him before he and his ex met and now that they have reconnected, they are pretty much picking up where they ended things. But again, Paul finds himself questioning what type of relationship he wants with Owen, whether it be a fling or maybe to try for something more.


This book was such a great read. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on the next volume because I believe that Paul has so much more to his story coming our way. And I think that David may be a big part of that. But then again, it could be a big surprise and Paul could end up with Owen in the end. I cannot wait for the next book to see just what is going to happen.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 66100 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-June-2018
Price $5.99 ebook
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