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Series: The Adrien English Mysteries #1
Publication Date: August 1, 2020
Publisher: Just Joshin
Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Fiction, LGBTQ+, M M Romance, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
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Los Angeles bookseller and aspiring mystery author Adrien English finds himself the prime suspect when his employee—an old high school buddy (and more)—is found stabbed to death in a back alley following a loud and public argument the previous evening.
Naturally the cops want to ask Adrien a few questions—and when a few hours later someone breaks into Cloak and Dagger Bookstore, the law is inclined to think Adrien is trying to divert suspicion from himself.
Adrien knows better. Adrien knows he's next on the killer's list.
Okay, so Fatal Shadows has it all, honestly! Gay romance, murder, and a hunt for a serial killer! The best part is that we the reader are right there front and center for it all.
Adrien is just your semi-average writer and bookstore owner. But when his friend/employee turns up murdered, he finds himself being held as suspect number one. Honestly, the police are not much help with clearing his name either.
Then comes in Detective Riordan. My oh my, what a man of mystery! We do not get to see a lot of his character, but I want more! The man has secrets and I want to discover them all. But the last few pages of the book really drove it home. I have to find out more about Detective Riordan.
The plot follows the Adrien trying to figure out who killed Robert and uncovering something he had not bargained for. Meanwhile, he has two cops trying to pin the murder on him. Then mysteriously another one of Adrien’s friends gets murdered.
Then things get even more twisted with something from the past. High school, ahh the years that shape everyone. Sometimes it is for the good and other times for the bad, the very bad. But why did it take so long for the revenge to start?
Everything was finally answered in the last two chapters of Fatal Shadows. While things were tied up with the case, new questions were asked in the final few lines of the book. All of this makes for a really good read.
I was able to read through the book in about a day, I had to know what was going to happen next. There was always something else about to happen, just around the corner in the next chapter. Fatal Shadows is a great first book in The Adrien English Mysteries series.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.