Heat Trap by JL Merrow ~ Book Review by Beverley

This is not just any book this is a JL Merrow book…be prepared to laugh, sigh and enjoy a stinky mystery…

Heat Trap Title: Heat Trap

Author: JL Merrow

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


The wrong secret could flush their love down the drain.

The Plumber’s Mate, Book 3

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit with a shocking revelation about his family. His lover, P.I. Phil Morrison, is pushing this as an ideal opportunity for Tom to try to develop his psychic talent for finding things. Tom would prefer to avoid the subject altogether, but just as he decides to bite the bullet, worse problems come crawling out of the woodwork.

Marianne, a young barmaid at the Devil’s Dyke pub, has an ex who won’t accept things are over between them. Grant Carey is ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets between him and Marianne, including an old friend of Tom and Phil. Their eagerness to step in and help only makes them targets of Grant’s wrath themselves.

With Tom’s uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the revelation of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, suddenly

Tom’s not sure whom he can trust.

The body in the Dyke’s cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Warning: Contains British slang, a very un-British heat wave, and a plumber with a psychic gift who may not be as British as he thinks he is.


I loved this story and reading experience. JL Merrow’s books are like my favourite chair…I know I will relish the experience, it will never let me down and will leave you covered in fur (sorry the analogy should have stopped a little earlier).

This is the third in the Plumbers Mate series and the relationship, between the delightful Tom, and Phil of the dry humour, continues it’s slightly bumpy road. These two men are so English,  so believable in their relationship, and just ‘such fun’. Just the starting point of the story…

Monday was a scorcher of a day, despite it being a bank holiday and therefore legally required to be wet and miserable.

had me nodding sagely and smiling. I suspect other countries talk about the weather, but the UK and definitely the English make it a requirement of citizenship to moan about the weather. JL Merrow uses the unlikely heat wave to underscore and encroach upon all the events, twists and turns of this story and I appreciated every nuance that made this tale so very English. This author’s sense of humour matches mine very well so when I see a description like this…

Mortimer was a thin, nervous sort, with greasy skin, damp palms and a face like a pissed-off squirrel. I wondered who’d been messing with his nuts.

I know I’m going to enjoy myself. The plot is set around Tom’s paranormal sixth sense; a decomposing body in their local Pub; a hard luck barmaid; Gary and Darren’s wedding, and the search for Tom’s father. I ask you with a plot list like that how could you fail to have an excellent time reading a book.

I don’t want to go into the story too much as the blurb does a good job and it’s better to just go along for the ride without too many pre-conceptions. I will finish with a description of the parents of one of the grooms…

…Gary’s mum and dad – or Mumsy and Pops, as Gary liked to dub them. Both were dressed up to the nines, for them – Mumsy in a sort of shapeless kaftan thing the wardrobe on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat would have rejected for being too garish, and Pops in an antique dinner jacket and with braids in his beard.

The grooms of course are a chubby queen and a fruit and veg seller ‘of the dwarfish persuasion’…fabulous. As far as this reviewer is concerned the standard of books in this series just keeps getting better and better.

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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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7 thoughts on “Heat Trap by JL Merrow ~ Book Review by Beverley

  1. I love JL Merrow. I’ve only read Pressure Head, so I’m behind in this series. But I just love this couple, and am glad to see that there is more in store for them.

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