Rainbow Snippets is feeling nostalgic

I’m in the middle of writing the sixth Plumber’s Mate Mystery, which has a working title of Stop Cock, and is set in Italy while Tom and Phil are on honeymoon. So for this week’s snippet I’m going right back to the beginning, in Pressure Head, where they meet – brought together by a murder, of course – for the first time since their mutual schooldays, where they, ahem, didn’t exactly get on well. They’ve come a long way since then!

Morrison raised an eyebrow. “Oh? When did you join the force, Parrot—Paretski? Good thing for you they dropped the height restrictions.”

My jaw tensed. “I’m just here as a consultant.”

“Know a lot about hiding bodies, do you?” God, I’d forgotten just how much his snide tone got up my nose.

“Used to think about it all the time back in school,” I said pointedly.


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Pressure Head – #1 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series


Some things are better left hidden.

Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights.

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About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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10 Responses to Rainbow Snippets is feeling nostalgic

  1. Sara'Ann Jones says:

    Oh, that’s funny! Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes.

  2. suze294 says:

    Glad to hear another one coming – one of my fave fictional couples!!!

  3. P.T. Wyant says:

    Love that last line!

  4. Heh, love the last line! 😁

  5. LOL Love this snip! 😀

  6. smithandskarry1 says:

    Ooo this sounds like a deliciously complex relationship! 😀

  7. So excited for another book! I love these guys.

  8. janadenardo says:

    Oh the sarcasm here, love it. Also how did I miss you have a mystery series? My favorite genre, off to check it out.

  9. Edyta says:

    I love Tom, he is THE BEST and whenever I feel down, he and Phil are just the power couple to pick me up (well, them and Gary, of course). Soooo when I read that You write one more… I just can’t describe how happy it made me. But pleaaaaase, say that there will be audio of the Plumber’s Mate Mystery, please!!!

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