Title: The City PI and the Country Cop
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books
A murder in a small Colorado town closely resembles unsolved crimes committed by a serial killer almost thirty years ago. Private investigator Teague Donovan learns of the recent murder and is instantly drawn to the case, because one of the victims in the past was his best friend, and he is determined to bring the killer to justice.
Hoyt Newman, the detective in charge of the most recent case, is none too happy with Teague’s interfering. At least not until a second homeless boy is tortured and killed. As the two men work together, they begin to develop an interest in each other — one that seems fated not to come to fruition since Teague is city, through and through, and Hoyt is definitely country to the core.
The City PI and The Country Cop is another well done mystery by author Edward Kendrick. Those who have read this author before know that they will be introduced to two strong characters that can’t help but fall for each other. Teague and Hoyt are just another example of that. Readers also know that they will be pulled into a mystery that will hold their interest until the last page. The mystery that is woven throughout The City PI and The Country Cop is one full of little twists that will keep you guessing about what will happen next.
In this story, the two men are drawn together due to a series of murders. Teague is troubled by the death of his first lover, a young man who disappeared shortly after the two men came out when they were teenagers. When young men start to die somewhere else, and the murders look like they could be related, he sets off for Colorado hoping that the cop on the case will be able to help him solve the first series of murders.
There is a lot going on in this case that will keep you turning the pages. I have to admit that the bad guy was not who I thought it would turn out to be, yet at the same time I was not surprised by who it was, as this character had bad guy written all over him.
Of course the mystery is not the only thing that will hold the reader’s attention. The relationship between Hoyt and Teague moves just as fast as the mystery. The men however are worried about what will happen with them after the case is over that they each hesitates to make a move. The attraction between them is too strong to be denied however and once they come together keeping them apart will become a non-issue.
There are several wonderful secondary characters in The City PI and The Country Cop, yet there is one that really became a favorite. Keir is one of Teague’s PI’s and a young one at that. The relationship between him and Teague is close to that of father and son, which really comes through when Keir starts doing a little matchmaking.
Fans of this author will love this new story, and I would highly recommend it for those thinking about trying this author for the first time.
Reviewed by: Lydia