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


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A sequel to Pressure Head, and book #2 of The Plumber’s Mate series.


If you dig up the past, be prepared to get dirty

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom’s dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn’t helped Tom’s uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry.

But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom’s head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiancé Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister?

Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead—and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom’s sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back…

Warning: Contains a strong, silent, macho PI; a cheeky, chirpy, cat-owning plumber; and a gag gift from beyond the grave that’ll put the cat firmly among the pigeons.

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


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


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

9-NThis 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

28-NJL 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

29-NJL 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

BestsellerIcon100X100So 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