First off: look at this cover! Isn’t is an absolute beauty? It has mystery and flair. I love it! Okay now that we have that out of the way, the review can begin.
Heat Trap is the third book in JL Merrow’s Plumber’s Mate series, a murder/mystery series that is utterly British in its awesomeness. The third installment continues Tom Paretski’s story: his romance with PI Phil, the mysteries he is involved in and the relationship with his family. The story started in Pressure Head and continued in Relieve Valve. In Heat Trap things are heating up for both the mystery aspect of the story and Tom’s relationship with Phil
The author has this quirky cast of characters. Tom with his ability to find stuff. From a leaky pipe to a body. Phil, Tom’s lover and who bullied Tom in high school but is now a private investigator with a drive to help people. Tom’s eccentric sister Cherry and fiance, the catholic canon Gregory and Tom’s friends who all have one thing or another that makes them fun to read about.
Like with the other books, I love how the author handles the characters, creates them. They are utterly normal, yet they are not and definitely not boring to read about
In Heat Trap things are really heating up with this mystery. I liked how it was done. Compared to the first two books it was more intense, but it also get more personal and closer to home for Tom.
I wasn’t entirely happy with how the mystery concluded, but in a way it also fit. There is no plot whole or bad writing, but then you can’t always have this neatly wrapped up package.
Like the first two books the writing is flowing, solid and engaging and of course very British. You have to like this author’s particular brand of writing British slang, but – at least for me – it reads fine. I learn new words with every book I read by this author, but in such a way that it doesn’t take me finding a dictionary first.
It’s clear that the series in ongoing. In Heat Trap you find little things that set up a next book. One in particular. So cute! Can’t wait to see how that pans out. No spoilers, but you’ll love it, I’m sure. I can’t recommend reading the series out of order, because there are certain elements of the story that started in the first book and are ongoing. Like Tom’s mending relationship with his sister and finding out some family history stuff.
Fans of the series will love this installment. It’s lightly edited and as far as I could tell, there are no differences in the story itself (i.e. the story itself was not added on). In Heat Trap things get more up close and personal for Tom and I liked how the serie grows. So yes, the book is definitely recommended.