Title: The Quid Pro Quo
Author: A. L. Lester
Series/Number: Bradfield Trilogy #2, The Border Magic Universe
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Word Count: 50,000
Publication Date: November 20, 2021
Themes: found family, transm/m relationship, w/w relationship, magic, paranormal events
Village nurse Walter Kennett is content with his makeshift found family in tiny Bradfield. However, when a body is found floating in the village duck pond one midsummer morning, danger arrives too.
Between his attraction to detective Simon Frost, concealing Sylvia and Lucy’s relationship and not knowing how much to reveal about the paranormal possibilities of the murder, Walter is torn all ways.
Thank you so much to A. L. Lester for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I can’t believe that this was the first book I read from A. L. Lester! I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this book. I will start by saying that I didn’t read the first book in the Bradfield Trilogy, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. The book really did stand on it’s own. There were some references to what I assume happened in the first book, but the references actually helped in the understanding of the second book without making me confused in any way.
I am finding that I actually really enjoy these kind of light mysteries. I was not a mystery reader in the past, but books like these really make me fall in love with the genre. I really enjoyed how the plot moved along. There were hints about what happened, but they weren’t so obvious that I figured it out right away. I also loved the influence of the paranormal in the book. The paranormal aspects were important, but it didn’t feel bogged down with info-dumping in any way.
I also want to say that I really loved the romance in this story too. It was tense in the sense that most queer Victorian romances are, but it was also sweet and kind and slow. I think that Walter and Simon had really sweet chemistry once they got past the things between them.
I can say that A. L. Lester is going to be an author on my radar from now on. I desperately want to read more from this author and I’m so excited to find a new author that I really enjoy, maybe even a potential new favourite?