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Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter's Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he'd never see Rook Stevens again - not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he'd fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn't bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook's feet, he's forced to reach out to the last man he'd expect to believe in his innocence - and the only man who's ever gotten under Rook's skin.

©2015 Rhys Ford (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Greg Tremblay is awesome again!!

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Greg Tremblay definitely brings this murder mystery to life, creating character voices that drew me in like a siren's call. But it's the banter and humor in this that made this such a fabulous listen for me.<br/><br/>All of the characters (especially Hank, Mannie and Archie), the mystery, and the pacing were all really entertaining. There's quite a bit of action, and though there aren't that many sexy times, what is there is *so* good.<br/><br/>I loved all the pop culture references. I cracked up every time Rook brought up The Princess Bride (Dante's last name is Montoya so Rook keeps making six fingered man references LOL) and it totally goes over Dante and his partner, Hank's, heads. It was hysterical.<br/><br/>For those who love the whole enemies-to-lovers trope - you won't be disappointed with the romance between Dante and Rook.<br/><br/>"And babe, I'll hold you forever for however long you want me to. And even then, I might not let you go."<br/><br/>But, for me, hands down, my favorite interactions and scenes in the story were between Rook and his grandfather, Archie. Archie was such a fantastic character. He's the guy you love to hate, and hate to love.<br/><br/>Greg Tremblay's narration is a thing of beauty. His range of accents, emotive expertise, and wonderful pacing is hard to beat.<br/><br/>As long as Greg Tremblay keeps narrating, I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!

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AMAZING

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Rhys Fords creative story telling is amazing when you add Greg Tremblay the story comes alive. Ford and Tremblay absolutely a great team!

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Another winner by a winning team

Another winner with the team of Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay!! With the story of Rook and Dante I am taken back to the action and romance of Cole and Jae; but with a very different story. The excellent writing, witty dialogue, action and mystery is all there. Along with a wonderful romance. And what is there to say about Greg Tremblay's performance; as it is a performance. His voice, accents, inflections are flawless as usual. Five stars all the way.

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Greg Tremblay kicks butt again!

This another amazing work by Rhys Ford! Rook is a thief, trying to get clean, but stuck in the middle of family drama “that keeps pulling him in”!

Dante is the cop on the case – at first determined to put Rook behind bars, but later determined to keep the man in his bed.

It’s a wonderful story of enemies to lovers with that special, emotionally charged twist that Rhys infuses into all her work. Rook is such a great character – warm hearted, giving, loyal, and totally unaware of how awesome he is.

Dante is the tough, alpha figure who knows a gem when he sees it. He won’t let Rook slip through his fingers and he’s lucky enough to get Rook’s crazy family, too.

The sex scenes were amazing, the love story so sweet and the action/mystery compelling.

I enjoyed the pop-culture references and laughed out loud many times. It was great seeing Alex again and catching up with him a bit. I also LOVED the pet names they had for each other… so adorable!

I can’t wait for this to be an audiobook – it’s going to go up with my Cole McGinnis stories as those books you just read/listen to again and again.

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Greg Tremblay is so amazingly talented! Gah! He gives each character, secondary or main, the full spectrum of his talent, each an individual identity and flavor. I ADORED his Dante… just the right amount of accent to sizzle and Rook was delightfully sweet and vulnerable.

He absolutely adds to the overall enjoyment of this story and makes a great book even more wonderful.

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Mystery and Romance

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads (Audiobook Review).

I absolutely loved the chemistry between Rook and Dante. Their back and forth with the love/hate thing they have going on was just great. I couldn't put the story down (or stop listening as is the case with an audiobook).

I loved that while we watched their relationship evolve, we also had this really interesting plot going on that sort of pushed the romance to the backseat at times, but that was okay because I wanted to know what was going to happen next and WHY it was all happening.

A perfect combination of mystery, romance and heat.

As usual Greg Tremblay knocked it out of the park. I loved the accent he put on Dante's parts. Just perfect. Greg always does a fantastic job and he didn't disappoint!

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  • 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia, Canada
  • 11-03-17

amazing story

the narrator, Greg Tremblay made this wonderful story come to life - it's got lots of everything - from intrigue to romance all pulled together by the amazing voice of Greg

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loved it!!!!!

another great story from rhys ford. cant wait to read the next book. thank you

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Confession Time

So, it was like this. I entered and actually won (unprecedented!) the arc for the second book in this series, Tramps & Theives, but I had not actually read the first book yet. So I decided to get it on audio book instead because..... Greg Tremblay.

I'm glad I did because this book had all the wonderful standards of Rhy's work. We have two MCS that are snarky and fantastic. We have low angst in the love affair which I adore after the drama of so many other books of this genre.
And we have a little gunfire and a little murder. And can we get three cheers for Grandpa and Uncle Manny who were wonderful supporting characters?

This book was a promising start to a new series. Will Rook manage to stay legit? Will his past come back to haunt him? Will Dante ever have to arrest him? What color will Uncle Manny dye his hair next time? I'm going to go find out.

( Also, kudos to the sneaky mention of the hockey stick from the TV version of the Dresden files (read the books first!) and the cameo of cousin Alex from the Grand Adventures anthology. )

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A brilliant story made even better.

Rook and Dante are complicated. .. Ex-thief and cop, with a history. .. But a dead body is the catalyst to more complication, maybe love, and a few questions about why bodies keep turning up. Add Greg Tremblay as the narrator and you've got gold.

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A great re-listen.

The combination of Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay is nothing short of amazing. I loved Rook and Dante the first time I listened t this. It's just as great the second time as I prepare to now listen to Tramps and Thieves.
More of Rook and Dante is a very good thing!

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  • Kallie Harris
  • 09-07-15

You won't regret it

Where does Murder and Mayhem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favourites by far. I'm a fan of Rhys Ford, although I've always had issues with one or more characters she's produced being a bit O.T.T. in their execution, but on this latest offering she's hit her stride and every single character is pitch perfect. The effort that's gone into every aspect of this book just shines from every page (well, I've 'read' the audio version but you know what I mean!) and this is not only one of my favourite audiobooks but my favourite Rhys Ford book to date as well. I can't wait to read/listen to Alex's story and catch up with Rook and Dante and Archie too! I can't say whether I'd have had such a strong connection to the book if I'd read it as a print offering but I do know Greg Tremblay's performance was absolutely outstanding here and I can't recommend it enough.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters, the thought that has gone into every aspect of the story, the often hilarious dialogue and the slow (even though it only happened over a couple of days!) build between the characters. I could actually believe their relationship - which is unusual to say the least in this or similar genres - and could understand why it progressed as it did.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

Absolutely everything - I've got a couple of his performances for Rhys Ford already and, although good, I didn't experience the breadth of his talent and pacing until this book. Much like Ms. Ford he appears to have hit his stride with this book and absolutely everything is perfect from the accents to the pacing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Without a doubt, sadly I couldn't but I would have loved to have done.

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If there is one book that you choose to have as a first experience for either author or narrator then make it this one, you won't be disappointed. Excellent and incredibly enjoyable experience. Can't wait for the sequel, I'll be devastated if there isn't!

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  • Bookworm
  • 11-21-16

Great!

Love Greg Tremblay's dramatisation, as always. I'm gradually working my way through both his and Rhys Ford's catalogue, they are both on my must-have list. Thank you!

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  • C. R. Mabey
  • 01-17-16

A fun and enjoyable read

Would you listen to Murder and Mayhem again? Why?

Yes, there is so much to enjoy, from the performance to the numerous pop culture references throughout, I am definitely planning another read soon

What did you like best about this story?

The central relationship is appealing and I look forward to another story with Rook and Dante soon. I also loved all the pop culture/movie references throughout especially the continuing Princess Bride thread (one of my favourite movies!)

What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He gives each character a distinctive voice and performs the humour well, making me laugh out loud several times.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot, figuring out the pop culture references was fun and made me laugh many times as did some of the deadpan humour from the characters themselves.

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  • S. E. Errington
  • 12-05-15

Story Telling At Its Best

If you could sum up Murder and Mayhem in three words, what would they be?

Action and Suspense!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder and Mayhem?

Rhys is such a brilliant author and the way she writes means that there are too many memorable moments and surprises.

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Greg always delivers a brilliant narrative to every one of his performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course I did, but just not possible.

Any additional comments?

The combination of Rhys Ford's writing and Greg Tremblay's narration - what more can you ask for!