Author: Maggie Kavanagh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/26/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
Sam Flynn dreamed of being a journalist, until a car accident killed his parents and put his brother into a long-term coma. Now Sam spends his days as a landscaper, toiling in the New England sun, and his nights drunk in bed with the closest warm body. In his limited spare time, he writes about Stonebridge’s local crime and politics on his blog “Under the Bridge.”
Then Sam’s favorite client is found dead in her home—shortly after telling him someone has betrayed her trust. Sam can’t believe her grief-stricken husband, Nathan, would be a suspect, but the investigation focuses on him. Sam has always admired handsome Nathan from afar, but now he puts his libidinous feelings aside to help clear his name. But the closer he gets to Nathan, the more he’s told to keep away from him and the investigation—by the fatherly police chief, by an officer on the case who’s hated him since school, and by Nathan himself.
Sam is determined to expose the real reason his friend died and to clear Nathan’s name—even if it’s the last thing he does. Which, considering how fast the death toll is rising in Stonebridge… it might be.
Double Indemnity by Maggie Kavanagh first came to my attention when it was released back in January. At the time, however, I had a lot of review books on my plate, and I never managed to get around to it. However, DI has a sequel coming out soon, and Ms. Kavanagh approached Prism about a review for that title. I was curious enough that I had to go back and read this one, of course.
I am a big fan of mysteries, but I am pretty picky about them as well. Double indemnity both satisfied and exasperated me in almost equal measure.
Sam plays the junior sleuth, but he is wrong more than he is right. He also gets in the way more than helping. Nathan, for his part, is mysterious and suspect. We don’t actually know whether he is a good guy or not until nearer the end (other than the fact that we know he is the second MC/love interest, so he can’t be too bad of a guy). So from a mystery perspective I was satisfied.
From a romance perspective, that was a little less cut and dry. Sam and Nathan are in interesting couple. They aren’t a love at first site or even a lust at first site couple. They are complicated from the beginning. The least of their complications is Nathan’s late wife. Neither man is perfect, but we don’t actually find out enough about Nathan to be fully comfortable with the relationship… or at least I didn’t.
I think that the sequel will shed some light on my doubts, and for that reason I am looking forward to it. Double Indemnity is a worthy read on both the mystery and romance sides. It is just different enough to keep you guessing and keep you interested from beginning to end.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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