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Summary

Everything in Emery Hazard’s life is finally going well: His boyfriend, Nico, is crazy about him; he has a loyal partner at work; and he has successfully closed a series of difficult murders. By all accounts, he should be happy. What he can’t figure out, then, is why he’s so damn miserable.  

After a fight with Nico, Hazard needs work to take his mind off his relationship. And someone in town is happy to oblige by murdering the sheriff. The job won’t be easy; the sheriff had enemies, lots of them, and narrowing down the list of suspects will be difficult. Difficult, but routine.  

The arrival of a special prosecutor, however, throws the case into turmoil, and Hazard and Somers find themselves sidelined. With an agenda of his own, the prosecutor forces the case toward his favorite suspect, while Hazard and Somers scramble to find the real killer. As the people they care about are drawn into the chaos, Hazard and Somers have to fight to keep what they love - and to keep each other. To find the killer, they will have to reveal what each has kept buried for years: their feelings for each other.  

And for Hazard, that’s a hell of a lot scarier than murder.

©2018 Gregory Ashe (P)2018 Gregory Ashe

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Worth the wait!

I really enjoy this series and Gregory Ashe has created a solid series of police procedural murder mysteries.

What has kept me coming back for more is the relationship between Hazard and Somerset. The characters are messed up and flawed, yet their investigative powers compliment one another. The messy childhood history they share adds another element to their friendship... but wow, the unresolved sexual tension between them is as taut as a bow string and I'm like a bee to honey for these guys.

I think the author overplayed things a bit in this book- there is only so much 'will they' tension I can stand, and the off /on teasing started to grate. But, I persevered and got the ending I've been waiting for. Now I can't wait for the next book to find out how things unfold.

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The Best Yet

If you read a police procedural, shouldn't you be most interested in the crime and how it's solved? That, for me, isn't the main attraction here. Instead it's the relationship between Hazard and Somers. That's central to everything. The banter, backchat, and horseplay are even better in this instalment. They regularly make me snort and laugh. And then there's all the unresolved tension - the 'will they, won't they' pull that continues to unsettle both our heroes. Yes, it's been going on for a while, but with the baggage they both carry, the author continues to make the tension believable.

Ashe has a distinct writing style. Most of the time, it's pretty restrained; every now and again though, he lets it off the leash. What results isn't a matter of complexity or employing unusual words. It's more the use of techniques to emphasise confusion, uncertainty, scattered thoughts. On audio, it works well. I'm not sure I'd be so keen as a reader though.

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I like the stories, the characters and the naration. after the first three books I noticed that the central character hazzard became increasingly stupid in his actions and would normally have been sacked. But also the writing in places appear to be just padding, the phrase which jumps to mind is 'why use two words when 12 will do?'
Repeating the same line many times probably using a thesaurus to express the same sentence a dozen times, Thank goodness for fast forward.

Having got that off my chest I do like the stories, I have read 4 books now I hope the decline does not continue.

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Good story

The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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Great reading

I'm enjoying this series. Tristan James has a great voice, and makes enough distinction between Hazard and Somers for you to know who's speaking - it's sometimes a little difficult to tell when they're thinking rather than speaking aloud, but I'm not sure how he would get round that, to be honest. I have read the books, so this is not a review of the stories (obviously I liked them enough to listen to them too) - a solid performance, and I'll be listening to the next one when it's available.

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How many secrets can a person have?

As ever Gregory Ashe manages to balance a good crime thriller with the complicated relationship of Hazard and Somerset. A must read for those who have read the previous three books. The story gets richer an richer against the backdrop of a claustrophobic home town. Tristan James is as excellent as ever; his narration catches both the darkness and the odd moments of humour. Roll on book 5

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For the discerning listener!

An excellent mystery, beautifully written and superbly narrated. I have to admit to a definite bias towards Hazard and Somerset. I enjoy the twists and turns in their relationship as the crime is being solved. I can’t recommend this series enough.

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  • C. G. Wilson
  • 14-01-19

Finally!

An excellent series with very clever mysteries solved by our intrepid duo. It could end with this book, and I would be happy, but I hope it will not and that it goes on for at least as many more as have already been written. There were very entertaining “Tele novella” aspects, wonderfully quirky characters, and a good deal of cracking wise. There were also moments of sheer terror and sadly, all to common human hatred, hubris, greed, and stupidity. I had a very few minor editing quibbles, but nothing of import.
Mr James was the perfect narrator for this series, giving each character a distinctive voice almost to the point of sounding like a cast of actors rather than just one person. His personifications of the two main characters were spot on and really helped the listener to form perfect mental images of them. As a listener of many audio books, this is apparently not an easy task and more than one story has been ruined because of it. Happily, that is not the case here. I highly recommend this series, and suggest that one starts with the first book and moves all the way through the series. That may sound like a lot, but with Tristan James’ narration, it is a pleasure. Kudos all round.

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  • H. Martin
  • 14-03-20

Guilt by Association

Honestly I still don’t get the love for this series. The small part spent on the mystery doesn’t make up for the other bs with this series. Neither man has a backbone. And neither man is a good detective. They’re just not the worst of all the bad. It’s ridiculous to think there isn’t one good cop in the entire town and yet here we are. I think I’ve bought the audio for the next book so I’ll listen to it but it’s have to be pretty spectacular for me to buy anymore. If I haven’t bought it, I won’t be buying or listening to anymore.

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  • L. Burns
  • 07-01-19

binge listening every book in the series

can't get enough of Somers and Hazard! I've binged listened each book and can't wait for the next one to come out.

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  • eric
  • 07-01-19

The best series I have ever read

This series by Gregory Ashe is possibly the best. From the storyline to the characters to the love story that goes along with everything. And guilt by association just adds on to the amazement that is the hazard and somerset mystery. This series isn’t all released on audible yet so after reading all of them you’ll be dying for the next book to be released. 100% would recommend.

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  • Amy Begnene
  • 01-01-19

Best series ever!

Audible has this series hard to find. Don’t miss out on the best narration and story line. Gregory Ashe made my new year with this fourth book!! I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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  • Curtis
  • 22-05-19

People in Missouri have a southern drawl?

as someone who grew up in mid-Missouri and who's worked all over the United States, I can attest to how inaccurately the portrayal of accents are performed.

Also, everyone is an open bigot, which is lazy writing. I like the series overall because it tries, but this isn't a real representation of Missourians at all, except through the optics of someone from St Louis who has no idea what people outside the large cities are actually like.

A little more research would go a long way.

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  • Gaia
  • 04-04-22

My review after finishing this book. Again.

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  • Melanie
  • 27-03-22

A truly masterful narration

My god, is anyone better than Tristan James? This was my second time listening to this book. The story gets a little long-winded in terms of the case, but that didn’t bother me as much the second time around. I forgot who the killer was and it was fun trying to piece everything together again.

Tristan James is SPOT ON with his voices for Hazard and Somers. The differences in each voice are really mind boggling because it’s so easy to forget it’s one narrator. He also does amazing with side characters.

There is finally a big culmination of all the angst from the prior books in this series. It was beautiful.

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  • Trio
  • 29-01-22

Love Tristan James in this Excellent Series!

I adore Tristan James' performance in this series!

Ashe always includes a good mystery in the continuing development of the romance between Emery and John-Henry. There are some nice twists in this one, but the slow burn of the love affair is why we're all in this one for the long haul.

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  • C.S. Poe
  • 16-01-22

No one saw a thing!

From my review: If Gregory Ashe's long-term plan was to keep me so deeply invested in these books I'd forget to write my own, then bravo, sir. Mission accomplished.

Tristan James takes on another great cast of suspects, reminiscent of Transposition, with a dead sheriff and everyone who was present but didn't see a thing. And even more importantly, he finally delivers scenes of long-awaited romance! Tristan does a wonderful job with the vulnerability and intensity within those moments between Hazard and Somerset.