Book Reviews

Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem 2) by Rhys Ford at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-September-2017

Book 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.


Book Review

Ah Rook, you should have known that stepping back into your former “alleged” criminal ways would have you staring at a dead body and the cops questioning you about his murder. It's nice to see that things haven't changed all that much in the world of ‘Murder and Mayhem’. Rook is still getting into trouble and his boyfriend, Detective Dante Montoya, is still helping him solve the mystery and get his butt out of the fire. What can I expect? Dante does love Rook’s… assets… yeah, that's the word I'm looking for. *grins*

This time Rook was found standing over his dead cousin Harold’s body after breaking in to steal back the Maltese Falcon statue that Harold stole from him. As usual, this doesn't look good for Rook. It was nice, however, to see Alex and James again with Alex being his normal adorable self. Now Rook and Dante need to figure out who killed Harold, who is trying to kill Rook, all while keeping the detective off Rook’s back. It's basically everyday life with two of my favorite characters. Oh, but don't think there isn't some great heat going on, along with some interpersonal reflections on both Rook and Dante’s part. That, too, is par for the course with these two strong-willed, stubborn men.

I loved getting to see and hear more from Hank Camden, Dante’s partner. I absolutely adore that man. The fact that he's Bobby’s former partner - if you don't know this reference then you haven't read enough Rhys Ford - and he's loyal beyond belief, not to mention being slightly clueless on things not related to the job, just endears him to me even more. A fabulously sultry, and exotic, blonde bombshell of a secondary character by the name of Sadonna Swann was incredible, and I enjoyed every moment she was on page. And, as always, watching Rook and his grandpa Archie interact was an entertainment all on its own.

This author never ceases to amaze me with the plots she constructs. I'm always last to know who the killer is and why, because I'm so engrossed in the story, and the characters, that I forget to try to figure it out. Lazy of me, I know. As usual, I was completely blown away by the reveal and the ending rocked. I can't begin to imagine where else the author might take me in this world but I'm definitely along for the ride.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 210 pages/80852 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-September-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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