Author: Jeff Erno
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Full Nelson: Book Two
When Detective Chris Nelson catches a police call at a gay bar, he finds a murdered drag queen in the alley behind the building. Andrew Brooks, the victim’s co-worker at Bambi’s, claims he found her. Because she is sprinkled in the same red glitter Andrew uses in his act, Nelson takes him in for questioning.
Forensics clear Andrew but reveal the victim was into hardcore kink. Following a trail of evidence, Nelson arrives at his next suspect: Andrew’s brother. Todd Brooks is an avowed neo-Nazi racist homophobe, but Andrew is still devastated. After the near-mistake with Andrew, Nelson isn’t ready to rush to judgment again. Taking his time, he digs deeper, intent on apprehending the actual murderer.
After I read Secrets by Jeff Erno, I was not blown away, but I was intrigued just enough to wish to continue the series. As I sit here trying to come up with my review of the latest in the Full Nelson series, Glitter, my mind is brought back to some of the comments I made in my first review.
First of all the bedroom antics. While interesting, they are completely out of place in this story. They don’t serve to move the story forward, only to put it on hold so the author can work in a kinky sex scene. The relationship between Detective Chris Nelson and his husband is never in question. The fact that they get up to kinky sex games in the bedroom has no relevance other that to let us know that Nelson is sympathetic to the fact that not everyone is the same… which we already know.
The mystery, while pretty obvious from the start, does look at some important topics. Once again my assessment is that it is a mystery, wrapped up in a scandal, and tied with a politics bow. Though this time, we can replace politics with acceptance. While acceptance is a very important topic, having it hit the reader over the head in such a didactic manner is not helpful, at least for this reader. The characters in the story did have a bit more depth that in the first one. Or at least Glitter (aka Andrew) did, to an extent. The rest… not so much.
As for the victim. The hardcore kink angle for the victim bordered on victim blaming. I was concerned for much of the (admittedly short) story that the author was going to go that route. I was happy that, in the end, he stayed away from such a motive.
In the end, it all worked out and was tied up in a happiness bow. If you enjoy a light mystery masquerading a something more, some misplaced bedroom antics, and a lesson in every story, Glitter might just be the book for you.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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