Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford

Murder_Cover_Ford_smallRelease Date: June 5, 2015
Published by Dreamspinner Press
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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.

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If you’re like me, when you heard Rhys Ford had a news series coming out, it couldn’t get here fast enough. I was so ready, because I love the way she can build a complex mystery blended with some sweet, smoldering romance. Let me tell you, Murder and Mayhem does not disappoint.

Ford hits the ground running, dropping us right in the middle of the action from Page One. The pace doesn’t stop, and the mystery and suspense never falter. She masterfully conceals hints and clues, only revealing them for maximum impact. I don’t know how else to describe it –  you’ll lose yourself in it from the very beginning. It’ll  suck you in, chew you up and spit you out when – and only when – it’s good and ready. That’s not to say it’s unenjoyable – you will love every bloody second of it.

I alluded to it earlier, and it’s no big secret one of the things I love about many of Rhys Ford’s books is how romance is always part of the story but not the whole story.  This formula is definitely present here, even as she ratchets up the tension between Rook and Dante. The romance bleeds over into the mystery/suspense plot, because Dante’s M.O. is taking Rook down. They have a past – again mixed business with pleasure – so things are complicated to say the least.

That’s not to mean they can’t make it work, right? It’s the impossible situation: Dante’s a cop, Rook’s a thief. Well, reformed thief?  Either way it seems like life’s working against them. I absolutely love this case of strange bedfellows, and I was pretty much making bets the entire time about how long they’d last before they gave in to the attraction between them.  They definitely have some unfinished business, and Ford makes them work for it.  I really enjoy romances where lovers defy the odds and find a way to connect, so this story’s fulfilling on so many levels.

I have one rather random piece of advice regarding Murder and Mayhem – you might not want to eat while reading it. That’s all I’m going to say about that. ;)


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