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Lock Nut (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries) (Volume 5) Paperback – November 30, 2017
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Merrow gifts readers with a witty, absorbing fifth Plumber's Mate mystery ... Fans of mysteries with a minor supernatural tinge and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor will enjoy this tricky whodunit - Publishers' Weekly
This was one of my most anticipated reads for early 2018... I do hope this is not the last we see of Tom and Phil and the crew! - Larissa, Bookwinked
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So like I said, we get two weddings. Cherry’s and of course, Tom’s. I’m not going to give either one of them away other than to say my favorite was the one the book ends on. And weddings aren’t the only thing we get twos of. Two little people and two deaths. Not of the little people of course since one of them is Darren. Can’t kill off Gary’s hubby. However, the second little people is a friend of Darren’s from his porn days. Lilah is missing her husband and she wants Tom to find him and give him a package. Simple enough, right. Of course not! It’s a mad chase through a market before Tom can finally hand over said package…only to find himself the main suspect when the runaway husband turns up dead.
Lot’s of characters in this one so it was so hard to figure out who the killer was. And was I surprised in the end? No, not really. What did have me surprised was Tom not finding the dead body. Shocker! I missed out on him once again stumbling (literally!) over a corpse. Or so I thought and let me just say EWWWW! when dead body number two comes into play. Consider yourself warned.
Back to the wedding, at least Tom and Phil’s. Sighs! However, being that this is Tom we are talking about, things can't completely go off without a few hiccups. Plans for the honeymoon, the venue, the plans, two dads (There’s another two!) are all looming of the guys and Tom is feeling a bit overwhelmed. Did I mention the honeymoon? Snickers! Now that bit was funny and saw it coming a mile away. And of course, all this planning is going on smack dab in the middle of the guys trying to solve another mystery. Man, I love it!
Tom and Phil have come full circle now from a crush on a bully to a happily married couple. In some ways it feels like the series has come to the end and yet, there are plenty of hints about Tom’s abilities getting stronger. Will there be another book in The Plumber's Mate Mysteries series? OMG I really hope so because I just don’t want the fun to end! But if there isn’t, it certainly ended on the sweetest note. Congrats Tom and Phil!
Lock Nut is the fifth book in the Plumber's Mate series of mysteries that work best read in order to see how Tom and Phil's romance and the general lives progress.
Tom is his usual fun, snarky, and worrywort self and it's always a riot being along for his thoughts on everything as he bumbles his way through his life in Hertfordshire with Phil, quirky family, quirkier friends, and a case involving a former porn star, a missing husband, and Tom billed as top person of interest in yet another murder.
Tom and Phil steadily dig up many clues, but each answer produces more questions and suspects. While they work the case, Tom comes face to face with the worry that his relationship with Phil is lopsided and that he thinks he's not manly enough for Phil or worse, that Phil thinks that. But, then, this is Tom so he's also privately panicking over planning their wedding, the honeymoon, sharing their home, and having kids while wondering just how does one swing a wedding with one's parents and also the biological dad his mom had an affair with for seating and such.
I loved all that was going on in this one and the author's gift for humor sprinkled in with the well balanced elements of romance and suspense. The mystery had a few twists and twisty characters, too. It was a little zany and I had a good time with it and the intervals of the rest of Tom's life. I adore this series and I dragged my feet as I read this one because I didn't want it to end. I think this is the last book in the series, but I hope there will be more. Tom's an easy narrator for the stories and a book character who is easily likable as well as all the other regulars of the series. The setting and situation are just more to enjoy.
Those who enjoy m/m cozy mysteries or light romantic suspense with a mild paranormal element should really pick this series up.
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Another great mystery and another case of miscommunication. If I didn't love these two so much, I might have gotten a tad aggravated with them.Read more
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