Book one in the Declan Hunt Mysteries series
How far would you be willing to go to finish the job?
Declan Hunt is having a bad week. His kidnapping case is showing little progress, his office assistant has left him on short notice, and his latest investigation has left him literally battered and bruised. But things change when he hires twenty-four year old Charlie Watts to help out at the office. They form an unlikely partnership trying to solve two seemingly unrelated cases whose threads begin to weave together when the missing person case turns to murder.
The investigation takes them from the dark alleys, gay bars and bath houses of Calgary, to the richest parts of the city during the world-famous Calgary Stampede.
But will they be able to discover who the killer is before another life is lost? And will Declan be able to solve the mystery of his relationship with Charlie who is clearly attracted to him — especially since it is evident that the attraction is becoming mutual?
Declan sat forward in his chair, bringing him closer to Katherine. “I need to ask you some personal questions regarding your husband.”
Before Declan could continue, she replied, “He wasn’t taking any medications, his health was good and he certainly wasn’t suicidal. Never has been.” She added, almost as an afterthought, “And he wasn’t involved with gangs, drugs or the sex trade.”
Declan smiled. “The police have obviously already asked these questions. How was your relationship with Ian?”
Katherine finished her Scotch and said, “May I have another?”
Declan refilled her drink and noted that she was fiddling with her wedding band. As he handed her back her glass he said, “I was asking about your relationship.”
Katherine took a moment before she answered. “It was…unusual.”
Charlie looked up from his notes, then glanced at Declan.
“Meaning?” Declan asked.
“We loved each other. We were each other’s best friends. We rarely spent more than twenty-four hours apart.”
“So, you didn’t have a fight?”
“Then why are you here, Katherine? It seems to me that the police are the best people to handle the case.”
“Well, they would be, except for the fact that when I told them we had an open relationship…”
“Oh…” Declan responded.
Katherine shifted in her chair and scowled. “The one officer got this obnoxious little smirk on his face. He said that it would be best if they left it for another day or so. He said that maybe Ian and his ‘friend’—he actually used air quotes around friend—he said they probably just went away for a while—took a trip.
She took a large swig of her drink.
“I told them that Ian would never do anything like that. We had rules that we followed. He said that men followed their cocks before rules every time. He even suggested that Ian might have run off with another man.”
“Pretty crude,” Charlie judged.
“That describes the cop perfectly.”
“And you don’t believe Ian could have run off with someone?” Declan asked.
Katherine emptied her glass, then looked at Declan. Peter E. Fenton’s first book, The Woodcarver’s Model came out in April of 2022 and was a four time nominee in the Goodreads M/M Romance Readers’ Choice Awards.
Mann Hunt is the first of a three part detective series with upcoming books being released in 2024 and 2025, (all through Pride Publishing).
2024 will also see the release of his first teen romance novel Not Not Normal with Lorimer Publishing.
All of his novels are proudly set in Canada and are filled with humour, heart and unforgettable characters.
Previous creative work was focused on writing for the stage, including award-winning productions of The Giant’s Garden, Newfoundland Mary, and Bemused. His newest play, The Detective Disappears will tour in Canada in the fall of 2023.
Peter spent many years working in palaeontology in remote locations including the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
He currently lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner of more than twenty years.
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