Dirty Deeds by Rhys Ford ~ Review by Beverley

Just because Rhys Ford is one of my auto-reads, doesn’t mean I apply a different or easier criteria to her novels when I review them…they just happen to be very well written, enjoyable and emotional reads!


Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sequel to Dirty Laundry
A Cole McGinnis Mystery

Sheila Pinelli needed to be taken out.

Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min’s blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover’s door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility.

While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness. They’d survived Jae’s traditional Korean family disowning him and plan on building a new life—preferably one without the threat of Sheila’s return hanging over them.

Thanks to the Santa Monica police mistakenly releasing Sheila following a loitering arrest, Cole finally gets a lead on Sheila’s whereabouts. That is, until the trail goes crazy and he’s thrown into a tangle of drugs, exotic women, and more death. Regardless of the case going sideways, Cole is determined to find the woman he once loved as a sister and get her out of their lives once and for all.

My Review

Dirty Deeds is Book Four in the Cole McGinnis Mystery series and all our favourite characters are here for our delectation. Our stalwart, besotted Cole and the gorgeous, Jae-Min, are living happily together and Cole is enjoying the physical results of Jae‘s yoga, which he took up to aid his recovery after being shot by Sheila. I still tingle or smile when they call each other Cole -ah or Jae-ah and their scenes together are deliciously hot. Twink loving Bobby is getting even more muscly, is still Cole‘s sidekick and still doesn’t realise. Ichy, Cole‘s ‘newest’ brother, is enjoying his success in his new Tattoo Parlour and Nuna (Scarlet) is enjoying her life and in no danger or trouble. Claudia is back as receptionist extraordinaire /pseudo-Mother. All should be well, except that Cole cannot forgive or forget that Sheila shot Jae. When he is informed that Sheila had been caught by Santa Monica police but released by a rookie cop, it seems she is back to cause trouble in their lives again.

I suppose I should be mentioning that if you have read the Cole Mcginnis series so far, Dirty Deeds is more of the same. This is often a complaint but more of the same is a lot of what I wanted, some fictional characters and worlds are so enjoyable that you just want them to continue. However, I feel that this book is a bit intrigue and angst ‘light’, in comparison with the others. We do have a new cop in Cole‘s life, who was introduced in a previous book, but she becomes a bit less anti Cole in Dirty Deeds and takes him on as a ‘limited’ consultant on this case.

There is nothing wrong, as such, with this novel and Rhys Ford’s writing always entertains and definitely expands my knowledge of Asian cuisine and traditions, which I love. However, the case of murdered transsexuals, missing drugs and money didn’t draw me in, the way the other books in this series have. The emotional connection between Cole, Jai, Bobby etc. and the criminal activities, is usually there because Rhys weaves the latest criminal case in and around them. It’s this inextricable link that keeps the action and emotions high throughout this series. Unfortunately, this link is mainly absent in Dirty Deeds. There was an intriguing little surprise right at the end of this novel, which indicates at least one area of angst to come in the next one. However, for some masochistic reason, I like my beloved heroes to be in danger or need and I think that is what was missing for me.

I have a feeling that Rhys Ford is maybe wrapping up loose ends with this novel, in order to open new areas of investigation and concern for Cole, Jae and the other wonderful characters in this series? I certainly hope so.

Buy Links
Dreamspinner Press

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

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5 thoughts on “Dirty Deeds by Rhys Ford ~ Review by Beverley

  1. I’ve been awaiting this…an auto-read, because I’m compulsive about series where the characters matter to me…I also love the cross cultural learning that happens…so as soon as it hits the Amazon stand, Ill snap it up for my Kindle.

  2. Loved this…
    Dirty Deeds reminded me why I so look forward to reading Rhys Ford’s books. She’s a wonderful writer.
    The characters and more all jumped right off the page and back into my heart as Ford played my emotions like a violin. The four strings on that violin: humor, joy, pain and love.
    She’s just good. You need to read the three preceding books.

  3. Actually, the lack of angst pleased me–to me this was about Cole finally moving toward resolution and closure, and about trying to attain a happy life…then, as you said, that very last line!!!! I guess my feeling is that a private eye can’t spend his whole life on the verge of being killed…he has to find peace, and that’s where I thought Rhys was taking us (and she was, really). But that damn last line!!! Hee hee hee…

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