Title: Cops and Comix (Mystery and Mayhem 0.5)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Page Count: 34
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
It’s all fun and games until someone leaves a dead body on the floor.
Life for comic book store owner Alex Martin usually runs to the mundane. Sure, he has a regular influx of geeks and freaks, but for the most part, it’s a familiar weird. That all changes when he opens up Planet X Comics one morning and finds a corpse in the middle of his shop.
When Detective James Castillo is called in to investigate, Alex is torn between wanting to climb the man like a tree and giving him a wide berth. Luckily for Alex, the handsome detective is just as interested in him—as a suspect in the murder.
Previously published in Grand Adventures by Dreamspinner Press, March 2014.
I have not read Murder and Mayhem nor Tramps and Thieves, but after reading Cops and Comix, I went and bought them. Totally not necessary to read Murder/Mayhem or Tramps/Thieves first – Cops and Comix precedes both.
This was a quick, fun and sweet read. At 34ish pages, not much I can say about the plot without giving something away. What I enjoyed most about this, is there is a plot, and the romance slides nicely into the murder mystery.
I also appreciated the author maintaining a healthy dose of realism in the romance – Alex is trying to run a business, James works wonky hours as a detective. They must fit in their dates around both schedules. And I loved how their dates are like real life – awkward, endearing, full of ‘getting to know you’ angst, all the little things that are fun to read about.
As I noted, this is a short story. So my review by necessity is going to be short. If you’re curious about the Murder and Mayhem series, this is a great way to take a sip and see if the books would be to your liking.