Friday, January 19, 2018

Audiobook Review: Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) by Rhys Ford

tramps and thieves audioTitle ~ Tramps and Thieves

Author ~ Rhys Ford

Narrator ~ Greg Tremblay

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Released ~ 10th October 2017

Length ~ 7 hours 53 minutes

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense


Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder… and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.


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Jane’s Review

This is the second book in the Murder and Mayhem series. Rook and Dante are together now and the relationship is going from strength to strength. Rook is learning what it's like to be on the straight and narrow, however the pull is still there for him, the rush of a job still lingers. He finds himself once again embroiled in a murder investigation. The story and the investigation, kept me totally intrigued and guessing at what the motives were and who is linked to whom and why. When it unfurls you totally get a lightbulb moment. You see how it all fits together and where Rook happens to be involved. He has to work with Dante and Dante’s partner to clear his name and track down the real culprit/s. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Rook a bit more vulnerable and leaning on Dante a bit more. Letting go of the totally independent, ‘can only rely on myself’  mentality that Rook has carried with him through life up to this point and the overwhelming urge he has to run and hide. I also enjoyed getting to know more of Rook’s convoluted family, especially his grandfather Archie.

The language and descriptions Rhys uses and the way she writes totally absorbs me into the story. I just adore the way she writes. The relationship between Dante and Rook had my heart melting at many points, I love the way Dante calls Rook “Cuervo”. The tenderness and love that he shows Rook and the many ways we see Rook changing because of this.

  “But the biggest, most incredible change of all was Rook giving his heart to a cop.”

The ending of the book was perfect for me and the last line in particular had me squeeeeing quite a bit. Can't wait for the next instalment. I ❤️ Rook and Dante so hard.


It’s no great secret that I'm a massive fan of Greg Tremblay and how he narrates/performs books. His delivery and timing are immaculate as always, I could listen to his voice all day long. I just loved Rooks voice and how his emotions are so clearly expressed, the vulnerability he manages to convey in Rook's voice really made me connect with him. He also gets the dialect into Dante’s voice and keeps it up all the way through. Greg really made Rook and Dante come to life for me, they were exactly how I imagined them to sound. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook and really didn't want it to end. The story is so engaging, the relationship between Rook and Dante is so beautiful and the narration pitch perfect. What's not to love? Highly recommended!


Audio Excerpt


Murder_Cover_Ford_smallMurder and Mayhem

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’d 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 made 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.

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Meet Rhys Ford

!Bioheadshot_Rhys FordRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Harley, an off-kilter flower-faced grey and white cat-dog , as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.

Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (, DSP Publications ( and all major online book stores.



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  1. I just finished reading this, such a great follow on and I liked the way Dante and Rook developed. The murder who, how, why was good - and yes, that last surprise must mean a book 3!!!

  2. Oh....another series for me to start! What a wonderful gift for a Friday!

    1. You took words of my mouth :) Author big thanks :)