ARC Review: Blow Down (Plumber’s Mate #4) by JL Merrow

Dead bodies have a way of finding plumber Tom Paretski, whether he uses his gift to actually find them or not. This fourth instalment in the series has Tom and his partner Phil roped into helping at a fundraiser he really really doesn’t want to be at. Things take a turn for the worse when he finds a dead body. To think it all started with a missing necklace…

This fourth book in the Plumber’s Mate series is – I think – the best yet. Tom really has to step up his game to solve the latest murder and to think all he was asked to do was find a missing necklace. Tom has become quite the local celebrity after the last book and it’s a lot of fun seeing him deal with that.

The Mystery
At the heart of every book in the serie is a mystery and this is the biggest one yet. Like with the other books, I thought it was well done. The mystery is woven into the plot along with all the other quirky things Tom gets up to. The interaction with his partner Phil, his family and dealing with his biological father. There’s no hiding that last part, no matter how much Tom wants to. His mates, his work and of course, a certain upcoming wedding. It’s all nicely woven together.

The characters
I’m not going to go deeply into the characters as you can read much about that in the previous reviews, but I will say this: The very book has character development for the characters, especially Tom. The grow and become more, which makes me love this series so much. The only real regret I have is that the story is told from Tom’s point of view and I can never really get a good grip on what is going on with Phil. Sometimes I really want to know what he think when Tom does something.

My opinion
Well, I think you have this one figured out already. It’s very hard not to love this series and the characters and all the things they get up to along with how the story is told. So, if you haven’t read this series, go pick it up already!

Blow Down Book Cover Blow Down
Plumber's Mate
JL Merrow
Mystery, contemporary, murder mystery
Riptide Publishing
March 28, 2018
A copy was provided by Riptide Publishing

Death is what happens while you’re making other plans. . .

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, but his heroism at a pub fire has made him a local celebrity, and now everyone knows about his psychic talents—and wants a piece of them.

Hired to recover a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, find themselves trying to unmask a killer. And there’s no shortage of suspects, including the local bishop.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they’re pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t baulk at killing again. If Tom and Phil don’t watch out, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Publisher's note: This is lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.

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