Title: Couldn’t Cheat Death (The Paul Monroe Mystery Series #1)
Author: A.P. Eisen
Release Date: June 29th, 2019
Page Count: 182
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Detective Paul Monroe has little room in his life for anything but work. Maintaining order and solving cases in the town of Thornwood Park keeps him busy. When Jerry Gregoria, a popular bartender and personal trainer is found murdered, there’s no shortage of suspects. It seems Jerry was busy shaking more than cocktails all over town, leaving Paul and his partner with an ever-growing list of men and women who have reasons to want Jerry dead. The deeper Paul delves into the case, the more he finds himself drawn to hotel manager Cliff Baxter, whom he hasn’t seen in years.
Cliff Baxter’s childhood crush on Paul Monroe hasn’t waned since high school. In fact, with the sexy detective conducting the investigation at the hotel, Cliff is more than happy to help. Ever since his last relationship went up in flames, Cliff has made it a rule to never get involved with a closeted man. But after Paul is threatened and things between the two heat up, Cliff decides to make an exception.
With new twists in the case popping up every day and the mayor breathing down the police department’s neck, Paul needs to solve the case yesterday. It takes a crisis for Paul and Cliff to realize what started out as something casual could be everything they’ve both been looking for but never thought to find. But if the killer strikes again, they might never get that chance
It was the cover that caught my attention (Yes, I’m that shallow) so I decided to give this one a go. It’s fairly standard murder mystery with twist devious enough to hold my attention and fledgling relationship.
Paul Is homicide detective whose case brings him into contact with Cliff. While he is not out at work, he can’t stifle his attraction to the man. Cliff recognizes Paul as soon as he sees him: he used to have a crush on him in high school and the adult version causes similar feelings. They are both cautious, because for Paul job is on first place and Cliff has been burned before. The story gives enough space for both plots to slowly develop toward satisfying conclusion. (there is a short story I haven’t read which promises cherry on top in romance area)
the beginning was a bit flat and stereotypical but the story picked up later. It has solid ending and clues and misdirection leading to solution are meticulously arranged through the book. It’s also added motivation for final touch in romance plot.
Overall it’s solid beginning to new series and I hope to see more of it!