Review: The Sun Goes Down by James Lear

The Sun Goes Down by James Lear
Series: A Mitch Mitchell Mystery (# 4)
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 286
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Mitch arrives on the small Mediterranean island of Gozo, taking a holiday to escape from domestic and sexual trouble at home. He’s been invited by Bob Southern, a fellow doctor now working at the army garrison at Valetta, who wants to consult Mitch on ‘a delicate matter’.

Bob is concerned by the apparent suicide of a young lance corporal, Ned Southern, who plunged to his death from Gozo’s cliffs. The authorities said he was being blackmailed, but Ned’s grief-stricken lover Alf insists that he was murdered. Suspecting an official cover-up of a queer scandal, Mitch gets to work on an investigation that leads him into a labyrinth of lies, false identities and secret sex.

As another body is washed up on the rocks, a gallery of suspects begins to form. Claire Sutherland, the ageing stage star who knows all the gossip on the island; Henry Jessop, the beautiful youth who may not be as innocent as he looks; Joseph Vella, a ladies’ man with a deadly secret; Major Telford, whose ‘artistic’ photographs of the island men may tell a more sinister story…

With tension, humour and plenty of Mitch Mitchell’s exuberant sexual encounters, The Sun Goes Down cranks up the Mediterranean heat!


Review: I wanted to make it clear to the reader, before we begin this review, that this is a M/M novel. Just in case that kind of genre isn’t a readers choice for reading.  This is the fourth Mitch Mitchell mystery, and I just loved it. It was fast paced, the characters were hilarious and it was a funny entertaining read.

I just need to say right up front, I really really liked Mitch Mitchell. He was a horny devil with a voracious appitite for men. But, he has this charm, this way about him that is just likable. He’s made quite a few mistakes in his personal life that he’s trying to deal with and along comes a mystery for him to solve and not run away from his problems, but forget about them for a while.

I remember reading once on one of the street teams I’m part of on line, an author once asked what is it about a character that appeals to so many people at the same time. I wish I knew the entire answer, but I think it’s the little details the author puts into their characters. The quirks and vulnerabilities that make people likable, can make characters likable as well.

Mitch, his character is believable. He has flaws, but he owns them. He’s made mistakes, he’s admitted them and knows he’s not perfect. He’s a man that knows he’s got a huge appetite for men. He’s a sexual character that owns who and what he is, and I think that that is part of his likeability. The fact that he’s funny to doesn’t hurt at all.

Mitch loves Agatha Christie, and loves to solve a good mystery. This book reminds me of Josh Lanyon’s Holmes and Moriarity books. Both books have the same elements, the main protagonist falling into a mystery while on vacation, the secondary characters have lots of sparkle , and their own personalities. I love Josh Lanyon’s books too, and this one ranks right up there with Lanyon’s.

If the reader has never read M/M and wants to give it a try, then give this book a try. If M/M romance is the readers choice of romance, I still say, give this book a shot. It really is a great book.