Blow Down – #4 in the Plumber’s Mate series

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Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.

Hired to find a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, wind up trying to unmask a killer—and there’s no shortage of suspects, up to and including the local bishop himself.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren’t careful, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Warning: Contains a bishop of questionable Christian charity, a necklace of questionable taste, and a plumber of questionable nationality who may be running out of time.

Currently unavailable, but Riptide Publishing will be republishing my Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  in fresh new covers, which I’ll reveal to you when I can.

Dates as follows:

  • Pressure Head: 1 January, 2018
  • Relief Valve: 5 February, 2018
  • Heat Trap: 5 March, 2018
  • Blow Down: 2 April, 2018

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018


I don’t want this sbest-gay-2016eries to end. NEVER EVER!… I’m addicted and the cause of this addiction is first the wonderful narrative writing and very English style of the author and secondly Tom & Phil. Two characters that have become my all time favourites and the mysteries they solve are riveting.5 stars, Mark, Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

Blow Down is another great story added to this outstanding series. I highly recommend it to you—murder, mayhem, love, and hilarity, all in one fantastic novel. Who could ask for more?5 stars, Sammy, The Novel Approach

I loved this murder mystery and devoured its character driven plot with glee…a host of suspects, complicated family situations for both Phil and Tom, a gaggle of hysterically funny secondary characters, and a murderer who thinks Tom knows too much – A-, Desert Isle Keeper, BJ Jansen, All About Romance

Another mystery, another dead body, and another chance to sink right into the lovely world of J.L. Merrow’s crime solving plumber/private-dick duo. Well you can count me right in!  What can I say about this book other than I loved it? – 4.5 stars, Chris, Love Bytes Reviews

the suspects are numerous with plenty of red herrings that will keep you guessing until the very end…Phil and Tom’s relationship continues to deepen and grow stronger and I love how they have overcome their rocky start and are settling into an easy domesticity – 4.25 stars, Crabbypatty, Gay Book Reviews

An interesting and well plotted mystery, combined with great characters, a charming couple, and laugh out loud humour made what for me is pretty much a perfect read – Helena Stone, The Way She Reads

Another marvelous addition to the series. Tom and Phil are fantastic main characters and the secondaries, Cherry, Greg, Dave, Gary, and Darren, are equally hysterical. I really adore these books and I’m looking forward to the next one – Christy Duke, Rainbow Book Reviews

Nominated in the 2016 Goodreads MM Group awards in the following categories:

Best Law Enforcement

Best Main Character (Tom Paretski)

Best Mystery/Whodunit

Best Established Couple (Tom and Phil)

Best Blue Collar