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Dirty Laundry by Rhys Ford

17560488Title: Dirty Laundry (Cole McGinnis, Book 3)
Author: Rhys Ford
Published: April 18, 2013
Pages: 260
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Private investigator Cole McGinnis can never seem to catch a break for long. On the heels of his last major case which led to his office manager being shot, he finds himself in the middle of two sibling surprises. His still-closeted boyfriend, Jae-Min, gets a surprise visit from his sister while Cole is sprung upon by a previously unknown half-brother from Japan. The personal drama aside, he’s also approached by a fortune-teller whose clients are meeting mysterious and deadly ends.

I do really enjoy where this series goes with each installment. Unlike similar series that I’ve read, this one manages to take the case in each book as its sort of “episode” while keeping the overall story thread of Cole and especially Cole and Jae-Min’s relationship. So many times the relationship and character development is just as episodic as the rest of the plot, and there isn’t as seamless of a connection from one book to the next. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book!

Dirty Secret by Rhys Ford

15853341Title: Dirty Secret (Cole McGinnis, Book 2)
Author: Rhys Ford
Published: September 28, 2012
Pages: 234
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Cole McGinnis finds himself thick into another case involving a gay Korean man–although this one simply disappeared many years ago. While it seems as innocent as a typical missing persons case that’s gone cold could be, he quickly learns there’s much more to it than he suspected including blackmail, other prominent Korean businessmen, and possible police misconduct. And after the missing man’s family appears to be targeted, Cole finds himself in danger, too.

Another well-crafted murder mystery from Rhys Ford. While I enjoyed Dirty Kiss which kicked off this series, I have to say I liked this installment even more. The case is more involved and engaging and I found it much easier to connect with the characters. Seeing Jae and Cole interact more helped to establish their relationship and the interactions between Cole and his family helped me as a reader to understand him and where he comes from on a new level. It’s a page-turner with a few surprise twists and definitely worth a read.

Dirty Kiss by Rhys Ford


Title: Dirty Kiss (Cole McGinnis, Book 1)
Author: Rhys Ford
Published: July 1, 2011
Pages: 216
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Cop-turned-private-investigator Cole McGinnis agrees to investigate a suicide on behalf of his brother’s employer.  While the case seems easy, Cole quickly finds there are layers to the death that he had not imagined–and some of those layers leave him in danger.  During the course of the investigation, Cole crosses paths with the dead man’s cousin, Jae-Min, and finds feelings stirred inside himself that he may not be ready for.  He’s still getting over the death of his former boyfriend, Rick, in an incident that left him scarred and injured.  But Cole can’t shake Jae-Min and feels a need to be there for him when it seems Jae-Min is in danger, as well.

There’s a well-written and engaging mystery here with dashes of romance.  I find it the mark of a good mystery if the author can keep me guessing until closer to the end of the book and Rhys Ford did just that with this book.  There are enough twists and turns to keep you wondering just who is responsible and exactly why everything has happened.  The interactions between Jae-Min and Cole threw me for a bit of a loop, though, and I struggled with Jae’s constant hemming and hawing regarding the relationship.  That said, it’s an enjoyable read and I recommend it.