Relief Valve

Relief Valve If you dig up the past be prepared for some dirt to stick The relationship between Tom Paretski a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks o

  • Title: Relief Valve
  • Author: J.L. Merrow
  • ISBN: 9781619220591
  • Page: 203
  • Format: ebook
  • If you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it s under attack Tom s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn t good enough for him, and they re not shy about saying so.Then Tom s prickly olIf you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it s under attack Tom s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn t good enough for him, and they re not shy about saying so.Then Tom s prickly older sister, Cherry, is poisoned at her own engagement party Tom s left reeling and not knowing who to suspect Could it be her new fianc , Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and a taste for taxidermy Or someone from her old writers circle, which she left after a row Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister Meanwhile, Tom s honorary auntie s left him a gag gift from beyond the grave that could be significant than anyone knows.Phil s fighting against the clock to solve the case before somebody ends up dead And with the poisoner hiding a dark secret, Phil s terrified Tom could have been the target all along.

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    1. JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.Find JL Merrow online at jlmerrow, on Twitter as jlmerrow, and on Facebook at facebook jlrrow

    2. sophomore sidestep: set phasers to pun.with a pun density that approaches truly dangerous levels, much of this is pretty funny.if i had to give a dar complein, it would be that i find it really frustrating when characters can't sort-out things that i, as the reader, already can's an ancient trope, and the basis of hitchcock's famous maxim about how to create suspense: you don't need to blow anything up to freak people out excitingly—so long as the audience knows the ticking time bomb's under t [...]

    3. I liked the first book Pressure Head but I absolutely adored this awesome sequel Relief Valve and I have to add both covers are a real treat. When I finished Pressure Head I was still a little unsure of Phil, I hadn't totally forgiven him for the role he played in Tom's injury and the 'strong, silent, macho PI' warning is accurate, so I also wasn't sure how he really felt about Tom.This story is told from Tom's POV and let me tell you, Tom's head is the best place to be. His comments, thoughts a [...]

    4. I enjoyed this second book but not as much as the first one. A few times characters’ reactions were a little hard to believe and as a result, I didn’t like Tom as much as the first book. Hearing about the death of a loved one, even one you haven’t met in years, is quite a blow and I can’t imagine anyone thinking about sex right after that. But my main disappointment was regarding the relationship. Tom and Phil’s relationship advanced to a new level but it wasn’t explored at all. For [...]

    5. This is a smooth, fast-reading installment in the life of psychic finder and plumber Tom Paretski, solving a mystery as his relationship with P.I. Phil Morrison moves forward. I love Tom's narrative voice. He's funny and sometimes snarky but in a good-hearted way. He's not pretentious, and he has a fair bit of tolerance for the quirks of others, even as he complains cheerfully about them. I enjoyed meeting more of his family, and finding out more of his backstory. His first-person viewpoint real [...]

    6. 3.5 starsI liked how Merrow is building their tentative relationship bit by bit, nothing ready made. I also liked the development in the other characters, they change, grow. I have to admit that the humour, wit, compliments of Tom, irked me a bit sometimes but beneath that layer the story, the people in it, are good. and yes I'm going on to Heat Trap some time soon with Carol and Maya

    7. Rating: 3.5 stars***Contain mild spoilers for Pressure Head***So the sequel to Pressure Head was still a pleasant read, but didn't meet my expectations. The book blurb explains it all: a murder-attempted mystery. And just like the predecessor, the story is heavily focused on the mystery and investigation.Some interesting developments include learning more about Tom's family, most of all, his older sister Cherry. We pretty much get all the old gang back: Gary, Darren, Dave, Merlin&Arthur (< [...]

    8. 2.5 StarsThis was not a hit like the first book. I love Tom, but his winning combo of British cheeky wit, charm and sarcasm that sold me in the first book felt forced and overblown in this book. Sometimes his thoughts became unfocused and annoying. The pacing was slow and there was nothing new brought to the story. The mystery was ok but the typical church involvement and multiple suspects didn't grab me. It didn't have the excitement I felt in the first installment. I also wish there was more d [...]

    9. ~RELIEVED IT FINALLY ENDED~I’m trying to figure out what went wrong with this sequel. I freaking loved the first book Pressure Head, it had so much charm and wit and I really liked it. Relief Valve lacked all the fun, and Tom’s voice lacked all the things I loved from him in the first book. I mostly found him flaky, and a little annoying. Tom and Phil are still together after the crazy that was the first book. They’ve settled into their life, Tom the Plumber and Phil the P.I. It’s still [...]

    10. 4.5 stars - I thought this was a pretty fabulous sequel to Merrow’s 2012 mystery romance Pressure Head. Tom’s bright narration is back in full-force, and it’s hard not to be charmed by him and the colorful denizens that dot Merrow’s cozy English countryside world.Book 2 finds plumber Tom (who has an innate ability to find hidden things, including buried bodies) getting used to his new relationship to former high school bully/now all-grown-up boyfriend Phil and getting even more used to h [...]

    11. 4.5A wonderful reunion with old friends. I'm really glad that I re-read Pressure Head as a refresher before I read this one because it was just so nice to be back in Tom's head. I love his voice. This story really advanced the relationship between Tom and Phil. How they feel their way to the next steps was at times painfully awkward to read and it worked so well. I still find Phil more than a bit of mystery but he's being revealed bit by bit. I'm really looking forward to Book 3 (I don't know wh [...]

    12. 4.5 stars!Tom and Phil are perfect, again. So much fun. This book might've been just a touch too long, IMO.I love the relationship between our two lovers. I like how they act like normal people who actually consider normal relationship milestones to be just that, milestones. Too often in this genre characters blow into the "I love you's" much too quickly, and miss all the tense, slightly awkward moments that usually happen in real relationships.I want the next book now! Please. Pretty please.

    13. Lust: The covers. I have wasted many a 5-minute block staring with lust & fascination at the covers of this series as they sit side by side on my kindle. It's not just that the guys are hot (they are, naturally) but the covers are so well-done they make staring at them a pleasant way to pass a lunch hour.Love: Learning new Briticisms. When I read the term “dicky tummy” my first thought was I wish I had a dicky tummy…then I realized it meant nausea and not, ahem, sexual matters.Love: Ph [...]

    14. I love Tom. The way he views people and describes what is happening, his outlook on life in generalI love all of it. And what about Phil? He's a bit of an unknown, that one. Keeps his cards close to his chest, but we get a few peeks, and I like what I see. He's seems a little vulnerable, a little wary, and a lot turned on by the adorable Tom. Watching the two of them together, all the hot, sweet, funny, and awkward moments, was so much fun. Awesome characters, interesting story. I can't wait to [...]

    15. This book has just rocked my socks! WOW - LOVED IT!!!! Tom Paretski has just become one of my all time favourite characters. Once again he gets involved in solving an attempted murder on his sister and lands himself in situations that had me on the edge of my seat, but also had me laughing out loud just reading about the characters and their antics.His elder sister, who he hasn't had much contact with over the last few years, contacts him and arranges to meet him for tea. His sister is a barrist [...]

    16. I had fun reading Pressure Head, but this book is so much better! For one, I start to actually love Phil We can see now that he really loves Tom and that their relationship can be a solid one! And then there is Tom!!! He is brilliant and funny. Being inside his head is like being in an hilarious party! The way he thinks what he thinks well, you have to read this to really appreciate the brilliance of his mind!I also want to say that I am so happy!!! There will be a third book "Heat Trap"! YAY!!! [...]

    17. Another J L Merrow that just works for me.I love Tom, I love Phil, but Tom and Phil together are most definitely in my top 5 favorite couples.This story had all I could wish for, comedy, romance ( of the Phil and Tom variety)and mystery.As usual I was in the dark as to who and why regarding the mystery. But I must say Tom's sister made a welcome change. I was expecting the usual bitch and was really pleasantly surprised by how human she turned out to be. Part of my attraction to these stories is [...]

    18. That was exhausting. Going through all those pages of dialogue made of puns and quips in search of the rare moments of sincerity was not so worth it for me. Sorry :(I still think Tom is a lovely character though.Buddy read with Carol and Sofia, March 2016.

    19. Ha - finished! It felt as if I read forever, although it was a great story! I had problems getting into it, but I really liked Tom's voice. This dry humor, it got me laughing out loud very often, earning me funny looks from hubby. Tom and Phil - love them both. And all the other people appearing, yes there was quite a number, but they were all distinct, so I never had the problem of - wait, who's that now? Very well written with a great pace. And I'm a fan of this English story telling.And sudde [...]

    20. Not good.  I very much liked the first book about Tom.I very much liked Tom. But this time around Tom was too much. He was over-drawn. Too charming, too cheery, too everything. Like the author tried too hard. Phil and their relationship was totally uninteresting. The "crime" part didn't make much sense for me - it was a cheap shot,(view spoiler)[that in the end the most unlikely suspect was the culprit, and she was simply crazy. Well, this saves an author much time for good story constructio [...]

    21. 4.5This series is awesome. It's funny (big plus), has a bloody brilliant, paranormally gifted, sarcastic plumber for a narrator (plus plus plus), has a tall, handsome, surly private detective as the second protagonist (is it hot in here? PLUS), has mystery subplots that are taken seriously (biiiig plus), and it's as British as it gets (giGANtic plus).All of that makes one happy reader right here. And this book is at least as good as the first one. Aside from Tom whom I utterly, deeply, and very [...]

    22. Another interesting murder mystery to be solved, and which kept me hooked. I wish there would have been a bit more romance in the book (not to mention S-E-X). I think Tom's POV sometimes leaves things hanging, and I'm not sure what Phil's face expressions and body language mean. Which of course makes their relationship more intriguing. How boring would not a relationship be if the people in it decided to actually communicate:-)?Tom is a great character, just like in the first book, and had me la [...]

    23. 3.5 starsI enjoyed this installment but it was a slow read for me. When I first started reading the book I felt that Tom was "trying too hard" with his jokes. But then I let that go. However, ultimately I did feel like Tom's voice was a bit winded. Just kept going about pretty much anything and a lot of it inconsequential to the story. I think that's why I was bored by the story for a bit.I did like the mystery part which I feel weighs the most in the story. I hate reading books where I figure o [...]

    24. Le sigh. I LOVE Tom. Review to come soon!Okay, so I forgot to come back and review thisbut I can tell you it is one of my favourite stories ever. I adore Tom. the MCs really! I can't wait for the third book in this series! JL Merrow is one of my must read authors and this is my favourite of her books. The mystety is great but it's the relationship between Tom & Phil that I adore. Ungh.

    25. Tom Paretski is an unclogger of pipes, a finder of hidden things, and catnip to slightly creepy clergy. He is also a son, a brother, and maybe (fingers crossed) a boyfriend. None of these things help all that much when a poisoned drink nearly kills his sister at her engagement party. And while there have been times in his life where he certainly wanted to strangle his sister, he’s not at all on board with anyone else taking their shot at her. Now he and his lover/boyfriend/childhood tormentor, [...]

    26. Very funny, & very clever with one of the clearest voices I have read. Tom has so many layers, so much goodness and spirit. But I especially loved it when he was uncertain about Phil, and trying to reconcile his obviously very strong feelings for him with his perception that perhaps that's not the most manly way to behave.Oi! Who cares, Tom? Innit about love?The secondary characters are all excellent too, particularly Cherry, who transforms naturally and beautifully through the narrative. Th [...]

    27. I still adore Tom and I really liked the new additions to his entourage (view spoiler)[(especially Cheryl turned out to be quite nice after all). (hide spoiler)]The relationship between Tom and Phil felt realistic in its awkwardness and tiny steps, but perhaps there were just a little too few mushy/romantic moments for me. I guess I got a little bit frustrated by them as a couple, in all their obliviousness and their inability to communicate their feelings.As usual a fun and interesting Buddy re [...]

    28. 3.5 starsNot as humorous or as romantic as I wanted it to be, but still an enjoyable read. I desperately need for Phil to open up more about his past and feelings, because while some mystery is good, right now Phil is too much of a black box to be a character I'm invested in.

    29. I laughed out loud with this one. Being in Tom's head was so much fun. It did seem to drag little in the middle but it picked up again quickly enough.

    30. Some snark, some drama, attempted murder, and a hesitant romance reminded me why I enjoyed Pressure Head, the first book in The Plumber's Mate series about not exactly 'everyday joe' Tom Paretsky the plumber and his broody PI boyfriend, Phil.The events of Relief Valve happen shortly after the dramatic ending of Pressure Head and the relationship plot thread carries through with a new mystery to stir up Tom and Phil and have them back to detecting once again. It's probably not a great place to st [...]

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