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Pressure Head (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 4, 2017
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The writing is fresh and lively, with a good dose of the sort of humour I love. The characters, especially Tom, are very likable and realistic. The setting is solid and easy to picture...Overall, I highly recommend this book to those who like mysteries, or who are just looking for a fantastic story with great characterisation - Jenre at Reviews by Jessewave
The characters were cheeky yet believable and well written. The murder mystery combined with the ever evolving relationship between Tom and Phil kept me engrossed... a joy to read! A True Gem by DiDi at Guilty Pleasures Reviews
You just can't expect anything formulaic in [JL Merrow's] books...but do expect very unique characters that jump right off the pages - Samantha at Fiction Vixen
There is a strong ensemble of secondary characters who are well developed as an entertaining supporting cast, and they add a great deal to the story and the enjoyment of reading the book...I thoroughly enjoyed PRESSURE HEAD and look forward to reading more by this talented author- Mrs Condit
The author does a wonderful job wrapping up Pressure Head, leaving the reader with a story that they will be sure to read time and again. I hope the author has plans to bring these two back for many more mysteries - Lydia at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
I would be thrilled to see Merrow turn this into a series with Tom and Phil solving mysteries. I just loved them together! Merrow gives us a great combination of mystery and romance - Joyfully Jay
If you like your mystery combined with your romance with a bit of humour, an excellent choice- Tam at Tam Reads, Writes & Rambles
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When I started reading it, it was meant as a relief from other, heavier novels I'm reading, a chapter here and there. But then I couldn't stop reading until the end. And I loved the end, and I love that there are more books already out, because they're going on my list. Bits of Tom's inner dialogue were formulaic, but I forgave it. We all have those. Other than that, I can't think of anything to warn you about. This is really good, with fleshed-out characters and a well-constructed whodunit plot.
Consider myself wowed because I loved it! It has romance, mystery and my favorite – the British wit. I just adore Tom. A plumber, two cats and a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Honestly, I can’t decide what I love more about him but let’s stick with the sixth sense. His ability to find hidden things and I’m stressing on hidden. If something is hidden and he sets his mind to it, he can find it. This is not going to bode well if your secret is of the naughty variety. The local police occasionally call him in for his assistance, which in this case is to find a body of a missing woman…and he does. YIKES! The number one suspect is her rather questionable boyfriend. Cue the lawyer, one Phil Morrison, Tom’s old school crush and the bully that cause Tom to permanently injury his hip. He’s hired by the murdered woman’s family to defend the boyfriend and find the real killer. He asks for Tom’s help, which he is reluctant to provide, that is until old feeling stir up. Oh yes, things are about to get interesting!
Had I paid closer attention to this the frenemy element, I may have passed on this story. Good thing I just decided to jump in and read the whole series or else I would have missed out on this charming series. Tom and Phil…gotta love these two. Tom just wants to do his plumbing job and Phil is equally determine to get his help to find the killer. Thankfully, Phil wins and Tom goes along for the ride. The story is told from Tom’s 1st person POV which had me instantly falling in love with he’s saucy personality. Phil, hmmm, not quite the muscle bound Neanderthal I thought he would be. He’s somewhat secretive about his life and has quite a bit of guilt that still lingers when it comes to Tom. Luckily these two manage to work it out while solving a murder. So glad what they have is a HFN story because that means more curious situations for them to get into. Now about that murder.
Usually, I have a list of possibly guilty parties roughly have way through the story and then I wait for the puzzle pieces to fall in place. That wasn’t the case with Pressure Head. Instead, I was distracted by the building relationship between Tom and Phil, well that and Tom’s sixth sense ability and his attempts to get answers himself. HAHAHAHA!!! Yes, both had me laughing as sometimes Tom found himself in awkward predicaments. See my comment above about those with naughty secrets.
This is my first book by author J.L. Merrow and I keep wondering what took me so long to read her books. Creative plot, irresistible main characters in Tom and Phil, add in a splash of great secondary characters in the way of Gary, Darren, Dave and Tom’s two cats to get me instantly addicted to this series. I’m so glad I already have the next several books in this series because I don’t think I could wait to find out what Tom and Phil get up to next.
Still overall I enjoyed this and I'm curious about where this relationship will go. I also liked the mystery and while I felt this was more mystery than romance since it's the first book in a series I'm okay with that. I'll read the next book to see where this one goes.
A copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.