Books and Reviews – August 22, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.   We are gearing up for school around here.  We start on Tuesday so we are trying to savor what is left of summer.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to listen to my audiobook this week! 😦 I am in the midst of listening to Under the Rushes by Amy Lane, Narrated by Nick J Russo.  It is a MM, fantasy, with steam punk elements.  It is dark and intense and lovely.  I have read this book and loved it, and  I am enjoying the narration by Nick J Russo very much. 

I managed to finish reading Relief Valve, the second book in The Plumber’s Mate series by J.L. Merrow

Relief Valve The Plumber's Mate 2 J.L. MerrowBlurb: If you dig up the past, be prepared to get dirty.

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom’s dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn’t helped Tom’s uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry.

But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom’s head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiance Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister?

Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead-and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom’s sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back…

Warning: Contains a strong, silent, macho PI; a cheeky, chirpy, cat-owning plumber; and a gag gift from beyond the grave that’ll put the cat firmly among the pigeons.

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Thoughts:  I enjoyed this book very much.  It is full of one-liners and I was laughing out loud many times. The relationship between Tom and Phil is not the main focus of this story although it is still developing. It focuses more on the mystery surrounding his sister and separately, the will of Tom’s late Aunt Lol.  It was interesting getting to know more about Tom’s family and of course the appearances of Tom’s friend Gary and Gary’s boyfriend Darren are always entertaining.
I am looking forward to the third book in the series. There is a bit of a mystery to follow up on from this book and I am curious where it will go.

I found this wonderful review of Relief Valve by author, Kaje Harper on Goodreads. 

I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 

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