Title: Murder and Mayhem (Murder and Mayhem #1)
Author: Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: August 04, 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Greg Tremblay definitely brings this murder mystery to life, creating character voices that drew me in like a siren’s call. But it’s the banter and humor in this that made this such a fabulous listen for me.
All of the characters (especially Hank, Mannie and Archie), the mystery, and the pacing were all really entertaining. There’s quite a bit of action, and though there aren’t that many sexy times, what is there is good.
I loved all the pop culture references. I cracked up every time Rook brought up The Princess Bride (Dante’s last name is Montoya so Rook keeps making six fingered man references LOL) and it totally goes over Dante and his partner, Hank’s, heads. It was hysterical.
For those who love the whole enemies-to-lovers trope – you won’t be disappointed with the romance between Dante and Rook.
“And babe, I’ll hold you forever for however long you want me to. And even then, I might not let you go.”
But, for me, hands down, my favorite interactions and scenes in the story were between Rook and his grandfather, Archie. Archie was such a fantastic character. He’s the guy you love to hate, and hate to love.
Greg Tremblay’s narration is a thing of beauty. His range of accents, emotive expertise, and wonderful pacing is hard to beat.
As long as Greg Tremblay keeps narrating, I’m definitely looking forward to more in the series!