Gay PI Donald Strachey is reluctant
when two men want to hire him to investigate the fiancée of
a friend of theirs, but he agrees to take the case. He soon
discovers no one is who they seem to be, not even his
clients. Although he tries to extracat himself from the
situation, Donald finds himself drawn back in when one of
his former clients is murdered, and the man he was
investigating is implicated. Can Donald figure out who
really murdered the victim before it’s too late?
Death Vows is the second Donald Strachey
mystery I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it. Strachey is a
fascinating character. In Death Vows, he
seems to have settled into his life somewhat, especially
when it comes to his lover Timothy Callahan. Fortunately,
he still has the same sarcastic sense of humor and strong
yet ambiguous convictions. Sometimes his desire to make a
living conflicts with his desire to do what’s right, but he
always makes the right decision—eventually. Secondary
characters, including Timothy, various clients and suspects,
and contacts of Strachey’s are colorful and interesting.
The mystery itself kept me guessing and turning pages.
While I would have liked to have seen more of Timothy in
Death Vows, it’s an entertaining installment to
the Donald Strachey series. Readers who enjoy quirky
characters and interesting, unusual mystery plots should not
hesitate to pick up Death Vows.