Title: Closer by Morning
Author: Thom Collins
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 237 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Suspense/Thriller
At a Glance: This is excellently written and one of the most intense murder mysteries that I’ve read in a while.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Passion and love bring them together. Murder could tear them apart.
When Matt Blyth, a handsome young lawyer, joins an early morning boot camp, all he wants is to get in shape. His thirtieth birthday is approaching fast. He’s ready to throw away the past and embrace a new future. The last thing he expects is to fall in love…or become embroiled in murder.
Dale Zachary, an American actor, is stuck firmly in the closet. He spent his twenties playing good-looking jocks in bad horror films and romantic comedies. But that boy-next-door act has a limited shelf life. Dale lands the role of his career playing a sexy, psychotic killer in a major British TV series. It’s a part that could make him a star. It’s no time to fall in love, but when Dale meets Matt, the attraction is impossible to resist and they both fall hard.
Someone is killing young men in the city. A killer like no other. The murders bear an uncanny resemblance to the script Dale is shooting. A devious mind is at work. As their relationship becomes more complex, Matt and Dale find the murders intruding further into their lives. The killer is closing in on his next target. It could be either one of them…or both.
Review: Closer by Morning is a debut murder mystery for author Thom Collins. This is excellently written and one of the most intense murder mysteries that I’ve read in a while. To give fair warning, there’s a heart stopping scene where you know abuse and rape are going to take place, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
Matt Blyth is a well put together character. He’s out, he has a great job, and at times has to deal with irate clients. He seems to have his life in firm order.
Dale Zachary is an up and coming actor. He’s not out and keeps his sexual preference hidden as best he can so he doesn’t lose that big chance at becoming a star. Dale also has a twelve year old son. Dale, at some point, will have to make decisions about who he wants in his life.
The city of Durham, London is seeing a rash of murders of young gay men. Detective Constable Jamie Dench is given a chance to work in the secondary unit of MIT to investigate the murders. Not that the other characters weren’t interesting, but Jamie Dench really stood out for me. At first I thought he was going to try and create problems for Matt, but he learned to do the right thing. He faced all his emotions: jealousy, heartbreak, and anger, and then put them aside and used his skill to figure out who the murderer was. But, when the case is solved, he’s still looking for resolution. He carries guilt with him in that knowledge that maybe he could have prevented a lot of the horror that the murderer caused.
Thom Collins is an author I will definitely seek out. I’m really curious to see what he will come up with next. The only irritation I had with this ebook, which I purchased as an early release, was the editing. There were some normal editing issues which I could overlook, but there were two issue that, in my opinion, should not have been missed in editing. I don’t want to discourage anyone from purchasing this book, but I felt I needed to mention this.
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