Book Review – Black Moon by Elle Keaton

Hamarsson and Dempsey #3
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Pages: 212
Characters: Mat/Niall
POV: 3rd
Genre: Mystery Detective

One corpse, two corpse, old corpse, new corpse.

Summer is crashing into fall and Mat and Niall have a wedding to overthink.

A body is discovered floating in the harbor and this time it’s the missing ex-Piedras Marine officer Duane Copper.

Who, aside from Niall, wanted Duane dead? He’s been on the run for months, why would he turn up dead now?

Black Moon, third in the Hamarsson and Dempsey series, is a dual POV following Sheriff Mat Dempsey and now Private Investigator Niall Hamarsson as they grope their way to a happily ever after.

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I love this series, and am sad that this is the final book, although I’m hoping to get glimpses of these guys in future stories. As with the first two books, this one kept me turning pages, and trying to figure out what was going on. It’s a wonderful mix of action, drama, detective, and romance.

I fell in love with Mat and Niall in book 1, and I was very happy that they finally got their happily ever after, although of course they very nearly didn’t, and had to work for it! These guys seem to attract explosions, whether it be jeeps or buildings.

I liked how the title of the book plays in. I’d never heard of a Black Moon before so enjoyed the explanation. The author does a fabulous job in working all the threads of the mystery together, while building the tension, and keeping the reader—and Niall and Mat—guessing.

I love the small community feel of Piedras, and its inhabitants. The description of Hidden Harbour is fabulous, and very emotive.

Fenrir needs a special mention, not only for looking out for Mat as well as Niall, but the adorable kitten scene. Ignoring the bad guy with the gun, as… kitten! I got very excited when Adam from Accidental Roots turned up, and that the next book will be a sort of crossover between the two series. I like Soren already, so want to read his story. I enjoyed seeing the other regulars of this series too, and liked that Niall is slowly building a friendship with Shay. I love Marshall, and Birdy and Allyson rock. Niall’s ex is a nasty individual, and comes across as having no redeeming features what-so-ever.

The epilogue was very satisfying, and perfect for these guys, and the end of a series I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and is going on my want in paperback collection.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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