High Time (The Solomon Mysteries #2)

Title:  High Time (The Solomon Mysteries Book 2)
Author: Keelan Ellis
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: September 10th 2018
Genre(s): Murder / Mystery
Page Count: 164
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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In the first book in The Solomon Mysteries, we got a lot of character development and humorous give-and-take between Detective Paul Solomon and his partner Tim Cullen and the mystery, while interesting, was definitely secondary. Here in "High Time," the mystery is front-and-center and it is particularly compelling because Tim Cullen's sister Kathleen and her husband Jordan are involved in the mystery.

The plot kept my interest throughout and I like the way the mystery slowly unfolds and deepens as new clues are unearthed and new interpretation is given to the known facts of the case. It seems everyone had a different idea of what the victim Penny was like, and I find it poignant we think we know what is going on in someone's life, but we only see the surface and are often unaware of their true situation. I would give the murder/mystery aspect of "High Times" 5 stars.

Where the story works less successfully for me is in the relationship between Paul and his boyfriend of four months, Owen. There is an attraction between the two (FYI - there is no on-page sex) but they are still in the uncertain stage. They haven't met each other's friends, Paul is still keeping Owen at arm's length from his life, there is conflict about Paul's friendship with David and Andy, and the miscommunication between the two seems a bit manufactured and hastily added onto the mystery component.

Finally, the ending is a bit hurried, in connection with the murder/mystery as well as Paul and Owen, but I look forward to the next book in the series, seeing how the relationship deepens and grows and what mystery awaits Detectives Solomon and Cullen. 4 stars.

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