Title: Dirty Laundry (Cole McGinnis #3)
Author: Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: June 19th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery
Length: 8 hrs 56 min
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
A Cole McGinnis Mystery
Sequel to Dirty Secret
For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole’s closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems-most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms.
As if his own personal dramas weren’t enough, Cole is approached by Madame Sun, a fortune-teller whose clients have been dying at an alarming rate. Convinced someone is after her customers, she wants the matter investigated, but the police think she’s imagining things. Hoping to put Sun’s mind at ease, Cole takes the case and finds himself plunged into a Gordian knot of lies and betrayal where no one is who they are supposed to be and Death seems to be the only card in Madame Sun’s deck.
Dear Greg Tremblay,
I love your voice. Your narration is like a gift from the angels. You make me so happy.
P.S.: Rhys Ford, I hope you have thanked whatever deity or essence you believe in for them pairing the awesomeness of Greg Tremblay with your wonderful storytelling.
Now that’s out of the way…let’s get to the review. I can’t say much because it would spoil a lot, and I don’t want to do that. There’s a whole lot of drama in this installment of the series, with a pretty healthy heaping of angst to work through. In the end though, Cole has his boyfriend, Jae-Min and his best friend, Bobby, to shore him up while he tackles it all.
I’m going to be honest a moment here. I have a really hard time reading these books. The Asian honorifics, the similar names, all the world-building the Rhys Ford does – which, don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely awesome – but…it all confuses the hell out of me. This is where having a fabulous narrator like Greg Tremblay is a huge benefit. Because Tremblay sorts it all out. He makes it so I understand the different characters: who they are, where they’re coming from, what they’re saying, he just breaks it down so I can immerse myself into the story and just enjoy it. So that’s what I did. I just enjoyed this. Thoroughly and completely.