Relief Valve – #2 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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If you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.

The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it’s under attack. Tom’s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn’t good enough for him, and they’re not shy about saying so.

Then Tom’s prickly older sister, Cherry, is poisoned at her own engagement party. Tom’s left reeling and not knowing who to suspect. Could it be her new fiancé, Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and a taste for taxidermy? Or someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister? Meanwhile, Tom’s honorary auntie’s left him a gag gift from beyond the grave that could be more significant than anyone knows.

Phil’s fighting against the clock to solve the case before somebody ends up dead. And with the poisoner hiding a dark secret, Phil’s terrified Tom could have been the target all along.

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to pre-order from Riptide Publishing.

Publication dates and pre-order links as follows:

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

Honorable Mention and Finalist in the 2014 Rainbow Awards category Best Gay Mystery/Thriller.

Reviews for the first edition:

I liked the first book Pressure Head but I absolutely adored this awesome sequel Relief Valve… Besides the humor and just plain lightness and fun of this story, I finally got what I felt was missing from the first book, more of Tom and Phil’s relationship. Phil is still a bit tight-lipped but now I’m sure he’s the right one for Tom…I can absolutely recommend Relief Valve to everyone who’s read Pressure Head and to those who haven’t yet, you really need to – 5 stars, Mandy, Hearts on Fire Reviews

This book has just rocked my socks! WOW – LOVED IT!!!! Tom Paretski has just become one of my all time favourite characters. Once again he gets involved in solving an attempted murder on his sister and lands himself in situations that had me on the edge of my seat, but also had me laughing out loud just reading about the characters and their antics…Phil and Tom start to become more involved with each other and you really feel the process of them falling in love 5 stars, Mark, Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews


JL Merrow has written this relationship so realistically, with all the qualifying questions and uncertainties of its newness, that Tom and Phil’s feelings are often a mystery to the other…grab yourself a biccie and a cuppa, come for the mystery, stay for the humor, and enjoy this installment of the series for the murderous plot that only an author with a penchant for premeditated shenanigans could craft
5 stars, Lisa Horan, The Novel Approach

JL has written a fascinating, quirky story filled with a vivid, eccentric, off-the-wall cast of characters that literally jump off the page. This character driven tale has a really smooth plot flow, and a backstory that fills in any gaps in the storyline. The author’s writing style is original, crisp, and concise, and… the down-to-earth humor actually had me laughing hysterically every other page4.5 sweet peas, Trish, Mrs Condit & Friends

So many questions to answer and a long, winding, crazy path of a story to get you there! Merrow’s sense of humor kept me reading, and fingering the murderer was tough, both good qualities in any murder mystery if you ask me! I recommend you grab this series4 stars, Portia de Moncur, MM Good Book Reviews

Merrow writes elegantly in what feels quintessential British prose. It’s refreshing and enjoyable entertainment that is always easy to recommend…Humor and attempted murder …what more could a reader want? – Cactus, Long and Short Reviews

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