Saturday, August 13, 2016

Book Review: THE SUN GOES DOWN by James Lear

James Lear
The Sun Goes Down
June 14, 2016


Mitch Mitchell needs a vacation, and he is determined to make the most of his trip to the Mediterranean island of Gozo. Death never takes a break however, and at the behest of fellow doctor Bob Southern, Mitch soon finds himself investigating the demise of a young, gay lance corporal. The police have ruled it a suicide, but the young man's boyfriend claims it was murder. Suspecting an official cover-up of a queer scandal, Mitch gets to work on an investigation that leads him into a labyrinth of lies, false identities and secret sex.

With tension, humor and plenty of Mitch Mitchell's exuberant sexual encounters, The Sun Goes Down cranks up the Mediterranean heat for one of his most baffling and dangerous cases.

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Carra's Review

Take a classic murder mystery and cross it with a horny self-styled detective who's constantly looking for his next hookup and the result is The Sun Goes Down.  I'll be honest-murder mysteries are not my normal fare.  But Mitch's character kept things interesting trying to figure out the who-done-it while at the same time tackling the who's-next-in-his-bed challenge.  Interesting mix?  Yes.  Does it work?  It sure does.

Mitch is pretty free with his partners (and no-safe sex doesn't find it way anywhere near this book-probably due to the era in which it is set), while at the same time he's on the lookout for a new puzzle to solve.  His needs are met on both fronts when he arrives in Gozo, and it makes for both an intriguing enigma to figure out and an erotic journey to enjoy (over and over if Mitch has his way).

The mystery aspect keeps the reader alert trying to figure out what really happened and who is responsible.  It did keep me guessing until the end, where Mitch gathers everyone affected to sit and listen to his exposition on the who-what-when-where-why of the case...reminiscent of a classic murder mystery reveal.

And along the way...he might have found a man he can call his.  Or as much his as he can considering his very free sexual lifestyle.

The Sun Goes Down keeps you guessing with plenty of twists and turns, interspersed with Mitch's sexual exploits that are definitely for the 18+ crowd.  This was a 3.5-star read for me, and fans of M/M mystery injected with a healthy dose of explicit sexual content (including a scene with watersports-not really my cup of tea with that one) will want to pick this one up.

About the Author:

James Lear is the nom de plume of prolific and acclaimed novelist, Rupert Smith. He lives in London and is the 2008 Winner of Erotic Awards "Best Writer".

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