This snippet follows on almost directly from last week’s, which had Tom about to run into a burning building, and which you can read here.
The ceiling was cracked and mottled black.
There was a loud pop, and I jumped a mile. “Jesus!”
“Light bulb.” Phil’s voice was almost drowned out at the end by a crash as debris started to fall, and I jumped again.
Bloody hell, this place was turning into a death trap. Even if we managed to get to the stairs without cremating ourselves, what were the chances they’d hold our weight?
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Heat Trap – #3 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series
Old flames can leave a nasty burn.
It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family, and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork.
Young Devil’s Dyke barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept that things are over between them, and he’s ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets in his way. When Carey threatens an old friend of theirs, Phil and Tom step in to help—but that makes them targets themselves.
What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the uncovering of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, Tom’s not sure who he can trust—and the body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.
All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries are now available to purchase or pre-order from Riptide Publishing.
Publication dates and purchase/pre-order links as follows:
- Pressure Head: Available now
- Relief Valve: Available now
- Heat Trap: Available now
- Blow Down: 2 April, 2018