Tramps and Thieves (Belen’s Review)

Title: Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 18th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery / Suspense
Page Count: 231 Pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.

Told in an alternating POV, death and mystery follow former thief Rook Stevens around once again leaving his detective boyfriend, Dante Montoya, to help resolve the mystery and keep Rook from being hurt.

Bodies are stacking up and it looks like someone is out for Rook personally. Luckily, Dante is determined to make sure nothing happens to the love of his life, or the family they’ve slowly been building.

It’s been some time since Murder and Mayhem, and Rook and Dante are more of an established couple, strong in their love for one another, and completing each other perfectly.

Further, Rhys Ford is definitely hitting her stride in this series with a great plot, strong characters, and terrific pacing. This was a page turner I found difficult to put down. The only thing that could make this better is to hear Greg Tremblay narrate it.

I’m also really looking forward to the series continuing, Rhys Ford has definitely created another compelling cast of characters and I cannot wait to see what she does with them next.

I would absolutely recommend this story, but not before you read Murder and Mayhem (book one).

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Galley copy of Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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