Title: Murder and Mayhem
Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: 4th August 2015
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter's Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he'd never see Rook Stevens again - not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he'd fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn't bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook's feet, he's forced to reach out to the last man he'd expect to believe in his innocence - and the only man who's ever gotten under Rook's skin.
©2015 Rhys Ford (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
Well, if this story doesn’t get off to a running start, literally! Rook is trying to go straight after a history of burglary but someone but a body has been found in his shop where he sells all kinds of highly valuable pop culture items. Of course due to his past his first instinct is to run, rather a stupid idea I thought but then I guess realistic enough considering the cops are not going to ask questions first. However, his run is short lived and he is brought down by Detective Dante Montoya.
They both have a shared history and what I loved is how all this plays out in their relationship. Dante knows it’s a bad idea to get involved with someone suspected of murder, the age old dilemma. But what do you do when your hormones are working against your best judgement? Yes, I could suffer with Dante’s dilemma as Rook is seriously one big charmer and he knows it. We have to wait until the revelation comes with Rook being off the hook and the hunt for the real murderer begins before the flood gates are open and these two can do all those things they’ve been wanting to do to each other without an investigation complicating matters, very correct. Dante is sex on legs, a rock of a character, stable and supportive. He has a huge heart but Rook is no easy character. Due to his past he is slippery to get a grip of, no I’m not talking physically - lol! But a lifetime spent wheedling his way out of the clutches of the police and a childhood spent in what can only be described as not the most desirable to bring a child up makes him what e is today. I loved his optimistic upbeat nature, a real charmer, whether for the better or not. These two characters contrast and yet compliment each other perfectly and I love it when authors can do this well. It brings a whole dynamic into the relationship that keeps the reader, or in this case the listener, invested and interested to know where their relationship is going and when it moves to the next level.
But just as vivid were two of the supporting characters. Dante’s uncle, an aging drag queen, who now lives with him and is more a father to him than his own. I LOVED this guy and just wanted to sit down and have a chat over a cup of tea with him myself. Totally adorable. Someone who is filled with compassion, empathetic, a passionate love of life but due to his age has a wealth of experience to impart especially when it comes to coping with prejudice that he has had to defy for a lot of his life. Then there is Rook’s grandfather - LOL! A character that was a surprise for me. Rook and him have a kind of love-hate relationship going on. You can feel the similarities and his grandfather recognises something in Rook that none of his other grandchildren have, but together they’re a laugh a minute. At least the pair together kept me totally amused and had me chortling to myself over his granddad's behaviour. He is extremely rich and influential but I have never met anyone so cantankerous before but that for me was his charm. As direct and undiplomatic as he is, he just says it how it is or how he sees it and makes no apologies. He had me smiling on more than one occasion, it*s his grouchiness that endeared him to me that kept m totally amused.
It soon becomes obvious that someone has it in for Rook but the motives at first aren’t clear. Shrouded under a past that he doesn’t want to reveal or talk about even with Dante, well not at the beginning. He gradually opens up to Dante but it takes a lot of work on Dante’s part peel the layers back. When he does then you discover that Rook is not a bad guy at heart, just misunderstood and trying to survive the best way. However, it’s his very survival that is being threatened and makes him realise he needs someone steady like Dante in his life. The thriller or crime part of the story is nicely done but I felt the romance sometimes took the upper-hand to the crime part or being a little bit the weaker link in the book compared to the romance. I just didn’t find the murder / mystery part for me as challenging as I would normally like it. A little bit on the light side but entertaining all the same.
Entertaining; this is the word I would personally use for this story. A story that I enjoyed, had me laughing at time, had me wondering about what was going to happen next, not only with the murder / mystery part but also in Dante’s and Rook’s relationship. Yes, a thoroughly entertaining read.
Well, what can I say… Greg Tremblay. Can this man do no wrong in my ears? He just seems to get the nuances of any characters in a book exactly right for me at least. I’m not going to write a lot here otherwise I’ll end up repeating my praises for his narrative talent from previous reviews. Suffice to say that you or at least I can’t go wrong picking up a book narrated by Greg Tremblay.
Connect with Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford is a firm believer in love and let love, short walks to a coffee shop and having a spare cat or two. Most days she can be found swearing at her laptop and trying to come up with new ways to kill off perfectly good random characters. Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain. Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur, and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.