Title: Dark Economy
Author: M Keedwell
Release: 13th October 2015
Genre: M/M (historical / crime)
Medical student Cadell Meredith has been known to acquire “volunteers” from the occasional pauper’s grave in order to improve his surgical skills. While the legality of this practice is a bit murky, he wouldn’t go so far as to call it out and out robbery.
His latest acquisition, however, is different. The body on his table was obviously healthy, wealthy—and murdered. Cadell feels compelled to seek justice for the dead man, but while dissection comes naturally to him, crime investigation is unfamiliar territory.
Furthermore, he’s caught the attention of one of those new police officers, Blaine Breton. A handsome, sentimental fool who insists Cadell is a criminal. A criminal! Cadell is the first to admit he’s no saint, but he’s no killer.
A marvelous game of cat and mouse ensues as Cadell seeks to expose the truth while hiding his own secrets. A task that grows ever more difficult as his desire for Breton grows…and the danger deepens.
Warning: This story contains mystery, mayhem, and a male romance that starts off in the most delicious way possible—mutual hostility. Enjoy!
And now for something completely different. Why? Well, this was a delightful murder / mystery story where the plot drives the story first and foremost and the M/M romance of the main character Meredith Cadwell is secondary. Oh no! I hear you cry. Well, to be honest it was refreshing to read a well plotted murder / mystery where the characters are just gay and there is no need to be continually fed their bedroom antics even if there were any.
Meredith is a medical student and is constantly on the wrong side of the law, at least ethically for that time. Being a medical student makes him a grave robber by default but he gets something he doesn’t bargain for with one corpse he digs up. Looks like the corpse was murdered. I just loved how Meredith has this insatiable appetite to get to the bottom of things. Leaving no stone unturned until he finds out what has happened. I sort of compared him to an historical Quincy but much better looking and younger – lol! His curiosity leads him into a lot of situations where he really shouldn’t be involved but he is determined to get to the bottom of the crime.
This is where Blaine Breton enters the scene. He is a police constable and this at a time where the police was very much in its infancy in the days of Robert Peel who set up the Metropolitan Police Force. Blaine takes his policing seriously and always has Meredith under suspicion for grave robbing. Well, he would be right but can’t prove anything. He is also on the track of a gang involved in a number of robberies.
When these two guys always meet the sexual tension in the air is palpable. I loved the way that neither character would voice their attraction but instead a constant power play between them ensues. I reckon if we did get to read a bedroom scene these two would be hot! At least the atmosphere between them is positively sizzling. Meredith is a bit of a smart ass and Blaine is your typical suspicious of everyone but calm and collected copper. In pursuit to solve the mystery of Robert Treswick the unfortunate victim their paths invariably cross several times and leads them to having to work together to solve the mystery. At this time forensic science is in its infancy but Meredith most definitely likes the challenge of solving the unanswered and does what he can to glean as much information from the body of Robert Treswick as he can.
What I also liked about the historical aspect was again the whole thing about being gay at this time whether aristocracy or not. M Keedwell has obviously done her research on this and depicts a realistic subcultural of what it was like being gay. Of course Meredith knows the people on the scene but his attraction for Blaine is strong but are these feelings reciprocated? After all a copper can’t be gay, can he? Again leading to a sexual cat and mouse game that was a delight to read.
This was a well thought out historical murder / mystery with a gay backdrop so to speak. So for anyone who likes their crime stories with a dose of M/M thrown in then this book will be just the thing. I enjoyed it very much and hoping that maybe Blaine and Meredith will get more murders to solve in the future and that we eventually get the bedroom scene – lol!
Meet M Keedwell
M. Keedwell is a writer of fiction, a reader of books, a painter of pictures, and studied Psychology at uni. She loves delving into character motivations and interactions. She was born in New Zealand, and currently resides in Sydney, Australia. She has a well-loved Husky named Anushka.
Connect with M Keedwell