Title: Ten Days in August
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Lyrical Shine, Kensington Publishing
Expected Publishing Date: March 29, 2016
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
Page Count: 256
Rating: 3 Stars
From the Lower East Side to uptown Manhattan, a curious detective searches for clues on the sidewalks of New York—and finds a secret world of forbidden love that’s too hot to handle…
New York City, 1896. As the temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. At the peak of this sizzling heat wave, police inspector Hank Brandt is called to investigate the scandalous murder of a male prostitute. His colleagues think he should drop the case, but Hank’s interest is piqued, especially when he meets the intriguing key witness: a beautiful female impersonator named Nicholas Sharp.
As a nightclub performer living on the fringes of society, Nicky is reluctant to place his trust in a cop—even one as handsome as Hank. With Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt cracking down on vice in the city, Nicky’s afraid that getting involved could end his career. But when he realizes his life is in danger—and Hank is his strongest ally—the two men hit the streets together to solve the crime. From the tawdry tenements of the Lower East Side to the moneyed mansions of Fifth Avenue, Nicky and Hank are determined to uncover the truth. But when things start heating up between them, it’s not just their lives on the line. It’s their love…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
New York City’s temperatures heated up during Summer in August 1896 in more ways than one. People keeled over from the heat and a serial killer roaming the city at night killing working boys at the Bowery fairy resorts. Acting Inspector Henry “Hank” Brandt was called to investigate one such murder when he met Nicholas “Nicky” Sharp, potential witness and beautiful female impersonator in the resort. As expected, sparks flied.
As a gay police detective in late 19th century, Hank lived a precarious life. His attraction to Nicky added to that. With the help of his friend, Andrew Ritchley who worked as secretary to Chief of Police, Hank raced against time to catch the killer before he hurt his closest person and the profession he loved.
This was a harrowing read for me. As depicted by the title, the story told what happened in New York City during the ten hottest days ever and they were not beautiful. It was slow-paced and quite descriptive; in almost every chapters, there were people sweating or wiping sweat, I sweated along reading it.
The characters were endearing and felt real with the struggles in their life. Readers could soon sort out the good guys from the bad guys; well, at least ones that mattered to the storyline.
That said, even as our hero figured who the villain was, it was frustrating that he had difficulties gathering damning evidence. Being (too) familiar with modern-day murder or mystery solving television series, the unavailability of CSI and DNA aggravated me to no end! LMAO.
As for the romance between characters… It’s a ten-day story, so of course there would be rushed relationship. Although, somehow with the way it was related, it didn’t feel too rushed for me. It was just about. Right.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.