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Back in Black

(McGinnis Investigations #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  94 reviews
There are eight million stories in the City of Angels but only one man can stumble upon the body of a former client while being chased by a pair of Dobermans and a deranged psycho dressed as a sheep.

That man is Cole McGinnis.

Since his last life-threatening case years ago, McGinnis has married the love of his life, Jae-Min Kim, consulted for the LAPD, and investigated cases
ebook, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Dreamspinner Press
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2.5 stars

This is 100% a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”.

‘Back in Black’ is a book for the fans.

And it’s not that I disliked the original Cole McGinnis series - in fact, I quite enjoyed the audiobooks. But Cole and Jae-Min just aren’t my favourite Rhys Ford couple.

‘Back in Black’, and presumably the entirety of the new McGinnis Investigations series, is for those fans who would absolutely love to know what happens next.

Jae-Min and Cole’s story got the happy ending that they deserved in book 6 of
Rhys Ford
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Rating to anchor. Will remove once released.

Book one in Mystery series.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really tried to read it slowly and savor it! It was sooooo good! Even though I read the original series quite recently, both Cole and Jae left a lasting impression on me. Set a couple of years later after the events in the book Dirty Heart, we see everyone settled into happy life. Cole and Jae are so sexy, sweet and romantic - I could feel their love spilling from the pages. I enjoyed getting back Cole and Jae, Bobby and Ichi and the rest of the motley crew that makes up the family Cole ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite pre-ordering found I wasn't in a rush to read this, for me the story arc was over. Once I'd started I remembered all I liked about the characters - unfortunately until around 30% (and some beyond) I was still getting reminded. It's a tricky balance refreshing memories of not only a previous book but a series of books, and also making this accessable to new readers. Over half the book was dedicated to this. Can only hope this is a transitional book and the rest of the series will fall ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review

Cole McGinnis is back (in trouble)! I was so happy when Rhys Ford announced there would be more books in the McGinnis universe. I read the original series years ago when I was still new to the genre. It’s nostalgic and comforting, so when Back in Black was released I couldn’t wait to listen to it.

I think you could read or listen to this book even if you haven’t read the Cole McGinnis series since the high point of it are summarised. But I also think that it’s a good idea to
Susan Nicol
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I received this book in return for an honest review.
Wow, I was chuffed when Rhys told us she was writing more Cole and Jae books. I've loved this series from the get-go, and Rhys's writing always captures the imagination and you fall absolutely in love with her characters. In this book, we get the usual Cole and Jae banter, as well as glimpses of old characters like Bobby and Ichi.
As always, Rhys writes a ripping good mystery and coupled with fabulous scenes which bring out the best
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Once upon a time, there was a book titled Dirty Kiss, in which ex-LAPD-turned-private-investigator Cole McGinnis investigated the case of a cheating wife who put the sex in sexagenarian – with leather on it. Also a whip and thigh-high boots, because the lady wasn’t merely cheating on her husband, she was cheating on him as a dominatrix for hire. When Cole discovered her shenanigans, she came after him with a shotgun – and almost got him.

Fast forward a few
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I started reading the McGinnis stuff a while back, but I got behind and never got to finish that part of the series. This book actually explains a lot about the previous series that leads up to this, but it would be better to read those first to get the feelings and everything behind it. When Rhys writes, it's a whole new world and if you miss out on books, you are missing a part of the world she creates and it's almost an empty feeling.
But the thing with her
Kendra Patterson
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cole McGinnis is back with another wacky murder to solve. When asked to check out security for a home, Cole comes across a dead body. Not just any dead body though. This is the wife of a previous client and she's still wearing one of her black leather outfits. In the process of investigating her death, Cole is dodging bullets and murder attempts. No one is surprised as Cole always seems one step away from being murdered. This time a fake daughter attacks Cole's best friend Bobby and causes ...more
Heather C
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cole McGinnis is back!! And he's still running from dogs and bullets!

It's been a few years since we last saw Cole and his "happily ever after" with Jae in Dirty Kiss, and I guess it's been a few danger free years of catching cheating spouses and finding lost dogs. But when Cole stumbles across the dead body of someone he's investigated in the past, he teams up with Bobby to track down the killer.

It's Cole McGinnis! What's not to love?! I loved everything about this book:

The Mystery: The
This review and much more can be found at Love Byte Reviews

Cole McGinnis is a man that trouble loves to find. In this rip-roaring start to a new series starring our favorite guys, Cole and his now husband Jae, we once again are in for a roller-coaster of a ride. The opening of this story was absolutely perfect – an homage to the kick-off of the original series. And even some familiar characters. I really don’t want to say much about the plot, because the mystery and the murders should be
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely phenomenal from the first scene to the last!

Cole McGinnis is back in business and I’m here for it. Like other fans of the series, I was excited when Rhys Ford announced the birth of McGinnis Investigations. In book 1, “Back in Black” Cole and company are back and better than ever. All the favorite characters are back, along with some other favorites from another series. In Back in Black, Cole is a few years removed from Dirty Heart and is now happy and settled in his marriage to his
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yay! Cole is back! When I finished the last book, I thought the series was done, but I can't tell you how happy it is to have your favorite characters back in an adventure!

A lot of things have changed since the last book, yet everything is so familiar at the same time. Again Cole dives head-first into adventure, damn the consequences, determined to help. There is Jae-min, steadfast as usual. Bobby, to keep Cole in check and all the others that make up this fun, adventurous world of Cole.

I will
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back Cole and Jae.

So chuffed that the 'Dirty' crew are back. I read this is one sitting, and it was just like hooking up with old friends after some time apart, no awkwardness, just lots of love and familiarity.

Ms Ford has kicked off this new series with a crazy great action adventure love story! Cole is still the accidental trouble magnet, and boy does he ever step into a shitstorm in this one. All the usual suspects are there to help. Jae, Bobby, Ichi, Claudia, Mike and Mad Dog. They
Elaine Gray
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this new series by Rhys Ford. I was so glad when I got the opportunity to read this book. I couldn't get enough of Cole and Jae and I missed them. Cole is back and he hasn't changed trouble always follow him and there's no exception in this book. The book is funny, a little angst, romantic, suspenseful, a lot of action, some surprising moments and once you start reading you will not be able to put it down. All the characters are back and Rhys Ford did a wonderful job with this and I'm ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author has brought back two of her much beloved characters for a new series and I could't be happier. This was an amazing start to Cole and Jae's new series and I'm already hooked. I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to read more.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
While I loved seeing Cole and Jae again, the mystery in this one just wasn't all that intriguing. I could have cared less about who shot who and why. It was boring and jumbled. I will still read any books coming next, but only because I'm irrevocably in love with Jae. And Cole's not so bad either. But I truly hope that Rhys finds her mojo again and comes up with a better plot next time around.
Kortland Wood
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy Cole and Jae are back. Poor Cole gets wrapped up in a case that just keeps going after him. Always a wild ride and so much fun.
Dieter Moitzi
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

Cole McGinnis, ex-LAPD-cop and nowadays private investigator, is on a no-nonsense, no-violence mission: he has been asked to check out an abandoned property for its future owners. Easy-peasy, but Cole’s fate apparently doesn’t do “no-nonsense, no-violence”. He has to run from an angry lover, who not only is dressed as a sheep but also looks unfavorably upon his coitus being interruptus, not to
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Okay so, this is not the title of this particular new series of Cole McGinnis, but it's close to what is going on in his life.

Cole is back with his now hubby, Jae, and the rest of the cast of characters built up over the years—Bobby Dawson (his sidekick), brother Ichiro, Dell O'Byrne (LAPD cop), Claudia (mother receptionist extraordinaire), and all those named but not really front and center: Mike (brother), Mad Dog (loving nickname for his sister-in-law), Mad Dog
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So happy to catch up with Cole and Jae!
I am a HUGE fan of Rhys Ford's writing style. Her prose takes me on roads that makes everything I can imagine come to life.

"Back In Black", the next adventure in Cole McGinnis' life, is even better than I could have imagined.

Cole and Jae are now married, settled, and comfortable. Cole is sent on an "easy" case... Just a quick recon of a property that is supposed to be abandoned. All Cole has to do is survey the property, and find any areas of weakness the
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
A Stellar Return to a Beloved Favorite in a Whole New Dimension

Oh, Cole and crew. How I have missed thee! With Back in Black, readers get the opportunity to step back into the lives of Ford’s original beloved characters from the Dirty series, as I think of them. As always, the book starts with an action scene that will leave you in metaphorical stitches. Of course, Cole’s scenes tend to leave him in physical stitches, but that’s neither here nor there.

Asked to check out the security of a
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can I give this book 10 stars? I knew I was in for quite a ride with the opening chapter. Doing a simple recon on an abandoned property for a friend leads to a near death experience for Cole McGinnis. Near death comes in the form of an enraged kinked out man dressed as a sheep that Cole accidentally stumbled on in the middle of a weird sex act. The "sheep" pursues Cole trying to shoot him and add to the mayhem are two dobermans with jaws snapping. Just another typical day in LA. While fleeing ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cole McGinnis is back! So is all the mayhem, clumsy detecting, tripping over shadows and the cast of characters we have come to know and love. Cole and Jae are settling into a nice life. Their family is well and a new niece is making everyone in his world happy, demons of the past have been exercised – or have they?
When Cole comes across the body of a former client/target in the midst of a patented Cole McGinnis chase, the past comes back with a vengeance. In a game of cat and mouse, Cole is
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when I found out Rhys was revisiting Cole and Jae. This new chapter with them did not disappoint.

The best thing about this book is Rhys’ writing. I tend to read fast and probably skip words. With Rhys I have to (and want to) slow down. I never want her books to end. I always learn things. Her descriptions put me in the scene. I was so hungry reading this book and wanted to eat everything Jae prepared! I haven’t felt that way about food in a book since Edward X. Delaney and his
Tori Thompson
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woohoo! Cole is back! And I am happy...

I just finished my third time through the Dirty series so I was all ready for this one, and Rhys did not let me down. This one starts off with a fabulous chase scene only Cole could get himself involved in, including a dude in a sheep suit, a pair of Doberman's and a dead body. Of course! Cole is once again involved in a murder mystery, this time the victim is someone we know, a certain someone from way back in the beginning. Who went after Cole wearing a
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's always a wonderful experience to return to a book you love - this one might be new, but it's exactly like returning to a warm, comfortable, murderous story. Jae and Cole are simply adorable, and with their relationship now happily settled, it was lovely to see them enjoying being married without angst or struggle.

Ford has been clear that this book isn't a romance - and it's not. While it is m/m, it's a well paced, action packed who done it mystery. And a really good mystery at that. With a
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard Rhys Ford was going to revisit her Dirty Kiss series for another book, I have to admit--I did a bit of a happy dance. I've missed Cole and Jae and was super excited to read their next adventure! Now, that that book has finally arrived, I can say it turned out to be just as good as I was hoping it would be. The boys are back and they're up to all their old tricks.

The books starts out in typical Cole and Jae fashion with Cole up to his neck in shenanigans not of his own making,
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Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

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