ARC-Review: Lock Nut by JL Merrow

This was one of my most anticipated reads for early 2018. It’s no secret I really like the Plumber’s Mate series and while the previous books were lightly edited and republished, I knew where things were going. Not so for Lock Nut, it was all shiny and new!

The plot
The story follows plumber Tom Paretsky on his (mis)adventures and this fifth instalment is no different. Tom has become a bit of a local celebrity for finding things. While it comes in handy for finding leaks, he’s a little reluctant helping strangers who’ve heard of his ability. Hired to find a ‘missing’ husband, things go down the drain when the husband is found murdered and Tom is suspect number one. Of course, the story is never just about the mysteries Tom and his private detective partner Phil get into. There is also the looming wedding and everyone and their neighbour seems to have an opinion on it. There is also this hobble that is the honeymoon. All in all, life is never boring for Tom.

The characters
The same as in the preceding books, we see Tom and the other characters grow a little more. It’s fun to see Tom handeling pressure. Cool under pressure our Tom is not and he gets in trouble for it. In fact, in Lock Nut Tom was a real ‘git’ at some point. Good to see Tom’s definitely not perfect. To be fair, there was a lot on his plate.

I didn’t get much of a handle on Phil in this book. He’s there, but his presence was not as included as in the previous stories, I thought. This could be because a little more than ib the previous books, the story was told and not as much experienced.

The writing
As always the story is solidly written in JL Merrow’s quirky own style. If a writing style can be called very British then it’s this one.

The story is told from Tom’s pov and I always love how he sees the world around him and goes about solving the mystery and living his life that is so far from ordinary but yet very ordinary. As always I like how this was done. There is never a dull moment in the Plumber’s Mate series.

My only complaint about the writing was that this instalment was much more told, rather than experienced. Especially a certainly important part of this story. At the same time, I did find that fitting. Heh, fence sitting I am wink

My opinion
I know I’m getting repetitive, but yup, loved it. Couldn’t help but not too! There is a part in the story that involves posh towels (you’ll know what I’m talking about when your read it) that was just brilliant and had me in stitches.

Despite the ‘closure’ at the end of the book – yes, cryptic but i don’t want to give spoilers – I do hope this is not the last we see of Tom and Phil and the crew!



Lock Nut Book Cover Lock Nut
Plumber's Mate
JL Merrow
contemporary, mystery, romance
Riptide Publishing
May 14, 2018
A copy was provided through Netgalley


Still waters run deadly.

Tom Paretski, plumber with a talent for finding hidden things, and his private investigator fiancé Phil Morrison have been hired to locate a runaway husband, Jonathan Parrot. The job seems simple enough—until their quarry turns up dead in a canal, and a photofit of Tom’s face is splashed all over the news, making him chief suspect.

The widow, petite ex–porn star Lilah Lovett, is convinced her husband was killed by his gay lover, but Tom and Phil aren’t so sure. Worried they may have precipitated Jonathan’s death, they’re determined to find the real killer. But with a web of incestuous ties linking the suspects, it’s hard to know who to trust. Especially when a second victim dies a gruesome death.

Meanwhile, with their wedding looming and them sharing a house now, Tom’s worried it may all be too much, too fast. The last thing he needs are the mixed messages Phil seems to be sending out. They’ll need to get back on the same track if they want to make it to their honeymoon together—and alive.


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