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Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on May 14, 2018
Tom and Phil are on the verge of tying the knot and life is good until Darren brings them a case- find a missing husband. Simple, right? Not when it involves Tom and his penchant for finding trouble and dead bodies.
Lock Nut is the fifth book in the Plumber’s Mate series of mysteries that work best read in order to see how Tom and Phil’s romance and the general lives progress.
Tom is his usual fun, snarky, and worrywort self and it’s always a riot being along for his thoughts on everything as he bumbles his way through his life in Hertfordshire with Phil, quirky family, quirkier friends, and a case involving a former porn star, a missing husband, and Tom billed as top person of interest in yet another murder.
Tom and Phil steadily dig up many clues, but each answer produces more questions and suspects. While they work the case, Tom comes face to face with the worry that his relationship with Phil is lopsided and that he thinks he’s not manly enough for Phil or worse, that Phil thinks that. But, then, this is Tom so he’s also privately panicking over planning their wedding, the honeymoon, sharing their home, and having kids while wondering just how does one swing a wedding with one’s parents and also the biological dad his mom had an affair with for seating and such.
I loved all that was going on in this one and the author’s gift for humor sprinkled in with the well balanced elements of romance and suspense. The mystery had a few twists and twisty characters, too. It was a little zany and I had a good time with it and the intervals of the rest of Tom’s life. I adore this series and I dragged my feet as I read this one because I didn’t want it to end. I think this is the last book in the series, but I hope there will be more. Tom’s an easy narrator for the stories and a book character who is easily likable as well as all the other regulars of the series. The setting and situation are just more to enjoy.
Those who enjoy m/m cozy mysteries or light romantic suspense with a mild paranormal element should really pick this series up.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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