4 Star Review for Blow Down (The Plumber’s Mate #4) by J.L. Merrow #MM #Mystery @jlmerrow

CoverTitle: Blow Down (The Plumber’s Mate #4)
Author Name & Publisher: J.L. Merrow (Samhain Publishing Ltd)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 249 pgs


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

The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, Book 4

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, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.

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

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves 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 hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren’t careful, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Warning: Contains a bishop of questionable Christian charity, a necklace of questionable taste, and a plumber of questionable nationality who may be running out of time.

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Blow Down is the most British thing I’ve experienced since Downton Abbey, in a delightfully wonderful way. Tom Paretski is a plumber. He has a truck full of plumbing stuff and everything. His dreamy fiance Phil is a private investigator. Convenient since Tom keeps finding dead bodies everywhere. The curses of small towns in England. (I guess there they’re “villages”).
Tom is also a psychic, which should make me roll my eyes, but is in fact very well done. He gets vibes and there’s even a pseudoscience dowsing explanation I’m happy to roll with. Tom is charming and surrounded by a cast of supporting characters who annoy and love him.
Tom and Phil do a lot of watching telly and drinking down at the pub, so this cozy novel meanders a bit slowly. If the body’s already dead, where’s the urgency, right? But since getting sucked into Tom’s world is so fun, it doesn’t matter. Merrow’s world is vivid and palpable. I absolutely love spending time there.
I had not read the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries 1-3 before I read 4, which seemed to work out fine. But I’ve bought them all now. This is one of the last reviews I’ll be writing for Inked Rainbow Reads and I’m thrilled to go out on such a high note.
Four stars
~ Christy


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JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy. Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.

JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.


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