Book Reviews

Blow Down (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries 4) by JL Merrow at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Psychic Powers / Romance / Humor/Comedy / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-March-2018

Book Blurb

Death is what happens while you’re making other plans . . .

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, but his heroism at a pub fire has made him a local celebrity, and now everyone knows about his psychic talents—and wants a piece of them.


Hired to recover a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, find themselves trying to unmask a killer. And there’s no shortage of suspects, including the local bishop.


As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they’re pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t baulk at killing again. If Tom and Phil don’t watch out, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.




First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, July 2016.


Book Review

I have had so much fun and excitement reading the first three books in this series that I couldn't wait for this fourth to arrive. So much happened in book three - Tom and Phil got engaged, and Tom got some unwanted attention in regards to his psychic abilities - that I couldn't wait to see what the author had in store for me. JL Merrow is a favorite author of mine and I'm crazy about her very British stories.

I didn't think it boded well for the direction of the story, and Tom's peace of mind, when he and Phil were summoned to Phil's mom's for Sunday lunch. Tom hadn't met Phil's mom before, officially anyway. He might have seen her around since he and Phil did go to school together, but the whole issue with Phil being accidentally involved in Tom ending up under the wheels of a tractor and his parents threatening to sue Phil's, made the whole situation rather uncomfortable. Or, for me, hilarious. Tom did discover where Phil gets his emotional constipation from, although he also found out something Phil never told him about his ex, and which then makes Tom nuts thinking about it.

“You’re my brother. How’s it going to look if you embarrass everyone like this?"
“Oh, I like that. It’s fine for me to make a giant tit of myself doing something I never even agreed to in the first place, but perish the thought anyone else might be mildly inconvenienced!”

Tom's sister, Sherrie, is responsible for putting him in touch with Mrs. Fenchurch-Majors, who drives Tom completely batty with her attitude and her requests. Blimey, she put him on the program at the Harvest Fayre for "Psychic" to perform for thirty minutes. Tom is not happy. He's even less happy when he "finds" the dead body of the lady of the hour during his demonstration.  And so begins Phil and Tom's latest adventure of trying to locate the dead woman's necklace while surreptitiously solving the murder. Along the way they manage to set a date for the wedding and find a venue so at least those domestic responsibilities are done.

Another marvelous addition to the series. Tom and Phil are fantastic main characters and the secondaries, Cherry, Greg, Dave, Gary, and Darren, are equally hysterical. I really adore these books and I'm looking forward to the next one.





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Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 330 pages/88000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-March-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $18.99 paperback, $22.98 bundle
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