Book Reviews

Stop Cock (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries 6) by JL Merrow at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Private Investigator / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-May-2022

Book Blurb

A match made in heaven—but the honeymoon from hell.


Plumber Tom Paretski and his newly wedded husband, PI Phil Morrison, plan to enjoy their honeymoon in Italy to the full. It should be the start of a wonderful future together. But when Wayne—Phil’s ex-best mate and Tom’s former bully—turns up unexpectedly at their hotel, issues from their schooldays threaten to derail the fun. Tom may no longer bear a grudge against Phil for past injuries, but Wayne’s another matter—or is he?

 

Wayne seems determined to make friends, but Tom’s struggling to forgive and forget. To add to his confusion, cryptic messages from home spark the question: Are he and Phil really as in tune as he thought? Tom’s not the first man Phil made a commitment to, and that marriage turned sour sooner rather than later.

 

It shouldn’t surprise them when death explodes onto the scene in shocking fashion, and their honeymoon turns into a murder investigation. When the group of locals Wayne had been meeting with turn their attention to Tom’s psychic abilities, he and Phil will need to pull together to figure out what’s going on—or risk this trip being the last they’ll ever take.

 

 

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Explicit Violence

 

Book Review

A plumber with a little extra something-something, his PI husband, their honeymoon, a blast from the past, and a dead body all spells pretty much normal for Tom and Phil.

 

There was a weird Doppler effect as a blurred form plummeted past only inches from our noses, then the cry cut off with a dull thud.

Me and Phil leaned over the railing, staring in horror at the crumpled form lying on the road, far too many feet below us. Had some poor sod taken a tumble from the hotel roof?

Wait a minute. The light wasn’t great, but didn’t I recognize that figure, and those clothes? “Hang on, isn’t that . . .”

“Yeah. It is,” Phil agreed, his tone grim.

I gripped his hand. “Could still be alive—”

A lorry appeared from nowhere, its sides gaily painted with giant lemons, and thundered over the body. I swallowed. “Okay. Probably not anymore.”

 

I was beyond thrilled to join Tom and Phil on their honeymoon in Sorrento, Italy, and watch them end up tracking down a murderer. In the least likely of persons. Actually, that’s not all that unusual for this duo who have become such a favorite of mine over the years. They certainly had enough possible suspects between Martin, the lying investigator, Jane and Cassie, the elderly sisters, and even Siri, the victim’s girlfriend. Throw in the mafioso who wanted to use Tom’s “gift” to steal historic treasures from Herculaneum and there was an awful lot going on.

 

It was beyond lovely revisiting these gents and a little heartbreaking to watch Phil still struggling with not feeling good enough for Tom after what happened when they were kids. Tom is always hilariously funny, although a lot of that simply stems from the British author writing these stories true to form, as I do love the phrasings. The mystery portion was extremely well done and had me on the edge of my seat waiting to figure out who the killer was.

 

I’m selfish enough to want the author to write more in this series, but if JL Merrow doesn’t, I shall simply enjoy rereading these at every opportunity.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 312 pages/87000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-June-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $18.99 paperback, $23.98 bundle
Buy Link https://riptidepublishing.com/collections/latest-additions/products/stop-cock