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Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate) [Kindle Edition]

JL Merrow
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Kurzbeschreibung

If you dig up the past, be prepared to get dirty.

The Plumber’s Mate, Book 2

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom’s dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn’t helped Tom’s uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry.

But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom’s head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiancé Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister?

Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead—and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom’s sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back...

Warning: Contains a strong, silent, macho PI; a cheeky, chirpy, cat-owning plumber; and a gag gift from beyond the grave that’ll put the cat firmly among the pigeons.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 586 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 282 Seiten
  • Verlag: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (25. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GTVCXK4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #54.498 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannender Krimi und zarte Romanze 26. März 2014
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Ja, sie haben es wieder getan: der Installateur Tom und sein - ja, wie sag ich es nun, da die beiden selbst es noch nicht genau wissen - boyfriend, Lebensabschnittsgefährte, Sexgespiele Phil, seines Zeichens Privatdetektiv. Und eine große Wahl haben sie nicht, als Toms Schwester vergiftet sich am Boden windet; denn Phil befürchtet, dass dieser Mordanschlag womöglich seinem - das hatten wir schon - gegolten haben könnte.
Und die Autorin führt nun in Agatha-Christie-Manier alle möglichen Motive und Verdächtige vor, gewürzt mit spannender Action. Und die Lösung ist nicht himmelschreiend absurd, sondern gut nachvollziehbar, obwohl ich auf den Täter nicht vor der Auflösung kam.
Natürlich geht es aber zu einem guten Teil um die Beziehung der beiden Hauptprotagonisten, die wir schon aus dem 1.Teil Pressure Head kennen - und ich lieben gelernt habe. (Ich empfehle, diesen ersten Teil auch zuerst zu lesen, da einem sonst die Begegnung mit all den Freunden der Beiden nicht so verständlich ist. Für mich war es wie ein Wiedersehensfest! Allerdings kann man diesen Band auch für sich genießen.)
Denn da die beiden reale Geschöpfe sind, keine Stereotypen, ist ihr gemeinsamer Weg steinig; und da Toms Selbstwertgefühl aufgrund seiner "Behinderung", an der Phil nicht unschuldig ist, stark unterminiert ist, reagiert er oft hypersensibel, was die Sache für Phil nicht leichter macht.
Ja, am Ende ist dann alles gelöst - fast. Die Autorin versteht es aber sehr geschickt, uns neugierig zu machen auf die nächste Folge, in der wir hoffentlich auch noch mehr über Phil erfahren werden. Diese soll demnächst unter dem Titel "Heat Trap" erscheinen. Darauf freue ich mich schon!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect JL Merrow Book 26. März 2014
Von Alan Arthur Katz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I'm often conflicted when I need to decide how many stars to give a book. But not with any JL Merrow book. I'd give this one six stars if I could.

Not only is she a brilliant writer, she's a gentle soul and a gifted creator of engaging characters.

Relief Valve is another in this wonderful series, now, apparently called "The Plumber's Mate". For those of you who haven't yet read either of them yet, these books are about a British plumber (Tom), who has a very special psychic gift - he can find things. He can follow the emotional path of the person who hid whatever it was and locate something missing. The local police use his talents to find missing children and dead bodies, which, while torturous to him, brings peace and closure to the victims' survivors and many a murderer to justice. In the rest of his time, he uses his abilities to find leaks, making him a really great (if not prepossessing) plumber.

Tom has an ongoing relationship with Phil, a private detective, who was also a terrible bully he's known since he was a kid. In fact, it was while running away from Phil that Tom got hit by a car, spent a year convalescing and still suffers from a dodgy hip.

They met up, years later, as adults, and Phil admits that he gave Tom such a hard time because he was so attracted to him, and didn't want to be gay. Of course, they become lovers.

The murder mystery in this book is not exactly Agatha Christie, but it's used to propel the development of Phil and Tom's relationship and introduce us to Tom's sister, who is a successful barrister, and victim of an attempted murder. Add a whole bunch of local literary types, an overgrown church Canon engaged to the sister and the recurring friends of Tom - Gary, an effeminate, over the top, perfectly wonderful character, and Gary's lover, a 4' 6" ex-porn-star, Darren.

There are points at which I laughed out loud, others that made my eyes will up, but, typical of a JL Merrow book, not a moment in which I was bored. In fact, I'm almost sorry the book had to end. I look forward to the next Plumber's Mate book with bated breath. I'd pre-order anything this amazingly talented writer publishes. I think I've already read everything available on Amazon!

If you haven't read Merrow before, I suggest you start this series with "Pressure Head" to get the whole back story of Tom and Phil. "Relief Valve" is fine, on its own, but even better if you read the earlier book first.

What I love is Merrow's astonishing way with words, her ease, precision, spot-on humor - it's just a true pleasure to read her writing. If you love well-written, non-formula gay fiction, don't miss this book - or any other JL Merrow book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I liked 6. April 2014
Von Sirius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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BOOK WAS A KINDLE LOAN

JL Merrow is an excellent writer, certainly one of the best ones in m/m genre IMO, but I am not always able to connect with her characters - basically as a good friend of mine put so well, I often end up respecting her books but not loving them. I however really enjoyed the first book in this series (Pressure head) and was looking forward to further adventures of Tom and Phil.

I loved "Pressure head" overall, but thought that it ended really abruptly, therefore I really appreciated the developments in the building relationship between the guys, more specifically I liked the uncertainty which still lingered in the interactions between them. I think given their history and the fact that they had not been together for that long period of time, it made perfect sense. I really appreciated that the writing was able to convey the subtleties in their interactions I guess. They both love each other, but they at times worry whether the other returns the emotion, whether taking next step in the relationship is too soon and at the same time they are both restrained in their interaction, as I would imagine British guys acting :).

I read the review where reviewer wished for more intimacy in their romance - I absolutely did too, because what we got closer to the end was awesome - and that does not mean more sex, no. But I do wonder whether the lack of real, emotional intimacy in the first half of the book was done on purpose.

And there is of course a mystery, which I thought really moved the relationship forward, also moved forward Tom's relationship with some of his family members, and I actually could not guess a villain.

I do wonder about villain's motivations - did not quite ring true to me, not in a sense that people do not act that way, but in this story I was not quite convinced I suppose.

3.5-4 stars
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Book two is every bit as good as book one. 12. Mai 2014
Von Ulysses Dietz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Relief Valve (Plumber’s Mate #2)

Imagine, if you will, Miss Marple in her little village, puttering about, getting into people’s business as she learns about human nature. Except that Miss is a Mister. And a plumber. And gay. And hot. And psychic.

I loved the first book in this series—Pressure Head. I recall, however, that it was rather darker than book 2—all that unhappy childhood memory, not to mention the sudden reappearance of Phil Morrison in Tom Paretski’s painstakingly repaired young life. Some of it was harrowing.

Relief Valve is more light-hearted, as well as more nuanced in the way Merrow metes out shivery little clues about personalities and relationships. And, let me make this clear: this book is all about relationships—the very core of every part of this book is relationships. Not just between Tom and Phil, but between and among the intriguing buffet of small-town characters with which the author presents us.

Tom and Phil are doing their own manly-man dance of love, and it is both frustrating and adorable to watch. Then there’s Tom’s big sister, Cherry, an up-and-coming suburban lawyer who takes a dim view of both her little brother’s down-scale career and his former-hoodlum boyfriend from the wrong side of town. Watching Cherry and Tom and Phil do their own do-si-do as they all begin to understand each other is quite beautiful to behold.

And of course there’s the eerily Reverend Gregory Titmus, the poetic, dark-eyed Raz Nair, and all of the other denizens of the various little picturesque townships joined by motorways that Miss Marple never dreamed of in her wanderings about St. Mary Mead.

This is the modern world, with archetypal England alive and well at its center. For an American reader, it is a delight, as is Merrow’s precisely crafted language and gift of wit.

Because the book is damn funny. Tom is irritating in his defensiveness and his macho fear of emotions. His blue-collar slang is pointedly in contrast with his sister’s professional lingo; while Phil slides back and forth in accent and vocabulary, a council-estate yob in a cashmere sweater. Delicious.

Class and geography matter in ways to the British that continue to baffle and fascinate Americans, and I confess to being charmed in exactly the way I was by the dozens of Agatha Christie novels I’ve read in my lifetime. It is astonishing how much happens in a small geographic area in a short amount of time. Merrow keeps her characters and her voices spinning about us, while never taking the sharper focus off of the couple at the center. With red herrings and misdirection she keeps us bemused until the very end, when she not only reveals the culprit, but leaves the reader realizing that all of the relationships in the book have shifted and have become something new and better than they were before.

Well, most of them.

Ultimately, there’s plenty left over for book three. I wonder what plumbing metaphor she’ll come up with for that? Can’t wait to find out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful writing and such an adorable main character 2. April 2014
Von R.Parklane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
2nd book after Pressure Head, this series continues to please. The writing is wonderfully engaging, humorous and I just love the British slang/accent. Tom is an adorable character and I thoroughly enjoy his romance with Phil who is such a hunk. I thought their relationship development realistic and well done at this point in their romantic journey. Not sugary and corny but still unsure and fragile as they stepped carefully around each other. The introduction of Tom's sister certainly added a nice touch to the drama angle of the story and I look forward to more involving Tom's family with the revelation towards the end. The mystery element is not really the focal point or the strength of the story but the marvelous characters development around the mystery is. There is plenty of laughs as the story progressed with never a dull moment. A nice warm feeling too in Tom's awkward declaration of his feelings to Phil and vice versa as well as Tom's heart felt concern for his estranged sister. This is one enjoyable MM book which I will reread and looking forward to the third book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great sequel to Pressure Head 26. März 2014
Von T. Gray - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
4.5 stars - I thought this was a pretty fabulous sequel to Merrow’s 2012 mystery romance Pressure Head. Tom’s bright narration is back in full-force, and it’s hard not to be charmed by him and the colorful denizens that dot Merrow’s cozy English countryside world.

Book 2 finds plumber Tom (who has an innate ability to find hidden things, including buried bodies) getting used to his new relationship to former high school bully/now all-grown-up boyfriend Phil and getting even more used to his family reentering his life as his sister Cherry tells him that a) he has a surprise bequest from a neighbor who had passed away and b) she’s getting married and wants Tom to meet her new beau, the literally big-handed clergy member Greg.

The engagement party is interrupted by an attempted murder and Tom and Phil (who’s a private detective, as well as protective boyfriend) are on the case to find out who’s tried to poison Cherry.

The case gives Merrow a good excuse to introduce a village full of red herrings for Tom to parse through, some funny, some melancholic, and along the way, he discovers some things he hadn’t been searching for, as well as finding out the greater depths of his and Phil’s developing relationship.

Tom is one of my favorite Merrow heroes, second only to Al in Muscling Through. She’s created a real winner here with his cheeky, flirty charm and his upbeat presence as he works his plumbing jobs, seeks out answers for the case, and quietly juggles his self-conscious feelings for Phil and his fear that he won’t match up to Phil’s deceased husband.

The side characters are also great, whether it’s flamboyant BFF Gary and his former porn star beau, closed-up Cherry who slowly thaws as she and Tom grow closer again, or Tom’s police contact Dave. Phil is a stalwart presence in Tom’s life. Neither he nor Tom are great at communicating or navigating the ups & downs, but slowly, they inch forward as they see what the other wants, and you can tell that even when they’re clumsy, they care about each other. (And I love the times when Tom decides to not say what he’s feeling, but then blurts it out automatically, like a reflex.)

The mystery is fun and twisty, and I didn’t guess what was going to happen, which is always a plus. I also loved how much Merrow painted in the villages and towns where everyone lived. You get a real feel for the English countryside setting.

I think the only thing I wasn't a fan of was some of Tom's mental tangents, but overall, I liked his narration so much, that I was able to glide through most of those.

It's also pretty low heat, with just a few intimate scenes, and others that are fade to black. I was fine with this because I loved the story, but for those looking for a five-pepper heat mystery, this isn't the one.

If I could have a wish, it would be to see this on TV. It would be a GREAT mystery series. But until the BBC picks it up, I am 150% satisfied with the funny and charming world that Merrow has built in these books, and ECSTATIC that at the end of book 2, she announces that the adventures will continue for our plumber in book 3, Heat Trap.
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