Dirty Laundry

Rhys Ford
Dirty Laundry
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
April 2013
Book 3 of Cole McGinnis

For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole's closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems—most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms.

As if his own personal dramas weren't enough, Cole is approached by Madame Sun, a fortune-teller whose clients have been dying at an alarming rate. Convinced someone is after her customers, she wants the matter investigated, but the police think she's imagining things. Hoping to put Sun's mind at ease, Cole takes the case and finds himself plunged into a Gordian knot of lies and betrayal where no one is who they are supposed to be and Death seems to be the only card in Madame Sun's deck.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author,reviewer)
Jun 02, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
I'm a sucker for sarcasm and humour in books. One of my favourite authors is Josh Lanyon, whose wicked sense of humour mirrors my own to such an extent that I wish I'd said some of the things he had. I have the same feeling when I read the work of Rhys Ford.

She has an irreverent way of putting things that really tickles my funny bone. Notwithstanding the humour part, this is the first book I've read of Rhys'. And I have to say I totally enjoyed it. I do wish I'd read her previous books in the series before leaping in like a salmon to review this one, but I have to say, I was able to pick up the thread very well.

Cole McGinnis is a private investigator who seems to make a habit of getting into trouble, getting shot, stabbed, beaten up with regularity and making enemies in a big way. Having suffered tragedy in his past when a fellow cop shot and killed Cole's lover, Rick, he's trying to find his way back to love with his Korean boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min—Jae, a sexy, brooding, mercurial man who adores Cole but isn't out to his family yet.

Given the Korean sense of family, this puts their relationship in quite a pickle. When Cole is asked by a fortune teller to find out who is killing off her clients, he takes on the job with the promise to Jae that in this job, he'll try to keep safe. Well, we all know how that's going to turn out…

At first, I thought all the Korean and Japanese names were going to be a little overwhelming but I soon found myself getting comfortable with them all. The story moved at a fast pace, well-written and entertaining and I sniggered and chuckled along. Of course the tender moments were there too and I had the occasional lump in my throat. These two men were just meant to be together, anyone can see that and any threat to that relationship wasn't good.

The descriptive way of writing, the wonderful scenarios the author places her characters in – they all come to life with a force of their own. They creep into your psyche until you feel you're actually there with them in their lives. I got very absorbed and by the time the last page was turned, I wanted to read the next one.

In fact, I'm going to read the series from the beginning now and I'll reread Dirty Laundry again when the time comes to do so.

Enjoyable, funny, masterfully written, and a great read – I'd definitely recommend reading the Cole McGinnis series to anyone.
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