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Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
After a bad breakup, Detective Jim Crawford left Philadelphia for a fresh start in a smaller city. It’s an added bonus that nobody in New Cynwood knows his family is extremely wealthy.
The town is being terrorized by a serial killer whose victims thus far have nothing in common. Heading the task force Jim has been wracking his brain trying to come up with an angle that makes sense. So far he’s got nothing. The next step is to talk to a professional and get some insight before the killer strikes again.
Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Halloran was a skinny nerdy kid growing up, never fitting in, never part of a group. Finding his passion as a criminal psychologist gave purpose to his life and he’s good at it.
When the detective enlists Barty’s help the doctor is eager to add his expertise. Fascinated with the case Barty begins to become uncomfortable because the more he learns about the killer the more Barty can draw a parallel to his own life.
As they gain ground on the case the stakes suddenly change when Jim realizes the killer has set his sights on ending Barty’s life. Protecting the doctor becomes the detective’s first priority. Keeping Barty close causes a whole new set of problems as the attraction between them flares to life. Catching the killer comes first, keeping Barty a close second.
A sharp whodunit is revealed in Playing with Fire. Solid characterizations bring this murderous story to life. Jim and Barty are intelligent, career driven, and alone. Their relationship quietly slips into being as they chase a killer. Barty’s concerns, his similarities with their foe add to the storyline. Unmasking the killer happens quicker than figuring out what draws Jim and Barty together. Definitely enjoyable unraveling the romance that is Playing with Fire.