The Merchant of Death

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The Merchant of Death

Playing the Fool, #2

I loved, loved, loved this book. The Merchant of Death picks up right where book one left off. Henry goes to meet up with his sister who swears someone killed her friend at the residential care center she resides in. Henry decides that going undercover is the only way to get to the bottom of her story. In the mean time Mac is having trouble of his own. He's upset with Henry for leaving again and upset with himself for caring about what Henry does. In addition he's under investigation by his work for unprofessional conduct and some new allegations.

I could not put this book down. It was fast paced and flowed really well. It was equal parts funny, emotional, romantic and heart wrenching. There was a lot of humor, especially in the first half, and I laughed out loud more than once. (That Kay Jeweler's scene was hysterical.) But as usual with these two authors I let my guard down thinking how well everything was going and how funny everything was and then bam....heartache. More of Henry's back story comes out and it is not a pretty one. My heart just broke for what he's been through. (My heart also hurts for Remy and I hope there's some redemption for his character at some point in these stories.) It was touching to see Henry try to work through his fears and his self discovery. I couldn't have been happier with Mac in this book. He has a boatload of his own problems in this story but he doesn't waver like he did in book one. He steps up and is consistently the man Henry needs him to be.

I do not have one complaint about this book. The writing style was smooth, the characters were developed really well, the plot was entertaining and the ending left me eager for more. This is a definite recommend from me. You do need to read book one first so if you haven't already, run do that now, so you're ready to go on this book's release day. It's not to be missed.

Book Blurb for The Merchant of Death

All's fair in love and war.

There's something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan "Mac" McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry's latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message-via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who's trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn't have time for Henry's shenanigans. Then again, he'd probably be able to focus better if Henry didn't look so damn distracting in a babydoll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2015 5.00