The time is 1923, and the place is a fantasy city in Ireland. Two unlikely men have formed a partnership: good-natured Michael, who keeps a serious secret, and sulky Simon, who has plenty of reasons to be angry at the world. Michael has stalked the standoffish Simon from the beginning, and Simon has consistently rebuffed him…yet not enough for Michael to give up a dedicated pursuit of the handsome investigator.
As private eyes, the men have a case to solve: to find more than a score of stolen paintings, and especially one small valuable work of art worth more than all the others. But the case grows more complex the deeper they look into it. Soon Michael and Simon find themselves searching not just for a thief, but for a city-wide ring of criminals. And the closer they get to the paintings, the closer they find themselves to a killer.
Into this mix steps a man named Moshe—a pesky, secretive, nosy man who is nevertheless a brilliant investigator himself. He gives both the men fits, burrowing like a tick into their very private affairs, so close they have a hard time evading him.
This is the 3rd book in the series, and at this point I would say that it’s best read in order.
Once again, this book starts out right after where book 2 ends, so we get to pick up on everything that is happening. O’Quinn still gives enough information about what was going on in the previous books that if it’s been awhile since you read the other books, it’s a great catch up for you. However if you’re like me and reading them back to back, (because I just had to find out what was going to happen next) then those parts of the story do feel very repetitive.
While each book so far covers only a few days, those few days seem very long, and drawn out to a degree. There is a lot going on and happening throughout the course of the book that I was hanging waiting to find out what information O’Quinn was going to share with us next.
The relationship between Michael and Simon is just amazing, and I love being able to follow along with it and seeing what’s going to happen next. On one hand, it does seem very drawn out and I was wondering when Simon was finally going to accept his feelings, but then on the other hand I had to keep reminding myself that it has only been a few days and to give Simon time to come to terms with everything.
When I started this story, I couldn’t wait to find out what trouble these two were going to get into next, and I can say that I wasn’t let down.
I would recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a new mystery/suspense series with a side of romance.