Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries #3)

: Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries #3) 
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 5, 2018 (Second Edition)
Genre(s): Mystery / Suspense
Page Count: 268
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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I love the Plumber's Mate series by JL Merrow ... but thought this book wasn't as engrossing as the previous two. Now, don't get me wrong, I bloody love Tom and Phil, and Dave and Darren (because how often do you run across a ex-porn star dwarf in M/M romance?), Cherry and the ever-so-loud Reverend Greg, those psychotic cats, and the whole dysfunctional gang. Personally, the murder/mystery didn't grab my attention as strongly this time around, and there was an awful lot of missed phone calls and miscommunication between Tom and Phil.

 I liked the subplot about Tom's parentage, and how he has to wrap his head around the fact that the man who raised him is not his bio-dad. This book focuses upon family relationships throughout - Tom's family and their feelings about Phil, a revelation about Phil's past, and a mystery centered around a break-up that results in stalking and apparently murder.

Each book in this series shows us the hard work that both Phil and Tom do to make their unlikely relationship work, and in this book in the series particularly, their relationship is far more interesting than the murder/mystery aspect IMHO. 3 stars.

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