Thursday, October 05, 2017

Review: Death Goes Overboard by David S. Pederson

o-death-goes-overboardTitle: Death Goes Overboard

Author: David S. Pederson

Publisher: Bold Stroke Books

Released: 1st April 2017

Genre: M/M (murder/mystery)



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Gregor Slavinsky went overboard. Or did he? He was murdered. Or was he? It’s up to Detective Heath Barrington and his partner, police officer Alan Keyes, to find out as they search for clues and a missing twenty-five thousand dollars aboard an old lake steamer and throughout 1947 Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

They are up against gangsters, con artists, and a very seductive Grant Riker, a fellow policeman who could come between Heath and Alan, upsetting their romance.

The three of them race the clock to find the truth amidst lies, secrets, and possible scandal, while riding the waves of a potential love triangle.


Mark's Review

After reading the first Heath Barrington mystery, Death Comes Darkly, then I couldn’t resist picking up the second book when it came out. I’m delighted to say that all the things I enjoyed in the first book can be found in the second. A solid murder-mystery plot with all the sleuthing that any fan of such books needs. As with the first book what I like about the author’s style is the story has all the ingredients of a traditional Agatha Christie / Columbo style murder-mystery. Heath Barrington has to rely on his skills of deduction and sharp observation to find out who the murderer of Gregor Slavinsky is. I like this kind of plot as it is like a breathe of fresh air to find such books amongst all the high-tech, high-speed, high-adrenalin, style thrillers that we’re more used to today.

Heath has to go undercover, his job is to just keep tracks on Gregor Slavinsky, a small time con-artist who has got himself into trouble by trying to play with the big boys. All well and good, easy job until he goes overboard. So what was a simple surveillance job now becomes murder. So if you’re someone who likes trying to solve the crime as you go then you need to pay attention to all the details as all the clues are there. If you’re like me and prefer to let Heath do his job and go along for the ride, then bit-by-bit everything is revealed and you’ll be having several, “Uh huh!” or “Well, of course!” moments to say the least.

Heath and Alan are head over heels in love but always live in fear of being caught out. This is not a period in history where showing any kind of affection to another man would be looked upon kindly. So a constant battle of being careful in public, not to do anything that might cause suspicion. But rumours start and in this case, why is it that a perfectly good looking guy like Heath isn’t married with at least two children? Here Heath has to deal with the traditions and values of the day. Yes, getting married and having a family would solve all his image problems but he knows he would be living a lie. I found it totally admirable that he is a man of principle and finds it wrong to marry a girl when he knows that he would never be able to love her as she deserves. However, the job always messes up plans and as Heath needs to cancel his weekend away with Alan due to the new assignment this means that they don’t part on a happy note. Alan upset that Heath’s work always comes first and Heath feeling guilty that he has disappointed Alan. Heath also doesn’t reckon with Riker. Riker is on board and undercover too but will put Heath’s resolve to the test as Riker tries to lure him into some casual “no strings attached” fun while on board. Doesn’t help that Riker is an extremely attractive man.

As you know I love my books where the “gay theme” takes a back seat and the plot is in the foreground. However, the human factor of managing relationships is there and compliments the main murder-mystery story. A thoroughly enjoyable read and will return again when the next Heath Barrington mystery is published.


Purchase Links


Book One: Death Comes Darkly


Book Two: Death Goes Overboard



Meet David S. Pederson

David S. PedersonDavid S. Pederson was born in Leadville, Colorado, where his father was a miner. Soon after, the family relocated to Wisconsin, where David grew up, attending high school and university, majoring in business and creative writing. Landing a job in retail, he found himself relocating to New York, Massachusetts, and eventually back to Wisconsin, where he currently lives with his longtime partner, and works in the furniture and decorating business.
He has written many short stories and poetry and is passionate about mysteries, old movies, and crime novels. When not reading, writing, or working in the furniture business, David also enjoys working out and studying classic ocean liners, floor plans, and historic homes.


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