Monsters Under the Bed
Title : Monsters Under the Bed
Series : Lifting the Veil, Book #4
Author : Susan Laine
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 156 pages (e-book)
Published : October 23, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
A Lifting the Veil Story
When PI Sam Garrett is hired by eccentric billionaire toy maker and child genius Mozart “Mo” Chance—after his apparent suicide in the hills of San Francisco—Sam takes the case out of sheer curiosity. In a world where the Veil lifted a decade ago and exposed mythical beings living among humans, Sam faces a big challenge as the mystery surrounding the case deepens.
The inheritors of Mo’s fortune—the uncle, the butler, the nanny, and the bodyguard—all possess secrets, and some are willing to protect them at any cost. The trouble is that Sam’s partner and lover, Rex Ford, is suddenly under suspicion as well.
Clouded by doubt, Sam continues to search for answers as tapestries of crimes begin to unravel and powers beyond his imagination are unleashed. If Mo endured horrific nightmares about monsters under his bed, there’s no telling what dangers await a nosy PI. What dangers lurk in this darkness? Sam is about to find out.
I try to not review books that are part of a series I’ve not yet read. When requesting this one I didn’t realize it was part of an established series. Yes, it’s right on the cover. I wasn’t paying attention. Anyway! I felt this was easily readable as a standalone. Lucky me! Detective Sam Garrett finds himself being hired by a dead young man to solve the mystery surrounding his death. Mozart Chance was an eccentric toy making genius. He was also a lonely and quiet boy who had lost both his parents in a car accident. It didn’t help matters his twin brother vanished a few years later. Sam has to talk to the beneficiaries of Mo’s will as they’re the most likely suspects if Mo’s death wasn’t accidental or suicide. The majority of the beneficiaries make sense. Mo’s uncle, his butler, his nanny, and his chauffeur. It’s the fifth beneficiary that shocks Sam. Rex Ford is Sam’s boyfriend of five years. They were cops together when Sam realized he was attracted to Ford. After Ford was shot he gave up his bad behaviors, they fell madly in love, and the two of them never looked back. Sam has to figure out if his boyfriend had anything to do with Mo’s death. Sam begins interviewing the five beneficiaries. Mo’s uncle Cecil Chance is a jerk. That is apparent from Sam’s initial meeting with him. What he didn’t expect was access to Mo’s playroom. All around the room were scribbled arcane symbols and multiple languages. Sam documented the room then went on to interview the butler, Norbert Parkinson. Parkinson is an excellent servant and absolutely adored Mo and his brother. He obviously grieves for Mo. After speaking about the case with a friend still on the police force, Sam stops and speaks with the chauffeur, Luther Lovell. Luther also seems to grieve for Mo and is wrestling with his own issues of guilt in the way he felt he used Mo financially. Luther also lets slip Cecil is less than scrupulous as an accountant. After leaving the interview with Luther, Sam is attacked and told to stop investigating Mo’s death.
Sam only has the nanny, Giulia Capello, and his own boyfriend, Ford, left to interview. Giulia’s house is sumptuous and somewhat Mediterranean. Despite being gay, Sam finds many of the women there unusually attractive. Giulia is yet another person who suffers because of Mo’s death. She loved both Mo and his brother Haydn. She is truly hurt by rumors she may have in any way harmed either of her charges. One rumor she doesn’t deny is an affair with a mythical being. Sam doesn’t have to think very hard to come to the conclusion that being is Luther Lovell. In fact, Sam slowly begins to come to the conclusion he’s surrounded by more mythical beings in this case than he would have suspected. Not only does Sam solve the mystery surrounding the death of Mo Chance, he is able to solve the disappearance of his twin brother Haydn as well.
Despite jumping into the series at book four I had no trouble following this story. It was an interesting mystery. Actually, it was two mysteries, one of which was interesting and one of which was obvious. That Cecil Chance was a bad man is made plain as day. The real mystery of the story was the disappearance of Haydn Chance. Maybe that was a little obvious as well, but I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. About halfway through the book I was wondering what was romantic about an established couple with one of them investigating a mystery that the other is loosely involved in. I simply needed to wait. That’s why you have to read the whole book to understand it, apparently.
While interviewing the suspects to ascertain if Mo’s death was accident, homicide, or suicide Sam did a lot of thinking about Mo’s life that was very heartfelt and touching. This was the selling point of the book for me. Sam’s thoughts on how heartbreaking it would be if Mo had killed himself and believed he had been unloved when he had around him true friends. The emotions of the characters were so genuine. I will say I was impressed by the depth of emotion shown by the characters of a short novel with an ensemble cast and a relatively un-mysterious mystery.
Rated 4 stars by Faye