It’s 1987, and Soho is in the grip of another hot summer. While working part-time in The Red Lion, Joe finds himself agreeing to help a notorious gangster search for her missing girlfriend.

Antonia The Gecko Lagorio is daughter to the ruthless but ageing gang boss, Tony The Lizard Lagorio. When her girlfriend, Charlotte Fenwick, goes missing, Antonia turns to Joe for help, believing her to have been kidnapped by a rival gang.

Charlotte Fenwick is daughter to multi-millionaire, Charles Fenwick—who also happens to be one of Freddie Gillespie’s bigger clients. Keen to keep any hint of a scandal out of the public eye, Charles Fenwick had already asked Freddie to recruit Russell and Joe to help him find his daughter discreetly.

With both of them on the case, Joe and Russell find themselves trying to stop a turf war between the two rival gangs while uncovering all manner of dark secrets about the missing heiress and her troubled life.

Meanwhile Freddie Gillespie has a run in with an old foe that could see him lose both his job and his relationship with Russell.


My Review

Once again with thanks to Dylan at Red Dog Press, for providing an ebook copy of this book to review for the blog tour.

I was eagerly looking forward to reading this, as I had already read the others in the series and was hoping for another great story! I was not disappointed!

Joe and Russell have another case to deal with, this time in the terms of a missing girl, whom has quite a reputation.

Even though this is a series, there is always a very clever introduction intertwined into the story line, to what has happened in the previous books, that are connected with Joe and Russell. So I feel that even though I would recommend reading them in order, you don’t have to, to enjoy the story at its best.

With rival gangs coming head to head, as Joe and Russell try to understand more about this missing girl, who she is connected with and why someone would want to kidnap her.

With the missing girl’s father having his own mind on how his daughter should act and behave, unfortunately this isn’t the case, he may feel he has to watch her every move, however he doesn’t know her as well as he thought.

I enjoy reading about the Red Lion and the people that use the pub, it seems like a lively, fun place to be, and a safe haven for those who just want to be themselves without prejudice.

Detective Skinner decides to raise his ugly head again, being where he shouldn’t and doing more harm. Even though his character is despicable, I do feel he plays an important role in the past for Russell and he will get what is coming to him. I also feel that there is a side line story, just waiting to see what will happen to him in the end!

I love the way other gay and lesbian friends of Russell and Joe help them in their investigation, creating diversions is one of their specialities. I believe they like the action and are more than happy to help.

From the very beginning the story line is gripping, informative and provides everything you need to keep you gripped to the end! Yes it is a short story, however it packs everything in that you expect from a brilliant writer.

I am very much looking forward to the next instalment of Joe and Russell and what they get up to!

You can buy it here from Amazon, I would also recommend the others in the series – Tainted Love, Who’s That Girl and Careless Whisper. These books are not only great to read, the front covers are striking and they would also make a great collection to own!



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