Review: Blow Down by JL Merrow (Plumber's Mate #4)


Note: This ARC was provided by Samhain Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh, how far Thomas Paretski and Philip Morrison have come! They’ve been together for almost a year and they’ve decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Happily engaged, they have yet to set a date for the wedding—though Tom finds himself beginning to worry, what with everyone else telling him that it takes a good, long while to plan one’s nuptials—nor have they come to a decision when it comes to Phil moving in with Tom, but all in good time, right? For now, they need to figure out who killed the woman who doesn’t seem to be all that well liked. Could it be the stepdaughter who doesn’t see her as anything more than a gold digger or could it be her husband who suspects she’s having an affair? It may be either one or even both or possibly someone else altogether. But as they get too close, Tom’s life is endangered.

Tom doesn’t appreciate it when his sister Cherry pressures him into meeting an acquaintance of hers. It doesn’t help that Cherry clearly doesn’t have a high opinion of the woman and when they do meet, Tom’s fears are confirmed. When she ropes him in to be part of a demonstration for a local fair, Tom isn’t too thrilled, especially since the so-called demonstration involves him “showcasing” his psychic abilities. He shows everyone just how good it is when he discovers a body in a tent…a body that belongs to the woman who roped him into demonstrating his gift in the first place. So many potential suspects, so little time, and when Tom is attacked twice in a week’s time, it’s obvious that he and Phil will have to work double time to figure things out before it’s too late. Will they live long enough to even set a date for their wedding?

Gah! I don’t know if it was a good idea to read all four books in the Plumber’s Mate series one after the other. That engagement and that ending in the third book had me squeeing and gobsmacked, respectively. Tom and Phil have come so far in their relationship, but as close as they are now, there are still issues that they need to address, especially when it comes to Phil’s first marriage. There are also their respective grumbling about their families, but I love that Tom and his sister are doing well and have more warmth compared to the frigid relationship they had in the second book. The mystery was a really good one because there were quite a few potential suspects and I was waffling between a couple, only to be proven wrong when the real “bad guy” was revealed. I can’t wait to read the next one! 4.5 stars for Blow Down.

Date Read: 24 July 2016

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