Detective Sergeant James Henderson’s remarkable gut instincts have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. But the advancement of his career has come at a cost. Gay, posh and eager to prove himself in the Metropolitan Police, James has allowed himself few chances for romance. 

When the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, all that changes. His investigation leads him to a circle of irresistibly charming men. And though he knows better, James finds himself enticed into their company. 

Soon his desire for photographer Ben Morgan challenges him to find a way into the other man’s lifestyle of one-night stands and carefree promiscuity. At the same time his single murder case multiplies into a cruel pattern of violence and depravity. 

But as the bodies pile up and shocking secrets come to light, James finds both his tumultuous private life and coveted career threatened by a bitter legacy.


2017 Finalist Lambda Literary Award: Mystery

2017 Finalist Lambda Literary Award: Mystery

"At last.  A genuinely riveting new voice in M/M mystery. Dal Maclean is a force to be reckoned with." Josh Lanyon, Award winning author of  'The Adrien English Mysteries'_  

"Dal Maclean's first offering is a slick, intelligent procedural with a hot dash of slow-burn romance.  Stylishly and convincingly written, this excellent novel will satisfy M/M readers who like their genre served up with intelligence and verve, not to mention an endearingly flawed hero and a fully realised supporting cast. I genuinely loved it." Harper Fox, Author of 'Scrap Metal']

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"A brilliant and captivating page turner – an out of the box, thought provoking, daring, and emotionally wrenching story.” 5 Stars. Dianne, It’s About the Book

"If you don’t read any other book for the rest of this year then you have to read THIS BOOK! “ 5 Stars. Mark, Sinfully: Gay Romance Book Reviews

“...the perfect split between romance and mystery thriller...I immediately added it to my Best of 2016 list.” Tamika, Oh My Shelves

“I was extremely satisfied and happy by the conclusion of both the mystery and the romantic storyline.” Recommended Read, Sirius, Dear Author

"I totally recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery,” Sarina, Love Bytes

“...the writing is top notch and its a terrific read. This goes in my best reads of the year.” 5 Stars. Karen, Prism Book Alliance

"Bitter Legacy is one hell of an impressive way to make a debut in this genre." 5 Stars. Lisa, The Novel Approach

"This is a superbly plotted crime novel where the romance is cleverly integrated rather than an obvious add-on and both elements have equal importance and are written with equal intensity. I could hardly put the book down... I award it my highest recommendation..." Desert Island Keeper, BJ Jansen, All About Romance

"This book is just brilliant, definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year. Highly recommended!" 5 Stars. Judith, Dirty Books Obsession

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