Relief Valve

Relief Valve

by JL Merrow

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BN ID: 2940158955419
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2018
Series: The Plumber's Mate Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 93,871
File size: 1 MB

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Relief Valve 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LolaReviews 6 months ago
this was a fun read. There's a new mystery, more of the romance and some other side plots lines as well. The story felt a bit slow at times and the mystery didn't fully grab me, but overall I still had a fun time reading this one. There were some interesting twists during the mystery, although I wasn't really surprised by who the murderer was, I was surprised by the motive. The romance has a different pace in this book now that Tom and Phil are a couple and they are slowly growing closer. There wasn't much done with Tom's ability in this book, which I thought was a bit of a shame, although there are some scenes were he uses his ability. All in all a good second book, although I enjoyed book 1 more.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Tom Paretsky--maybe he's not Polish--is a plumber with a unique knack for finding what's hidden, including dead bodies. He's got a trick hip after spending nearly a year in traction when a lorry hit him back in secondary school. The fact that he ran into the street to avoid schoolmate Phil Morrison and his gang of bullies isn't a fact Tom's family isn't loathe to forget. Not even when Tom and Phil have now become an item...of sorts. That said, Tom's determine to change his family's minds, and insists on bringing Phil to his sister Cherry's engagement party. When Cherry is poisoned there, well, it's good that Phil was available to help out on the case. This mystery/romance is charming and harrowing by turns. Tom wants to help figure out who might behind the attack, and Phil makes it his first priority; Phil isn't sure that Cherry was the target. Tom having inherited some undisclosed property seems to make him worth bumping off, is Phil's thought. I have a special fondness for amateur sleuth stories, and I love Tom. He's such a fun narrator, and he's always getting himself into a scrape. His reaction to Cherry's fiance--whoo boy! Greg is a big man, gregarious and creepily friendly--as well as a canon for Church of England. Tom's quietly horrified about Greg's taxidermy hobby, and not sure if Greg is entirely straight--which leads to some inappropriately hilarious situations while Cherry recovers. And Phil's not amused. Though he does take a friendly shine to Tom's bestie Gary's diminutive fiance--a former adult film star turned veg-trader in the nearby market. While they figure out where their relationship is going, Phil and Tom work on both Cherry's case, and on finding the "hidden" inheritance from Tom's surrogate aunt. This last part threatens to tear apart Tom's family even more so than Tom's choice of boyfriend, or Cherry's poisoning. The pace is as brisk as Tom's rambling chatter. If you dig Brit blokes going on doing ordinary/extraordinary amateur sleuthing, well, this might be a book for you. I've devoured them all at this point...and would read another dozen more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there will be more in the series. The main characters are great. Re-read the first (Pressure Head) multiple times. Funny & well-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago