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Reasonable Doubt

Hazard and Somerset, Book 5
Narrated by: Tristan James
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

After almost 20 years, Emery Hazard finally has the man he loves. But things with his boyfriend and fellow detective, John-Henry Somerset, are never easy, and they’ve been more complicated lately for two reasons: Somers’s ex-wife and daughter. No matter what Hazard does, he can’t seem to get away from the most important women in his boyfriend’s life.

While Hazard struggles with his new reality (changing dirty diapers, just to start), a bizarre murder offers a distraction. John Oscar Walden, the leader of a local cult, is found dead by the police, and the case falls to Hazard and Somers. The investigation takes the two detectives into the cult’s twisted relationships and the unswerving demands of power and faith.

But the deeper Hazard looks into the cult, the deeper he must look into his own past, where belief and reason have already clashed once. And as Hazard struggles to protect the most vulnerable of Walden’s victims, he uncovers a deeper, more vicious plot behind Walden’s murder, and Hazard finds himself doing what he never expected: racing to save the killer.

Only, that is, if Somers doesn’t need him to babysit.

©2018 Gregory Ashe (P)2019 Gregory Ashe

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The Story Continues.... brilliantly

Although this was a gift from the author - it is my honest review.

The romance between Emery and John-Henry continues in Reasonable Doubt. It's a mystery intertwined with the continued doubts both characters have about their new relationship. We get the story from both POV's - including their unspoken thoughts and worries they have about each other. WE know they are both deeply in love with each other but communicating that - not so much! It is exciting to see how the relationship continues to develop from enemies to lovers.

Book 5 is another involved/convoluted mystery and police procedural story. I loved it!. It has a great story line with humour that resulted in some real 'laugh out loud' moments. Gregory Ashe is one of my favourite authors - he is a great storyteller! And he does not disappoint in this book. There is a 'fullness' to the story which mean it has real depth.

It is not a quick listen (which, for me, is a bonus). Tristan James does another great job in narrating the story. When he reads it, the story comes to life. He has the skill to bring different voices to the characters which is so important. Only one observation. His voices for Emery and John-Henry are a bit alike at times. So... I did get a little confused about who was speaking, but only on a couple of occasions. Otherwise it was another success.

I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It is great that we get to follow the same 2 characters thorough the 'adventures' they find themselves in. Reasonable Doubt is currently the penultimate book in the series. And a worthy book/audio to add to the collection is it too.

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Angst overload

Goodness! These men are a mess! I'd hoped that things would calm a bit after the last book but the doubts and second guessing of each others intentions started to grate on me.
The case involved a cult and religion, two subjects that give me the heebie-jeebies. While I enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of the story and the new, unrestrained intimacy between Hazard and Somerset, the internal monologues became repetitive and dampened my enjoyment a little.
All in all, this was a very intense, angsty book, and the most difficult of the series so far.