Still waters run deadly.
Tom Paretski, plumber with a talent for finding hidden things, and his private investigator fiancé Phil Morrison have been hired to locate a runaway husband, Jonathan Parrot. The job seems simple enough—until their quarry turns up dead in a canal, and a photofit of Tom’s face is splashed all over the news, making him chief suspect.
The widow, petite ex–porn star Lilah Lovett, is convinced her husband was killed by his gay lover, but Tom and Phil aren’t so sure. Worried they may have precipitated Jonathan’s death, they’re determined to find the real killer. But with a web of incestuous ties linking the suspects, it’s hard to know who to trust. Especially when a second victim dies a gruesome death.
Meanwhile, with their wedding looming and them sharing a house now, Tom’s worried it may all be too much, too fast. The last thing he needs are the mixed messages Phil seems to be sending out. They’ll need to get back on the same track if they want to make it to their honeymoon together—and alive.
Merrow gifts readers with a witty, absorbing fifth Plumber's Mate mystery (after Blow Down), which newcomers to the series will find easy to follow. Tom Paretski's psychic ability to locate missing objects frequently draws him away from his day job as a plumber in present-day London. In this installment, porn producer Lilah Parrot hires him to find her runaway husband, Jonny, and Tom ropes his private investigator fianc , Phil, into the case, assuming less mystical skills will be more useful. When the missing man turns up dead, Lilah, who's suspiciously calm, is certain Jonny's lover Kelvin murdered him. Tom and Phil set out to find the killer, but a crowd of secretive characters, including Lilah's first husband, sister, and two children, shatter any hope of a straightforward solution. In between their investigations, the couple struggles to adjust to living together and cope with the stress of wedding planning. Their squabbling but tender dynamic provides counterbalance to the messy entanglements of Lilah's clan, and the final revelations are genuinely surprising. The British slang is smooth and charming, though some Americans may find it challenging to follow. Fans of mysteries with a minor supernatural tinge and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor will enjoy this tricky whodunit.