Title: Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem: Book Two)
Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 7 hours and 53 minutes
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Get in on this series while you don’t have much to catch up on, because you may want to hear this book more than once. Books this good and this well acted don’t happen often.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: 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.
Review: Former cat burglar, Rook Stevens, and Detective Dante Montoya return for another round of lovemaking, murder, mystery, and funny/bad happenings that only deepen the relationship they began in Murder and Mayhem. Rook wants a little revenge on a cousin who thinks it’s a kick to take things from other people. He hooks up with his old partner in (literally) crime, and sort of breaks into his cousin’s home. Rook is attacked, finds the body of his cousin, and becomes the prime suspect in the murder—in under an hour.
Dante loves Rook more than is healthy, and finds himself fighting not just for Rook but for the love they share, even as his fellow police officers would like nothing more than to toss Rook in prison and call the case closed. Then, there’s the small matter of Dante’s flamboyant uncle Manny, who now runs Rook’s store of high quality memorabilia, and both their lives.
Who killed Rook’s cousin, why he was killed, and who is framing Rook all comes to light over the course of the book, in Ford’s fast paced, high stakes mystery. Greg Tremblay turns in another outstanding narration with SoCal accents and a cast of characters that continues to find a place in the heart of listeners. There are not enough superlatives to heap upon Tremblay’s narration for this book. Like so many other books he’s narrated, he takes a really good story and makes it into a true gem. Whether in this genre or any other, look for Greg Tremblay’s name, and know you are about to be taken for a ride that you will completely enjoy. Listener’s should be warned that you may want to gather together friends, family, and pets… and lock them in another room so you can listen to this book, beginning to end, without interruption.
If you have not heard book one in this series, you’ll be OK starting with book two, but you will be cheating yourself out of another great mystery and love story as performed by Greg Tremblay. Buy this book. Get in on this series while you don’t have much to catch up on, because you may want to hear this book more than once. Books this good and this well acted don’t happen often. This is one of those occasions when paying full price is worth the cost. Don’t miss out.
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