Cops and Comix (Kristin F’s Review)

Title: Cops and Comix (Mystery and Mayhem 0.5)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery
Page Count: 34
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


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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.

Murder and Mayhem

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson