…we're keeping our name but expanding our offerings!
Now Lee is free from the malevolent ghost of Morris Hawke, his clairvoyant gifts are expanding fast. Too fast for comfort, and he and Gideon find themselves wrestling with his unsettling capacity to see the future. In some ways this new power is wonderful, and Lee finds himself a local hero after predicting a flood.
But there’s one aspect he can’t bear, and that’s the blind spot he sees when he thinks about the wedding plans he and Gideon have started to make. It’s as if this event, which he wants more than life, simply isn’t going to happen. He’s troubled and stressed out, and Gideon decides to intervene, whisking him off to an isolated creek-side cabin in the mysterious Cornish ria country. All is peaceful there, and the clamour in Lee’s head subsides. It’s time for companionship, peace, good food and plenty of sex…
Then a young man wanders out of the woods and turns their blissed-out retreat into chaos. Kitto is harmless – a charming drifter, very handsome. To Gideon he’s just a kid, flesh and blood and a bit of a nuisance. But Lee reacts with horror. Since when can Gideon – Lee’s rock, his connection to the real world and sanity – see ghosts?
Mysterious midsummer is rising in the deep green Cornish countryside, and as the village gears up for the eerie Golowan festival, Lee and Gideon face their toughest case yet: a battle between the real and spirit worlds that threatens to tear their own apart.
Background: the Tyack and Frayne series follows English copper Gideon Frayne and his clairvoyant lover Lee Tyack on a string of adventures and mishaps set among the eerie Bodmin and Truro areas of Cornwall. Find my reviews for the previous books in the series here and here.
Kitto was far and away my favorite book of this series. Gideon and Lee are about to get hitched. Married, guys! But…maybe said marriage isn’t going to happen, because Lee can’t see anything when it comes to his future with Gid, and, well, that just can’t be good.
Kitto was action-packed from the start, with Gid whisking Lee away for a little R&R—wedding planning CAN be a hassle as I recall (in fact, yes, elope if you can…). I loved Gideon for so perfectly taking care of his man. Chivalry reigns! And when Gideon takes you away, he does it proper, with no cell service and accommodations on a remote English hillside. GO GID!
Where was I?
Oh, Kitto, yes! So when Gideon and Lee arrive at the secluded vacay hideaway, what happens? (Outside of the steamy sexy time, I mean.) Shenanigans, of course, complete with a mysterious boy/man called Kitto, and a sinister father who may or may not be involved in some bad, bad stuff. Kitto, a pretty young thing with a sketchy, troubled past, may just be the antidote to all the things that are bothering Lee, but what’s Kitto’s agenda? And why does he keep popping up at the most uncomfortable times?
As per usual with this series (and Harper Fox), the mystery and the writing are heavenly, tasty morsels to be simultaneously savored and devoured (up to you, really).
I cannot tell a lie: I squealed (out loud) at the ending, for reasons I can and cannot share. The “can” part involves a fifth book in the series. There just HAS to be one, guys, because: cliffhanger much? And what’s to come—pardon me: *SQUEAL*—is so beyond exciting that you’re just going to have to either read this book (or the entire series) to find out for yourself.
Ami — 3.5 stars