Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 5 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin
Special Agent Emory Rome has achieved some fame with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. When he is sent to his small hometown to investigate the death of an aspiring Olympic teen skater, Emory isn’t excited about spending time back in the backwards country where he was raised. As Emory doesn’t know who he can trust as the investigation goes on, he also finds himself competing against PI Jeff Woodard who has been hired by the teen’s family. Secrets keep coming out and will Emory be able to survive the small town hospitality/hostility?
“‘You intrigue me, Emory Rome.’
‘Me?’ Emory could feel his face flush. ‘Why do you say that?’
‘I can tell you’ve got something inside you that your muted demeanor and dull, grey suits aren’t going to keep pent up forever.’”
Wow! I loved how twisted this mystery/suspense had me guessing and then second guessing myself. Special Agent Emory Rome has all sorts of intrigue surrounding his past when he returns to the small town he grew up in for his next case. PI Jeff Woodard definitely added his own special take as a competing investigator and the banter between the two was quite entertaining. Light on the romance, I enjoyed how the secrets unraveled and the clever attention to every detail. It’s always fun to try to solve the puzzle yourself, but I didn’t even figure out every piece. The best books always leave you a little surprised in the end.
If you enjoy a good M/M Mystery, you will thoroughly enjoy this start of Mourning Dove Mysteries. I was so engrossed by this story and really had a hard time setting it down. It’s so good when you find a book that really sucks you in from page one.
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.