The Dark Tide (Adrien English Mystery, #5)

The Dark Tide - Josh Lanyon Ah, well. All good things must come to an end. As always, I loved visiting with Adrien and Jake for a snippet of their lives.

You'd think that a decades old mystery, one where most of the principles should be dead or geriatrics by now, would be safe for Adrien to go poking into. Not so, of course, with a motley crew of old rivalries and love affairs gone wrong attached to his bookstore's skeleton under the floorboards.

I thoroughly enjoyed the set up of what, at first, appears to be a hopeless cold case that Adrien goes after in his stubborn, terrier fashion, despite his convalescence and the multiple complications in his love life. He and Jake still have a lot to work through. Jake's former closeted life has left a trail of trust issues and old hurt, so I understood why Adrien couldn't simply fling himself into the big lug's arms.

Josh has been adamant about the fact that this is the last of the Adrien English mysteries, though, and it leaves me feeling a bit cheated. Sure, I see that the romantic tension is resolved, but the mystery aspect remains, especially with Jake living and working so closely with him now. *sigh* They worked so hard to get here, I'm disappointed that we won't share in their happiness or their adventures as a couple.