A Cole McGinnis Mystery
Sequel to Dirty Secret
For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole's closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems-most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms.
As if his own personal dramas weren't enough, Cole is approached by Madame Sun, a fortune-teller whose clients have been dying at an alarming rate. Convinced someone is after her customers, she wants the matter investigated, but the police think she's imagining things. Hoping to put Sun's mind at ease, Cole takes the case and finds himself plunged into a Gordian knot of lies and betrayal where no one is who they are supposed to be and Death seems to be the only card in Madame Sun's deck.
©2013 Rhys Ford (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
The narrator! Knowing or reading the story first, I had the characters pictured in my head, and as I have said in the last 2 audios, Greg nailed it again!
The first two! and Rhy's other series, Sinners Gin. Excellent writing, description of characters and Korean culture.
His voices of the characters are perfect. Truly a performance and not a read a long!
I laughed and cried. Rhys is good at that. I think she attempts to see if she can reduce her readers to tears.... But, also funny as hell!
Worth every bit of the money! will stalk the narrator for the next one in the series!
Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.
Haven't read it but I can't imagine either version NOT being good.
The Sinner's Gin series, same author, she has a way with writing murder and mayhem.
I've listened to all the Cole McGinnis books to date, Tremblay has narrated them all and done a fantastic job of it. I love how he can voice the Asian culture.
There was a scene toward the end between Cole and Jae that literally made my toes curl. Very sexy and emotional!
Can you say shit storm? Clusterfuck? The world’s largest magnet for trouble? Allow me to introduce you to Cole McGinnis. This PI has a pinchet for danger and a good day for him, well that would be one where he wasn’t shot at, or no one died. While Cole spends his days trying to solve the cases that land on his desk and stay out of trouble, he spends the rest of his time trying to convince his closeted boyfriend Jae-Min that he loves him and keep Jae out of harm’s way as well. It would probably be easier to lasso a feral cat!
Cole’s most recent case is for one Madame Sun, a fortune teller whose clients are dropping like flies. While Cole weaves his way in and out of imminent danger, tries to get Jae to stand still long enough for a sloppy wet kiss and attempts to keep his partner and best friend Bobby off of his newly acquired little brother, he has to deal with a killer that has no problem what so ever taking out a child in order to prove a point. Cole may have bitten off more than even he can chew with this one.
Every instalment in this series gets more intense and gritty, for lack of a better word, dirty. The attention to detail is so precise, some little crumb that fell five minutes into the book becomes a monstrosity toward the end and will just throw you for a loop. The action and suspense is literally nonstop from start to finish, and the body count is insane. Any book by Rhys Ford is going to be good, but with this series in particular I find myself losing time I get so engrossed in the story.
The characters are so perfectly flawed with monsters, murderers and generally psychotic killers blending into the line up like flowers on wall paper. The attention to detail within the storylines adds depth and the way Ford can spin a tale, keep you guessing until the last second is so intense, I almost feel drained after listening to one of her books. Almost like coming down off a high, or a good drunk!
Ford has been paired with some amazing narrators for her stories as well, this series is helmed by the wondrous talents of Greg Tremblay. Steeped in Asian culture and personalities, Tremblay nails every subtle nuance and inflection right down to the unique tone of Jae-Min. His voice for Cole is slightly monotone, but it’s so perfectly Cole that I want to chuckle. When you get to hear the most noticeable strain or emotion in either of them is when they are together, or when Cole is worrying about Jae-Min. And I love that, that Tremblay can really nail the intense emotions these two share only with each other. There is a scene toward the end of the book, Christ almighty, I’m a straight woman and that scene made MY toes curl!
This is a must read for folks that love a good mystery, crime dramas, murder, mayhem, a sexy PI that attracts trouble like dryer sheet attracts lint, and an edgy Asian man that is afraid to sit still for more than five minutes, because in that five minutes he will have to admit to himself that he’s fallen in love with said sexy PI.
I am late to the game as far as Rhys Ford goes – for whatever reason I had not read anything by her – despite the fabulous reviews, etc. DAMMIT! Is all I can say – she is fantastic! I started with the Cole McGinnis series and I am so psyched that I have all the others ahead of me to read! If you are reading/listening to Dirty Laundry you are probably well versed in the world of Cole and Jae – an amazingly sweet love story between a reluctant Korean man and a kind of goofy PI/ex-cop set in LA. You could read each book as a stand alone, Rhys does a good job of catching you up on the basics of each of her characters, but the story is far more rich when read as part of the series in order.
There is so much good to say about this series and this author – it is hard to choose where to start. First Rhys is an amazing writer. She does an amazing job of describing LA, the characters, their emotions, the Korean/Japanese culture in America – everything. She is lyrical and poetic, touching and sweet. She is a joy to read because all that she writes is so rich and detailed without being overdone and excessive.
Second, the love story. Oh man… so wonderful. Jae and Cole are so sweet together and in this book we get to see their relationship really gelling and it is not only tender and romantic but the smexy scenes – HOT! Those two can really “get it on”, but the tenderness is what does it for me. I just want to love on Jae and tell him it will all work out, but Cole does a pretty good job of that.
Third, the mystery. Ok this is the hard part. Here the reading vs listening raises its head a bit. Without paying close attention to the mystery it can be easy to lose some of the threads. The unfamiliar words, the quirky characters, the variety of places… can be difficult while listening (for me – clearly a visual vs auditory person). It is easier when I’m reading to follow more closely – I just substitute my own name for the Korean and it somehow works. But – like the first 2 books the mystery is exciting and the people are hilarious and you don’t see it coming til the end. I LOVE how every other adventure has at least one moment when “and then the shooting started”. This makes me crack up. Cole is like this superhero who is impervious to bullets, and poor Jae has to keep patching him back together.
Fourth, the characters. Ichiro – Delicious! I know from sneaking a peek at the next book that Ichiro becomes more and more involved and I am so happy to see that! What a great new addition! I loved learning about Mad-dog and Mike, I wanted to kill Barbara and Cole’s dad, Tiffany is growing on me and Bobby – like always- is proving to be the best friend a guy could have. Oh, and don’t forget Claudia- so good Cole has someone to mother him.
Kim Jae-Min - so vulnerable and well performed by Greg Tremblay.
Greg Tremblay’s reading of the smexy scenes will make you absolutely melt. It almost feels a little … invasive. It’s like you’re listening at their door, he’s so convincing.
Scarlet - she's a hoot and Greg even does her singing voice - so sultry!
Greg Tremblay gets it.
He just gets it.
If you have the kindle version, you can read along and listen at the same time – don’t ask me why I did this, but I did. Maybe to help with some of the Korean words? Anyway. What I learned was that Greg will sometimes go off script – just a little. He clearly understands the dialog and the story so much he can extemporize a little – it’s as if he is these guys! And - somehow - he can do Cole AND Jae spot on, though they are such different people. Amazing! Like the radio stars of old, he is a true actor.
His reading of the smexy scenes will make you absolutely melt. It almost feels a little … invasive. It’s like you’re listening at their door, he’s so convincing. He does such a thorough job of adding in emotion and texture to his reading. He knows his vocabulary in English, French, Korean, Japanese, no easy feat. (Nothing annoys me more than a narrator who doesn’t know how to pronounce things, isn’t that their job?) He even has an amazing singing voice! (We saw this in Dirty Kiss with Scarlet). I just love his take on the story and am so glad he did all three books and I am hoping he will be doing book 4.
This is one of those books where I can honestly say I loved the audio version more than the written. Why? Greg Tremblay. He ACTS out this book for you, helps through the unusual words, and gives depth and timing to the emotion in the book. I absolutely recommend this book, this narrator and this author.
There are 69 books in my library right now. I can never buy another book. :(
Rhys Ford. Greg Tremblay. Best combination ever. I just re-listened to this for the thousandth time and it continues to be one of my favorites. What can I say. Greg does wonderful job narrating, bringing to life one of the most awesome couples, Cole and Jae. Plus we get the introduction of Cole's hot Japanese brother, who sounds like a whole other person even to my uncultured ear--the wonders of Greg Tremblay never cease to amaze. Mostly what I love about this book is the way Cole and Jae's relationship really blossoms, and instead of being pulled apart by all the hurt they manage to keep sight of each other. Excuse me while I continue on my listening spree to the next book.
Rhys Ford has such a way with words and, more than that, with using them to put you into the story. This installment was similar to the former two, no better, no worse. Definitely worth a credit if you have enjoyed those!
As I said in prior reviews, the reader has a peculiar lilt to his reading, but it fits the character and is easy to get used to. In this book, I thought he did a particularly good job with an emotional Jae-Min.
The story is the same every time: going to talk to all these people to figure out the crime, being in the wrong place at the wrong time a few times, and then the killer coming in from left field, being someone you could hardly have suspected due to what the writing does/does not let you see. But, hey, it works. I'm not reading this series for the mystery. I don't even like mysteries. I like good characters and love stories, and get that here!
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
I dare you, I double dog dare you, I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU to find someone who is not obsessed with this audiobook. This audiobook makes all other audiobooks want to crawl into a hole and cower. All hail Greg Tremblay, master of the Cole McGinnis narration, and Rhys Ford for giving him such a fabulous written, nuanced script.
I'm suuuuuper choosy about my audiobooks. I listen to a ton of them and I have very particular tastes.
I need my audiobooks to feel natural and I NEED a wide range of voices for each of the different characters. Greg Tremblay did a seriously masterful job with this book. It was like listening to a movie featuring a dozen different actors. Greg must have play dough for vocal chords because he managed to make each character sound perfect and unique. This book now makes my favorite audiobook list, up there with the Adrien English series (Fatal Shadows) and books narrated by Holter Graham and Bahni Turpin.
I mentioned this before, but a huge portion of the reason that the narrator was able to shine was because Rhys Ford really pulled out all the stops with this one. Not only was I kind of able to follow along with the Korean names for once (yay!), but I was totally taken with the plot. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made it hot... GOD it was awesome. The mystery was great and the chemistry between the MCs was even better. The tension, the love, the emotions between Cole and Jae left me feeling raw and vulnerable. I was so into the story that I felt like I personally was in the thick of it.
And these poor men... holy crap do they get put through hell. One person after another gets shot or hurt. I swear, Cole's life is a huge tangled mess of pain.
But it is also SO funny. So funny. I alternated between laughing and crying and just smiling manically to myself on my commute to and from work, listening to this book.
If you are a fan of audiobooks, mysteries, Asians, M/M, hell, even just ROMANCE, you have to try this series. It just keeps getting better and better.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Both are amazing. I just love Greg Tremblay's performance. But I also love reading it too.
Cole. I cared about him. He was believable as a character.
Yes. All are great.
Cole and Jae. I want to see their relationship in person.
Listen to this book series!!!
"Wow! Not what I expected...love this story"
Yep!! There is so much more than a love story/who done it, going on in this series and the glimpses into Korean customs is really interesting.
I can not think of any other book that I can compare to this. The whole Korean cultural spectrum is completely outside my understanding. I think Ms Fords gave us a fascinating insight
Tremblay brings the story to life. His portrayal of the characters are so realistic. I can't speak Korean but I am convinced that he can.
I read the latest book in the series-Dirty Deeds and I heard his voice in every dialogue between Jae and Cole. Really good Narration
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