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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Cardigans (Criminal Intentions #1) | Mini Review

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"When a string of young queer men turn up dead in grisly murders, all signs point to the ex-boyfriend--but what should be an open-and-shut case is fraught with tension when BPD homicide detective Malcolm Khalaji joins up with a partner he never wanted.

Rigid, ice-cold, and a stickler for the rules, Seong-Jae Yoon is a watchful presence whose obstinacy and unpredictability constantly remind Malcolm why he prefers to work alone. Seong-Jae may be stunningly attractive, a man who moves like a graceful, lethal bird of prey . . . but he's as impossible to decipher as this case. And if Malcolm doesn't find the key to unravel both in time, another vulnerable young victim may end up dead."


The Cardigans is the first novel in Criminal Intentions, a mlm mystery series by Cole McCade.

I don't quite know why I added this to my TBR, but it has been on there for a while now and I only now decided to pick it up since it was a quick read. A series that follows an episodic format, we follow a gruff homicide detective and his new partner through different cases, this one in particular following a string of murders surrounding a queer kid.

I didn't know what to expect from this seeing as I went in with no expectations, but I rather liked this. The mystery was intriguing and I slowly but surely warmed up the characters dynamic even though it is still a bit rough seeing as this book covers only a short period of time. I was a bit thrown off by the way Seongjae speaks, as he kind of sounds like Spock, but that is probably due to him using the same level of respect Koreans use but just in English.

Still, though, this was overall a good short read.

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