Bitter Legacy

Bitter Legacy

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"London. Detective Sergeant James Henderson's remarkable gut instincts have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. But the advancement of his career has come at a cost. Gay, posh and eager to prove himself in the Metropolitan Police, James has allowed himself few chances for romance. But when the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, all that changes. His investigation leads him to a circle of irresistibly charming men. And though he knows better, James finds himself enticed into their company. Soon his desire for photographer Ben Morgan challenges him to find a way into the other man's lifestyle of one-night stands and carefree promiscuity. At the same time his single murder case multiplies into a cruel pattern of violence and depravity. But as the bodies pile up and shocking secrets come to light, James finds both his tumultuous private life and coveted career threatened by a bitter legacy."--
Publisher: Bellingham, WA : One Block Empire, and imprint of Blind Eye Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781935560425
1935560425
Branch Call Number: MACLEAN D
Characteristics: 398 pages ; 23 cm

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Gay. When the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in Detective Sergeant James Henderson's lap, he finds himself navigating the promiscuous, secretive and corrupt spheres of the rich when the murderer strikes again. Soon James begins to fear that these crimes lead dangerously close to his... Read More »


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BostonPL_JordanD Dec 02, 2020

Title/Author:  Bitter Legacy, Object of Desire, and Blue on Blue by Dal MacLean

Series/Standalone:  Bitter Legacy series books 1-3

Genre/Sub-Genre:  Mystery/Romance

Book Format: eBook

Length:  Bitter Legacy: 350 pages, Object of Desire: 396 pages, & Blue on Blue: 407 pages

LGBTQ+ Orientation: Gay, Bisexual

Content Warnings: This series does get dark at times. In the final book there is an investigation into the sexual abuse of children and corrupt cops. Though it's been awhile since I've read the first two to remember the specifics of them. I will update this review when I get around to a reread.

Well-Written/Editor Needed: Very well written!

Would I Recommend?: YES

Personal thoughts:  This review is for all three books. While it's been awhile since I read the first book and then the second, I just finished the third and wow, every time Dal Maclean blows me away with her writing style, the complexity of the characters, the plot, and the murder mystery. Yes, there's a romance here between two gay characters with an HEA, so many also consider this a romance novel. Please know the mystery is a major part of the plot as is the romance. :-) I had thought these books were standalone novels within the same universe, but when you get to the third novel, you realize they are tightly woven together and you really do need to read them in order, preferably one right after the other, or close enough that you don't forget the details. I will go back and reread them at some point so I can get the full effect for sure. But I do feel as if I need a break. The final book is a bit dark and very intense. Although, to be honest, I believe all three books are dark and intense. The suspense is very high here and all three were very hard to put down. If you like suspenseful/intense murder mysteries heavy on the police procedure and gay romance in your novels, I highly recommend this series!

And, if you liked this, and want more, check out Josh Lanyon's books, most notably her Adrien English mystery series that starts with Fatal Shadows.

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