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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Black Cat Ink by Nicole Kimberling

Black Cat Ink by Nicole Kimberling
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (103 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Small-town reporter Peter Fontaine has a cherry job, a hunky artist boyfriend, and an insatiable lust for rooting out the truth. In this third installment of the Bellingham Mysteries, he and Nick must try to recover a stolen statue in time to host their big Halloween party.

The catch? The statue was created by Nick’s ex lover and to find the culprit, Peter must first delve into Nick’s past. Will Peter’s slutty nurse costume be enough incentive for Nick to come clean about his life before Peter?

Peter is back and better than ever. Intrepid reporter Peter Fontaine is on a new case. He’s trying to hunt down a missing statue that just happens to resemble a part of his lover’s anatomy that Peter is intimately familiar with. At the same time, there seems to be a missing a delivery boy caught up in a Satanic cult that may or may not involve a goat. The mystery is afoot and only Peter’s natural inquisitiveness and charm will solve the case.

Black Cat Ink is the third story in the Bellingham series that involves the same characters but a totally separate story. This lets any new readers pick right up on the action while those fans of the series will love a chance to revisit Peter and his hapless investigation. The plot is filled with humor and hijinks as Peter fumbles his way from one seemingly separate case to the other. The details and clues come in and suddenly the mystery is not only connected but not what he thought at all.

Once again the writing is top notch, as expected of Kimberling. The fast pace and humor laced into the story makes this quick and delightful read. Peter and Nick return as a solid, happy couple that still has a few things to work out. It’s nice to see the progression of their relationship as they move from their beginning stages to a more settled aspect. Yet the kinks aren’t entirely worked out and between their hot chemistry and great one liners, this story is simply fun to read.

This is a good introduction to the series with its wacky elements and off the wall characters. The story is meant to be over the top, ridiculous in a tongue in cheek kind of way. It’s trying to make you laugh and appreciate the exaggerated town and its even kookier residents. If you can suspend disbelief and indulge in the humor and roller coaster actions, then this quick bite will be enough to please and satisfy.

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