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.