Special Agent Jefferson Haines puts the ‘order’ in law and order. Meal kits. Gray suits. Consistent reps at the gym. But all his routines are thrown into chaos when he’s called in to catch a serial killer whose M.O. is the stuff of urban legend: the Smiley Face Killer.
Dripping paint. Wicked slashes for eyes. The taunting curl of a smiling mouth. After years evading capture, the serial killer is back again. As Jefferson races to stop the next attack, the investigation leads to the one man he thought he’d never see again, Fred ‘Finny’ Ashley.
Finny has his own theories about the killer. And they’re pretty good. Maybe too good. Now, with his career on the line, Jefferson has to figure out if his one-time best friend is the culprit or the next victim.
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"Readers who enjoy a well planned and paced crime thriller will definitely enjoy how this story unfolds [. . .] The tension between Jefferson and Finny sets the pair up for a deliciously long and slow burn romance."
-Camille at Joyfully Jay
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"That feeling when you start a first book by a new author, and twenty pages in you're smiling and nodding your head yes."
--Josh Lanyon, author of The Adrien English Mysteries.
"The search for the smiley murderer keeps the reader on tenterhooks right until the very end… as well as the development of the relationship between former best friends turned enemies, Jefferson and Finny."
-Reviewer Susana on Goodreads
"Given its polished writing and confident authorial voice, I’d have been hard pressed to guess that Nothing But Good is Kess McKinley’s first published book."
-Caz Owens for All About Romance
"Suspenseful investigation with well-integrated romance,"
--Felice Stevens, author of the Lost in New York Series.
"Kess McKinley debuts with a gripping story of serial killers and second chances played out against the backdrop of Boston's Charles River."
--Nicole Kimberling, Lambda literary award-winning author.
“If you enjoy the tension and detail of a well written police focused suspense then I would highly recommend grabbing a copy and supporting this new author.”
“I did NOT see the whodunnit coming at me, at all! And the WHY! Loved being kept on my toes.”
-Debbie from the Archaeolibrarian
"The pacing is excellent, the two characters at the centre of the romance element are brilliantly presented. Their broken friendship from almost a decade earlier hangs just as large as the serial killer’s bold moves."
Named to Lambda Literary’s list of May’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Literature
"With excitement, a sweet second chance romance, good characters, and a great suspenseful case, Nothing But Good is definitely not one to miss."
-Annie at Bayou Book Junkie
"Highly recommended for fans of good mystery writing and solid slow burn romances. I think this is an author to watch."
-Dani from Love Bytes Reviews
"There are several things about Nothing But Good I found fascinating. First, is the major plot line, which is the mystery/murder, and is intriguing, suspenseful and very well developed. Second, is the way the stoic and in-control Jefferson loses himself around Finny, exposing himself and making him a compassionate human being. Third, I enjoyed the strong and positive female character Caroline portrays."
-Jay with Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter