A Cock in the Window by Sue Brown ~ Review by Beverley

Well the first thing that attracted me to this book was….The Title! Then I loved the old fashioned theatrical poster look reminiscent of a film noir mystery. However, the cover I got was far more appealing and relevant to the story than the one I have below from Amazon(?) Then of course it’s Sue Brown, a must read, need I say more.

20338927Title: A Cock in the Window

Author: Sue Brown

Publisher: Sue Brown Stories (www.suebrownstories.com)

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Blurb

Kit Stone hides away in his shabby gift shop, supplementing his income by editing romance books. In his spare moments Kit carves wooden cocks but he never expects the model of one of his carvings to step into his shop. Steve Mullins is gorgeous and pushes all of Kit’s buttons. For a few days they get to know each other and Kit is the happiest he’s been for years. Then one of the local businessmen is murdered and Steve discovers the body. When Steve becomes the number one suspect, Kit discovers his friends and family have been hiding a dark secret.

My View

I loved this story for the characters, Kit and Steve and the unlikely pairing of the owner of a shabby seaside gift shop and a retiring porn star. I love that they met when Steve recognizes a wooden carving of his own ‘cock in the window’ of the shop. The story is sweet and although lacks some of the intensity and eroticism that usually infuses Sue Brown’s prose, this short novel has a real charm of it’s own. I recognised that 1950’s feel, certain English sea side resorts cling on to and major kudos to anyone who can mention, ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ in a m/m romance! Sue uses wonderful throwaway words, which may seem anachronistic but actually fit the location of the story really well, words like ‘poof’,’poofter’ and ‘daft’apporth’ (My Mother used to say that when we were tiny!)are really evocative of the English seaside ‘back in the day’. The tolerance and acceptance we have in the UK to homosexuality is spread thin when you reach some of the traditional rural or seaside areas, especially the ones that have elderly populations such as the story’s town of ‘Bregham’. This makes Kit’s attitude below;

…we reached the police station. I park up and turn to kiss him, not giving a shit who sees us.’

actually quite brave as he is quite aware of the antagonism towards gay men in Bregham. This is a murder mystery and although I guessed the perpetrator about the same time as ‘Kit’, there were a few red herrings to keep you reading. Personally, I liked the interaction between Steve and Kit and the scenes in the shabby gift shop, the best. The mystery surrounding the murders is unpleasant but the emotion that could emerge in the reader, on finding out the town’s secret, is muted by the years which have passed and the sketchy details. The reader only ever hears about the murders through reports of the discovery. The first murder is in fact a newspaper article, the second discovered by Steve in a pub toilet, third by the hairdresser etc. We hear the accounts and the gossip but the grisly side never reaches the narration. I think we will see more of Kit and Steve, at least I really hope so. I think the setting and the characters lend themselves to a quirky mystery series, which I will definitely read. I deducted .5 of a * merely because I supposed I missed a really hot scene between Kit and Steve. I realise that tender and loving was the mood behind the sex scenes but there is always a place for at least one ‘Sue Brown sizzler’. The reason for the wooden cock in the window is quirky and perfect but I shall leave you to find them out for yourselves.

Buy Links

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I would like to thank Sue Brown for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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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3 thoughts on “A Cock in the Window by Sue Brown ~ Review by Beverley

  1. This sounds such a good fun read – on the list! I too preferred some of the other covers, still with the noir feel but more fitting to the title!

  2. The thoughts that crossed my mind when I read the topic of the post…lol. Lately, I’ve really gotten into mystery and suspense books and this sounds like somethingI would liketo read.

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