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Private Dicks by Samantha M. Derr
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really liked it
bookshelves: review-copy, read-2016

All stories are about a private detective investigating a crime. All stories feature a diverse cast. All stories are incredible interesting reads.

A Bar called Once

Diversity: black bisexual Woman, lesbian Woman, f/f couple

Ryssa is a private detective and has noticed that girls at her bar have gone missing after talking to a certain man. One day while she is watching him again her ex suddenly stands in the bar. The man is her husband. Ryssa is scared for Lana’s safety and decides to tell her about her hunch. Reluctantly Lana agrees to help Ryssa observe her husband.

Lana has left Ryssa after she was shot by a witness that Ryssa slept with and soon married John, an accountant. But her husband’s behaviour is highly suspicious and soon Lana isn’t sure who the man is she married.

The story focuses very much on the case, but there is also some romance. Lana and Ryssa have good chemistry, but their shared past makes it at once easy to work together, but also more awkward.

The ending has a nice twist and the story is definitely interesting to read. 3.5/5 Stars

Black Suede, Red Velvet

Diversity: Japanese gay men, m/m couple

The owner of Black Suede, an exclusive Japanese Club, Fujimoto is suspected of Drug Trafficking and James Tachibana is hired to go undercover and investigate that. To reach his goal he’ll have to find a way to get closer to Fujimoto. That way may be trough Kana, Fujimoto’s favourite escort. James has not expected to find himself drawn to Kana.

Kana soon figures out that James finds him good-looking and heavily flirts with him. There are some incredible hot flirting scenes in this short story,

James knew that this would be a dangerous investigation, but after he has finally established a connection to Fujimoto it soon gets way more dangerous.

The story has some nice twists and turns and the ending is truly wonderful. 4/5 Stars

Cold, Bitter, Dark

Diversity: latina trans woman, m/f couple

Deacon wants to help his crush and partner Mishelle save a kidnapped woman. This however puts both of them in danger and Deacon still hasn’t told her how he truly feels about her.

Deacon and Mishelle met when he helped her get the money and the papers to legally change her name. Deacon used to be a police officer but lost his job when he refused to act corrupt for a captain. After that they soon became good friends and Deacon lived in her garage.

Mishelle works as a prostitute, does social work and is a CI for the local police. Her life is not safe and she knows it. When her friend is kidnapped she gets really dangerous. (Honestly she was scary and I love it!)

The ending is very nice and I think I found my new OTP <3 4.5/5 Stars

Mr. X and the blackmailed Female

Diversity: lesbian women, f/f couple

Mr X is a well-known private detective in the 19th century. Nobody has ever seen his face, as everybody who wants to hire him must arrange the deal through his assistant, Miss Stetson Goody. As it turns out she is actually Mr X and plans to keep her identity secret, but when Lady Ashton comes to her in need of help, it gets more complicated.

Jewel Ashton is blackmailed by pictures that somebody took while she was kissing another woman. This is terrible for her as she doesn’t have enough money to pay the black mailer and if it would come out her father’s political career would be destroyed. Stetson Goody is amazed. Never has she met another woman who loves woman just like she does.

Having grown up in the theatre community Stetson knows her way around make-up, costuming and acting. She loves her double life, as it offers her a chance to live a different life than women in her time where able to live.

They embark on a dangerous journey to find the blackmailer and save Lady Ashton’s honour.

I really liked Stetson’s unmasking at the end. 4/5 Stars #ownvoices

Orpheus Rising

Diversity: Asian gay man, m/m couple

Manu is a private detective. He has heard about a human trafficking ring under the Club Hell’s Kitchen. Even though he knows that it is dangerous, he decides to investigate this himself. Through sheer luck he survives that night and manages to free a few woman, but afterwards the real trouble begins. He decides to track down the man behind all this himself, even if it puts his life and his relationship with Eric at risk.

Manu is a very ambitious private detective, who wants to save some people. Even though he knows he can’t change the world he can change some people’s lives and that’s better than nothing.

Eric loves him and thanks to him being a paramedic, he can always stitch up Manu’s wounds.

The story has an open ending, but I liked Eric and Manu’s relationship, it was super sweet! 3/5 Stars


Diversity: Disabled (missing limb, PTSD) indian gay man, m/m couple

Set during the 2nd World War Rahul realizes that there is something iffy going on in his town. The police tries to cover up a murder and soon afterwards a woman from Sweetbrier House kills herself. Said woman has been reported to be scared for her life before. Rahul has to untangle that mess without any police support. And then there’s also interesting Mark, a resident of Sweetbrier House. Nothing is as it seems.

I love Rahul and that he is a disabled veteran, who still suffers from his time at war. His first marriage failed soon after he came back, as he didn’t sleep with his wife. Since then he has been single, until Mark comes along.

An interesting story set during war, with spies, traitors, murder and romance with an open, yet satisfying end. 4/5 Stars

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Reading Progress

September 14, 2016 – Started Reading
September 14, 2016 – Shelved
September 14, 2016 – Shelved as: review-copy
September 15, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 1, 2017 – Shelved as: read-2016

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