Title: Killing Time In LA (Tom and Stanley #3)
Author: Victor J. Banis
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: May 8th 2018
Genre(s): Gay Mystery, MM Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
No matter how Stanley tries, he and Tom can’t seem to get away from bodies.
On vacation in LA, Stanley’s visit with a friend at a popular Mexican restaurant owned by La Paloma, the flamenco dancer, leads to meeting a couple from Mexico. When the woman is found dead, Tom and Stanley work with LAPD Detective Betts—a recovering alcoholic who lost his son to a child murderer—to find the young man. The bodies pile up as Tom, Stanley, and Betts race to solve the puzzle of a Russian agent, drug smuggling, illegal immigrants, and police corruption.
Stanley might hate bodies, but Tom can’t resist a mystery. While killing time in LA, will a killer set his sights on Stanley?
First of all – and It must be mentioned – the cover of this book is great. Tom and Stanley Series make major advances with a cover design comparing to Deadly Mystery Series, IMO, but of course it is the matter of taste. Killing time in L.A is the third book in Tom and Stanley series but the first one that has been released independently from Deadly Mystery series.
Tom and Stanley are an established couple here and have plenty to keep them busy with their PI agency in San Francisco. And as all hard-working people our hard-working couple needs a vacation.
Who could guess that instead of relaxing and enjoying a lazy week in L.A, with sightseeing tours and cosy evenings with each other Tom ans Stanley will find themselves accidentally in the center of a mysterious murder case and will be thrown into a whirl of events full of danger, and that their detective skills will be in great demand? Well, I knew it.
A wonderful addition to a series, and it is good to have more Tom and Stanley. Some things will never change: Tom is, as always, the very macho man with ingenious sleuth’s instincts, his honest believing he’s straight, Stanley, who prefers to talk about art, good meal and wine than about dead bodies and crimes, action-packed scenes, a fast-paced story-line, Victor J. Banis’s excellent writing and unique humor, Stanley’s legendary naivety and Tom saving his life in a staggering final.
In this installment Victor J. Banis showed even a bit more creativity: To a normal mystery he added a mythical element. It is of course a matter of taste, but I couldn’t completely buy it. I’am not convinced by the mystery here. Not least because of the quantity of all mystery components comparing to the length of the novel is above average, the outcome appears hasty and rather rushed and the criminal case happens to be solved almost by itself at the end.
But despite my tiny complaints I love this duo and I am looking forward to more Stanley and Tom!