No Good Men (The Caro Mysteries Book 1)
Author: Thea McAlistair
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: September 16, 2019
Genre(s): Historical Suspense / Mystery
Page Count: 225
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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I'm always up for a good M/M historical and the blurb for "No Good Men" caught my eye because of its Depression era setting, right after the end of Prohibition and before the start of WWII.
We get an introduction into the world of seedy nightclubs, dirty politics, and mob murders. The plot delves into a series of murders and the amateur detective efforts of Alex Dawson, unemployed former bodyguard of the murdered mayor and a freelance writer.
The author does a good job of giving several secondary characters some in-depth development, enough that we start to get a sense of the era and the dynamics of the time. However, the two main characters are very lightly fleshed-out, in particular Alex's shadowy lover Severo Argenti (Sev) who gets little in the way of broadening his background and personality. Also, with the sex off-page throughout, it's difficult to get a sense of the dynamics of their relationship.
"No Good Men" is somewhat hit-and-miss for me personally but I do like the historical setting and the world building the author has done.