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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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I just finished reading this book and am so excited to see that there are several more books in the series to come...yippee! Because I really liked this story. Who would have thought it though with a plumber as one of the main characters?
This series is set in England. Tom is a plumber, but he also has a bit of a psychic skill in that he can find lost things...secret things. That's a useful tool for the local police and they've come to rely on him. For this book, it starts with him finding Melanie's body and a whole murder mystery unfolds from there.
But on the relationship side of things there's Phil. Phil was the school bully when Tom was in high school. In fact, it was Phil and his gang that ended with Tom getting crushed by a car as he ran away from them. Phil was never his favorite person, although he was always dead sexy. So, when Phil shows up on the scene, Tom is less than thrilled.
Phil is a PI now. He's investigating Melanie's death for her family, who don't believe that her boyfriend killed her. This entire story is told from Tom's point of view, so Phil is a bit of an enigma, but I did enjoy watching his story unfold and reveal.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story (although I seriously could have done without Gary and Darren's characters...it's like they were supposed to bring some sort of comic relief to the story, but they really didn't work for me personally). I really liked watching the relationship between Phil and Tom develop and it will be interesting to see how it unfolds throughout the series. They are really just barely getting to know one another now, so I'm hoping that this series gets better and better.
And the good news is that one book releases a month from now until May...yippee!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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.