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REVIEW: “Murder and Mayhem” by Rhys Ford


Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.


24937601Title: Murder and Mayhem (Murder & Mayhem #1)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 236
Release Date: June 5, 2015
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon


New contemporary/mystery series by Rhys Ford?! Hellllzzzz yeah! Let me at it!

I’m a fan of the author’s Cole McGinnis series and a HUGE fan of her Sinners series. I knew this would be a slam dunk. I really enjoy how the author lays out a mystery…details, timelines, suspects. I’m almost never sure of whodunnit too early, but what I also like is I’m never thrown a curveball that feels unbelievable. And let’s just say, Rhys Ford writes some of the sexiest characters around!

M&M is about Rook, a former thief and carnie (he grew up on the carnival circuit), who now owns a pop culture memorabilia/collectibles store. AMAZING, right?! Where does she come up with these ideas?! Rook is a survivor, he’s surprisingly generous and kind, he struggles to trust and fears intimacy. But damn, this kid has a soft side that I was dying to get at.

Enter Dante. Dante is a detective who at one time was on the case after Rook. They had attraction from the get-go and it just gets hotter and hotter now that they’re reconnected.

The coupling of Rook and Dante DOES IT FOR ME. I liked these 2 so much. The push and pull of their attraction versus their dedication to their careers and the “who I am”s. But I wanted them together and I wanted them to open up and be vulnerable with each other. And it was a treat.

The mystery was also fun to read and honestly, this world the author builds withing a contemporary context is pretty cool.

One niggle…the overuse of the description of Rook’s “odd-colored” eyes. By the end, I felt bashed over the head with those words. But…small small thing.

Overall, a really fun read, HOT, and I’m excited to see where this series leads!


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This entry was posted on June 5, 2015 by in Contemporary, Mystery / Suspense, Reviewer: Susan and tagged , , .

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