Book Reviews

The Foreign Affair (The Delingpole Mysteries 3) by David C. Dawson

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by nakin1978 on 23-September-2020

Book Blurb

There’s a murderer stalking the gay bars of Berlin.

It’s September, the time of Folsom Europe, the city’s annual festival for gay men in leather.

And Berlin’s become a dangerous place for them.

British lawyer, and part-time sleuth, Dominic Delingpole is in town. He’s come to Berlin to visit Matty, the teenage son he first met only a year ago.

When Matty is arrested for the attacks, Dominic teams up with German lawyer Johann Hartmann, a good-looking man with a seductive charm.

As they battle to prove Matty’s innocence, Dominic and Johann discover the attacks are linked to a sinister, Russian-backed experiment.

But whose side is Hartmann really on?


Book Review

This is a slow-burn read from many different points of views. The two main characters are Dominic and Johann, but some parts are told by several of the supporting characters in this story. This really makes it much more interesting because you get a more in-depth look into everything. ‘The Foreign Affair’ is the third volume in this series and I have to say with each new installment, I love this series that much more. 


After losing Jonathan, his husband, on their honeymoon, Dominic decides he needs a change of scenery and goes to Germany to see his son, Matty, whom he is still getting to know better. Dominic never expected to be pulled into a mess not long after arriving in town. But that is exactly what happens when a gas bomb goes off at a popular gay bar and the suspect behind it turns out to be none other than Dominic’s son’s boyfriend, Alex. As Alex mysteriously disappears and the German police start searching for him, Matty gets caught in the middle and is arrested. So now Dominic has to find a way to clear his son’s name and maybe in the process clear the boyfriend’s name as well. That is where Johann comes into play.


Johann is referred to Dominic to help clear the charge a against Matty. One major issue though is that he could be a twin to Dominic’s deceased husband, Jonathan. There are even certain things he does that remind Dominic of Jonathan. With it being a year since his death, it makes it really hard for Dominic. But Johann is his best bet at helping to get Matty out of jail. So Dominic and Johann work together to try to unravel what is going on and to find out whether Alex is guilty or not. 


The more these men learn, the more the danger grows. There is definitely something not right with this whole situation and when the truth is revealed, everyone may find themselves in a very dangerous situation. Will Dominic and Johann be able to find a way to work together or will their attraction to one another be too much and send them into an even more dangerous situation?


This was such a great story! This whole series has been incredible so far! I cannot wait to see what David C. Dawson comes up with next for Dominic and his friends. Great read!



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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 274 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-September-2020
Price $2.99 ebook, $9.75 paperback
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