His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat – and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that’s not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the ‘Northeast Kingdom’ of Vermont? Perry turns to help from ‘tall, dark and hostile’ former navy SEAL Nick Reno – but is Reno all that he seems?
**This title contains gay erotic content**
The title of this story intrigued me. This is a murder mystery rather than a ghost story. The whodunnit is from the very beginning right to the end of the story. An excellent tale that kept me guessing. There are a lot of quirky suspicious characters all of whom are played very well by Max Miller. The most outstanding one for me was Nick Reno. He gave him such a rough gravelly voice so well suited to the dour former Navy Seal. The story has such a lovely gothic feel about it with the rambling house and unusual tenants. I liked the slow building relationship between Perry and Reno. I really wasn’t sure where it was going, kept me guessing just like the murder mystery aspect. Reno is a softy under all the hard Navy Seal exterior. Whereas Perry comes across as a softy but we come to understand how strong he is. There are a few misdirections in this story just like the classic old school murder mysteries.
Overall I enjoyed this audiobook. Max Miller’s narration enhances the excellent dialogue bringing that extra vitality to the story.
4 of stars out of 5
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