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Third You Die (Kevin Connor Mystery)

(Kevin Connor Mysteries #3)

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Finally settling down with his hunky cop boyfriend, former callboy Kevin Connor is giving up the "oldest profession" for a new career: producing his mom's TV talk show, "Sophie's Voice." But when their latest guest--gay porn sensation Brent Havens--ends up floating in the East River after vowing to blow the lid off the adult film industry, Kevin returns to the world of hig ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Kensington House Pub Ltd (first published January 1st 2012)
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Susan
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

2.5 stars

First 95% - repetitive, over-the-top, skimmed
Last 5% - happy, happy, joy, joy

I still love Kevin.
But, the book bored me to tears.
The ending is completely out-of-character.
But, I loved it...because I'm a sap.

Would I want another book in this series? Yes, if Sherman would focus more on the relationships and tighten up the mystery. Too much extraneous detail, too many characters, too much nonsense.

How about at least, an epilogue with Kevin & Tony?

Mandapanda
This review is for books 1,2 and 3. A murder mystery series with lots of beautiful, narcissistic gay men and the occasional unattractive and/or psycho female character. The conversations are mostly about how attractive the guys are or how attractive they find each other. Spontaneous stiffies grace almost every page. It's fairly shallow stuff. The murder mysteries are not too bad but because I didn't find Kevin et al interesting, I didn't really care if one of them kicked the bucket. Tony, the cl ...more
Tina
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm ready now. This was more like a 3.5 stars for me. Over all, it was good. The first two in the series were great, though. The storyline about Kevin and his mother was too much for me. It was cute, but I found it unbelievable and skipped most of it because I knew it had no bearing on the main story.

There wasn't enough time spent with developing Tony and Kevin's relationship. There were moments here and there, but very little of the book was devoted to them. It seemed that mostly, they fought a
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Anke
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jen
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Sheri
Lost its luster. Monotonous storyline. Character frustration.

Unfortunately the third time was not a charm, at least not for me. I enjoyed the first two books a great deal, but it seems I should have stopped while I was ahead.
Kevin was the same Kevin, but his sweet adorable charming ways turned a bit too snobbish for my taste. His career change bored me to tears. But, more than anything I was bothered with his deteriorating self-respect and willingness to become the doormat he had always refused
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Yoshi
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
If you enjoyed book 1 and 2 in the series, you will enjoy this one, too!
Kevin was as adorable as in the other books, I totally loved him and want to read more about him.
Reading this book was totally entertaining, you won't find a boring page.

It should be a 5* read but I don't like Tony. I wished Kevin to leave him so badly throughout the story.
(although Tony redeemed himself at the end of the story)

And, the missing star was also because of its high price. Although I enjoyed the story very much
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Stephanie
Scott is an amazing writer and story teller. I enjoyed this book so much! There were 3 major plot lines in this book: The Brent Havens' disappearance mystery, Kevin and Tony's ongoing relationship and Kevin's mom's t.v. show. All three were nicely woven together.

Brent Havens' Mystery: I could not figure out what happened to Brent until it was revealed! I had my suspicions as to who was behind his disappearance but I couldn't figure out a motive. When it was finally revealed, I was very saddened
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Jessica
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was going along for me at a pretty steady 3 until the end. I actually enjoyed it more then the second one, and had kinda accepted the fact that Kevin was going to end up with Tony whether I wanted him to or not. The mystery was better than the second one and I was digging Kevin's narrative voice. Then came the last couple of chapters in the book which a) came out of nowhere and b) left be thinking, "What... the fuck... was that?" Commit to a genre, Mr. Sherman. Either these are mystery stor ...more
Darkm
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, m-m
I hope there will be more books about Kevin, because it's a character I really love. He's real, and he's kind.
Plus, in these books you can't help but get invested in all the other characters as well: Andrew, Cole, Freddy, Lucas and so on.
I'd like to read more about every single one of them.
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Natalia
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all I enjoyed the series!
4 stars from me.
Susan
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2012, mm-read
First a warning - DO NOT read the blurb for this book before you read the book itself as it contains a pretty big spoiler that you don't actually find out until you're about 80% through the story!

Kevin yet again finds himself in the middle of another mystery this time involving porn stars. He has a new job, working on his mother's chat show and he's now living with his closeted cop boyfriend, Tony. Kevin and Freddy still made me laugh and there were some interesting new characters introduced. Ke
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Snowtulip
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
2.5

I'm a huge fan of Kevin, but this story was very flat for me. All the things I seem to love in this series were missing. I missed the rambunctious cast of characters and the love interest component didn't ring true of an HEA. My absolute favorite part of this story was Rafi, who could resist :D
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
After exposing a vile talk show host the network has hired Kevin's mother to host the show. Kevin finds himself now working on the show arranging the guests to be interviewed. Following an episode featuring a collection of guests who provide sexual services Kevin meets his gay porn doppelganger, Brent Havens. Kevin, though flattered by the porn star, resists his advances as his relationship with the conflicted Tony has become more intense. Kevin is trying to arrange for a follow up show after re ...more
Ajax1978
To pile on with all the other reviews, I definitely didn't enjoy this third book as much as the first two. Maybe I'm tired of the formula of the series by now? There's a murder mystery, there's friction between Kevin and Tony about their relationship, there's an outlandish subplot with Kevin's wacky mother, everyone that Kevin meets thinks he's the most perfect male specimen ever and wants to have sex with him, Kevin references his ADHD every other page and his two semesters of psychology that o ...more
Plainbrownwrapper
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Hmmm.

I didn't like this one as much as the first two. The plot seemed too disjointed, there were too many obvious plot holes or logic failures (which were easier to accept in the first two books, but somehow less excusable here), the artificiality of the "here's a snarky moment" "here's an aw-shucks moment" "here's a heartwarming moment" "here's a political statement moment" writing technique grated on me more than in the first two, and I really really wanted to slap Kevin for being such a door
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Byron
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cops, m-m-read, romance
Yup, loved this one.. Almost cried at the end..Maybe I got a bit teary.. who knows..

This series is of a very high calibre. I loved the lead's internal monologues, it was a great way to feel that you knew this guy, he was a part of you.

I just can't think of anything that struck me as being wrong with either the storyline or the characters. A very humorous walk through murder and intrigue.

I guess if I have to find something to whine about (and seriously it's so inconsequential I don't want anyo
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Neil Plakcy
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Kevin Connor. He's just an adorable hero, and I love the way he interacts with everyone around him, from his closeted cop boyfriend, to his boyfriend's young son, to his mother and his co-workers and friends. In his charm, he reminds me a lot of Russell Quant, in Anthony Bidulka's series.

This book was a worthy sequel to the previous two-- Kevin continues to grow as a person and a sleuth, and the plot is clever and well-structured, with a believable and very satisfying conclusion. Scott Sh
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OkayKim
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Don
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first two books, I've already grown fond of the character Kevin. Didn't care much for his lover Tony, but he's redeemed himself in the end. This story interweaves a murder mystery, a romance, and another side story about his egotistical mother (this really went no where and could have been left out altogether or developed more). It's a very light hearted, funny and captivating and easy read.
Mediaman
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, fiction, mystery
This ridiculous book is supposedly a crime mystery, but really it's just a gay author trying to push an agenda. The main character is a former "escort" who has no problem sleeping around for money but draws a moral line at cheating on his boyfriend emotionally with someone else. So it's okay to have sex with others for money, just not have emotional feelings for others. The boyfriend is a cop, so asides are made to the supposed bias in that profession. The main character's mother is a caricature ...more
Debra Guyette
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Connor is settling in with his cop boyfriend, Tony Rinaldi, and leaving the hustling profession to become a producer for his mom’s talk show. When one of his mother’s guests, gay porn star, Brent Haven, is found floating in the Hudson River, Kevin remembers their conversation after the show. Brent told Kevin he had some information which would blow the lid off the adult film industry. Kevin knows he cannot let this go. His investigation leads him to several suspects. First, we have the adu ...more
Minerva
Well, Tony finally pulled his head out of his a**...about freaking time. As for our lovely Kevin he has once again found himself embroiled in a murder mystery; and once again almost runs afoul of the murder. I'm gonna miss him, but every series eventually, inevitably draws to a conclusion. *sad face* I do have to say that $9.99 was a bit much to pay for this book. I actually considered ordering the paperback version because, even with shipping, it was way more affordable. Of course, I know the a ...more
Mary fike
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, well-written, believable and heart-warming Gay love-story!

Although I feel like I jumped into the story midway ( this is the 3rd in a series) the author did a good job of catching up readers late to the action. Sex scenes are erotic but don't overwhelm the plot, and are actually pretty well balanced with love scenes. The protagonist and his various family members are well drawn, especially the "Jewish mother" who comes off surprisingly warm as well as funny. And (spoiler alert) I am a suck
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Matthew Dye
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming and Witty

While I did sorta see whodunit, I was surprised by the motive and means of the crime.

I also quite enjoyed the characters. It seems the author has kinda vanished and that's a real shame. I understand this was likely to be the final installment of Kevin's adventures solving crime, and his ending is quite satisfying for this queer reader, I would like to see more from these characters. How are they experiencing the post-Obergefell world? They'd all be in their 30s now - how are t
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Adam Dunn
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
I wrote to Scott Sherman after I finished the previous book in the Kevin series and we had a great email series going for a while, but then I mentioned two points of advice, after which I never heard from him again.

I don't imagine my email had much impact on him, but the fact is with this new book, he did take both those points and action them.

The first was to put more of Kevin into the character of Kevin and less of himself. In the second book there was a reference to a quarter not being worth
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Ottilee B.
Gosh, I hope there's more!! Probably not as it had a big red bow but I love Kevin and his friends. He's an ex call boy in NYC with a great cast of characters: his Jewish mother, transgender 'pimp' who looks out for him like a son and all of his gay/lesbian friends. And through it all, his on-off-on 'relationship' with his hs crush, Police detective Tony "I'm not gay but suck my dick anyway" Rinaldi. This series had me laughing out loud! I'd definitely recommend this.
Adam Stryker
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brilliant
I just loved all the books in this series. I read them some time ago. If I really love an author's first book, of course, I have to read the next and any subsequent after that. Unfortunately, I can't see new books from this author.
Ricardo
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third one was the charm for me. I really liked this one and I found it much more interesting than the previous two. The author’s style, his humor, and his ability to write great one-liners and throw in pop references into the dialogue made the book really fun to read
Mickelange
1.5 stars.....
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