Saturday, April 20, 2019

Book Review of Tainted Love by T. S. Hunter


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.

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

Spiraling 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.

TAINTED LOVE IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES OF COZY CRIME NOVELLAS.


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*We were given a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review*

There is so much I enjoyed about this book! One, it makes for a fast read, not just because it's a novella, but the pace is fast and the story is constantly moving. This fast pace helped me connect with Joe, who was new to Chris' world and friends. Joe knows Chris from their past, and it shows once they meet up again. Both have changed a lot, and when Joe begins to try to find the truth to Chris death, he learns more about his friend than he expected. 

Another aspect that sets this book apart for me is the setting. I love that it's written in the '80s and during such a rocky time in history. Even though I've never been to London it didn't matter, the visuals and descriptions were enough for me to imagine it in my mind. 

Anyone who enjoys mystery, LBGTQ stories, or just a fun quick read should give Tainted Love a try! 



Claiming to be only half-Welsh, T.S. Hunter lived in South Wales for much of his latter teens, moving to London as soon as confidence and finances allowed. He never looked back.

He has variously been a teacher, a cocktail waiter, a podium dancer and a removal man, but his passion for writing has been the only constant.

He's a confident and engaging speaker and guest, who is as passionate about writing and storytelling as he is about promoting mainstream LGBT fiction.


He now lives with his husband in the country and is active on social media as @TSHunter5.