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Emery Hazard is trying to plan his wedding, even though his fiancé, John-Henry Somerset, isn’t exactly making things easy for him. To be fair, Somers has been distracted lately; his father is running for mayor in a hotly contested election, and their hometown is splintering under the weight of divisive politics. 

In a matter of hours, those poisonous politics invade Hazard’s life in a way he couldn’t have imagined. Glenn Somerset, Somers’s father, shows up on their doorstep, and he wants two things: first, for Hazard to neutralize a blackmail threat; and second, for Somers temporarily to move out of the house he shares with Hazard, part of public relations stunt to win the election. To Hazard’s shock, Somers agrees. 

Determined to lose himself in his work, Hazard takes on a missing person’s case, but his investigation only leads him deeper into the tangled web of small-town politics. To find the truth, he must face off with the viciously rich who rule Wahredua — and with the poor, desperate, and marginalized, who fight just as viciously in their own way. 

When Hazard’s investigation uncovers a murder, he is forced to work with Somers to bring the killer to justice, despite their fractured relationship. But the sudden news that Hazard’s father is failing fast threatens to put an untimely end to the case — and, in doing so, jeopardize Somers’s last-ditch effort to repair his relationship with his own father. 

The killer, though, has an accelerating timeline, and in a world of wayward children, every relationship is fraught with hidden dangers.

©2020 Gregory Ashe (P)2020 Gregory Ashe

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Interesting Story

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

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Brilliant

By far the best narrator I've listened to. The whole Hazard and Somerset series is addictive. I dread the day when it ends...

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I really like this series

I've followed all the Hazard and Somerset books since the start of the first series. I really like them as a couple and they deal with real-world same-sex couple issues. This book, in particular, dealt with the impact on Somerset's life of his coming out. But they also solve crimes, build a network of associates, deal with their families and live in a town which is on a journey from conservative blue-collar to more liberal university community. Many of the social and personal issues that happen in the Hazard and Somerset universe are playing out in real-time in the real world at the moment so these are all really relevant issues. At times Hazard's mental health is a real concern and he feels like a pressure cooker about to explode, at other times the violence is extreme to the point of gratuitous, but other readers will not feel the same. I'm looking forward to the end of this series and (hopefully) hearing that the Keeper of Bees has been brought to justice.

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Can we ever be the child that our parents want?

I received this audiobook as an advanced listener. I have already read the book and you can see my review at the end of this piece. If I could, I would this audiobook at least 6* and I gave the book 5* So why listen to the audiobook? Tristan James is the natural interpreter of Gregory Ashe’s writing. Listening to the book gives and added depth to the story as James capture these the intense couple who are Hazard and Somerset as well as the voices of the people they investigate and the town of Wahredua Although, I knew what was to come actually listening to James voice both Hazard and Somerset’s complex relationships with their father really slayed me. Even if you have read the book, listen, a good book never dies. E book review ‘I already told you how much I love this series. The key components to the story are already in the synopsis and I don't want to give away key aspects of the plot. However, suffice to say that Gregory Ashe's writing is sublime. The only reason I took so long to read this book is because it was a slow burn for which you needed to be able to concentrate as Ashe built the foundations of a sad crime story and in many ways a familiar story. The difference here is the story is told well. Once we got that foundation I was away and I finished 70% of the book in a day. Within all if this we have Hazard and Somers relationship that continues to be compelling, both complex and beautiful. We learn more about their internal worlds and why they are so right for each other. As always I want the audible book too because I know Tristan James will do a good job of catching the myriad of emotions that rise from the telling. Also, the title of the next book, can you imagine what's coming! Thankfully not to long too wait.’’

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  • Michelle Janes
  • 16-09-20

I HATE Glen Somerset!!!!

How dare he drive a wedge between Emery and John. Worse yet, how dare they let him. Stubborn. That's what they are. They love one another so much but they let pettiness come between them. Which of course, is all the opening that people need in order to try to drive them even farther apart. From Emery's father's cancer to John's father's mayoral election, and Nico and Dulac sniffing around "being supportive", their relationship goes up in flames fast. With neither Emery or John willing to resolve their issues, work becomes their best outlet. Hazard had been hired to work on a blackmail case for Glen Somerset and John Henry had all but been told to collaborate with his fiancé on it. Thank God they can still work together, because at this point that's about all they've got left.Their professional relationship has always brought them back together and this time it is no different. When working side-by-side they can finally set aside their differences and just be themselves. Almost. By the end of the book, they both finally remember who and what is important to them and stop acting like petulant children. Throughout the whole book I was just waiting for the Bee Keeper to make some kind of a grand appearance, but all I got was this teensy weensy small little clue. Which is just so unfair because I want to know more now! The next book needs to come out in audio sooner rather than later, or the anticipation might just kill me. Now, I'm the one acting like the petulant child. I got the book five days ago and I've already listened to it twice. You know, just in case I missed something really important the first time. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Sadie G
  • 11-08-20

Such a great series.

I loooooovvvvvvvvvveee this series. From book to book I don't know if I'm pissed at Emery or John-Henry more. I think its about 75% John-Henry/25% Emery. I don't think there was enough "Ree" for my liking. (Tristan James saying Ree is too cute). They are both such hot messes. I loved the ending. It gave me all the feels. I cannot wait to read/listen to the next book. Can it come out now? Please?

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 15-12-20

Fantastic!

another fantastic read/listen! Love the series, love Tristan, its a bit quirky so be prepared!

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  • Julie Whitehead
  • 09-12-20

Gets me every time!

Great story, great narration! I misted up, I laughed, I did housework just to keep listening. The day this series is over will be a sad one. I’m the meantime, I got another ready to go!

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  • Rachel BPG
  • 16-11-20

Another great story!!

I don’t know what to say anymore, just these books are so good! I highly recommend! The narrator does a great job as always!!

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  • lavine
  • 02-10-20

love this series

OMG I want this series to go on and on. I have all is books in the series and I don't want it to end. just one of your biggest fan for life please keep them coming. I love and respect what you do as a brilliant writer, I will all ways be a fan so thank you😘😘🔥🔥 fire in Jamaica means very very good work so 🔥🔥🔥🔥😘😘😘

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  • Michelle
  • 26-09-20

So Good But Bittersweet

Emery and John-Henry are one of my all-time favorite couples even if there is a lot less coupledom in this one. But that struggle they go through, pulling apart and finding their way back... It is so compelling. Although there were times I wanted someone to shake some sense into those two men! Add in a solid mystery and interesting (if aggravating) side characters and I find myself riveted. I freely admit I am invested in these characters. Tristan James is a great narrator for this series and his is the voice I now hear even when I re-read one of these books. This is another great entry in the series, well worth your time and that credit!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-09-20

Wow

Why do I say each book in the series is my favorite. then I read this current book OMG. Hazard and Somerset laid it all out in the open, anguish, anger, and love. The narration by Tristan James was excellent. When Hazard says John you can hear his undying love.

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  • Sandra Kirchner
  • 09-09-20

An emotional kick to the stomach

I never thought I would come so close to wanting to murder John Henry Somerset. For the partner who is described as being the one who can read people, he was pretty much illiterate through most of this book. The strain between them was viscerally painful at times to the point where I would have to stop and take a breath before continuing. That being said, John redeemed himself in the end (even though Hazard would probably like to kill him for it.) The central mystery was also well thought out and well-executed. The author is always great at providing a cast of unique possible suspects and this was no different. I was convinced the culprit was every one of them at some point! As always, Tristan James brings Hazard and Somerset to life in a way that no other narrator could. His performance was top notch and he deserves an award for voicing Dulac.

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  • Yvonne M
  • 04-09-20

Loved it!

I loved this story, I love how Hazard is still helping with the investigations. He is now dealing with his father’s death on top of everything else. His father was a real ass toward Hazard on there last conversation so there’s no love lost. I also love how Somers finally was nice to Hazard and showed him and the world who he loves.