Book Reviews

Death Comes to Main Street (The Paul Monroe Mysteries 3) by A.P. Eisen

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Law Enforcement / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-November-2020

Book Blurb

In the sleepy town of Thornwood Park, something dark and ugly is brewing….

Detective Paul Monroe is investigating a routine string of break-ins when the case takes an unexpected turn. Merchants are receiving threats, and things might be more sinister than he originally suspected. Paul’s been on the receiving end of those warnings as well, but he brushes them off, not bothering to mention them to his partner, Cliff until Cliff himself is threatened.

In fact, Cliff discovers he’s been shut out of quite a few things and confronts Paul, who doesn’t understand the problem. The situation escalates quickly, leaving them at a crossroads, with Cliff conflicted and wondering if he’s an equal partner. Now Paul finds himself not only fighting for the people he’s sworn to protect, but for his relationship and the man who means everything to him.

When an unthinkable tragedy occurs, it’s a race against time to catch a killer who thinks he’s untouchable and has committed the perfect crime.

Only…nobody’s perfect.

Book Review

“From what I've seen, it isn't so much the act of asking that paralyzes us – it's what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak....” ~ Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help


Paul and Cliff, of ‘Death Comes to Main Street’ by A.P. Eisen, have been living together for about eight months but are still feeling their way through the relationship. In a way, they have been walking on eggshells, afraid to confront the issues that come between them. By nature, Paul is a protector; Cliff doesn’t think he needs Paul’s protection. Paul doesn’t understand Cliff’s overreaction to measures that he takes without thinking to ask Cliff. Even though Cliff would agree with Paul, the fact that he doesn’t ask him first makes him furious. Cliff can’t understand why Paul doesn’t understand that it makes him feel diminished, as if his opinion doesn’t matter. It’s a powder keg about to explode.


The mystery starts with notes on Paul’s car that say: “I see you.” Paul brushes it off as a prank and doesn’t tell Cliff about it. He continues with his investigation of recent burglaries. He and his partner interrogate the business owners to see whether or not the crimes are related. Since all the shop owners are minorities, they begin to wonder if prejudice is involved. When the local gay night club is fire bombed, they are more convinced than ever. Unfortunately, a friend of Cliff’s loses his boyfriend to the attack, making solving the crime even more personal.


Besides being a marvelous mystery, this story also has humor to lessen the intensity. I especially enjoyed the banter between Paul and his partner. Paul and Cliff’s struggles to find a balance in their relationship is relatable. Many people have trouble asking for help as like Cliff did and many have trouble being “too helpful” like Paul. As with all couples, communication and compromise are primary goals of any relationship. Thanks so much, A.P., for an exciting addition to the series. I look forward to seeing what happens next.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 300 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-September-2020
Price $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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