Gumption & Gumshoes
Title: Gumption & Gumshoes
Author: Alex Kidwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: A List
Blurb: August Adahy Mendez would rather be buried in the world of his detective novels or a good film noir movie than in real life. He’s overweight, undermotivated, and stuck in a dead-end job. As a Chincha, he’s part of a long line of chinchilla shifters, but the greatest accomplishment in his life so far has been moving an hour away from his close-knit herd. That all changes when August’s grandfather leaves him enough cash to pursue his dream: becoming a detective himself.
Sam Ewing is a bitter divorcé who enjoys watching football and being alone. It’s easier when his only interaction with people is when he collects rent from his office building tenants. Then August rents space from him to set up his new detective agency, and Sam is drawn to him despite his misgivings.
Sam soon finds himself involved with one of August’s cases, and the men join forces to catch their criminal. The greater challenges they face, however, are how August makes Sam want to give love a second try and how Sam makes August believe that real life might be even better than fiction.
Review: Okay, let’s be truthful here. I wanted this book because it had a Chinchilla shifter. And then I read the fun PI, Sam Spade angle and I was sold. Crossing my fingers, not sure what to expect, I opened the book.
A couple hours later my husband tapped me on the shoulder and handed me dinner. I was lost, a smile pasted on my face.
August is darling. I try not to label men as darling, fictional or not, but really there is no other word. He is loving, a family man, and when given the chance to stretch and do something daring and a bit insane, he jumped in with both feet. His passion and love of great gumshoe mysteries might have pushed him into something over his head, but he was making it.
Sam entered as just a landlord collecting rent, but quickly became August’s friend. Yes they connected sexually, but their friendship was wonderful. I loved how August was real with him and Sam, who was not really comfortable or sure about that, couldn’t help but be drawn to the kindness that was his tenant. Sam was a great character! He was stoic and grumpy but tender and thoughtful as well. I enjoyed his maturity and confidence in August.
At first I thought the mystery was going to be just silly side issue to draw them together…I was completely wrong. I was seriously impressed with the mystery element in this story. It’s not a huge mega Borne spy conspiracy, but it was one that required thought, effort, and time. It was well done!
Sam may be bitter and standoffish, but he helps August when he needs it. And slowly he sees that August is not his ex-husband, he is his own man. A man worthy of exposing his heart once again. Also August’s shifter side intrigued Sam more than anything. Yay for dust baths!
There were some side issues of body image and trust that I expected, but once again they weren’t overdone and angsty.
This book falls right into the comfort read list on my bookshelf. It’s a homey, fantastic and cozy read. One that I will be picking up again and again.
Reviewed by Beans
Posted on September 25, 2013, in Beans and tagged A List, Beans, Bitterness, Chubby, Crazy Family, Detective, Donuts, DSP, Dust Baths, Falling for the Landlord, Falling Hard, Family, Friends to Lovers, Irresistible, Landlord, Letting Go Of The Past, M/M, Mature Lovers, Older Man, paranormal, romance, Sam Spade, Shifter, Skin Walkers, Supreme Cuteness, world building. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.