Review: Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow

Posted May 18, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 2 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow
Lock Nut

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Series: The Plumber's Mate #5
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on May 14, 2018
Pages: 330
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

Wonderful review! I just read your interview, so yay for more books about Tom and Phil. I loved this one too – the author does a great job mixing humor, romance, and mystery.


Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Haha! We must have practically ran into each other when I was on my way to your blog and reading your review where I mentioned that wonderful tidbit about the series. 🙂