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1. Nerds Who Kill : A Paul Turner
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9. Hot Spot : A Mark Manning Mystery
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1. Nerds Who Kill : A Paul Turner Mystery (Paul Turner)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
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Paul Turner is a widowed father of two teenaged boys, one of whom has spina bifida, rapidly approaching middle age, and used to dealing gracefully with all the challenges these things entail. Turner, however, is slightly different from others in his situation - he's openly gay and a homicide detective for the Chicago Police Department. Despite everything, his personal and family life is relatively placid.Until right now.

This time, his life couldn't possibly get more complex and problematic:there's a Science Fiction and Media convention in Chicago this weekend- one of the world's largest such gathering - and his sons are both attending.In full costume.And Paul Turner, like any good father, is going with them. If the prospect of that weren't bad enough, one of the convention's guests - one of the field's most successful fantasy writers - is found murdered, mostly likely by the broadsword found rammed through the corpse's chest.In most circumstances, a broadsword would be a unique murder weapon, but this time there are hundreds of attendees carrying similar ones as part of their costumes.Including his own son.

That one gruesome murder is just the beginning - the dead bodies amidst the revelers are starting to pile up - and Turner must sort through a confusing array of suspects in short order if he's to find the killer in time.
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2. Nightcrawlers : A Nameless Detective Novel (Nameless Detective Mystery)
by Bill Pronzini
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Bill Pronzini's "Nameless" detective has become one of the longest-lived, and consistently highly praised, private investigators in the annals of American crime fiction and the award-winning author proves, once again, that his skills
are unmatched.

Things were quiet in the San Francisco-based agency Nameless founded and his

partners, Jake and Vanessa were itching to get back to work.A deadbeat father needed to be found, and Vanessa needed to do some field work, so she took the file and headed out to keep an eye on the last known address.

Jake got to work on something much more personal...and dangerous.The Castro had become the stomping ground, literally, of two violent gay-bashers and the most recent victim was Jake's son's lover.Father and son are estranged, but maybe helping now would help them reconcile.That was Jake's thought when he started.For Nameless it was all a matter of letting everyone know that if they needed his help, he was there.

Jake was handling his situation but for Vanessa, things got out of hand. Her perp never showed up, but when she saw a man carrying a young girl into the house across the street, she knew something was wrong....and about to get worse, because she was going to investigate what was going on.

When she doesn't show up a few days later, Nameless feels a sinking in his gut: a few years ago he'd been kidnapped, shackled, and left to die in a cabin in the woods and something about Vanessa's disappearance echoed too loudly. When he discovers the house she'd investigated on her own and sees the words TAKING US TO A HOUSE IN THE WOODS scrawled on a closet wall, the echo became thunderous.

Now it was a race against time, and the clock had begun ticking before "Nameless" and Jake heard the starter's gun.
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3. Murder in the Rue St. Ann : A Novel (Chanse MacLeod Mysteries)
by Greg Herren
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When sexy gay private eye Chanse MacLeod investigates the financial shenanigans of club promoter Mark Williams, he discovers that not only does Williams have ties to the New Orleans judiciary, he also has ties to Chanse's lover, Paul-a connection that reveals secrets about Paul's past that Chanse had never guessed and now wishes he didn't know. When Paul disappears, it seems his past has caught up with him in a terrifying way.

Greg Herren is the author of Murder in the Rue Dauphine, which also features Chanse MacLeod, and Bourbon Street Blues. He lives in New Orleans.

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4. Flight of Aquavit : A Russell Quant Mystery (Russell Quant Mysteries)
by Anthony Bidulka
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-25)
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Detective Russell Quant is faced with personal threats he can't ignore, a friend who may be a foe and a cagey client with a treacherous monkey on his back. ... Read more

5. File Under Dead : A Tom & Scott Mystery
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
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6. Obedience: A Dave Brandstetter Mystery
by Joseph Hansen
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Publisher: Mysterious Press
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7. Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders
by Alicia Gaspar De Alba
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8. Amuse Bouche : A Russell Quant Mystery (Russell Quant Mysteries)
by Anthony Bidulka
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A gay wedding gone bad. A missing groom. An unsullied reputation at risk. Enter Russell Quant, cute, gay and rookie private detective. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Enjoyable, Witty Tale for All
Amuse Bouche is aptly titled - amuse me it did.
And much more - the mystery certainly kept my interest, but what really kept the pages turning were the story's affable and engaging hero, Russell Quant and the people and places that surround him.
This is fine story telling by a fine new writer. I look forward to more.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Writer, Poor Story
Bidulka is an entertaining writer, albeit an over-chatty one. I had read his "Flight of Aquavit," hardly memorable, but nonetheless enjoyable. Thinking his earlier novel,"Amuse Bouche," would be equally entertaining, I dove in.

The dedication page is the book's highlight. It's all downhill from there. While an engaging author, if not a bit too flippant, he knows how to direct a scene -- maybe excessively. Here we have only three basic scenes, three abrupt diversions, and a lot of conversational clutter. The little mystery that there is, is whether Bidulka tried to write three different novels, or decided to combine three incomplete thoughts into one. The narrative, while clear and attractive, often comes to abrupt end, only to restart again in another vein. It doesn't take a mindreader to figure out who will be dead (well before the five chapters later) and who will be the culprit (if you have any intuition at all).

While the writing is engaging, the story is not. If you like to read campy phatic communication for its own sake, you'll tolerate this novel's other disappointments, but if you know of invited guests that overstay their welcome -- and simply refuse to call it a night, then you'll know the feeling one has by novel's end. Pass.

5-0 out of 5 stars Warm, witty and wonderful
Mr. Bidulka has another fan in California. I love mystery novels and this is the beginning of a really terrific series. Russell Quant and his family and friends are such believable and interesting people the reader feels like he/she is being told a true story...maybe it is, I don't know.
Every time I thought I knew where the author was going, he took a slightly different turn that kept me turning the pages.
I immediately bought the second in the series and it is even better and now I see a third is on its way this fall. I know what I'm taking on holiday this winter...and what gift will end up in many Xmas stockings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
I read Anthony Bidulka's two mystery novels in the reverse order in which they were written.It didn't matter:they are both absolutelty delightful.The setting in Saskatoon is refreshingly creative.The writing is crisp and inventive: the last four paragraphs will leave you smiling appreciatively for days.As the title involves food, all I can say is "please, sir, may I have some more?" ... Read more

9. Hot Spot : A Mark Manning Mystery
by Michael Craft
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-19)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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During his distinguished career as a journalist, Mark Manning has seen it all--riots, murder, political corruption, and every manifestation of the dark heart of the human species. But even his proven emotional resources will be stretched when the home he shares with his lover, architect Neil Waite, and his ward and nephew, Thad Quatrain, becomes the site of one of the most daunting, taxing, and potentially dangerous of all human rituals--a wedding.

Roxanne Exner, best friend to both Mark and Neil, is having her nuptial ceremony at their house in the normally bucolic Dumont, Wisconsin, partly because Carl Creighton, her husband to be, is in the final weeks of his campaign for lieutenant governor of Illinois. For Roxanne, Dumont will afford some needed distance from the campaign, and for the city of Dumont, it will be the social event of the season. The wedding, despite everyone's fears, comes off with nary a hitch. The reception, however, takes a disastrous turn when a local matron, who happens to be a major donor to the campaign of Creighton's rival, is killed in what appears to be a freak electrical mishap.

Authorities soon discover that the electrocution was no accident. Then another shocker--Roxanne herself becomes the prime suspect. If Roxanne is ever to enjoy her honeymoon, and if Carl and his running mate are to stand a chance of election, Mark finds himself in a race against the clock to solve a most perplexing murder.
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HOT SPOT, the sixth novel in the Mark Manning Mystery series is a tale of transitions. First, Thad Quatrain, Mark's ward and nephew, is preparing to leave home for college. Next, Roxanne Exner, Mark and Neil's best friend, has finally committed herself to matrimony to Carl Creighton. And the wedding is to be held at Mark and Neil's home in Dumont. And to top everything else off, Carl is running for political office in Illinois; a move, which if he is successful, would take him and Roxanne from nearby Chicago to the state capitol of Springfield.

Knowing Roxanne from the past books in the series, you'd expect the wedding to be a major disaster. But other than the actual joining of Rox and Carl, it takes place without a hitch. (Joke) Unfortunately, it is the reception that becomes a disaster when an elderly and wealthy Dumont matron is electrocuted in a freak accident. But was it an accident? It begins to look like homicide and the new bride is the prime suspect

As I've said before, the author keeps getting better with each book in the series, and this one is the best yet. The plot is littered with possible suspects and red herrings that keep you guessing to the very end. And other than "obfuscation" I loved ever word in it. (Another joke) Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the dust jacket illustration. The Bride of Frankenstein photo will probably attract consumer attention but it demeans the text inside.

This story is set in the same timeframe as that of Desert Autumn, the first book in the new Claire Gray series. In that book the noted stage director, Claire Gray is preparing for the opening semester of the Desert Arts College in California, which just happens to be the college where Thad is heading. (Insider information - Mark will be making a guest appearance in the second book of the series scheduled for a February release.)

The final transition has Mark and Neil alone in the big house in Dumont. Sounds pretty tame, but you know that something is going to come up soon. And it's sure to be a dozey! So far, you can't go wrong with this series and HOT SPOT will keep you up late turning the pages.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another mystery with the guy that lives on Prairie Street
If I were Mark Manning, I might think that I were cursed. BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO THOSE AROUND HIM. In the fifth book of the series, Mark's ward, Thad, was the prime suspect in the murder of a fellow classmate. In this one, it is longtime friend Roxanne Exner that must face the air of suspicion in the untimely (and rather gruesome) death of a Dumont philanthropist.

Besides the task of proving the innocence of his pal, Mark must also contend with Thad's impending departure for college.

Boy, is life tough!

So that the uninitiated reader can become acquainted with the book's "personnel", Craft introduces each in a way that does not distract from the story-at-hand.

Craft's attention to detail of set and character is what makes him of major appeal to his readership. Occasionally, Craft "speaks" through his protagonist Manning with a few narrative lapses on political and religious issues, the latter especially in regards to Manning's sexuality.

It works for him!

Although not quite up to par with the other five entries, "Hot Spot" is still a relaxing way to spend a hot, summer day or a crisp autumn afternoon.

For his fans, Craft pays homage to his own series in a "cutesy" paragraph that begins at the base of page 271 and concludes at the top of the subsequent one.

It'll bring a smile!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Series That Just Keeps Getting Better!
HOT SPOT is the sixth Mark Manning mystery & it is a good one! The series has developed the protagonist's coming out story over the course of the series as well as providing a good mystery. The earlier mysteries were fairly easy to figure out, but the writing and character development kept me reading. This latest mystery kept me guessing until the end! I also like the fact that the protagonist starts out the series at age 39 and ages as each book is written. It is nice to have a well written, sexy gay man in his 40's as the hero of the books.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet
This is the best Mark Manning mystery yet. I have read all of them and this is indeed the hardest to figure out. Just as you think you know who the killer is and why another twist is given.Bravo! The bond between Mark and his partner is strong as ever. In addition to the mystery we still get to see Mark having a life. I think this is my favorite Manning story!

1-0 out of 5 stars Yawn!
I want my money back, I thought the book was pretentious and boring. ... Read more

10. The Boy In The Book
by Tom    Nussbaum
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11. Bourbon Street Blues
by Greg Herren
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Quite Live Up To Its Promise
Bourbon Street Blues is the second book by Greg Herren and the first of what appears to be a series featuring amateur sleuth Scotty Bradley. Scott, who was given the name Milton by his hippy parents (say his first and last name and you'll understand why he chose to go by Scott), is a personal trainer and sometimes go-go boy. He lives in New Orleans where anything can happen and usually does. He rents an apartment from his lesbian aunts and has a great relationship with his Proud-to-have-a-gay-son parents.

It's Decadence (sometimes referred to as the gay Mardi Gras) in the Big Easy, and Scotty is having a great time. That is, until a former client who vanished a year ago reappears and asks Scott if he can hide at his apartment. "They're after me," he tells Scott at the club where Scott is dancing. Scott thinks his old friend is on drugs and decides to ignore him, but when he gets home, he finds a mysterious computer disk has been slipped into his boot along with his tips for the night. Technophobe Scott doesn't have a computer, so he heads out in the wee hours of the morning to use his friend's computer. When his friend turns out to be unavailable, he returns home to find an acquaintance dead on his doorstep.

Scott suddenly finds himself in the middle of a plot to destroy New Orleans, a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah according to an extreme right wing gubernatorial candidate. It's up to Scott, his friends, and Frank Sobieski, the sexy FBI agent, to prevent the murder of thousands of people.

Author Greg Herren has created likeable characters that show a lot of promise. Unfortunately, the plot doesn't really live up to that promise. I really liked Scotty and his family and friends, and I wanted so badly to like the book as well, but the plot was just so outlandishly unrealistic that it left me feeling a little cheated. I ended up reading it just as escapist fare, since there was no way you could possibly take it as a serious mystery.

The main character is one of those types that you just can't help but like. He comes across as a genuinely good person, but also as very human, as do his friends and family. I especially liked the touches of supernatural that Herren includes in the book; Scott, it turns out, is somewhat psychic. The characters alone kept me reading to the end.

Herren concludes the book with the implication that the series will continue. I'd probably read the next book in the series, just because I liked his characters so much. However, if the plot turns out to be as preposterous as this one, it will probably be the last one I read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Scotty Go Go
Having just been to New Orleans the storyline of the book captured my attention. Heren has created a great character with Scotty Bradley and made me feel like the city was a character as well. The plot seems to tie up quickly and I felt a little robbed of some unfinished parts but over all I did enjoy this novel. I guess maybe I wanted more and will have to wait for the next installment of Scotty "Milton" Bradley and his personal trainer/GoGo boy exploits. Thanks Greg for a great read!

2-0 out of 5 stars Feeble First Effort
This is not a raunchy novel, though it well could have been. And, for being written in the first-person, it is convincingly told. It's about gay life (or a gay person) in the gay mecca of New Orleans. He's a go-go dancer who becomes an unwilling sleuth and catalyst to uncover a plot to destroy Sin City. He has visions through which the Goddess tells him advance events (really!). And so, a story that starts with the dancer and a trick ends up involving the FBI, the Religious Reich, pot head parents, a friend's killing, and a house burning.

The story is often redundant, with the litany "tight ass, smooth legs, and muscularly toned chest" added twice a page or so for good measure. Those expecting a steamy sex scene will be sorely disappointed. The plot is exceedingly thin, and the bulk of it is told in fewer than twenty pages. A good first effort, but not enough to recommend reading. Still a page turner all in all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Iffy Premise... But Great Read
I was attracted to this book for one reason, mainly, outside of the gay theme.. and what was it's setting: Modern Day New Orleans, Louisianna. I live not to far from New Orleans and spent many a night, and Decadence (a Labor Day Holiday in New Orleans, when this story is set), in New Orleans in the very clubs he talks about. That's right, his clubs and their locations are far from fictional. If you've been to New Orleans, you know the Oz, and directly accross from it the Bourbon Pub the Parade Upstairs, the Hit Parade Across the street where you can buy all sorts of clothing in emergency situations, and next door the Bourbon Orleans (A Hotel Popular with the Gay Crowd in New Orleans, especially during holidays), all on the corner of St. Ann and the infamous Bourbon Strees, just a few blocks from Jackson Square. This story is about a Personal Trainer/Go-Go Dancer at the Bourbon Pub who gets into a situation that may be a little over his head. (BTW, if The front cover is the Bourbon Pub, the artist had obviously never been there.. ther are no short tables and chairs it's all bar tables, bar, and barstools, and Men on the bar shaking their stuff) (
This author MUST Live in New Orleans because the most exiting thing for me was sayin "I Know where that is!" which isn't often for me that I can do that.
But aside from the setting, the story is told very well. I could not put the book down. The actual story took a minute or two before actually getting started. It took a little while to set up, but once it did.. you were hooked. I did find a few of the lines written into the Story a little corny, as well as the overall premise (that is, once you learn what is REALLY going on)... however, getting over the few corny elements. This book was a true treasure. The Author demonstrated his knowlege of Gay life in New Orleans very well (you can tell he's been there himself, for sure). I have ordered the second book, in hopes that it will follow along just as well. I hope we get a good series of Scotty and his NOLA Adventures. Greg Herren just got a fan... Keep us interested, and keep writing to keep us reading! I'm ready.

1-0 out of 5 stars Did we read the same book?
As I look over some of the other reviews, I can't help but wonder if I read the same book. This novel failed to hold my attention past the first 30 pages or so. I live in New Orleans and thought it might be fun to read this, but I was mistaken. Though Herren captures the, er, quirky aspects of our fair city, he fails to master the art of storytelling. Worse yet, though, is the sloppy editing and the truly clunky writing style. I don't think this could even qualify as "beach reading." ... Read more

12. The Good Cop: A Dick Hardesty Mystery
by Dorien Grey
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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One of the residual spots of conflicts in gay rights is in the police force, and this work takes that conflict head-on in the murder of a gay policeman and the investigation by the inimitable Dick Hardesty. We meet many of the familiar characters as well as get to know Jonathan, a young hustler who becomes more than a casual acquaintance. The entire police force is suspect in this community mystery of intrigue and murder. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Good Cop
Not really a mystery, just a great story with wonderful characters and real life drama. I read it straight through after setting aside the vast and soporific Cinatis by Donaghe. The quality of the writing and story reminds me of the early Patrica Nell Warren and Ronald Donaghe novels. ... Read more

13. Vampire Vow
by Michael Schiefelbein
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Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Huh?
While I'm the first to admit that I thoroughly enjoy gay erotica, especially gay vampire erotica, I found this book difficult to digest. Perhaps it's my Christian upbringing, but I just couldn't make myself believe that a vampire was enamored with Jesus Christ. I found the book poorly written with a decidecly cliched plot. The author jumped back and forth quite a bit with the various story lines, and I found that disconcerting. All in all, not my first choice for a good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Taboo subject, not much in the way of LUST!
Vampire Vow is a very well written novel about the Vampire Victor who falls in love with Jesus. While the idea is definitely taboo, which makes it an interesting read; this book is not for the reader who wants to be wooed by vampire eroticism whether it is gay or otherwise. If you like a good read with a definite underlying taboo tone then this is the book for you, however if you want lust then I suggest you read Poppy Brite, Anne Rice, or Laurell Hamilton.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Book That'll Make You Go Hmmm.....
I've read just about every vampire novel that's out there, but I've never come across one that is centered around a gay vampire monk in love with Jesus. Some may find this very hard to swallow, others may find it disgraceful, some, like myself, may find it hard to put down.

Now, I'm a heterosexual female and I must say that some scenes didn't agree with me. They weren't the scenes that included guy on guy action, but actually, the more gory ones bothered me the most. Michael Schiefelbein's vampire is more animal than man. The way he discards his victims like yesterday's garbage is almost apalling. But one of Schiefelbein's characters explains the vampire's actions justly; "nature is nature." But I just wasn't used to this because so many authors nowadays write about the romantic vampire.

This take on the vampire was very refreshing. I also thoroughly enjoyed Schiefelbein's writing style. I found that the book was so easy to read, that it was done and I was reading the sequel (Vampire Thrall) before I knew it.

Don't discount this title because of its homosexual content. It truly is something different and enjoyable if you just let yourself be taken away by the story. It's really hard to explain unless you actually sit down and read it.

If you are offended by gore, violence, and homosexual sex (and rape), I suggest you look elsewhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice read
Try not to read it as a Christian, you will find it a nice innovative read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but Pointless
The protagonist of this novel is a Roman officer who, when his carnal desire for a young Jesus Christ is unrequited, turns to the dark side, and becomes a vampire at the behest of an ancient Ethiopian priestess. HUH?!?

I suppose the premise is interesting enough, even though it's mildly offensive. Homosexual yearnings from and toward Jesus are nothing new, but in this novel, is presented at its most base and deplorable. Frustrated that he can't "get inside" Jesus, the protagonist, Victor, sets off on a string of rapes and murders that eventually causes him to flee for his life. At this point, he is turned into a vampire. If you're looking for the sensuous and romantic vampires of Anne Rice lore, you're not going to find them here. Victor is nothing but a two thousand year old carcass looking to punish Christians because he was forsaken by his beloved, Jesus.

There's no emotional investment with this character. He is presented as one-dimensional; a rogue demon filled with anger and a sexual thirst equaled only by a penchant for violence. While some of the scenes are erotic, there's no real passion or longing, so they just ring hollow. While reading page after page of how Victor longs to find a lover that will satisfy and challenge him as Jesus did, one becomes more and more disillusioned that for all of his living, Victor hasn't learned much. At the end, his situation hasn't changed, except he's left a larger pile of bodies behind. ... Read more

14. Textbook Murders
by Joe Albanese
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-20)
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The chanters had formed four rings around a clearing they had made. In the nucleus, eerily lit by the hundred or so candles, were two formations made of what looked from afar to be made of granite. It took Jeremy a moment to figure out that they were tombstones made up to look like coffins. Possibly, once, these were sold as headstones to be placed over a grave. Both of the granite coffins were together on an elevated square on which words had been carved into. Probably the names of the departed. But it what was lying on the headpieces now that caused Jeremy to gawk almost like Sheraton had.

After their success in Mystery Without Any Clues, lovers Jeremy Baker and Sheraton Rogers are not having the well-deserved vacation they promised themselves. When bizarre occurrences begin to happen at an isolated all-boys school, Jeremy and Sheraton start investigating—only to discover that everyone involved is in danger. Besides the eerie behavior of the students, the increasingly eccentric staff members, a mix of the supernatural, and a shocking murder prove anything but relaxing for the duo.

While meeting all sorts of characters—both funny and dangerous—they remain determined to uncover the identity of the killer.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Mr. Albanese's first book - Mystery Without Any Clues - was a good, short and extremely funny read.This time around the author uses many of the same characters (two New York city men and a police detective from hell).Although there is plenty of humor in the novel, this time around the characters are better developed and the writing has improved.This time the humor blends effortlessly with the mystery.

Textbook Murders is a work of fiction, to be sure and you have to believe that in today's day and age there does exist a spot without cell phones or the web but once you do, the mystery continues to build to a surprising conclusion.

On the whole, I recommend this book.It is an enjoyable read. ... Read more

15. Vanishing Rooms
by Melvin Dixon
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Asin: 0525249656
Catlog: Book (1991-03-01)
Publisher: E P Dutton
Sales Rank: 1335683
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Prior to Melvin Dixon’s death from AIDS in 1992 when he was on the verge of breaking out as an acclaimed novelist, his talent was compared to that of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. In Vanishing Rooms, the author amply demonstrates his literary promise with a compelling love story of interracial sex and urban violence set in Manhattan’s West Village in the 1970s. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is REAL literature!
Examines the private hell of two people connected through a tragedy. Beautifully written with skill, lucidity and polish. This is REAL literature! This book did not get the attention it deserves. It is a MASTERPIECE! Melvin Dixon's name should be mentioned right alongside of James Baldwin's.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dancing on Broken Feet
Vanishing Rooms is an intensely emotional novel. It gives equal voices to three characters: Jesse, a young black dancer who loses his troubled boyfriend Metro; Ruella, a female black dancer who is enamoured with Jesse; and Lonny, a white teenager who prefers the streets and feels he must prove himself to his tough friends. At the centre of the story is the loss of Metro and how it affects all three characters. The death is described flatly, like a piece of impersonal news. This is a contrast to Jesse's deep feelings for him that he describes as akin to his passion for dancing. More than the injustice of this murder, the novel continues on to describe the horrible injustices made toward people who are gay and black as they are forced to be marginal groups of American society. It describes the troubling relationship not only felt in an interracial relationship but also the sad imbalances felt by many gay couples whose definition of monogamy tragically varies. However, the book's attitude toward the varieties of gay life is ambivalent. At one point, Jesse finds himself wandering through a large sex club being led by an older black man who is trying to seduce him. The meaning it has for Jesse is ambivalent. There are wonderful passages describing the scene in a way that is almost hallucinatory. The novel is filled with such morally ambiguous dilemmas such as the way in which Ruella's brother, a convict, arranges special retribution for Metro's death. Ruella's friendship with Jesse is mysterious and their dependency on each other turns out to be for selfish reasons rather than genuine friendship. The delicate relationships are poignantly explored and the ending is characteristic of the character's personalities with their beautifully rendered drama.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Unrecognized Masterpiece!
Melvin Dixon was a brilliant black gay man (and Brown University alumnus). Unfortunately his life was cut short by the tragedy of AIDS. In his honor, however, every black gay man should buy this book and read it cover to cover. In this tale, the protagonist goes through a surreal journey in which he finds himself in love with other black men, sexually, spiritually, and politically. When originally released, the critics mocked him by saying, "What do you get when you mix Truman Capote with James Baldwin?" However, this is not an imitation or duplication of other gay authors. This is a black gay masterpiece and if you are truly fierce, you will order it! SNAP! ... Read more

16. Jackson Square Jazz
by Greg Herren
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Asin: 0758202148
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 35858
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A throughly enjoyable sequel that has something for everyone.

The characters are rich, and fun - and there were more then a few times when I thought "My God ... so and so would say something just like that" so they are real too

Mr Herren also captures the mystery of New Orleans, something that the natives love - and something visitors feel the moment they arrive. The city becomes as real as the character .

I look forward to more...

4-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT Follow up to Bourbon Street Blues
I think as far as sequels go, this was great. Like the first there were several parts of the book you find yourself saying "yeah right" but all of that can be attributed to "The Goddess."

A Frequent Guest in New Orleans, I can tell you this is a fun read especially for those who know the area. What is really great about this book is that is is not ABOUT Being Gay. It isn't about sex, though sex isn't absent, it isn't pornography, and it isn't a sweet romantic novel, yet, "romance" is part of the story.

And Romance is another thing, alot of times, Authors try to carry on Two Stories in one book, (Gay or Straight). Hero has secret life of action, while trying to maintain a homelife separate from the other, sometimes the Love Interest becomes unwittingly involved in the climax and resolution of the story, and the Hero is forced out of the Closet with his alternate and hidden life (i.e. Mary Jane in "Spiderman" or Lois Lane in "Superman", Helen Tasker in the movie "True Lies"). Well... This book is so different with that.. The Love Interests are involved in the story, they play vital roles in plot development and are actively involved in the furtherment of the story and aren't there simply for the hostage dilema.. In fact, we find the Hero in more Hostage dilemas than his friends, but it all turns out in good fun and great story telling.

Nextly, I love the Character Development, we learn much more about our favorite Characters from the first book... Scotty, David, Frank, Colin, and Venus..
It's very good, and I can not wait for the next book whenever it may be.

I would also LOVE to see these Books Turned into Movies... in a dream world, here is how I would cast our stars...

Scotty - Paul Walker (just dye his hair brown)
Frank - Ron Perlman (10 years ago)
Colin - Charlie Sheen
David - Sean Hayes
Venus - Pam Grier (no two questions about it)
Mom - Kathy Bates..

That's just my idea.. although, they'd ALL Have to work on their New Orleans ability.. because above the story, the character... the appeal of this story is it's capture of the flavor of New Orleans.

4-0 out of 5 stars A bit light, but otherwise very enjoyable
Buff blonde Party-boy/psychic/former-GoGoBoy/turned-private-investigator "Scotty" Bradley is back (from his introduction in Herren's earlier "Bourbon Street Blues"), and he quicky becomes involved in a murder plot involving a 19y/o gay male figure skater, a fire at a museum, a reverend involved in a theft, a crazy stepmother, a kidnapping, and a high speed chase resulting in an accident. We also are reunited with Scotty's hippie parents, his lawyer-brother Storm, African-American police detective Ms. Venus Casanova, Scotty's long distance boyfriend (Frank, an FBI agent), and a former lover who forms a triangle that makes Scotty doubt his feelings for Frank. Readers who love New Orleans (where this and the previous novel are based) will especially like the local color provided by the author, who obviously holds a fondness for the city as well.

To be honest, I thought the book was a bit "light". not so much in plot but moreso in character development (Although we do learn a bit more about characters introduced in the earlier novel). Otherwise, it was an entirely engrossing and enjoyable mystery, with lots of nail-biting situations (Perhaps too many, some would say), leaving you wanting more. (It's obvious in the final pages that Herren is setting up some situations for a third novel in the series, which I would look forward to.)

Not for readers who cannot deal with the numerous new-age references, belief in psychic experiences, tarot cards, etc., which are an intergral part of Scotty's character.

2-0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
If not for predictable stereotypes, this book would have no characters at all. There are lots of good things in Jackson Square Jazz -- including a likeable protagonist -- but I was unable to get truly into this book because I was always aware of the author's self-consciousness. He is trying very hard to entertain his reader and as a result prevents us from getting into the action. If he allowed the characters more depth and steered clear of stereotypes, this book could have been quite good. The story -- which is apparently based on real events -- is compelling but the lack of depth of the characters is disappointing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of time
The title is the most intriguing aspect to this book. You can put it down after you get that far. Stiff and amateurish writing that you expect to see in a high school paper rather than a published book for adults. ... Read more

17. Someone Is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona
by Mark Roeder
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Asin: 059509113X
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
Sales Rank: 214159
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Someone is killing the gay boys of Verona, Indiana, and only one gay youth stands in the way. He finds himself pitted against powerful foes, but finds allies in places he did not expect.

Sixteen-year-old Sean sets out on a quest that takes him into the supernatural and beyond. A haunted mansion, gay ghosts, a cult of hate, and a hundred year old ax murder all await Sean as he races to discover the murderer before he strikes again.

Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona is a supernatural murder mystery that goes where no gay novel has set foot before. It is a tale of love, hate, friendship, and revenge. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more
Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona is the third book in a series for author Mark Roeder. While each book stands on its own and can be enjoyed regardless of the order in which they are read, this story draws on the background of the previous two books. Tears came to my eyes when the main character of this book seeks the help of his older gay friends Nathan and Ethan, who have now been together for at least 20 years. It is an immensely satisfying read and will leave you wanting more... Like a story about the two step brothers who were killed in the Graymoor Mansion 100 years before.

This is a ghost story, but it is also so realistic of the gay youth of today who, more than any previous generation of gays are coming out of the closet while they're still in high school and demanding the right to date each other and attend the high school dances. Mark Roeder has a big, beautiful heart, and it comes through with loving clarity in this latest book.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Book! Mark Roeder keeps me on the edge of my seat!!
Mark Roeder, the Author has done it again! I was so wrapped up in this book, before I knew it, I had read it in just a matter of hours! I don't even know the last time I was able to do that!

Mark was able to take two of my favorite subjects, Gay Youth coming out and the supernatural and mold them into the same book that works very well together.

Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona takes place 20 years after his first two books and manages to include nearly all the key characters from both 'Ancient Prejudice' and 'Someone is Watching'. And if you have already read those books, you know the characters are Nathan and Ethan (who are alive), and Mark and Taylor (who are Dead). You have to read this one to determine how he allows all 4 of the characters to come to the aid of Sean, a 16 year old Gay Youth suffering from the loss of several of his closest friends. It also has a return of a character that will surprise everyone.

I have seen those reviewing all Mark Roeders books that have said he repeats himself over and over. I would like to add that I believe this brings realization to the books. A kid that is struggling with what these characters are struggling with, would have alot of the same thoughts over and over, thus the author is letting us feel their exact thoughts. I think the repeating of some phrases or thoughts makes the book very enjoyable!!!

I think everyone will enjoy this book, especially if you read it in the order the author has recommended... being .... 'Ancient Prejudice', 'Someone is Watching', and 'Someone is killing the gay boys of Verona'. I am starting the 4th book today 'A Better Life'. I will tell you what I think when I am done..

1-0 out of 5 stars a silly and disappointing novel
When I ordered this book I was really excited to read it and I'm still angry because the storyline had a lot of potential. I love novels with supernatural mysteries and murder and the summary on the back cover makes this one sound great. But this book is really bad. First of all, there is NOTHING remotely creepy about it. Sure there are some ghosts but they are just kind of thrown into the story with absolutely no suspense built up around them. And there are a lot of grammatical mistakes. Enough to make you actually stop and reread the sentence. In terms of the actually killings that take place, you only find out about them after the fact, so again there is NO suspenseful build up. And I thought it was unbelievable that after the second friend of Sean's is murdered all he is interested in is having a seance so he can summon up his friend's ghost! It's like where is the grieving here?? The characters are weak and don't help to carry the plot. Again, this was disappointing because they all had potential. If the author had just spent more time with each character they would have been more interesting and had more depth.
Plot aside, the writing is just not that great. Many of the paragraphs are repetitive. It's like the author forgot what he wrote two pages before. This novels main agenda seems to be helping someone who is "coming out of the closet". Sean mentions something about his own coming out of the closet on every third page. This writing is at best junior high level so anyone that still wants to read it should be done in about three hours. I haven't read any of the authors other books, but I really would not recommend this one.

1-0 out of 5 stars Someone Is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona
This was a very disappointing book to read. As a matter of fact, I gave up. The thought that kept running through my mind is whether or not there were editors involved in the publishing process. The writing is awkward and plodding. Grammatical errors and typos are frequent. The author's style (or lack of) finally became such a distraction that I put the book down and I haven't picked it up since.

This is a very scary, spooky story set in the small town of Verona. There are enough murders and supernatural happenings to frighten anyone. Poor Sean, not only does he had to live in Graymoor mansion, but he suspects he may be the next victim, and he may just well be. I throughly enjoyed this book, but I do not advise any person to read Chapter 28 alone, or without the benefit of a good, strong drink. I have never read anything this intense. At the same time, Mark Roeder also manages to show us that in addition to hate in Verona, there are also love and strong bonds of friendship, even friendships and help from the dearly departed. This book was a great fast read. ... Read more

18. The Burning Plain : A Henry Rios Mystery (Henry Rios Mysteries)
by Michael Nava
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Asin: 1555838138
Catlog: Book (2004-04-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 545022
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Still devastated by the death of Josh, Henry nonetheless falls for a young actor he successfully defended against burglary charges. When the young man is murdered after leaving Henry's house, Henry finds himself the target of a murder investigation. But the murders don't stop, and with his life in desperate danger, Henry follows the trail of evidence, ever upward to the top levels of Los Angeles politics and Hollywood power.

Michael Nava is the author of seven Henry Rios novels, five of which (Goldenboy, Howtown, The Hidden Law, The Death of Friends, and Rag and Bone) have been Lambda Literary Award winners. He is an attorney in private practice in San Francisco.

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19. The Truth Can Get You Killed (Paul Turner Mystery)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Asin: 0312156790
Catlog: Book (1997-07-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Sales Rank: 864176
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The last thing that Chicago Police Detective Paul Turner wants to do on New Year's Day is investigate a murder. But when the body is that of a conservative, homophobic judge and it is found outside a popular gay nightclub, the task takes on a new urgency for him. Now Turner must unravel the threads connecting the unlikely victim to his unsuspected murder scene-and look for answers in the most unusual places.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Detective Paul Turner is gay, a hunk, andback on the job!
For those of you who have read the other mysteries by Mark Richard Zubro, this mystery should be no different. Detective Turner is back and they are searching for the murderer of a federal judge. This New Years Eve murderkeeps Turner and his partner busy as they travel through the gay area ofChicago looking for the killer. It is well paced, well developed charactersand an intresting plot. If you have read Zubro before you will enjoy thisone as much as the others.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best of Zubro.
Easily the best of Zubro's novels.Snappy dialogue.Good plotting.No preachy diatribes.A look into an honest friendship between two detectives, one straight, one gay.And a good swipe at the pompous judiciary.Bravo Mark.Can we expect more of this caliber ... Read more

20. Troublemaker (Dave Brandstetter Mysteries)
by Joseph Hansen
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Asin: 1555837107
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Alyson Books
Sales Rank: 144000
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The third volume in the award-winning groundbreaking Dave Brandstetter mystery series finds Dave investigating the murder of the owner of a local gay bar. The only witness appears to be the killer, but he swears he's innocent. Trouble is, he may be telling the truth. ... Read more

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