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Emery Hazard and his partner, John-Henry Somerset, have solved their first case together. The brutal murders that rocked the quiet town of Wahredua have been put to rest. Hazard, however, finds his life has only grown more complicated as he adjusts to his new home. Living with Somers, whom he has been drawn to since high school, makes "complicated" the understatement of the year.

The turmoil of living together spills over when Hazard and Somers find themselves trapped by the weather in an old mansion and, against Hazard's better judgment, sharing a bed. Strictly as friends, of course. Just when things can't get any more confusing, the next morning brings a worsening storm - and a murder.

Cut off from the outside world, Hazard and Somers must face a clever, determined killer who is hiding among the mansion's guests. Without backup, they can only rely on their wits - and on each other - to survive. And as the snow falls and the mansion's guests continue to die one by one, solving the string of murders becomes secondary. First, Hazard and Somers have to survive.

©2018 Gregory Ashe (P)2018 Tantor

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I was hooked after the first instalments of the complex mystery involving police detectives Emery Hazard and his partner, John-Henry Somerset. After putting the ghosts of the past behind them, and learning to work together, the two men struggle with the strong emotions they have had for each other since they were teenagers despite Hazard being in a new relationship with his boyfriend Rico and Somers trying to repair his marriage to his wife Cora. Over the Thanksgiving holiday the partners find themselves cut off from the outside world in an old mansion due to a flood then blizzard and the following murder/mystery is reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s ‘Then there were none’ but on a much more complex and exciting scale. I understand that there are a total of 6 books so far in this series and I just hope that the rest are made available on audible and that Tristan James continues to Narrate them.

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It's Complicated

This is complicated. If you are looking for straight forward mm romance this series will not be for you, unless you are in for the long haul. You need to have read book one to understand Hazard and Somerset's relationship, in which they can hurt one another without even trying but also to get a handle on the town. For as well as the current nasty set of crimes, some unlikeable people, there is some spillover from their last case. Gregory Ashe writes a tight story that does not allow for napping. Hazard and Somerset are characters you can't but help to care for and cheer on. Real characters and a good crime story. If I could I would give 6 stars for the audible book as Tristan James has really captures both Hazard and Somerset. ( Not to be missed)

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  • Dr. Street
  • 01-10-19

Rediculously complex murder mystery

For two volumes now we are constantly, repetitively reminded of the fact that these two detectives are madly in love with each other but won’t admit it to each other. My patience with the glacial development of this relationship is exhausted. This cynical author thinks he can stretch the tension between these two over at least a third volume. But I give up. The murder stories rely on Byzantine complexity instead of a credible story line. And I just can’t wait any longer for the inevitable joining of these two cops.

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  • Annika
  • 07-11-19

I still don't have a clue...

It is Thanksgiving weekend and Emery Hazard finds himself working as his partner and roommate volunteered them for duty. He’s even less thrilled when said partner takes a call just before they’re supposed to go off duty for the night. After all he had dinner plans with his boyfriend before taking him to the airport. What was supposed to be a regular noise complaint/possibly shots fired turned into a nightmare. First Emery re-injured his shoulder trying to push a car back on the road to help a (rude) stranger stranded in a snowstorm. Then said snowstorm stranded him and Somerset on a farm together with a party playing a murder mystery game. Only soon thereafter the game took a deadly turn and the body count kept increasing – and not the fictional kind. Once again I find myself being unsure of how I actually feel and think about our two main characters. Do I like them or not? That’s the question and one I honestly don’t have an answer to. I know I’m not indifferent to them, but as for the rest, I’m conflicted. They kind of balance there on the edge, never going one way or another. But you know what? I kind of like it. At least for now, it’s a nice change of pace, and just a little bit unpredictable. There were much more romance in this book compared to the first one, not that that really says anything as there were only a few thoughts and possibly a kiss somewhere – but I may remember that wrong. So yes, there were more romance here, but it still wasn’t the focus of the book, and it’s not a straightforward one. For one thing there are several possibilities; Hazard and his boyfriend Nico; Somerset and his wife but then there’s also something budding between Hazard and Somerset. To be honest, I’m not sure which constellation/s I prefer. (I’m sensing a theme here) I guess I’ll just have to listen on and see how it all develops. Tristan James is as I’ve mentioned before, a very talented narrator. He has a great pacing, inflictions and I love his accents. He also tries to add emotions and feelings, but doesn’t always get there. I do appreciate the effort though. Part of it might be of his monotone voice, it detracts from everything else he manages to hit spot on. It’s been interesting to be back with these guys and I think I just have to listen to the next couple of books, and hopefully get some kind of clue what to think one way or another.

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  • Bruce D. Parker
  • 02-09-18

Frustrating

These two detectives can't seem to solve the mystery of their own attraction let alone the murder cases that plague them. Reading these stories you wonder how anyone can be so brain-dead with personal relationships. The worst thing is that the author continues to bludgeon the reader again and again with the same inane conflicts without hope for resolution.

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  • H. Martin
  • 06-03-20

Transposition

These books are always recommended by everyone so I keep trying. It’s hard when you don’t like the main characters. I didn’t like them in the first and I still don’t like them. The mystery, why I keep going makes it worthwhile so far.

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  • Carey kelley
  • 16-08-19

had trouble following all the characters

wish there would have been more men I. this story, and a better physical description of them

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  • Jeremy B.
  • 21-05-19

Good second book

Loved all the different characters and funny storyline. But the same issues holding Hazard and Somers apart remain, that's getting old. By now they should be further along or have other issues. Idk but for some reason I didn't like this one as much as book 1.

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  • Sadie G
  • 23-11-20

Slow burn ahead!

Gregory Ashe knows how to write a good mystery that'll leave you guessing. I can never tell where he is going next. John-Henry is such a hot mess. Still in the slowest of slow burns. Tristan James's voice is perfection. Whenever I hear him in other books I think of Emery and John-Henry.

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  • Tracie
  • 30-10-20

It broke my heart

I liked it, I loved, gotta have some more of it. Stayed up most of night reading it was so so good.

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  • Joan
  • 14-10-20

CLUE

Transposition Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 2 By: Gregory Ashe Narrated by: Tristan James Series: Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 2 Length: 10 hrs I listened to this book at 1.50x So easy to get drawn into the story. So well written. If you have every played CLUE. Coloniel Mustard., in the Library, with a candle stick. The 2 Detectives find themselves in a game of play acting who done it murder mystery, until someone is actually murdered. 2 guy that grew up together in school. Went their separate ways. Both became Detective . Both working together in hometown. Murders investigations. Oh and 1 of the Detectives happens to be gay. And the other may possibly be bi. Tristan James did a really great job. Brought the who story to life. Wish more vocal artist were as good.

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 05-09-20

Clue.

This book was like a clue game. A real who-done-it. I loved the crazy, greedy characters. These books are some of the few that I can't figure out in the 1st chapters. Good job. Tristan James did a fantastic job, as always. Kathy Banks