Monday, September 18, 2017

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

Tramps_and_Thieves_Ford_FS_300dpiTitle ~ Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2)

Author ~ Rhys Ford

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 18th September 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense





Murder and Mayhem: Book Two

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.


Debra’s Review

This is the second installment in the Murder and Mayhem series and I wouldn’t suggest reading this one without having read the first. While the story is self-contained and the mystery solved by the end, there is too much background between the main and secondary characters that affects their actions and words and you would really be missing out.

A cop in love with a thief is always a fun story. While that was pretty much put to bed in the first book and Rook may no longer be in that life, the urges are still there. He remembers the adrenaline rush, still has the instinct to run when he’s cornered, and he sometimes worries he no longer has the safety net he worked so hard to accumulate, but he doesn’t have regrets over leaving the life when the trade-off is having Dante by his side. When the opportunity arises to get some kicks one last time and get back something that belongs to him, Rook grabs it and winds up in a mess of epic proportions that just keeps getting messier for everyone around him.

Dante is there by Rook’s side through it all as both a cop and his lover. I liked seeing them solid even as they are still working through some things. They are sweet and sexy and have great chemistry. Rook has been toughened and wizened by a lifetime of neglect, abuse and stealing to survive, but believing that Dante loves him has opened up a whole other side of him. A side that includes family support, from both his and Dante’s sides like he’s never had before. That also brings with it some bumps that need smoothing, especially where Rook’s lord of the manor grandfather Archie is concerned. Rook’s vulnerable in those areas of his life where he wants nothing more than to trust and belong, but is still waiting for it all to crumble and leave him alone on the street. Dante is a rock for Rook, but he has his own family issues as well that he tries to keep from thinking about (some of which I expect we’ll have a ringside seat to in the next book).

The mystery had plenty of twists and kept me guessing up to the end. It seems as if someone is targeting everyone who comes into contact with the investigation and Rook is at the center of it all as bodies pile up and the danger mounts. I really had no idea who was involved until close to the final showdown.

The only real thing that was troublesome for me in the story was there were times where I found scenery and settings overly-described and certain words were overused to describe particular character traits. I’m fine with descriptions that set the scene for important locations, but there were too many times where I found myself skimming paragraphs of descriptions.

With a good blend of family drama, action, pop culture shout outs and sizzling romance, Tramps and Thieves is a worthy follow-up to Murder and Mayhem that will give fans plenty to enjoy in both the mystery and character development aspects of the story.

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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.

Review :: Amazon


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 and a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal. Rhys shares the house with two cats, Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo and Tam, a diabetic black shorthair, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. She is also responsible for the care and feeding of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.




  1. I agree with scene/location descrptions sometimes being more detailed or more flowery/ornate than necessary, you see it in most of Rhys Ford's books. It's kind of just a part of her writing style.

    1. I've read quite a few of her books, mostly the Sinners Gin series, but I guess in this one it just really jumped out at me. It didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story though.


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