Sparring With Shadows (The Gaslight Mysteries #2) by Erin O’Quinn 1

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Simon Hart, private investigator, has always thought of himself as a regular fellow. He’s standoffish and a loner with a sullen attitude—yet surely a normal bloke. And then he meets the randy Michael McCree.

In short order, Michael has become his flat-mate, his business partner, and his wannabe lover. Now Simon must look deeper, into his own hidden desires, if he wants to survive.

There’s something about Michael’s secret vocation that invites trouble. Simon finds himself sparring with shadows: in the hidden bedrooms of a roaring twenties version of a gay bar…as a chained wall decoration in the flat of a thief and sexual deviant…and as the quarry in a deadly confrontation in an exhibitionist’s bed and then in a sewer tunnel beneath the streets of a 1923 city somewhere in Ireland.

Above all, Simon is sparring with the shadow of his own secret urges. Michael will not allow him to turn away from a kind of private investigation of which he has not even dreamed. Until now.

Follow a fastidious, surly investigator and his horny yet secretive partner through the very cracks in a city of gaslights and vintage motorcars, into a hidden homosexual culture, as the men find themselves sparring with shadows… addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Crystal Marie_s RamblingsTAG

I couldn’t wait to start reading this book after I finished book 1 in the series, Heart to Hart. I do have to admit that I have not read a lot of books set in this time period, but if they are all as good as how O’Quinn has written them, I will be sure to check out more in the future.

This book picks up right were Heart to Hart ended, but I do feel like O’Quinn gave enough information about what was covered in the first book that you could pick this one up and start the series from here and still enjoy it.

The characters were both very likeable and completely different from each other. So different to the point where I was wondering if they would even be able to work things out! Where Michael is tough, Simon is soft – and where Michael is very brash and vocal, Simon is very quiet and reserved. I do feel like the massive differences between the two is part of why this book worked so well for me.

The suspense that O’Quinn writes into the stories was very well done. There were plenty of times where I was on the edge of my seat trying to wait to find out what was going on, and what was going to happen next. O’Quinn packs a punch of twists and turns in the story that kept my interest and kept me reading.

Overall, I would say that if you’re looking for a new series to check this one out!


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  • erin o'quinn

    Thanks kindly for your praise of Sparring with Shadows. It’s always tough to intro a bygone era (1920s) and a foreign country (Ireland) to modern readers, but you’ve made the book seem quite within reach!

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