Title: A Party To Murder
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre(s): Gay murder mystery, best friends to lovers
Page Count: 216 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When Jamie Roma and Derek Lee find their blossoming love affair interrupted by dual invitations to a house party from a mysterious unnamed host, they think, Sounds like fun. The next thing they know they are caught up in a game of cat and mouse that quickly starts racking up a lot of dead mice. Yikes, they think. Not so fun.
Trapped inside a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere, with the body count rising among their fellow guests, they begin to wonder if they’ll escape with their lives. As a cataclysmic storm swoops in to batter the survivors, the horror mounts.
Oddly enough, even in the midst of murder and mayhem, Jamie and Derek’s love continues to thrive.
While the guest list thins, so does the list of suspects. Soon it’s only them and the killer.
And then the battle really begins.
This is one of those books that when you really get drawn in to this the read, you find yourself jumping right along with the charcters in this story. I make matters worse in my case while I was reading this book, it was storming outside for real so it made this story much more life like. I found myself looking over my shoulder while I was reading. So yeah this story really creeped me out while I was reading. That in of itself says a lot for this book. John Inman truly did an incredible job on this book.
Derek and Jamie have been best friends since they was in grade school. But here the past few months they have transitioned to best friends with benefits. For now the situation is working for them but both men are trying to figure out where they go next. They do not want to ruin their friendship with each other but also they are both starting to feel more for the other as well.
When both men receive an anonymous invitation to a “party with heart-stopping door prizes”, Jamie is ready to go. Though both men are suspicious of the party because of not knowing who the host is, they decide to attend. Their biggest reasoning is because they want to know who the host is and why the invites was hand delivered and put under their doors.
There is more then one time these two men debate on turning around and going back home. One of the reasons being the horrible storm they are traveling in just to get to their destination. Another reason is because their destination is basically in the middle of no where. But once they reach the point that they finally decide to cross the bridge to the property that the party is being held at the question of whether they will or won’t attend is taken out of their hands.
Finally reaching the house of the party, the quickly realize that something is just not right. As do the rest of the quest that are attending the party. What happens when a party turns in to a real life nightmare when one by one people are murdered? Who is the person responsible for their deaths? Is it one of the guests or is there someone else in the house that they are not aware of? Why are each of the guests invited to this party when they do not know one another? Can Derek and Jamie figure out where their relationship is going or will the killer get to them before they know what is what between them?
This book was such a good read. I found myself jumping a few times throughout this book and I was definitely looking for my shoulder as I read. John Inman knew what he was doing when he wrote this book. Definitely a recommended read if you like a good mystery.
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