Title: High Time (The Solomon Mysteries #2)
Author: Keelan Ellis
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: September 10th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Page Count: 164
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
When skeletal remains turn up in Baltimore’s Leakin Park, Detective Paul Solomon is pessimistic about their chances of solving the case. But a clue discovered near the bones soon leaves his partner, Tim Cullen, in little doubt as to their identity. As the case leads him close to home, Tim struggles to find a balance between professional responsibility and family, testing Paul’s patience and loyalty in the process.
In his personal life, Paul wrestles with his own increasingly precarious balancing act. His friendship with David Haygood threatens his new relationship with Owen, and he finds himself questioning not only his own judgment but his motivations as well. When Paul makes a choice that may irreparably damage his budding romance, the only person he can think to turn to is his ex-lover and friend Andy.
As Paul and Tim sift through details of the short life of a young woman who died over a quarter of a century ago, what eventually emerges from the web of connections and coincidence is a story that’s both shocking and sadly familiar to the seasoned detectives.
The first book in The Solomon Mysteries Series was a pleasant surprise for me, it is why I was looking forward to reading the second book, High Time.
Paul Solomon, an openly gay Homicide detective, and his partner, Tim Cullen, a straight divorced father of a single daughter are very professional as homicide unit cops, but they are also closed friends and care about each others. They seem to enjoy each other’s company immensely, and there’s plenty of banter among them.
It is not long ago since I finished the first book. I remember that I liked the mystery part, though, strangely enough, I don’t remember what it was about. What this book surprised me with was so-called real life-part. You know, the one about friends, ex- and actual lovers, families and all ups and downs on these matters. Good Boys was not a book about a complicated mystery, but in the first place a book about complicated relationships. Exactly like in a RL. And because I found the main two characters extremely likable and their backgrounds very interesting, I enjoyed the whole story a lot.
The second book I will remember probably because of the mystery. Not that the mystery in the first book was not that good, but the case here is more serious – because Tim’s family is involved -and the investigation that Tim and Paul are busy with is also very time-consuming. Our detectives devote themselves totally to it, there are not plenty of free space for private pleasure or heated banter. There are not so many funny situations/conversations comparing to the first book, and it is what I missed immensely.
Not as good as the first book, but still a good read and I’m already looking forward to the next sequel. Besides, Paul has to clear many things with his boyfriend. If only…no spoiler here.