Title: The Necessary Deaths (The Delingpole Mysteries #1)
Author: David C. Dawson
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre(s): Gay erotic love, mystery/suspense, murder, blackmail, lawyer, college students
Page Count: 189 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A young journalism student lies unconscious in a hospital bed in Brighton, England. His life hangs in the balance after a drug overdose. But was it attempted suicide or attempted murder? The student’s mother persuades British lawyer Dominic Delingpole to investigate, and Dominic enlists the aid of his outspoken opera singer partner, Jonathan McFadden.
The student’s boyfriend discovers compromising photographs hidden in his lover’s room. The photographs not only feature senior politicians and business chiefs, but the young journalist himself. Is he being blackmailed, or is he the blackmailer?
As Dominic and Jonathan investigate further, their lives are threatened and three people are murdered. They uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of government and powerful corporations. The people behind it are ruthless, and no one can be trusted. The bond between Dominic and Jonathan deepens as they struggle not only for answers, but for their very survival.
This book is so different from any other murder mystery that I have read that I had no choice but to give it a four and half rating. It is not often that a serious matter such as murder is written about but with the twist of some major humor and one of the main characters being a horn dog to top it off even though he has a long term boyfriend.
I have to admit that if I was ever in need of someone to solve a mystery for me, I defiantly would these men to be in my corner. They may not be police officers or even private investigators but once he mystery behind how Simon ended up in the hospital in what looked like an attempted suicide but then turned into attempted murder on more then one occasion, Dominic felt the lawyer in him wanting to know more behind what was really going on. Which led Jonathan wanting to help out for the adventure sake. Then in turn leads more people to helping to try an figure out exactly what is going on and who is involved.
Dominic in my opinion is very reserved. I honestly believe that he has real issues with Jonathan flirting constantly with whomever is around. Dominic tried not to be jealous but he is in love with Jonathan and wants more than a weeekend here and there long didstance relationship.
Jonathan is my opinion is one of those people that wants his cake and to be able to eat it too. I can honestly say that as far as his out going humorous nature I liked his character but on the flip side I did not really like him as far as a partner because I do not think that he will ever quit truly playing the field per day. Most of the time I really felt like he was throwing all the other men in Dominic’s face and that is not a very good thing.
In the end I think all the danger and almost losing everyone may have opened Jonathan’s eyes as to what he was wanting because for the first time in his life he was actually concerned about someone else’s well being.
As far as the other characters goes I found that I really liked Steve. He may be a hacker but he went above and beyond for all of these men in this book. Miles was anothe character I really liked and respected. He proved he is super smart and he would do anything for his friends.
This book really was an enjoyable read. Even though it was a serious situation the characters was able to humor where they could and that made the read that much more interesting.
David C. Dawson definitely put an amazing spin on this book and he did it in a way that made this book that much better.