Relief Valve (novel)
- #2 in The Plumber’s Mate series
A sequel to Pressure Head. Tom and Phil return to deal with dark doings in the home counties.
If you dig up the past, be prepared to get dirty
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom’s dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn’t helped Tom’s uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry.
But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom’s head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiancé Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her
work as a barrister?
Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead—and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom’s sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back…
Warning: Contains a strong, silent, macho PI; a cheeky, chirpy, cat-owning plumber; and a gag gift from beyond the grave that’ll put the cat firmly among the pigeons.
Due out from Samhain Publishing 25th March 2014.
Bow ties are cool…but secrets, not so much
Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by one man’s lies and another’s betrayal. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start—and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.
Sean, with his job in pest control and council estate background, is worlds away from Robert socially. But he finds Robert’s young fogey-ish ways—not to mention, his lean, sporty figure—totally adorable. What he’s less keen on is the secrets he can tell Robert is keeping from him.
Terrified of Sean leaving him the way his former lover Crispin did, Robert finds the lengths he goes to in trying to keep his past from intruding on the present only end up pushing Sean away. But if he tells the truth, he risks Sean turning from him in disgust.
Warning: contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense.
Due out from Samhain Publishing 12th August 2014
Never fall in love with a customer—especially if it’s sex you’re selling
Rent boy Nathan’s determined to get an education and get off the streets for good. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice because of his educated, honeyed tones.
Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student. This could mean public humiliation and maybe the loss of his job. But when Nathan shows he’s only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail, Stephen realises there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.
Nathan still has to earn a living, though—and when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself unable to work and homeless as well. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—but Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust could end this back-to-front romance before it even starts.
Warning: Contains unfashionable haircuts, unreasonably long words and a May-December romance between a not-so-streetwise rent boy and an erudite English teacher.
Due out from Samhain Publishing 14th October 2014
(note: a much shorter version of this story first appeared in the Sindustry Volume 1 Anthology, now out of print)
Heat Trap (novel)
- #3 in The Plumber’s Mate series
due out from Samhain Publishing 17th March 2015.