Published by Williams and Whiting
Released on July 22, 2019
Source: Kindle Unlimited
A Post-WWII pair of cinema stars who portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson while hiding their relationship right under everyone’s nose find themselves detecting in real life in a pair of novellas.
Alasdair Hamilton plays the leading man who gets the girl and portrays the heroic figure while Toby Bowe work for the same studio and star in the same films with a beautiful woman star to mask the fact that their on-screen chemistry together is not due to La Marsden, but their own secret off-screen relationship. Toby was an RAF pilot in the war and his father got high up in Scotland Yard, but Alaisdair is no slouch in the intellectual department and has good contacts in the entertainment world so that when they are asked by Toby’s friend to help solve a real life mystery, they jump on it.
An Act of Detection grabbed my attention because I already enjoy the author’s historical cozy mystery, Cambridge Fellows series and some of her standalones. I hadn’t read far before I was comfortable with Toby and Alaisdair because they felt like the Jonty and Orlando just set in the post-war and against the film industry.
This book didn’t spend much time fleshing out the character and felt like it was part of an ongoing story when it opened, but I adjusted and soon was tracking with the new pair of heroes. It has a closed door, closeted romance and fun banter. I love old movies so the background and their lifestyle was a fun part. There is a light, cozy mystery tone throughout. I really, really hope the author writes more mysteries for this pair to tackle.
An engaging, light and sweet standalone m/m historical cozy mystery that I can recommend.
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