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Lock Nut

(The Plumber's Mate Mysteries #5)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Still waters run deadly.

Tom Paretski, plumber with a talent for finding hidden things, and his private investigator fiancé Phil Morrison have been hired to locate a runaway husband, Jonathan Parrot. The job seems simple enough—until their quarry turns up dead in a canal, and a photofit of Tom’s face is splashed all over the news, making him chief suspect.

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ebook, 1st edition, 330 pages
Published May 14th 2018 by Riptide Publishing (first published May 12th 2018)
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Karla I hate the new Riptide covers. Whoever created them obviously did not read the series. This new bland happy-go-lucky boy-band-look does not fit Tom's …moreI hate the new Riptide covers. Whoever created them obviously did not read the series. This new bland happy-go-lucky boy-band-look does not fit Tom's snarky narrative style at all.(less)

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Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
Surely Riptide could've done better to match the quality of the original Samhain covers for this series. This cover is weak and makes me sad.

3.5 stars

More fun with Tom and Phil as they get wrapped up in yet another murder mystery where everyone around them drops like flies and yet somehow their friends and family don't run for the hills. :P

Although maybe they did, because they sure weren't around for a lot of this book. I was hoping to see more of Mike Novak and get to know him better, and see h
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've thoroughly enjoyed all the books in this series, 4 stared each one of them... I've gotta say, this is the best of them all!

Who couldn't love Tom? And to see the way his character changes through the books, how he gains self confidence, is so much fun to watch. A few very dramatic things happen in Tom's life and to see them all reach their conclusion here *sigh* I'm very satisfied!

Getting to know Phil through Tom's eyes over the course of this story is also quite the journey, am I right? Kin
Chris, the Dalek King
Well I have to admit that I kinda thought I’d never actually get to see this book come out. What with all the publishers going under, I was pretty much convinced that this was going to be one of those books that I was left perpetually waiting for. Which was a huge bummer since book five was where Tom and Phil finally tie the knot–most likely over someone’s dead body–and I’ve been waiting forever for that to happen.

But luckily for me, you, the author, and everyone just in general, Lock Nut is fin
I love the Plumber's Mate series in all its quirky English wonderfulness - the small town and all its inhabitants beautifully crafted by JL Merrow, the bloody wonder that is Tom Paretski, his relationship with former school bully / fiance Phil, Tom's family and friends, Dave and his new sprog, and all those murders!

However, after initially finishing Lock Nut, I felt a sense of disappointment. Of all the books in this great series, the murder/mystery here left me uninspired and few of its persona
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it, hate the new covers. I expect better from Riptide, these are so generic, and don't look like the characters at all.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

Tom and Phil continue their adventures while leading their “normal” lives as a plumber and private investigator respectively. While in the midst of a murder investigation, toilets to instal, a wedding to plan, and natural second thoughts and cold feet about one of the most important decisions in their lives, the book is entertaining and fun. I really liked the end
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Finally I'm done with it. It took me six long days to finish, because I was only able to read a handful of pages before it just got too boring. And that after I really loved the other books in this series. I still liked all this English writing a lot but sadly the story didn't hold my interest. The whole thing was just totally bland and I couldn't care less about any of the characters. Yes, that included Tom and Phil. So I think I might give any more books in this series a pass. Hopefully I won' ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. This book featured a mystery (no surprise there), a midget porn star, some plumbing, a-will-they-or-won't-they-storyline revolving around Tom and Phil's upcoming nuptials, and of course, lots of humor and heat. I started reading this book this afternoon and couldn't put it down until I reached the very last page.

It's funny--this is not a series that I hear many people chatting about. Often, books by popular authors show up on my feed multiple tim
Ulysses Dietz
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, #5)
By J.L. Merrow
Riptide Publishing
Five stars

How charming Tom Paretski is, the posh-born plumber with psychic power to find hidden things. And how dear is his Phil Morrison, former policeman who became a private eye and fell in love with the man he bullied in school. I love these guys, and I thoroughly enjoy the way that Merrow, one of my favorite writers, shows us their evolving life together.

The first book in the series was rougher and darker—because of
Weddings! Got to love them because we get not one but two! Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here but it’s so hard when I have been head over heels for this series. Author J.L. Merrow has lured me into to her wonderful world with her British wit and lovable characters. Tom and Phi are a great couple and the situations they, or mostly Tom, find themselves in are laugh out loud funny, mixed with mystery.

So like I said, we get two weddings. Cherry’s and of course, Tom’s. I’m not going to give eithe
Tom and Phil's relationship has never made any sense to me. Why are they together? Most of the time it feels like Phil is only with Tom out of guilt that Tom chooses to overlook cos of the high-school crush he had on him.(view spoiler)They are ridiculously incompatible. How has their dysfunctional relationship spanned 5 books? They never seem to grow as a c ...more
It has been far too long since a brand-new release in ‘A Plumber’s Mate Mystery’ series and I was excited to dig into it. This is a well-loved series and author for me, and returning to the small village of St. Albans with Tom, Phil, and all of the various quirky secondary characters was guaranteed to put me in a good mood. Not to mention a good old-fashioned murder mystery and lots of hilarious British-isms.

It’s no wonder I adore these characters. Darren (a dwarf), Gary’s husband, refers an ol
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
4.25 stars

Another fun instalment in this series!
I don't know if it was because it's been awhile since I read the last book in this series but I just didn't love this one. I don't know what was missing exactly but I didn't really care about the mystery. I thought the drama between Tom and Phil would play a bigger part based on the blurb but it's literally like 3 paragraphs. I don't know. I still like them and like the series. I just didn't care about the mystery and since that's a major part it made a difference overall.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
JL Merrow’s Plumber Mate series has been a favorite of mine since the initial book released. Now the fifth installment, Lock Nut, continues the story of plumber Tom Paretski and his fiancé, Phil Morrison, with the same wit and fast paced action one who follows the series will recognize. Phil, a private investigator, has finally moved in with Tom, something that should have little angst and a honeymoon sort of effect attached to it. Unfortunately it’s anything but, as it quickly turns into a veri ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: gay mcs, physically disabled mc

I find it really hard to review books that are part of series like this one. There's never much more that I can find to say beyond I love the characters (obviously, given that I've reached the fifth book, when normally I don't have the attention span for more than three) and that the story is still keeping me interested (not hard in this case, given it's really more like five standalone books almost).

In Lock Nut, newly (ish) moved-i
I loved all the other covers. This one not so much.
Damn I hate finishing these books.

Catching up with my favorite plumber was just as sweet and funny and intriguing as I hoped it would be. Tom and Phil are still one of my favorite couples. They have great chemistry, and believablity. Being set not just in England but in Hertfordshire ( my home County ) adds to my pleasure.

I love the humour these books bring too. Plus I get all the references that maybe non English readers miss. Darren and Gary were as delightful as always, it was lovely seeing
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs
5 "stop-cockin" stars 😉😉
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Lois - Who Reads
I have enjoyed every book of this series and this book was no exception. These books remind me of those mystery shows from the 70s where people in a small town are dropping left and right and the crimes are never solved by the police, but instead by the town's amateur crime fighters.

What starts out as a missing person case quickly turns into a murder, and then another murder. As usual there are a long list of suspects and a few unexpected turns. However, the mystery sort of takes a back seat to
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another installment of one of my top favorite series. Always enjoy the antics and day to day interactions between Tom and Phil, so British and humorous! Another interesting mystery, more Tom problems (worries about the wedding, Phil wanting kids, and things moving faster than he's ready for) and Phil's solid stoicism. The story was four stars but I added an extra star for the ending-lovely! My only complaint, I'm not crazy about the new covers, I liked the original guys pictured on the early cov ...more
ARC from NetGalley

Did couples buy each other wedding presents, anyway? I mean, he’d be getting me, which some might say was quite enough to be getting on with.

I may have already mentioned it but I requested this book from NetGalley because I thought it sounded interesting and when I got approved and was ready to read it, I noticed it was the fifth book of a series. Bad luck? Au contraire, I’d say! This mistake made me discover one hell of a book series I have fallen in love with. There’s always
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

“Plumber’s Mate Mysteries” series is among my favorite of J.L. Merrow’s books and “Lock Nut” is another win for me. This fifth installment to the series gripped me from start to finish. The usual banter and snarky retorts between Tom and Phil amused me no end. Having followed their relationship developed from first book to this one, it’s nice to see these guys were still fine-tuning as a couple and how to fit into each other’s family. Just like any regular couples in real life; lending
Barb ~rede-2-read~
If you are looking for a book full of British humor, look no farther (or further as those in the UK would say.) This series, and in particular this book is stocked full of humor—most of it subtle and understated—but laugh-out-loud moments abound!

Very possibly the end of the series (God, I hope not!) this story picks up the romance where book four left off and finds Tom and his fiancé, Phil, now living together. Phil finally got sick of Tom procrastinating about making room for him and just pack
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review for Bookwinked

This was one of my most anticipated reads for early 2018. It’s no secret I really like the Plumber’s Mate series and while the previous books were lightly edited and republished, I knew where things were going. Not so for Lock Nut, it was all shiny and new!

The plot
The story follows plumber Tom Paretsky on his (mis)adventures and this fifth instalment is no different. Tom has become a bit of a local celebrity for finding things. While it comes in handy for finding leaks, he
Jes Jester
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have sadly reached the end of this wonderful series, brought to us lucky readers by the amazingly talented and witty writer, J.L. Merrow. It was a helluva ride with many twists and turns, but, instead of getting bogged down by the many crimes solved and dramas behind the scenes, (Tom and Phil each had a lot of untidy issues that needed tending to before they were able to move forward confidently and happily) the harder and sadder aspects of this series were tied together in a way that left me ...more
Mari  Cardenas
4.5 Stars!

Lock Nut is book 5 in The Plumber's Mate Mysteries series and it needs to be read in order. I've been waiting for this book for almost two years and it was well worth the wait!

Tom and Phil are now engaged, living together and preparing for their wedding, but not everything is going great in their personal lives as Tom starts to wonder if they're moving too fast. Add to that their newest case and things aren't looking all that good for our heroes.

I adore Phil, he's a saint, really. LO
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

At this point in the series we know the characters well, we know the ins and outs of their lives and as the reader we are just along for the ride. And a fun ride it is. Tom is something of a celebrity these days and even through Phil is the PI, Tom has been asked to investigate a man’s disappearance. Unfortunately, the man eventually turns up dead and once against Tom and Phil find themselves trying to solve a murder.

On the
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JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contempor

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