SmallTown Boy by T.S Hunter @TSHunter5 @RedDogTweets #BookReview #SohoNoir #ItCantBeTheEnd

Posted January 13, 2020 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

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SmallTown Boy by T.S Hunter  @TSHunter5 @RedDogTweets #BookReview #SohoNoir #ItCantBeTheEndSmalltown Boy by T.S. Hunter
Series: Soho Noir #6
Published by Red Dog Press on December 12 2019
Pages: 111
Also by this author: Tainted Love, Who's That Girl?, Careless Whisper, Crazy for You, Killer Queen


It’s Christmas Eve, 1988 and Russell and Joe are among the guests at a lavish party in a celebrity mansion in the heart of Soho.

Television presenter and national treasure, Nathan Bentley has a formidable reputation for legendary parties—with wall-to-wall celebrities, drink flowing, drugs, dancing, ill-tempered Cordon-Bleu chefs laying on the food and world famous musicians providing the entertainment. What could be better for a bunch of waifs and strays on Christmas Eve?

But when a body is found in the courtyard garden before the dessert has been served, questions begin to fly. Did he fall or was he pushed? And who of the many guests and hangers-on had either the means or motive for murder?

Hidden pasts and present jealousies all threaten to destroy a life carefully built in this festive crime caper set in the heart of London’s Soho.

My Review

I am starting this review by saying I did not want to read this book nor did I want to write this review. To do so is to accept that the series has (temporarily) finished, and this is something I do not want to accept but hey ho here we are!

However, I can tell you I loved being back with the guys again, letting loose at a Christmas party they don’t want to be at and then bam we have a dead body.

When reading this all I kept thinking of the scandal that happened with Michael Barrymore over the death of Stuart Lubbock. Not sure if this was an influence or not but it is what I had in mind when reading it. There are so many similarities and in SmallTown Boy, we have a celebrity who has come out as being gay, an ex-wife living with him and a lot of drugs, scandal and an interesting twist. I also have to mention what a fitting book title to go with the story, every title has been so fitting upon reflection and this one definitely so!

This was a riveting storyline and I flew through this novella, sadly so, as I just did not want this to end and it really was over before it had started!! Too few a pages but so much happens! Obviously you have to groan and facepalm when Skinner turns up on the pages but well it got exciting at the same time when he does. After all of this will see him get his just deserts?! Mike, a welcome introduction from the last novella is in this a bit more and I adore his character and the way he and Joe are. Patty got so much more page time and it was brilliant, she is such a hoot and definitely knows how to get a party started.

I was behind Joe and Russell this time, I did not see the reveal coming, even when the clues had been discovered and as the norm with Mr Hunter it is always such a bittersweet conclusion.

With this being the conclusion, cue the tissues I will wait, I love seeing how much more comfortable Joe and Russell are now in their own skin. They are gay and they are proud and they really do not care who knows it and why should they! From their tentative steps into the community in Tainted Love to their strong stand in SmallTown Boy is gorgeous to see and it really does prove how far they both have come and grown.

I hear there is more in the pipeline for Joe and Russell and I hope it is true. I can not imagine a bookish life without them in it. 2019 had been dominated by this #SohoNoir and I hope 2020 is dominated by the same people and author again…..can I make that my belated New Year’s wish?!

I can easily keep gushing about this series as I do every time I review them but like the series, I must stop sometime…well for now! Just do yourself a favour whether it is to buy each book individually or the gorgeous hardback with them all in one (which is what I am going to do), just buy the damn things!!!

Until next time xxx

Just incase you wanted the song stuck in your head……….

Thanks to Dylan at Red Dog Press and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review.

Click the picture if you want to see how a murder mystery at Christmas is solved.

About T.S. Hunter

Claiming to be at least half-Welsh, T.S. Hunter lived in South Wales for much of his latter teens, moving to London as soon as confidence and finances allowed. He never looked back.

He has variously been a teacher, a cocktail waiter, a podium dancer and a removal man, but his passion for writing has been the only constant.

He’s a confident and engaging speaker and guest, who is as passionate about writing and storytelling as he is about promoting mainstream LGBT fiction.

He now lives with his husband in the country, and is active on social media

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