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Book Review: Tainted Love – T. S. Hunter

Blurb

SOME RELATIONSHIPS ARE JUST MURDER

It’s 1985, and Joe Stone is excited to be joining his old school friend, and lifelong crush, Chris, for a long weekend in London’s Soho–home to a vibrant, developing gay scene, and a million miles from the small town Joe and Chris grew up in.

When Chris is found brutally murdered, the police write his death off as another rent boy fallen foul of a bad hook up. But Joe knows his best friend was killed deliberately, and joins forces with former police detective, Russell Dixon–Chris’s flatmate–to find out why.

Spiralling debt, illicit sex, blackmail, spurned lovers and hard-nosed gangsters all play their part, but who among the celebrities, fashionistas, drag queens, ex-lovers and so-called friends is Chris’s killer?

A noirish whodunit set in 1980s London, with all the big hair, electro-pop, shoulder pads, police discrimination and lethal killers that the era had to offer.

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Tainted Love is the first novel in T. S. Hunter’s Soho Noir series. It’s only 105 pages long so it’s just a wee tiddler of a book, perfect for a quick read when you want to switch off for an hour or two.

I bought this as I’d been seeing the series all over Twitter and couldn’t stand missing out. Serious FOMO.

I don’t have a bad word to say about Tainted Love. Not one.

It’s short and sweet, not a word is wasted. For such a short book and the first in the series the story just gets going straight away with background being picked up as you go. I loved it and finished it over a couple of hours.

The characters are engaging and I’m already quite fond of them: Joe – the fish out of water in the big bad city of London getting a taste of the gay- scene for the first time; and Russell the ex-policeman forced from his job for being gay. Joe and Russell aren’t your usual duo but they’re perfect together.

The remaining Soho Noir books are now firmly on my to-buy list. Another smasher from Red Dog Press.

Note: The books are classed as ‘Cosy Crime’, never heard that term but I love it!

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