Having risen through the ranks of the Baltimore City Police Department to the elite Homicide unit as an out gay man, Paul Solomon has always prided himself on his integrity and self-reliance. As the last vestiges of his failed eight-year-long relationship fall away, Paul finds himself adrift, forced to rely on others to help him find his footing again.
When Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, are called to the scene of a double murder of two high school students on the city’s west side, Paul finds the lives and deaths of the two boys hitting closer to home than he’d expected. With his personal life in upheaval, he struggles with the perspective needed to untangle the web of secrets and lies that led to their demise.
While working his way through the complicated case, Paul starts getting his life back together. After a date with an enigmatic young man takes a dark turn, he reaches out to an old flame who brings some much-needed lightness to his life. But Paul finds that relationships, like murder investigations, are never as simple as he’d like.
I like a good mystery. A mystery with a touch of romance is even better. Good Boys even had the extra bonus of taking place in Baltimore and since that’s really close to where I grew up, it made the first book in the Solomon Mysteries even more interesting.
There was a lot going on in Good Boys and some of that went beyond the mystery behind the boys’ murder. Paul’s personal life gets even more complicated with a man from his past and another he can’t get out of his head. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles and I know who I want Paul to end up with, but I’ll just have to wait and see where things go… Keelan Ellis has her work cut our for her if she plans on winning me over. 😉
Good Boys was a great start to the Solomon Mysteries. It didn’t slow down much, between the mystery, romance, tough issues and danger – it was pretty easy to keep the pages turning. I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here. Since this was my first book by Keelan Ellis, I may have to check out some of her other books while I’m waiting.