Truth Will Out (Merrychurch Mysteries #1) (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Truth Will Out (Merrychurch Mysteries Series #1)
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre(s): Cozy Mystery
Page Count: 204
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Jonathon de Mountford’s visit to Merrychurch village to stay with his uncle Dominic gets off to a bad start when Dominic fails to appear at the railway station. But when Jonathon finds him dead in his study, apparently as the result of a fall, everything changes. For one thing, Jonathon is the next in line to inherit the manor house. For another, he’s not so sure it was an accident, and with the help of Mike Tattersall, the owner of the village pub, Jonathon sets out to prove his theory—if he can concentrate long enough, without getting distracted by the handsome Mike.

They discover an increasingly long list of people who had reason to want Dominic dead. And when events take an unexpected turn, the amateur sleuths are left bewildered. It doesn’t help that the police inspector brought in to solve the case is the last person Mike wants to see, especially when they are told to keep their noses out of police business.

In Jonathon’s case, that’s like a red rag to a bull….

If you’re looking for a cozy M/M mystery, “Truth Will Out” will make you want to immediately cuddle a mug of cocoa, start up the fireplace and grab your Kindle.

When Jonathan finds his beloved uncle Dominic dead by the hearth of the familial manor house, he suspects this is not an accident. And with the assistance of buff gorgeous Mike, a former copper and current owner of the pub, he soon finds there are suspects aplenty in the village of Merrychurch. Despite the perpetual annoyance of DI Gorland who has been assigned the case and disdains their “meddling”, they sift through the clues, encounter some good red herrings, and make some startling discoveries.

Jonathan is staying in one of the rooms above Mike’s pub and they quickly settle into a pleasant domesticity which gently segues into a romance (with no on-page sex, other than Mike and Jonathan cuddling in bed) that is all kinds of wonderful. The plot held my interest, the pace of the story is just right, the romance between Jonathan and Mike is low-key and perfect, and the resolution of the case is straightforward and satisfying. A strong 4 stars for “Truth Will Out” and I’m already looking forward to reading more about the charming village of Merrychurch and its residents.

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Galley copy of Truth Will Out provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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