REVIEW: A Friend in the Fire (An Auden & O’Callaghan Mystery Book 2) – Gregory Ashe and C.S. Poe

A Friend in the Fire Book Cover A Friend in the Fire
An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery Book 2
Gregory Ashe and C.S. Poe
LGBTQ Private Investigator Mysteries
Emporium Press
April 29, 2021

After solving the mystery behind the death of his former friend in July, ex-Army Sam Auden has been aimlessly wandering the country. Everything had gone sideways in New York City, so when his phone rings three months later, the caller is the last person Sam expected to be asking for help.

Confidential informant Rufus O’Callaghan has been struggling. His NYPD contact was murdered over the summer, and the man Rufus is head over heels for was driven away by his own undiagnosed trauma. But when he receives an anonymous letter that promises information on his mother, life goes from dark to dangerous in the blink of an eye.

Sam and Rufus must dig into Rufus’s rough and turbulent past in order to solve a series of contemporary murders connected to his mother. And if the two can’t expose who the killer is in time, they will most certainly become his next targets.

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

So excited that the second installment of the O’Callaghan and Auden adventures is here! This is most definitely a series following Rufus and Sam with new, edge of your seat action in each book. I am a fan of each of these authors separately, but when they combine their efforts, the results are bigger than the sum of their parts!!! And holy wow do these two writers put these guys through it all.

These two men are broken. Their pasts keep coming back to haunt them and they find that they must rely on each other to face some pretty awful moments. Scattered amongst the angst and adventure are these pure nuggets of humor and romance. I found myself highlighting passages, which I very rarely do, because these treasures were so poignant or so hilarious. My favorite part so far in this series is the character of Rufus. His nervous habit of blurting out whatever is running through that kaleidoscope of a brain is so fantastic.

Fans of mystery will be on the edge of their seats. Fans of romance will be surprised at how drawn they are to these two broken men and their ability to show their hearts. I cannot recommend this series enough.

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