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Dead Feint

A Gay Murder Myster

by Grant Atherton

Dead Feint - Grant Atherton - Elders Edge
Part of the Elders Edge series:
Editions:Kindle: £ 3.49
ISBN: B07K4B758R
Pages: 224
Paperback: £ 6.49
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1730782779
Pages: 237

It was meant to be a favour for a friend. Forensic Psychologist, Michael MacGregor, about to return to his old home town of Elders Edge to reestablish his relationship with the local Police Chief, DCI Nathan Quarryman, agrees to help revitalise the investigation into an old murder case.

But when did anything ever go to plan?

On his return, not only is his relationship put under pressure, but he sets in motion a series of events that have catastrophic consequences for all involved.

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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Bad Breakup
Word Count: 71467
Setting: Small
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Reviews:Maya on Gay Book Reviews wrote:

I remembered liking the previous book despite not liking main character (I thought he was entitled and I dislike cheating in books.Just to be clear, it’s not between heroes, but Mikey is still married) It’s a shame I didn’t have time to do a reread of number one because the book started without warming up dropping the case right into Mikey’s lap practically without “hello and how do you do”.

Mikey’s life is undergoing changes on both personal and professional front. New old home, new old love. The situation between two men gets complicated just as the supposedly cold case heats up. The story has intriguing premise and plot unravels slowly. Nothing is as it seems at first.
I still didn’t like Mikey (not fond of his treatment of Nathan) but he comes off more sympathetic in this book. Despite that, my interest in the story never wavered. Once everything was out in the open it was actually interesting going back over story and pinpointing all the clues scattered trough the narrative.

The end left me picking my jaw from the floor. I honestly didn’t see it coming. I couldn’t believe when all pieces fell into place and villain was revealed.
It was awesome!

To recap, mystery plot was great, the romance was mainly in the background. However, it addresses problems in their relationship and there is progress so it makes sense. The men are not perfect, and the fact that they are in love doesn’t make it easy for them. They are still invested enough to be determined to muddle trough. It helps that supporting characters are strong in their own right and their inclusion adds to the story.

I gather from author’s website that there is third book in the works and would love to get my hands on it.

on Joyfully Jay:

Michael MacGregor is a forensic psychologist who often works with the police. He also has a popular BBC television show and is relatively high profile. Michael is going through his second divorce and has rekindled a relationship with his first love, Nathan Quarryman, the police chief of the small town where they grew up, Elder’s Edge. He’s been in London teaching a course when he’s approached by a friend asking him to convince the police to reopen a cold case involving the murder of his sister.

Nathan and Michael haven’t spent much time together in the four months Michael’s been in London. Clearly their relationship isn’t in the greatest of shape, but he’s happy to have Michael home where he belongs. Nathan agrees to look back into the case, and it seems like it’s just in time because another body has turned up exactly where the original victim was found.

Now, with danger surrounding Michael and his friend, suspects aplenty, and a list of dead women, Michael and Nathan must also try to work together on more than just the mystery, but their love as well. Miscommunication, trust issues, and distance are getting in the way of their happiness. Will Nathan be able to keep Michael safe from harm? Will the murderer be found and brought to justice? Will the men’s love for each other survive?

I read and reviewed the first book in the Elder’s Edge series, Slow Road to Hell, and I enjoyed it very much. So, when this one became available, I had no qualms about reading it. I wasn’t disappointed at all. In fact, I think this one may be even better. Since I was familiar with the characters, I was able to relax into it. Like the first story, Dead Feint started out a little slow. I don’t necessarily consider that a bad thing. The author was establishing the mystery. Also, he was paying special attention to the relationship between Michael and Nathan. The men have been away from each other for quite awhile and their communication was less than stellar. There was tension and it was very well written. Perhaps too well written. I felt frustrated with both men. I wanted to reach into my Kindle and shake them. They were in love, but I began to wonder if that love was strong enough to get them through this difficult time.

The story really took off at about 30% and I became completely sucked in. The murders were gruesome, but not so much as to turn me off (I’m a gore hound, anyway, but sometimes it’s a little much.). It’s obvious the author did a lot of research into the subject matter…the psychology and police procedures. The plot was nicely thought out and had many layers. There was a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed. There were plenty of red herrings, which is great. It kept me guessing right up until the end. That seriously impressed me because I’m usually really good at figuring out the whodunnit. When the bad guy was revealed, I shouted “NO WAY!!” Kudos to the author for this.

About the Author

Grant lives with his partner in a small seaside town on the east coast of England not unlike the Elders Edge he writes about. The major difference between the two being that Elders Edge has a higher murder count.

When he's not dreaming up new ways to kill people, he relaxes by stargazing in the early hours.