Susan Mac Nicol
Tate and Clay's newest case has all the earmarks of typical investigative work: lies, deception, collusion, and a dead body - except the body was found in Fetish Alley, and nothing that happens there is typical.
The Places You'll Go And The Things That You'll See
Former SAS soldier, Clay Mortimer, the M in M&W Investigations, had thought he'd seen it all. But when his ex calls and asks for a favour Clay is intrigued, and then a bit surprised. He and his partner, Tate Williams, have a robust and imaginative sex life, but the things they see and learn in Fetish Alley take their understanding of human behaviour to the next level. Tate's take is part kid in a candy store fascination, part shocked. At the end of the day, all good detective work requires an open mind and the skill to ferret out the truth. Still, the layers of deceit and avarice they encounter are more than par for the course, particularly from people who are not keen about outsiders to the world of Fetish Alley.
Tate sat beneath the covers, his iPad propped up against raised knees as he scrolled down the screen. His brow furrowed as Clay climbed in next to him. “Look at this. Rick’s sent me the police report from Dixon’s case. No one could find them earlier in the station. He made a stink about it and hey, presto. Now we have it.”
Clay picked up his reading glasses from the bedside table, unfolded them, and perched them on his nose. “What am I looking at?” he enquired, peering over at the tablet.
Tate’s finger moved across the screen as he pointed out areas of interest. “The man who alerted the cops didn’t find the body himself. He saw a severed hand, and what appeared to be a costume, then called the cops.”
Clay blinked. “But Dixon wasn’t missing any hands.”
Tate nodded. “I know. Turns out it was a prop, something used in a previous production of who knows what. The place was full of old stage stuff.” He ran his finger across another area of the report. “The cops checked it out, just in case, and they were the ones who discovered the real live body.” He sniggered. “Well, not live, but you know what I mean.”
Clay did. His partner’s dark and often twisted sense of humour was entertaining even if sometimes it bordered on being downright scary.
Tate frowned. “They found Dixon in the basement, still dressed in his fox costume. He must have had his suit on underneath, because, look here.” Tate pointed to what looked like an amateur mobile phone shot. “There’s a cufflink right there.”
Clay leaned in and sure enough, there was a gold cufflink in the shape of a fox in the right shirt cuff. “Hmm,” he mused. “The report says he’d collapsed there on the spot. Then the doctor on scene confirmed it looked like a heart attack and that was it. No bloody post-mortem or anything.” He rubbed his chin thoughtfully. “He must have been boiling in his suit and the costume. I suppose it was a cold night, and it was raining, so that might explain it. I’d be interested as to why no one saw a man dressed as a fox walking down to the theatre. I mean it’s not that far from the club, but the area is populated.”
Tate nodded. “I wondered about the lack of witnesses too. Someone should have seen something. And how could the cops not find the death suspicious, even a little, when the man was wearing a fox costume over his suit?”
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About the Author:
Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary romance, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark, almost all M/M, and some stories that she hopes makes you think. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and a Charity Board trustee at The Being Me Campaign in London.
Susan attained PAN status with the Romance Writers of America with her first M/M book, Stripped Bare. She’s currently a member of The Society of Authors in the UK, and the Authors Guild in the US. She enjoys being a member of Queer Romance Ink, All Author, Book + Main Bites and the Paranormal Romance Guild.
The ‘Unofficial’ stuff
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert) walks in the countryside, a good G &T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.
Her chequered past includes being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking), and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard.
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3.75 out of 5 stars
For Fox Sake by Susan Mac Nicol is the first book in the Fetish Alley series and features the charismatic pair from “Feat of Clay” (in the ‘Men of London’ series), Clay Mortimer and Tate Williams. An investigation at the behest of one of Clay’s former lovers brings the duo to Fetish Alley and introduces them to a variety of kinks and the folks who participate, but they’re hampered by the secrecy practiced as well as Tate’s discomfort with the suave ex.
This adult gay contemporary mystery story features the intriguing couple who use their complementary skills to solve the cases presented to their investigative service. The story starts with a startling scenario and then unfolds in a somewhat meandering path that attempts to prove that a death pronounced as non-suspicious—isn’t. There are fun cameos by various men who were spotlighted in the previous series as well as introductions to multiple denizens of Fetish Alley who will undoubtedly feature in subsequent stories. Interwoven in the story are Clay’s upcoming milestone birthday and Tate’s attempts to deal with his jealousy, as well as interludes that prove that Tate has nothing to worry about in his sizzling relationship with his lover.
Although I loved the connection between the two main characters and the affection shown not only for each other but for others in their intimate circle, I wasn’t captivated by the mystery. I haven’t read most of the other books in the previous series, and I think I probably would have had a better understanding of the nuances if I had, but this still can be read as a stand-alone story. I look forward to reading subsequent stories that explore some of the other businesses in this unique locale while featuring this yummy couple.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review