Ten Days in August, Kate McMurray

Ten Days in August,  Kate McMurray

Genre:  LGBTQIA, Romance

I loved Kate’s Such a Dance, the first book of hers I’d read, but this one didn’t fit so well with me.

It covers, as it’s titled, ten days in August, in a sweltering heat wave in New York. People are dying from the heat, the police and hospitals are stretched thin trying to help, and among all that there’s a murderer on the loose. He’s killing male prostitutes, and sadly many in the force think time spent on tracking him down is time that could be better spent elsewhere. They don’t actually say that of course but its inferred. As someone in the force who has inverted ( what an awful word) tendencies himself Hank treads a thin line. His partner is ambitious, clearly one of those who abhor and inverted tendencies, doesn’t like Hank and resents spending time on this crime.

Along the way Hank meets Nicky, a female impersonator who sings at the club where the first man had been before his death. Nicky was the last person to see him and the man he left with. Hank thinks Nicky is hiding something and goes back to see him. Of course there’s the fact he’s attracted to him and looking for a reason to go back too….Soon they’re in the throes of an affair, not just a fleeting, passing thing though, its one where both of them have very deep feelings. Its a dangerous time for those who like the same sex, especially when one is in the force and his movements don’t go unnoticed. That could bring Nicky into more danger too, so they tread a very wary line. They’re aided too by Andrew, who works for the Commissioner and has similar inclinations. He’s been a long time friend of Hank’s and knows some of those on the force who can be trusted, and that’s good, its needed when things come to a dangerous head.

That all sounds perfect doesn’t it, a story right up my street, and the writing once more is easy to read and flows effortlessly, but somehow the story just didn’t really resonate with me. I think the constant talking about the heat got to me, I felt kind of drained and listless from it too…even here in UK cold January! I just didn’t really connect with the plot, and though I liked the main characters, Hank, Nicky, Andrew and Charlie, I couldn’t really “see” them in my mind, feel they or the issues they faced were real. That’s not good for me, a great book is one where I’m lost in the story, “there” with the characters and living it with them. (Drove my mum nuts when I was a kid, lost in the magic of a book, and deaf to her words. things haven’t changed, good books still have that effect.) Here I felt like a detached onlooker, and I put the book aside three or four times before finally finishing. Its a good story, will be great for the right reader but that just isn’t me. I’m glad I read it but won’t re-read.

Stars: Three, one of those that’s good but not right for me.


ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers for review purposes



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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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