Review: Murder and Mayhem (Murder and Mayhem #1) by Rhys Ford

June 1, 2015 Review 0

Review: Murder and Mayhem (Murder and Mayhem #1) 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.

Title: Murder and Mayhem
Author: Rhys Ford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fish and Ghosts, Duck Duck Ghost, Ink and Shadows, Fish Stick Fridays
Series: Murder and Mayhem
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Source: Author
Published: June 5, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 236
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Rook to Dante “Don’t think I really want to be safe with you, Montoya.”

Rook Stevens has lived a very peculiar life. He crew up within a traveling carnival with a (sometimes) mother he calls Beanie. Carnie life lead to pick pocketing, small cons, and inevitably cat burglary. That hard life left his cynical and bitter. He finds it impossible to trust anyone. Rook was good though. He’s as slippery and sneaky as they come. That’s why he chooses to go clean before anything bad caught him. He’s not perfect and has had a couple of close calls. Nothing was ever so big that he got sent jail but enough to get him under the watchful eye of Detective Dante Montoya. The problem here is that Rook does not want to be under Montoya’s eye, he wants to be in bed under his sexy body.

Dante to Rook “And babe, I’ll hold you for however long you want me to. And even then, I might not let you go.”

There are not many near misses in Dante’s career. Rook is Dante’s Moby Dick. Nothing Dante ever gets on Rook is enough to stick. The wily cat burglar has been more trouble than Dante ever thought possible. The attraction has Dante wanting Rook in his bed nearly as much as he wants him behind bars. There is just one small catch to this, Dante wants it all the honest way. He’s seen first-hand what happens when a cop is willing to falsify evidence to make a case. Dante wants Rook legitimately. If they happen to give into the temptation that is a tangled mess between them along the way, well they’ll have to see where that goes as well.

Murder and Mayhem was such a quick read. The banter and Rook’s quick wit make for an amazing read. The entire book has such great dialogue. I’m dying for some more page time with Archie. Archie and Rook’s conversations are some of the best in the book. The whodunit and why was pretty suspenseful too. Put all these things together you have a great start to a new series.

Surprisingly this is my first Rhys Ford book. I thought I had read some before but apparently I’m wrong on that. I know I’ll be reading more in the near future. While Dante and Rook have a happy ending, they definitely have more story to tell. My guess is that the Murder and Mayhem series will continue to follow them instead of moving on to a new couple like many series do. This is something I am more than okay with. Rook has lived an interesting life and I can only imagine what other troubles will follow him.

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