Book Reviews

Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries 3) by JL Merrow at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Psychic Powers / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 05-March-2018

Book Blurb

Old flames can leave a nasty burn.

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family, and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork.

Young Devil’s Dyke barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept that things are over between them, and he’s ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets in his way.  When Carey threatens an old friend of theirs, Phil and Tom step in to help—but that makes them targets themselves.

What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the uncovering of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, Tom’s not sure who he can trust—and the body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

First edition published by Samhain Publishing in March 2015. This is lightly edited reprint.

Book Review

'Heat Trap', book three in JL Merrow's series, 'The Plumber's Mate', is precisely what I needed to read this evening. Having absolutely adored the first two books, I knew that I'd find comfort in being back in Tom and Phil's lives, plus the humor and wit of these very British books always has me laughing throughout. Exactly what I need in my life, right now, so I'll thank the author, in advance, for helping me battle back the gloomies for an evening.

Tom and Phil's life is just as jam-packed with intrigue as always. They're trying to find Tom's real dad, without having to talk to Tom's mom about her affair, while also helping Marianne with her very strange, cruel, and oddly disarming ex-boyfriend who is stalking her. I'll just leave it at their professional lives are swamped. The strange heat wave Britain is having isn't helping matters, either. Their personal lives seem to constantly be up and down, or all around. Tom is helping his best friend Gary with his wedding plans to Darren, a midget ex-porn star. And Phil and Tom seem to be on that edge in every relationship where it's time to go forward, but I'm not so sure either of them knows what they're doing, or where they're going. Or, more specifically, how to talk about it. *eye roll*

An exceptionally exciting addition to the series, this book had me turning the pages very quickly, and hoping Tom was wrong in his fears about Phil, while at the same time, being angry at Phil for not opening up to Tom about his past. Oi. There was a lot of murderous intrigue going on, but also personal revelations which sometimes left me reeling. A more than enjoyable story that I highly recommend.





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Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 310 pages/84200 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-March-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $21.98 bundle
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