Book Reviews

His Irish Detective (Victorian Gay Detective 2) by Summer Devon

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 23-April-2018

Book Blurb

Colm Kelly, a popular constable, is happy to be a big fish in his little pond of an Irish village—until his secret sin is revealed by his best friend. Overnight, his happy life is ruined. He loses his job, and even his family, and flees to England.

Colm might get another chance in London as an inquiry agent. His first job: watch the honorable Q.R. Marrill, the next heir apparent to a fortune, who lives under a cloud of family deaths. It’s unclear if Marrill is the perpetrator or the next victim of a killer who has struck before. Colm must discover the truth, and the best way to do that is to act as the man’s valet, a menial job Colm is ill-suited for. Worse, the young gentleman is nothing like Colm’s image of an aristocrat and more like his idea of perfection. He has no desire to ruin his life again with unwelcome passion.

The bookish Quade Marrill, fourth son of a wealthy landowner, has led a contented solitary life in London separate from his family. But as his family members die one by one, he becomes heir. Even as he mourns his dead brothers, uncle, and cousin, he wonders if the deaths were more than bad luck. Someone sinister might be on the hunt, and he would be the main suspect The only way to discover the truth is to allow the alarmingly intrusive Colm Kelly into his life.

Book Review

“Forget culture. Forget religion. Forget nationality. All that superficial stuff. Dig deep. and you will find that you are just you, and I am just me.” ~ Marty Rubin

After being outed, losing his job, and being abandoned by his family, Colm Kelly, of 'His Irish Detective' by Summer Devon, flees to London to seek the aid of Patrick, an American cousin he's never met. Fortunately, but hesitantly, Patrick gives Colm an assignment – to watch Quade Marrill, who is either a murder suspect or the target of a murderer. The idea of having to babysit someone who Colm assumes will be a privileged, spoiled man, doesn't appeal to Colm in the least. Colm expects that Quade will not appreciate being protected by an Irishman, someone lower-classed than he is.

Colm is pleasantly surprised to find that Quade is not a typical upper-class snob. In fact, Colm finds himself attracted to Quade, although he quickly reminds himself that he's there to do a job, not seduce the man he's protecting. After all, the fiasco caused by expressing his desires caused enough trouble to quell his desire, possibly forever. Quade is attracted to Colm as well; although homosexuality is illegal, being a member of the upper class affords Quade protection Colm does not have. Quade is a bookworm and a scholar; he is somewhat of a recluse, who is alienated from the rest of his family. He has very little regard for tradition. Other than remarking about Colm's accent, Quade has no problem with him being Irish. In fact, Quade becomes irritated when Colm acts like he is Quade's servant. This behavior is something Colm would never expect from an upper-class gentleman. Although Colm has been told that he's watching as well as protecting Quade, he soon comes to the conclusion that Quade is not a murderer. Colm takes his job as Quade's protector to the extreme, not leaving him for a minute, frustrating Quade to no end. Quade thinks he's being ridiculous, but he gives in and either goes everywhere with Colm or stays home with a substitute officer when Colm has to go out alone. They both fight their feelings, but their constant proximity and mutual desires eventually lead to a passionate physical relationship, one that quickly becomes mutually beneficial and comforting.

Quade has an overbearing father and his mother is emotionally distant; she always defers to her husband. He finally gave up and carved out a life for himself, separate from theirs. It's almost impossible to deal with his father who cuts him off if he says something he doesn't like. When his brother, Jack, dies, Quade happens to be with him. Rather than telling Quade about his suspicions, Quade's father gives him the impression that, even though it is ruled as a natural death, he suspects Quade of killing his brother. This makes Quade the fifth male death in the family. Surely, it can't be coincidence. Finally, Quade gets fed up with the entire situation; he and Colm start their own investigation in hopes they can discover who the murderer is before they succeed in murdering Quade.

Colm is one of the nicest characters ever. He's humble, generous, loving, kind, passionate, and responsible. Quade is an odd duck, but he's intelligent, generous, kind, and assertive when need be. I love the way he and Colm bond, moving beyond rank and class, to a deep, meaningful relationship. They are both pretty amazing. The story is wonderfully complex, with lots of twists, turns, and unexpected clues, making it a challenge to figure out “who dun it”. Fans of the series may like the new characters as well as visiting with those from the first book. This story can be read alone, but knowing the characters from the first book gives this one more depth Thanks, Summer, for this great Victorian murder mystery with a love story mixed in. I'd love to see another book in this series, maybe with the young cousin? Just a thought.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 302 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-March-2018
Price $3.99 ebook
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