• Transposition

  • Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Gregory Ashe
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (442 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Emery Hazard and his partner, John-Henry Somerset, have solved their first case together. The brutal murders that rocked the quiet town of Wahredua have been put to rest. Hazard, however, finds his life has only grown more complicated as he adjusts to his new home. Living with Somers, whom he has been drawn to since high school, makes "complicated" the understatement of the year.

The turmoil of living together spills over when Hazard and Somers find themselves trapped by the weather in an old mansion and, against Hazard's better judgment, sharing a bed. Strictly as friends, of course. Just when things can't get any more confusing, the next morning brings a worsening storm - and a murder.

Cut off from the outside world, Hazard and Somers must face a clever, determined killer who is hiding among the mansion's guests. Without backup, they can only rely on their wits - and on each other - to survive. And as the snow falls and the mansion's guests continue to die one by one, solving the string of murders becomes secondary. First, Hazard and Somers have to survive.

©2018 Gregory Ashe (P)2018 Tantor

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Rediculously complex murder mystery

For two volumes now we are constantly, repetitively reminded of the fact that these two detectives are madly in love with each other but won’t admit it to each other. My patience with the glacial development of this relationship is exhausted. This cynical author thinks he can stretch the tension between these two over at least a third volume. But I give up. The murder stories rely on Byzantine complexity instead of a credible story line. And I just can’t wait any longer for the inevitable joining of these two cops.

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I still don't have a clue...

It is Thanksgiving weekend and Emery Hazard finds himself working as his partner and roommate volunteered them for duty. He’s even less thrilled when said partner takes a call just before they’re supposed to go off duty for the night. After all he had dinner plans with his boyfriend before taking him to the airport. What was supposed to be a regular noise complaint/possibly shots fired turned into a nightmare. First Emery re-injured his shoulder trying to push a car back on the road to help a (rude) stranger stranded in a snowstorm. Then said snowstorm stranded him and Somerset on a farm together with a party playing a murder mystery game. Only soon thereafter the game took a deadly turn and the body count kept increasing – and not the fictional kind.

Once again I find myself being unsure of how I actually feel and think about our two main characters. Do I like them or not? That’s the question and one I honestly don’t have an answer to. I know I’m not indifferent to them, but as for the rest, I’m conflicted. They kind of balance there on the edge, never going one way or another. But you know what? I kind of like it. At least for now, it’s a nice change of pace, and just a little bit unpredictable.

There were much more romance in this book compared to the first one, not that that really says anything as there were only a few thoughts and possibly a kiss somewhere – but I may remember that wrong. So yes, there were more romance here, but it still wasn’t the focus of the book, and it’s not a straightforward one. For one thing there are several possibilities; Hazard and his boyfriend Nico; Somerset and his wife but then there’s also something budding between Hazard and Somerset. To be honest, I’m not sure which constellation/s I prefer. (I’m sensing a theme here) I guess I’ll just have to listen on and see how it all develops.

Tristan James is as I’ve mentioned before, a very talented narrator. He has a great pacing, inflictions and I love his accents. He also tries to add emotions and feelings, but doesn’t always get there. I do appreciate the effort though. Part of it might be of his monotone voice, it detracts from everything else he manages to hit spot on.

It’s been interesting to be back with these guys and I think I just have to listen to the next couple of books, and hopefully get some kind of clue what to think one way or another.

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Needlessly long, MCs don’t change

After a second book, i don’t think I can deal with both the length of these books and the childish behavior of the main characters. They can’t seem to do right by anybody, especially each other. The murder mystery for this one was less enjoyable than the first one and seemed more far fetched, I think the same story could have been half as long and then twice as enjoyable. I read in another review that Gregory Ashe was the master of the slow burn... and this brings it to the point of torture. If they were only hurting each other; maybe, but they’re hurting everyone else too. I do like Ashe’s more fanatic villains... this book had too many; though. Natalie in the first was a fascinating character. I was somewhat hopeful the volunteers would play a role in this one too. The actual writing is good, minus pacing, and the narration is suitable to the story.

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Frustrating

These two detectives can't seem to solve the mystery of their own attraction let alone the murder cases that plague them. Reading these stories you wonder how anyone can be so brain-dead with personal relationships. The worst thing is that the author continues to bludgeon the reader again and again with the same inane conflicts without hope for resolution.

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Good second book

Loved all the different characters and funny storyline. But the same issues holding Hazard and Somers apart remain, that's getting old. By now they should be further along or have other issues. Idk but for some reason I didn't like this one as much as book 1.

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This series this series spoilers

This series makes you put in work for sure. I’m often impatient with how slowly things are progressing and I have to remind myself we’re all in it for the long haul. There’s quite a few issues that need resolving before end of book three, beginning of book four. The most strange thing to me is Nico. He doesn’t make sense. Hazard obviously is in love with Somers. He was broken up with over the phone by a cheating ex and then hooks up with someone who was cheated on and in this books proceeds to cheat on as well. Honestly I’m not sure, Nico isn’t called Hazard’s boyfriend until later in this book but it’s implied since the beginning. Nico really doesn’t make sense, even as a rebound. He’s super young and immature and Hazard has his own issues he needs to address. This series is very repetitive though. Often things are repeated in detail that don’t need to be and I want to skip those bits. If you can get through those small annoyances I think so far this series is worth it. I’m about to yank my hair out at the end of this one 😅

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A bit long and drawn out

Maybe a bit too long and drawn out mystery.
Like the two main characters but how many books in the series are they going to dance around each other?
Narrator is great tho.

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Disappointed convoluted story

I didnt struggle to finish because despite how ridiculously convoluted the story was, the characters are why I'm sticking with this series. But the burn is so damn slow and this mystery was almost a waste of time...seemed more like a filler. Still....Onto the next one

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Transposition

These books are always recommended by everyone so I keep trying. It’s hard when you don’t like the main characters. I didn’t like them in the first and I still don’t like them. The mystery, why I keep going makes it worthwhile so far.

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had trouble following all the characters

wish there would have been more men I. this story, and a better physical description of them

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  • Northie
  • 02-15-22

It's cold, oh, so cold

One of the principal characters in this book is the weather. Rain, wind, snow, blizzards, and cold, so much cold, dominate. In some ways, the weather drives the plot. Descriptions are vivid and varied - Gregory Ashe must've raided a thesaurus and his imagination. For me, it's almost the best part. The country house-style plot is suitably complex. Somers and Hazard are still finding their feet. But it's the weather that does it for me.

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  • LisaCanada
  • 10-07-21

As good as the first!

I wrote a long review for the first book and keep to what I said, a great great book and series!!

Highly recommend it!

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 05-30-21

Enjoyable Story

A well written story with and interesting  concept.  The characters are likeable and the narration is very good.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 08-16-18

Excellent

I was hooked after the first instalments of the complex mystery involving police detectives Emery Hazard and his partner, John-Henry Somerset. After putting the ghosts of the past behind them, and learning to work together, the two men struggle with the strong emotions they have had for each other since they were teenagers despite Hazard being in a new relationship with his boyfriend Rico and Somers trying to repair his marriage to his wife Cora.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday the partners find themselves cut off from the outside world in an old mansion due to a flood then blizzard and the following murder/mystery is reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s ‘Then there were none’ but on a much more complex and exciting scale.
I understand that there are a total of 6 books so far in this series and I just hope that the rest are made available on audible and that Tristan James continues to Narrate them.

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  • WallE
  • 11-16-18

It's Complicated

This is complicated. If you are looking for straight forward mm romance this series will not be for you, unless you are in for the long haul. You need to have read book one to understand Hazard and Somerset's relationship, in which they can hurt one another without even trying but also to get a handle on the town. For as well as the current nasty set of crimes, some unlikeable people, there is some spillover from their last case.

Gregory Ashe writes a tight story that does not allow for napping. Hazard and Somerset are characters you can't but help to care for and cheer on. Real characters and a good crime story.

If I could I would give 6 stars for the audible book as Tristan James has really captures both Hazard and Somerset. ( Not to be missed)