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Criminal Past

(Hazard and Somerset #6)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  59 reviews
It all starts to go wrong at the shooting gallery. Emery Hazard and his boyfriend, John-Henry Somerset, just want to enjoy the day at the Dore County Independence Fair. At the shooting gallery, though, Hazard comes face to face with one of his old bullies: Mikey Grames. Even as a drugged-out wreck, Mikey is a reminder of all the ugliness in Hazard’s past. Worse, Mikey seem ...more
Kindle Edition, 589 pages
Published November 8th 2018
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5++++++++ stars for this series

I love this series......


MC1- Emery Hazard- A documentary watching junkie, big brooding teddy bear, local detective, Somers partner and boyfriend. I love this guy, he is just the best.

MC2- John- Henry Somerset - Sweet, quick with a smile and has a sharp dry sense of humor, The town's golden boy, Hazard’s ex bully and current boyfriend. I love him too.

These two opposites, flawed, complicated characters make this series the best and a satisfying read.

We get all the a
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so fortunate to get my hands on this one early, I have been addicted to Hazard & Somers from the beginning. Off subject I have to comment on Gregory Ashe's covers....are they not amazing, simple yet intriguing and so original. The two detectives are drawn into another case, this one hits home. The story gives some more of the growing up history and town politics. I enjoyed reading the suspense and trying to figure out what was going to happen as well as the dynamic between the two M/C' ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won't lie to you - this was a very very tough read for me.
And rating it took quite a bit of pondering.

Before you get the wrong idea I would like to point out that everything I said before about this series still stands - solidly and firmly.

Mr. Ashe's writing is stellar:

Hazard and Somers are deeply complex men with a huge amount of pain and hurt in the past. Both are flawed in their own way and these flaws tug and rip at the fragile bond they have between them. As is the past and the trauma th
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As always, Gregory Ashe's prose is phenomenal. This last installment had by far the best characterization. Somers and Hazard's relationship kept me on edge until the last freaking page. The case was amazingly done since it kind of wraps up the whole series. It also hit very close to home for both of heroes. I felt so much for them. I just wish we had a few more pages at the end. I know there will be other H&S books in the future and from how it all ended, there's plenty of material to work w ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Once again I was with Hazard and Somerset on the go and you can certainly imagine that we have experienced a lot of dangerous situations. The emphasis is on "experiencing". It's not just reading what the two detectives bring to the daylight. No, you have to suffer with them.

Gregory Ashe has a penchant for abandoned places that are extremely uncomfortable. It's often dark, damp and moldy, scary places you only want to enter in the bright light of day, if at all. However.... I am a friend of such
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding ! What a painful and emotional journey for Hazard & Somers - and for me as the reader 😬 This was a crossroad book, where a traumatic past linked with a disturbing future. Corruption, greed and poisonous thinking almost destroyed these two men as they were consistently set up, put in harms way and blocked as they tried to solve a 20 year mystery. This was hard going but well worth it. Maybe, just maybe we could get a HEA novella or something ? Surely these guys deserve a holiday b ...more
lots of gold stars_zps4ygxak8z

What an outstanding finale to this series!! Hazard and Somers finally uncover and solve the mysterious 20 year old suicide/death of Jeffrey Langham, the utter foulness that has enveloped Wahredua...almost at a cost of both of their lives, and everything slides into place. Nail biting moments and some nasty scenes indeed!! There is obvious evidence of their love for one another in this instalment; they are openly affectionate, and that really winds some people up...people who are extremely jealo
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is my fault really. Remember when I was starting the epic 1000 pages worth of the latest SJM and could not wait? Yeah, that: i forgot the book home and I hate having nothing to read on the bus home. I think I was strolling through GR cursing myself for leaving the book at home, saw this thought oh all the covers are so pretty and this is the same author who blew my mind with Mr Big Empty, the price was right and I was bookless and on a temporary reprieve from my self imposed book ban and BANG ...more
Lori S.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.75 Stars
This is one of the most intense stories I've read in a while, with both Emery and John-Henry dealing with the pains of their pasts and presents, and Mickey Grames.

Grames is one of the most awful, awful creatures to ever grace the pages of a book. If he was ever human is questionable. On the one hand we never get more of his background than how it intersected with Emery and John's, so if there were things in his home life (abusive parents/sibling/family) or if he is just one of those p
Honestly, this book was difficult to read. Especially the second part. The only reason I’m rounding up the rating is because it’s Hazard and Somers, and I just love these characters.

Story wise, this book was more like 3.5 stars for me. It started pretty good, the mystery was interesting, and Hazard and Somers just being together was awesome. But then the tone shifted and honestly, I was pretty surprised. I actually stopped reading it for a few days, and when I came back to it, it became worse.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had a difficult time rating this one. The book veered a bit into horror / slasher territory & big, implausible set pieces which I just didn’t expect but I really enjoyed it overall & am giving it a bump up as part of an overall excellent series of books.
Kenzi Bond
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is not to be taken lightly. Don’t mistake it for a simple romance. It has love, but it is the type of love that is not easy. Hazard and Somerset are amazing full bodies characters who are complex and intriguing. The series is not just about two men. There is always an engaging storyline, twists and turns and best of all, the heat between our main characters is off the charts. Sometimes the stories are dark, and you feel strong emotions, but it all wraps up in the perfect storm that i ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Criminal Past is by far the most edge-of-your seat novel yet in the Hazard and Somerset Mystery series! I literarly held my breath for most of the book This sixth novel in the incredibly addictive Hazard and Somerset Mystery series kicks you in the gut in the first few paages...then pulls you headlong on a harrowing, thrilling journey that never lets up until the final page. In two words: Simply awesome. Nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense/thriller, gifted prose, perfect dialog, and an outst ...more
Stéphanie Amesse
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
The series got off to a great start, but it got bogged down somewhere around Book 3 in the romantic arc that simply would not go anywhere (until it finally did) and the characters that simply would not evolve (which they never really did). However traumatic, the past should have been dealt with long before this final book. I found it increasingly difficult to sympathize with Hazard's gruff bear routine, or figure out what exactly Somerset saw in the man anyway. Annoying little quirks of writing ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this series back-to-back and in the end I have to say: it was a mixed bag. It started out as an awesome read, one I was happy that book #2 was already on my kindle. The MCs were very interesting with all their flaws, their background was believable and pulled me into the story at once. While reading book #2 I bought all books of the series, totally engrossed with the story.

Sadly, from book to book it lost me more and more. It was repetitive, all these thoughts going round and round in cir
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the life of me I can't fathom how Mr. Ashe is able to make his stories so good, his characters so real, so beautifully flawed, so complicated and so precious. How he can look into human psyche so well that he can make even the secondary characters seem real. How he can create romance without making it tedious or cheesy. How he can use language almost poetically, making me reread and savour his prose. And on top of it all, how he can incorporate it all into a gripping plot that unfolds in fro ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Almost to my limit

It gets 3 stars because it's Hazard and Somers and I'm invested in these two difficult broken made for each other people but that's where it ends.

I know sometimes you have to break to put back together and beating up on hazard especially has been a main feature of all these books. He should have his own ward in hospital. However, this time the violence here took me to my limit, the sheer physical and emotional beating was a lot for me to take.

Also, the haverford ... It's like
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: slow-reading
aHhhhHhHH the only reason I've stuck around gor so long is the writing. but im tired. so yeah o won't be reading any future books if there are any. this series took a mental toll on me.
Ulysses Dietz
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Criminal Past (Hazard and Somerset number 6)
By Gregory Ashe
Published by the author, 2018
Four stars

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner, “Requiem for a Nun.”

I was assuming this is the finale – and what a finale it is! – to the adventures of Emery Hazard and John-Henry Somerset. I can’t imagine where they could go after this – 0r, rather, I can imagine, and I want to hold onto that fantasy in my heart.

Finally, it all makes sense. Sort of. We return to the tragic death
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not really sure what to say after finishing this book, except that I feel like this emotional circuit has finally closed. The mystery was probably the most involved, and my favorite in the series. However, I did feel the focus of the book kind of drifted with the pacing kind of suffering for this towards the middle and later-half of the book. Eventually, things started settling and before I knew it, the book was over.

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Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy these guys and this series, but I am so over them getting shot, stabbed, beaten up etc every book. Seriously, I dont know how 2 men can actually handle it. Please next time give them a simple crime to solve.
This book ties together alot of the strands that have been going since the first book and it might be that this is the last book in the series. If so, we leave Somers and Ree in a good place and looking forward to their future.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Hooo boy could this use some trigger warnings for torture. I had to skim about 1/3 of the book :/
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the books and the guys!! I can’t wait for the follow up series!
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phew. What a ride.
Maybe my least fav although it should have been the best one.

Review of all books to come....

Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Found myself skimming through all the verbiage and the internal monologues and the flashbacks to try and get to the plot. The over-convoluted, made almost no sense, fake type of mystery plot. The ending wasn't much better.
Maria Lima
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to love this series. It started out well, but progressively, got worse.

Instead of growing and dealing with the past, the things that happened before were a relentless hammer of angst and self-loathing for both characters that never ended. Enough already - and at no time did either of them (nor their peripheral people) ever consider therapy? Not even after all the crap they went through?

This last one - biggest mess. Unrelenting violence, torture and frankly, none of it wa
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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It was definitely the weakest part of the series, but it was by no means as bad as some of the reviews I read suggested.

In total the series still remains among my favorite books of all times.

I did not think that the case was particularly badly done, as some suggested. The very very ending of the whole case disappointed, but not in the sense that the bad guys got away, but because you expected more.

The relationship was well done. And all loops were closed, all former issues were worked out in a w
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wrap up to this six book story arc

Book six in the series finally wraps up the undercurrent storyline that has been running throughout the whole book...the mayor, InnovateMidwest, Jeff’s death, problems in the police department etc. we get more back story on Hazard and Somers and we get a HFN ending.

However, the book is too drags and there is a lot of unnecessary action. There is ridiculously bad police procedure starting with the most ludicrous of all, Hazard being back to work despite
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