Book Reviews

Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officer of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-September-2020

Book Blurb

When aspiring mystery writer Jesse Morales volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn't expect is to stumble across a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, head crushed in.

The last thing detective Kyle Dubois needs is an armchair detective inserting himself into a murder investigation. He has to admit Jesse is keenly observant, not to mention scorching hot. But when Jesse infiltrates the victim's circle of family and friends, he goes too far. Soon he's learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.

Jesse is the first person Kyle's let in since his wife passed. He's not about to let some psychopath take away his best chance at love. But the killer is catching on, and Jesse is taking more and more chances.

Another death is looming and Kyle doesn't have much time...



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2014.


Book Review

“If you dance with the devil then you haven't got a clue, you think you will change the devil, but the devil changes you.” ~ Unknown

Jesse Morales, of 'Murder on the Mountain', is having trouble meeting another man he feels comfortable with. It's not that he's too picky. He'd love to be in a relationship; but Jesse can't seem to find anyone whose interests are also focused on mysteries, police procedures, detective work, and other crime solving issues. Because he doesn't have much in common with his dates, his relationships peter out in a short time. Kyle Dubois comes into his life under most unusual circumstances. Jesse is attracted to him right away and insinuates himself into Kyle's investigation. He's delighted to meet someone he can talk shop with and not worry about him being bored to tears; that is, if Kyle can learn to take Jesse seriously.

Whether it comes from his desire to write mysteries, or that Jesse is merely curious, Jesse is a careful observer. He watches everybody, trying to figure them out. He makes several observations of the passengers disembarking the train which are interesting and quite important. When one of the guests goes missing, Jesse volunteers to look for him, but Jesse didn't expect to find him dead. This discovery does two things: it puts Jesse's sleuthing skills in gear and it introduces him to Kyle, the police officer assigned to the case. Although Jesse is shaken by finding a dead body, he's excited to be able to witness a real police murder investigation, which puts Kyle in a difficult situation. He likes Jesse and wants to accommodate his desire to participate, but knows it's against the rules. Jesse snoops as much as he dares without proper regard for his personal safety; far beyond what Kyle is comfortable with. Jesse comes up with some extremely pertinent clues which the police would never have been able to easily figure out without his help. Even with all of this going on, Jesse manages to find time to flirt and eventually become romantically involved with Kyle.

Kyle is usually a by-the-book kind of police officer, which is why his partner, Wesley, begins to question his sanity by letting Jesse be so involved in their investigation. When Kyle finally admits that he's bi-sexual, Wes is surprised but accepts it. What he does have a problem with, is Jesse being so young and in his opinion, too pushy, and moving too fast for his friend, Kyle, to whom a physical relationship with a man is all new. Wesley even warns Jesse not to break Kyle's heart, or else. Kyle is hesitant to move beyond flirting because he's never acted out his attraction to men and worries about his performance and his reaction to it. When Kyle finally comes to terms with it, he's a fast learner and Jesse is eager to share more with him. Jesse is frightening Kyle with his reckless attempts to figure out who the killer is, but he can't deny that Jesse's premises are valid, even though he's putting himself in a dangerous situation. When the drama is over and Jesse is out of danger, Kyle realizes how strongly he's become attracted to Jesse and can't imagine letting him go.

This is a fast-moving, mind-bending book with a good romance which brings together two men who, under normal circumstances, may never have met. Jamie's writing is strong and suspenseful and his characters even more so. I systematically doubted each suspect's innocence and contemplated their motives for wanting Stuart dead. Jamie did a good job of confusing me with the facts and had my mind spinning, trying to figure out who the murderer was and his or her motives for killing Stuart. If you like murder mysteries with wonderfully eccentric characters, a breathtaking setting, and suspense which keeps your interest piqued throughout the whole story, then you may enjoy this book as much as I did. Thanks, Jamie! It was a whirlwind, but intriguing journey.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 210 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-September-2020
Price $2.99 ebook
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