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    1. Nerds Who Kill : A Paul Turner
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    20. For Every Season

    1. Nerds Who Kill : A Paul Turner Mystery (Paul Turner)
    by Mark Richard Zubro
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    Asin: 0312333013
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
    Sales Rank: 37594
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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. Fingersmith
    by Sarah Waters
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    Asin: 1573229725
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Sales Rank: 16863
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    In Victorian England, an orphan girl is sent to a country estate to work for-and ultimately woo-its young heiress, on behalf of a mysterious benefactor known as Gentleman. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Novel with Lots of Surprises
    Fingersmith was highly recommended by a friend with similiar tastes. How right she was! I loved this book! There's no need for me to review the plot as others have done a marvelous job before me but I do want to make these points. Fingersmith has everything a reader wants in a historical novel: orphans and pickpockets, cruel men and resourceful heroines, plus a good look at the seamier side of Victorian England. The reader will also enjoy lesbian romance tastefully done, betrayal, alas most foul, and mystery and surprises you won't believe! On a serious note, this novel presents us with the many ways Victorian men could manipulate and control the women in their lives with no fear of retribution. This angle makes it a particularly good choice for any book group.
    Ms. Waters writes in a such a marvelously descriptive style that I could almost smell the smog-fouled London air, or feel the rough canvas of the madhouse walls. Her characters are well-rounded and sympathetic. Fingersmith would have rated five stars but I thought it got a little wordy here and there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to read more Sarah Waters
    This book was quite good and makes me eager to read her other novels. Waters accurately captures the seedier side of Victorian England--the pickpockets and fences, erotic book dealers and collectors, madhouses and inmates--in a richly complex novel that starts out slow but becomes un-put-downable at the end of Part 1. The characters are well-written; the dialogue seems real; the intrigue is engrossing. Unlike much of the trite, stereotypical works that pass for "good" lesbian fiction, Waters manages to write three dimensional lovers facing realistic obstacles to be together. Waters even manages to pay a certain amount of homage to Victorian erotica--where the lesbian novel got its start by tittilating repressed men--by taking the themes that one comes across in such novels (bad girls vs. good girls who always seem to come under the power of very bad men, etc.) and turning them into something realistic. This is a gritty novel that evokes the underside of the Victorian era in all its sensual reality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You pearl!
    Any critisisms aimed at Fingersmith have tended to focus on dislike for the twistiness of the plot. I can see that some people would not enjoy this - I know in some other twisty stories I've felt betrayed by the writer - but perhaps because I don't read much in this line, I enjoyed it all immensely.

    My interest was sustained throughout because certain things remained true throughout - the feelings between Sue and Maud most importantly.

    Best of all, it is a book which combines the thoughtful slowness of a book of ideas with the exciting plot of a book of action. The story, it is true, might not look out of place on a bad soap opera, but the book is pastiche (Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens) as much as anything else. Suspend your disbelief and you'll have the read of your year.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Almost a pearl
    What to say... It's the most grueling reading experience I've ever had. Seems like one picks up the book and invisible shackles bound you to it until you reach the long awaited last page. I'm not kidding. Yes, it's delicious in narration and socio-historical context but the story... it's so overly dramatic... I read and read until a lot of people got even mad. Only to find that the story, not the research, not the Victorian narrative, not the invocation of Charles Dickens, the story, the base -would be as queerly convoluted as a soap opera of today. Sometimes even erratic, leaving one thinking, that's not a probable reaction/development albeit one can clearly see the benefit it pays to the author's schemes.
    The problem with that is that a good story should make us forget that it is a ventriloquism show what we paid to read... (figure of speech). That's paramount, not the tiresome formulaic aproaches to build up expectations in the reader. The end is most unsatisfying considering all this author puts us through.
    However, kudos to her for writing it and putting out there something much more enjoying than the horrible typical mainstream lesbian fiction of today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
    Really excellent read...told in the true Victorian style with a penchant for descriptions and a strong ability to conjure up a scene and create memorable characters.

    Try it as well as Tipping the Velvet... ... Read more


    3. Justice in the Shadows
    by Radclyffe
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    Asin: 1933110031
    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
    Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
    Sales Rank: 45308
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    In a shadow world of secrets, lies, and hidden agendas, Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye and her lover, Dr. Catherine Rawlings, join forces once again in the elusive search for justice.

    Rebecca is aided in her struggle to uncover a pornography ring and expose its connections to a traitor within the police department by a rag-tag team of dedicated cops and civilians: JT Sloan, a cybersleuth committed to avenging her lover’s devastating injury, who walks the fine line between justice and revenge; Dellon Mitchell, a young police officer who discovers an unforeseen talent for undercover work; and Sandy, a prostitute who develops an unexpected passion for cops. Ultimately, this secret investigation may risk not just their careers, but may cost one their life.

    A police procedural with a strong ensemble cast of lovers, partners, and friends that emphasizes the changing and challenging relationships between the characters as much as the action/intrigue. This series satisfies lovers of both nonstop action as well as heart-stopping romance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excerpt
    Dr. Catherine Rawlings awoke, naked, her cheek against her lover's shoulder. They'd slept with the window open in the bedroom of her first floor apartment, and a faint breeze ruffled the curtains at the window. It was dark. Five a.m.?

    Soon the alarm would go off, and another day would begin. She loved awakening to the still-new pleasure of Rebecca's body, but even so, she was uneasy, haunted by all that remained unfinished. The last few weeks had been so intense, both personally and professionally, that she'd hardly had time to adjust to the emotional maelstrom.

    Despite the reservations of her police detective lover, Rebecca Frye, Catherine had agreed to consult with the joint police and federal task force formed to expose a local child pornography ring. In the process of profiling the perpetrators, she'd become friends with some of the investigators and had also become deeply invested in stopping the abuse of helpless young girls. And in the last twenty-four hours, things had gone terribly wrong. Now one woman lay in a coma, the team had been shattered by jurisdictional rivalries, and the criminals were no closer to being apprehended.

    Her last conversation with Rebecca just before they'd fallen into bed, each physically exhausted and emotionally numb, drifted back to her.

    "What's going to happen now?"

    "I'll be back on regular duty in a day or so, and I'll have new cases to worry about." Rebecca rested her cheek against Catherine's hair and closed her eyes. "It happens like this in police work. You work your ass off, and then you can't make the case because of a technicality, or you do make the case, but the perp plea-bargains it down to nothing."

    "So you're letting this go?" Catherine asked, surprised.

    Faintly, Rebecca shook her head no. "Clark will pull the plug on this task force-he's probably already made the call. But I'll keep doing what I'm trained to do until we make this right-for Jeff, for Michael, for those young kids."

    Jeff Cruz had been Rebecca's partner in the Special Crimes Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, until he and an undercover detective, Jimmy Hogan, had been murdered three months ago. Their killer was still at large, their murders unsolved.

    Michael Lassiter had been struck down the night before the child porno sting operation by a hit and run driver in a thwarted attempt to kill J.T. Sloan, her lover and the civilian computer consultant on the task force. She lay in the intensive care unit at University Hospital in critical condition.

    Jeff, Michael, those nameless teenagers-victims all.

    "I'll keep doing what I'm trained to do until we make this right..."

    Make it right. That's what Catherine's lover did. Stood for right, sometimes at peril to herself.

    Catherine's right hand rested on Rebecca's chest, her fingers motionless against the ridges of scar tissue above Rebecca's left breast. Some of the scars were only days old. She didn't need to trace the outlines to feel each one intimately. She saw them with her eyes open or closed. She saw them in her dreams.

    She shivered and pressed closer.

    "Catherine?" Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye kissed the top of Catherine's head, one hand drifting up and down her arm in a slow caress. She was still a bit stunned to find herself in Catherine's bed-in Catherine's life. They'd been together four months, and for a large chunk of that time, she'd been in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound. Hardly the best way to start a love affair. "Are you cold?"

    "No." Catherine turned her head to press her lips to the skin beneath Rebecca's collarbone. "I love you."

    Rebecca caught her breath. "I can't get used to hearing that. It's so...damn good." She held Catherine tighter.

    "We'll practice," Catherine murmured. "But I don't want you to get too used to it."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough
    I can't get enough of Radclyffe's Justice series. I reach the end of a book and am immediately thristing for more. Luckily, for all us readers, Radclyffe keeps writing about the lives of these amazing women.

    In this installment, Dr. Catherine Rawlings and her lover, police Sergeant, Rebecca Frye, work together to continue to try to uncover a pornography ring, one which has already resulted in the near death of private cyber consultant, JT Sloan's lover Michael. Sloan assists Catherine and Rebecca while anxiously siting vigil at the hospital bed of her injured lover. Young rookie cop, Dell, works undercover on the case and finds herself falling for Rebecca's informant, Sandy--who happens to be a prostitute. The exploration of Dell and Sandy's new attraction is a highlight of the book. Radclyffe continues to stretch and never rests on her laurels. The sex scenes are Radclyffe's trademark-- bold, passionate, romantic, edgy and very steamy.

    It may just be wishful thinking on my part, but I believe we could see another in this series. I, for one, can't wait.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast moving, page turner
    This sequel to In Pursuit of Justice picks up right where IPOJ ends with Michael in a coma and the task force pursuing the internet porn ring. But the case is not easily solved and there are unexpected twists along the way that kept me turning the pages, including a budding, passionate romance between a young rookie cop and a young prostitute.

    As usual with Radclyffe's stories, her character development is real and believable.She intertwines passionate romance throughout the plot, never forgeting that at heart she is a romance writer.

    I thought that this sequel would wrap up the series, but in the end Radclyffe had me wanting more. When the last page turned, I was anxious for the next book in the series, hoping I do not have to wait long. ... Read more


    4. The Iron Girl : A Jane Lawless Mystery (Jane Lawless)
    by Ellen Hart
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    Asin: 0312317492
    Catlog: Book (2005-08-01)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
    Sales Rank: 227396
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    5. The Wombat Strategy : A Kylie Kendall Mystery
    by Claire McNab
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    Asin: 1555838367
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-15)
    Publisher: Alyson Publications
    Sales Rank: 29589
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Best-selling mystery novelist Claire McNab (The Carol Ashton Mysteries, The Denise Cleever Mysteries) launches her newest series with a bang. Running a pub in the tiny Australian outback town of Wollegudgerie doesn't offer much fun or future to knockabout Aussie dyke Kylie Kendall. So when the father she never knew dies and leaves her 51 percent of his Los Angeles-based private detective agency, it's bright lights, big city for America-bound Kylie. Not so happy about her arrival is her father's former (and Kylie's new) business partner, the beautiful, enigmatic Arianna Creeling, who wants to buy out Kylie and gives her a decidedly chilly reception in sunny Southern California. But the two women soon have other matters besides their bickering to attend to. Dr. Deer, psychiatrist to the stars whose "slap, slap, get on with it" approach has made him a celebrity, hires them to investigate the theft of records and subsequent suicide of a successful but almost universally reviled film director. Concerned for his reputation, Dr. Deer would much prefer that the death of his former client be revealed to be a murder. As the sparks between Arianna and Kylie fly, the City of Angels has turned out to be much more difficult and dangerous than Kylie had imagined.

    Transplanted Australian Claire McNab has written 18 best-selling mystery novels, 14 featuring the highly popular Detective-Inspector Carol Ashton and four featuring undercover agent Denise Cleever. She has served as the president of Sisters in Crime and is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever from Claire McNab!
    This book is a delight. It also represents a change of pace from McNab's series of police and investigator novels. Though set in Los Angeles, the hero is a true Aussie, and that is a big chunk of the charm of the book!

    Kylie Kendall is a new immigrant to Los Angeles, and a new Private-Investigator-In-Training. She is charming, and determined, and plucky, and funny. Her accent, her naivite, and her grit all establish her as a wonderful heroine from whom I hope to hear much more. The book details her breaking-in as an investigator. It features her coming to terms with American driving and living. It also pokes some judicious fun at Hollywood!

    Thank you for a most worthy read, Ms. McNab! ... Read more


    6. Nightcrawlers : A Nameless Detective Novel (Nameless Detective Mystery)
    by Bill Pronzini
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    Asin: 0765309319
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Forge Books
    Sales Rank: 341675
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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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    7. Murder in the Rue St. Ann : A Novel (Chanse MacLeod Mysteries)
    by Greg Herren
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    Asin: 1555838170
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-15)
    Publisher: Alyson Publications
    Sales Rank: 21795
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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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    8. Have Gun We'll Travel
    by Lori, L Lake
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    Asin: 1932300333
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-31)
    Publisher: Quest
    Sales Rank: 93506
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    St. Paul police officers Dez Reilly and Jaylynn Savage have been working far too hard. When they take off on a camping trip to northern Minnesota with good friends Crystal and Shayna, they expect nothing more than long hikes, romantic wood fires, and plenty of down time. Instead, they find themselves caught in the whirlwind created when two escaped convicts, law enforcement, and desperate Russian mobsters clash east of the privately-run Kendall Correctional Center. Jaylynn is taken hostage and must use all her resources to stay alive. Can Dez catch up with the criminals, short-circuit the Russians, and save Jaylynn?

    It's a race to the finish as author Lori L. Lake uproots Dez and Jaylynn from the romance genre to bring them center stage in her first action-suspense thriller. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Have Gun We'll Travel by Cheri Rosenberg
    Lori L. Lake's, "Have Gun We'll Travel," the first thriller/action-adventure in her "Gun" series, is an engaging read that will have you on the edge of your seat rooting for the safe return of heroines, Desiree Reilly and Jaylynn Savage. Dez and Jay are first introduced in Lake's award-winning novel, "Gun Shy." Their adventures continued in "Under the Gun." In "Have Gun We'll Travel," the off-duty St. Paul police officers are heading for a hard-earned R & R. When the gals set out on a hiking/camping expedition in the breathtaking Minnesota North Woods with friends Crystal (a fellow officer), and Shayna (her lover and a civilian), their vacation turns into something far from restful.

    Dez and Jay are more committed to each other than ever. Dez has discovered the joys of intimacy-she cherishes and is less fearful of her relationship with Jay. Having battled post-traumatic stress disorder, Dez is put to the test in every way imaginable. She races against time as she tries to rescue Jaylynn, after escaped convicts from the Kendall Correctional Facility, located outside Buyck, Minnesota, abduct her. The State Police are not enough so the National Guard is called in, and Dez is frantic to save her lover before something terrible happens to her. Can Dez get to Jay in time?

    More than ever, Dez is stronger in matters of the mind and heart. It's wonderful to follow along with Dez's emotional development and personal growth as the "Gun" series progresses. After she learns how to cope, she draws on experience in order to battle the trials ahead. Jaylynn is a good role model for handling crisis and stress. Together they make a good team. Their story is one that this reader would like to continue exploring and reading about for years to come.

    When you pick up a novel written by Lori L. Lake, you are guaranteed a well thought out plot, characters worth emulating, multi-dimensional villains, and a thoroughly enjoyable story. Lake's writing makes the readers feel like they are living the action and not just reading about it. The sights, sounds, and smells are vivid, as are the thoughts and feelings the characters experience during spine-tingling moments. Readers are taken on a thrilling ride of uncertainty, missed opportunities, and hope that Jaylynn will return to safety. Will good prevail over evil?

    With prison escapees and the Russian mob thrown in for good measure, the action seems to have a life of its own as it grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the climactic conclusion. Lake has managed to pack plenty of action/drama/tension in the third book in the "Gun" series. "Have Gun We'll Travel" is a thrilling and often-chilling five star read. Don't miss this wonderful addition to Lori L. Lake's amazing collection of literature.


    5-0 out of 5 stars A Master of the Craft
    Lori L. Lake's latest book is a great read!It's creative, well-researched, gripping, and emotional, but rather than reiterate what other reviewers have already stated, I'll focus my comments on another aspect of the book.Readers can always count on Lori to deliver a book that is WELL WRITTEN!Lori is a master of the craft whose writing improves with each new book.Clearly she is a student of the art of prose, and her gift with words makes all her books a pleasure to read.I never find myself distracted by grammatical mistakes, sentence fragments or run-ons, or errors of any kind.She's meticulous about clean, effective prose and her attention to detail is reflected in books of extraordinary quality.If you enjoy reading a good story that is also well written, look no further than Lori L. Lake!
    Maya Indigal, author of Until Soon

    5-0 out of 5 stars Portland Connection Reviews
    What I liked about this book was the way the action never stopped, and from scene to scene, you couldn't tell for sure what would happen next. The villains are well-described. The setting is absolutely terrific! The plot is believable. I could literally hear the voices, feel the pounding on the trails, smell the convicts, and see everything so vividly that the book felt like it was really happening. That's a sign of good writing if you ask me.

    I also like the fact that our two heroines, Dez Reilly and Jaylynn Savage, continue to grow and change as this third installment shows. After Under the Gun was over, I wondered where Lori Lake would take the series, and I was floored by the power of this thriller. I just didn't expect it to be so emotional and so wild!

    I highly recommend this book. I don't get a chance to read all that much, but I make room for Lori L. Lake books, and this is one novel that you just shouldn't miss.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just Gotta Love Dez and Jay...
    This is a wonderful third installment in Lake's Gun series.It was easy to fall in love with Dez and Jay in the first two books, and that is only enhanced by their fears for each other in number three.Hoping to enjoy a leisurely vacation, they go camping with friends.Their fun is interrupted by escaped convicts, Russians, bad weather, and near misses.The majority of the book takes place over about 24 hours and this reader's legs had sympathy pains for Dez as she ran non-stop to find Jay.

    Typical of Lake's other books, this one was very well written and drew me in.The only reason I gave it 4 stars insead of 5 is I prefer books that lean more on the romance than the action.If you like action, this book's for you.If you prefer romance, you'll probably like the first two books much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What an incredible third book!
    There was no way I thought this author could top the other two books in this series, but 'Have Gun We'll Travel' does it. From the first pages, I was entranced and so happy to be back in the world of Dez and Jaylynn. By the time the plot was set up and every thing was going, I could not put the book down. I see why one reviewer called it a kick-ass thriller. It truly is. My biggest regret is that I am done with it, and it has left me wanting more. I hope the author has another book in the works. She could go anywhere with this series now, and I am so curious I can hardly bear it. If I could give this a 10, I would, as it is I will have to stick with the allowable five. This is the best book I've read in ages! ... Read more


    9. Scar Tissue : A Brady Coyne Novel (A Brady Coyne Mystery)
    by William G. Tapply
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    Asin: 0312266790
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-13)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
    Sales Rank: 598287
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    Brady Coyne is a Boston lawyer who'd rather be fishing than trying acase. Most of his clients are also his friends, so when Jake and Sharon Gold's15-year-old son and his girlfriend are killed in a car accident, Brady tries tolighten their load by handling the details of the police investigation and thefuneral arrangements. But Brian's body hasn't been recovered yet, despite theefforts of police divers at the accident scene. There are other signs that thiswas more than a typical scenario of teenage drivers taking a curve too fast, butthe authorities don't seem interested in looking into them. Brady soon realizesthat someone's applying political pressure to keep the lid on a secret everyonebut Brady and the Golds seems to know about: a pornography ring in which abeloved community leader and the best and brightest local high school studentsare deeply involved. This is Coyne's 17th outing, as reliable a harbinger offall as the first bonfire of the season. No big surprises here, but WilliamTapply's popular series continues to win fans charmed by his thoughtful hero,his solid plotting, and his smooth pacing. --Jane Adams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Happy Discovery
    I may be the last dedicated mystery reader on the planet to discover Brady Coyne, but what a happy discovery it was! I understand this is Outing #17, so I predict many enjoyable hours for myself.

    Brady's good friend/client is devastated at the loss of his teen-aged son in a tragic auto accident. The boy and his girl friend perhaps took a curve too fast, broke through the guardrail, and plunged into a swift flowing river. The girl drowned in the driver's seat with seat belt still strapped on. The boy apparently was thrown out of the car and washed away. The body has not been found. Brady agrees to handle the legal and bureaucratic details for the grief-stricken family.

    Nothing is quite as it seems in this perfect small town with its perfect, civic-minded sheriff. The pace is relentless, the body count rises, the events are ever more baffling---and the reader is thoroughly hooked.

    The characters are multi-faceted; not one could ever be called a stereotype. Brady is a pure delight, a basically nice guy who is a mite lazy, is a walking manual on how not to run your love life, a fond but not too effectual father of grown sons, and doesn't handle stress well at all. Even if this were not a well-plotted suspenseful story, which it most certainly is, I think I'd read more Brady Coyne books just to spend time with my friend, Brady-and make sure he didn't leave me in mid-story to go fishing.

    A great outing and highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scar Tissue
    William G. Tapply is one of the finest mystery writers working today. In "Scar Tissue", Brady Coyne receives a phone call from Jake Gold telling Brady that his son, Brian had been in a fatal auto accident. Brian's girlfriend, Jenny, has been killed, but Brian's body hasn't been found. Brady feels there is little he can do, but when he finds Ed Sprague, chief of police in Reddington, murdered in a motel room and when Jake Gold disappears, Brady begins to investigate. Brady uncovers a child pornography ring and blackmail, as well as murder. This is an excellent addition to a top-notch mystery series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tight Lines and Rebel Yell
    Not being adept at writing book reviews, two things come to mind as I set-out to write about this excellent mystery novel: first, to give an opinion about the book, and secondly not to give away the conclusion to the mystery. So as not to spoil the ending, I will avoid the latter concern and say a few words about the former. Here's my opinion: Simply stated, Scar Tissue by William G. Tapply is a gripping mystery in the Brady Coyne series. This was my introduction to Tapply's mystery writing, and I am eager to seek out other editions. I found Scar Tissue to be a fast-paced, intriguing story with some likable and not so likable characters. Tapply develops his characters with depth and sensitivity, Brady Coyne being the most magnetic. Coyne never misses a beat, even as he winds his way through the plot in a human and down to earth manner. For the reader who is looking for an engrossing mystery with a twisting, turning plot and unlikely outcome, this book is for you. I look forward to Brady Coyne's next adventure. Now, back to my fly-tying bench.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great episode in Brady's life
    I thoroughly enjoyed this latest mystery of Brady Coyle. Tapply is one of the few authors that I can just sit down and read right through. He has an easy, descriptive style of writing that makes his plots and his characters interesting and credible. Is he really a lawyer? Mr. Tapply I mean.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    Scar Tissue is unquestionably one of Tapply's best works to date. Tapply's description of a small, northeastern town, and its inhabitants, captures the stereotypical small town paranoia perfectly. And as always, Brady Coyne is charming and funny as he pursues the truth in this tangled mystery. This may be one of the best mystery books of the year. ... Read more


    10. Flight of Aquavit : A Russell Quant Mystery (Russell Quant Mysteries)
    by Anthony Bidulka
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10-25)
    Publisher: Insomniac Press
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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


    11. File Under Dead : A Tom & Scott Mystery
    by Mark Richard Zubro
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    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
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    12. Fall Guy (Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mysteries)
    by Claire McNab
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    To know Milton Royce is to loathe him.Now in his mid-forties, the practical joker enjoys embarrassing others, and he delights in coming up with elaborate schemes for setting up his "friends" as fall guys.When he plunges to his death while sky diving, no one seems particularly surprised to find he was murdered.

    When an elaborate practical joke is played out at Milton's funeral by his son, Ted, Detective Inspector Carol Ashton must act quickly to find out if Ted is indeed his father's killer-- or if he is simply being set up as yet another "fall guy"...

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    13. An Intimate Ghost (Jane Lawless Mysteries)
    by Ellen Hart
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    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
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    Restaurateur Jane Lawless is thrilled to be catering the wedding of some family friends, Nick and Lauren Clifford, but when Jane arrives at the wedding, she's in for a shock of a lifetime-and one that could jeopardize her career.The food has been spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms and the drug-hazed guests are engaged in reckless behavior.

    When the groom takes a near fatal dive into an empty pool, an investigation begins and Jane turns to her best friend Cordelia Thorn for help in clearing her name.But when Cordelia's sister, Octavia, suddenly deserts her infant daughter on Cordelia's doorstep, Jane is on her own.Events take a turn for the worse when the father of the groom comes up against shocking accusations, and it's up to Jane to uncover the truth.

    Once again, Ellen Hart has woven intriguing characters and surprising twists into a complex and absorbing story.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Review of An Intimate Ghost by Cheri
    Ellen Hart is the mistress of mystery. "An Intimate Ghost" is no exception to the wonders of the remarkably talented, award-winning author known for her intricate plots, witty dialogue, flawless characterizations, and engrossing stories. "An Intimate Ghost," the continuation of the Jane Lawless series, touted as the best one yet, has been deservedly nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for 2005.

    Jane Lawless has had formal training as a restaurateur, consummate chef, and caterer. In the continuing saga about the amateur detective, wedding guests start acting weird after ingesting gourmet food catered by her company. WHO poisoned the food, WHAT did they use, WHERE was it executed, WHEN did they do it, and WHY... are the questions Jane wants to figure out. Never mind that the police have started their investigation. Jane could be found culpable, and wants to clear her company's name. Even if the wedding hadn't been for her friends, Nick and Lauren Clifford, and Nick hadn't ended up in critical condition from a drug-induced dive into an empty pool, Jane still would have had to solve the mystery. It's not surprising that she enlists the help of her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, if for nothing other than comic relief. Jane and Cordelia are just hysterical together and they make a perfect crime solving team.

    The fact that Cordelia, the creative director of a repertory theater, is a bit pre-occupied when her sister, Octavia, literally drops her kid in her aunt's lap and takes off for stardom, doesn't stop the dependable Cordelia from helping her best friend Jane. Cordelia is hardly the mother hen type and her life is disrupted beyond compare by the addition of niece Hattie. Ellen Hart depicts the toddler so convincingly that this reviewer almost got up on more than one occasion to prepare a "kid friendly" snack, but was reminded that she was just a fictitious character.

    Hart is not only a master mystery writer, but her storytelling is as delectable as restaurateur Jane Lawless's culinary treats. "An Intimate Ghost" is appetizing, fulfilling, and deliciously funny with Jane's deadpan humor and Cordelia's catchy comebacks. Hart also writes with a contemporary flair that goes a long way to add to the believability of the story. Even the cars Jane and Cordelia choose to drive fit their personalities perfectly.

    In "An Intimate Ghost," nothing is ever as it seems even when things seem to be crystal clear. Readers will find the story riveting, and the conclusion of each chapter keeps the reader hungering for more. To me, this is mystery writing at its best and I am quick to recommend anything penned by this outstanding and deserving award-winning author. Ellen Hart has written another funny, fast-paced, first rate, five plus star novel. Do not miss this gem. I highly suggest you purchase a copy today!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Midwest Book Review, April 2004 Issue
    In this twelfth installment of the Jane Lawless mystery series, the opening prologue begins with a gripping kidnapping that takes place on Halloween in 1972. The circumstances of that prologue don't connect up for some time, but the shadow of the kidnapping hangs over the events that follow. In the present day, Jane Lawless is called to the location of a wedding her staff is catering. The guests are behaving oddly, and it quickly becomes clear that they've been poisoned with something hallucinogenic. The police come, and the wedding guests are rushed to the hospital, but not before the Nick, the bridegroom, is badly injured diving into an empty swimming pool. Jane is frantic. Not only is she upset that people have been injured after eating her catered food, but she also fears lawsuits. Who would do such a terrible thing? She can't believe her workers would have anything to do with it. Why has she been targeted?

    Alden Clifford, the groom's father, is a high school teacher, and he comes to the forefront as it becomes apparent that the attack might be connected to him and not about Jane at all. Six months earlier he had tried to prevent a school shooting, and the boy with the gun eventually shot and killed himself. Allegations about Alden's relationship with the boy come out, and Jane begins to wonder if this has made Alden the intended target. Nothing is immediately resolved, and Jane and The Lyme House are under police investigation. Jane turns to her best friend, Cordelia, but Cordelia has her own problems: namely a toddler dumped upon her doorstep by her sister. The little niece and Cordelia offer some great comic moments, and Cordelia, all by herself, is always funny. She refuses to ride in Jane's new Mini Cooper, calling it the "Daisy Duck-mobile." Instead she has bought herself a green Hummer, a useful purchase which becomes clear later in the novel.

    With an intricately interwoven plot, Hart rolls out perfectly timed scenes and details. The tension builds as the injury and death count increases. The author has never been better and does a marvelous job weaving in a compelling back story with the events of the present. She draws the reader in to this complex structure and doesn't let go until the final denouement some three hundred pages later. It's a gripping and compelling story. By the time the reader reaches the end, an intimate ghost has truly made its haunting presence known. Highly recommended. ~Lori L. Lake, author of Stepping Out, Different Dress, Gun Shy, Under The Gun, and Ricochet In Time, and reviewer for Midwest Book Review, The Independent Gay Writer, The Gay Read, and Just About Write.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Both the Edgar and Agatha Awards
    In this 12th installment of the Jane Lawless mystery series, the opening prologue begins with a gripping kidnapping that takes place on Halloween in 1972. The circumstances of that prologue don't connect up for some time, but the shadow of the kidnapping hangs over the events that follow. In the present day, Jane Lawless is called to the location of a wedding her staff is catering. The guests are behaving oddly, and it quickly becomes clear that they've been poisoned with something hallucinogenic. The police come, and the wedding guests are rushed to the hospital, but not before the Nick, the bridegroom, is badly injured diving into an empty swimming pool. Jane is frantic. Not only is she upset that people have been injured after eating her catered food, but she also fears lawsuits. Who would do such a terrible thing? She can't believe her workers would have anything to do with it. Why has she been targeted?

    Alden Clifford, the groom's father, is a high school teacher, and he comes to the forefront as it becomes apparent that the attack might be connected to him and not about Jane at all. Six months earlier he had tried to prevent a school shooting, and the boy with the gun eventually shot and killed himself. Allegations about Alden's relationship with the boy come out, and Jane begins to wonder if this has made Alden the intended target. Nothing is immediately resolved, and Jane and The Lyme House are under police investigation. Jane turns to her best friend, Cordelia, but Cordelia has her own problems: namely a toddler dumped upon her doorstep by her sister. The little niece and Cordelia offer some great comic moments, and Cordelia, all by herself, is always funny. She refuses to ride in Jane's new Mini Cooper, calling it the "Daisy Duck-mobile." Instead she has bought herself a green Hummer, a useful purchase which becomes clear later in the novel.

    With an intricately interwoven plot, Hart rolls out perfectly timed scenes and details. The tension builds as the injury and death count increases. The author has never been better and does a marvelous job weaving in a compelling back story with the events of the present. She draws the reader in to this complex structure and doesn't let go until the final denouement some three hundred pages later. It's a gripping and compelling story. By the time the reader reaches the end, an intimate ghost has truly made its haunting presence known. (...)

    3-0 out of 5 stars I had trouble following it
    I had to force myself to finish this book. And that's a real shame; I started this story as a die-hard fan of the Jane Lawless series.

    Bad things happen to greedy, selfish people here. Frankly, by the time the initial "mystery" from Chapter 1 was explained/revealed it was really too late for me.
    I'm truly hoping that part of the problem was an aberration.

    The flashbacks detracted from the story. I would have preferred Jimmy's story to have been presented as one prologue than as several short pieces inserted at random throughout. If they were intended as transition mechanisms, that failed. They took me out of the present-day action so much that the return was jolting.

    That's about as specific as I can get without giving away the story to those who haven't read it.

    The previous volumes have each been self-contained with no recurring characters, aside from Jane's family and friends. However, I came away with loose ends from this book. Either they need to be addressed (by reference) early on in the next one, or Ms. Hart needs to get her pacing back.

    5-0 out of 5 stars INTIMATE GHOST deserves a Lambda Award consideration.
    In Evergreen High School in Minneapolis, student Cullen Hegg pulls out a gun in the middle of a history class but his teacher Alden Clifford manages to talk the sophomore into letting the rest of the students leave.When it's just the two of them, Alden tries to talk Cullen out of using the gun but the despondent boy kills himself.The teacher is lauded by the media, the faculty and the other students from preventing even more bloodshed, but Alden doesn't think of himself as a hero and avoids publicity.

    Several months later Jane Lawless, owner of the Lyme House Restaurant and Pub, caters the wedding ceremony of Alden's son Nick and Lauren Bautel..However, someone placed hallucinogens into the food leading to Nick diving into an empty swimming pool and winding up in Intensive care.Jane identifies the culprit who flavored the food finally makes contact with him. Jane agrees to meet him at the hotel where he is hiding out.When she arrives, he is already dead and the murderer got away which means Jane is going to have to approach the problem from a different angle without getting herself killed.

    Ellen Hart has written a very complex and fascinating amateur sleuth novel that has many sub-plots that tie back seamlessly to original theme.Through the use of flashbacks, readers gradually realize how the crimes of three decades ago are the catalyst for the dangerous felonies that are happening today.The heroine gradually pieces together the motivations for the death of her employee and the sprinkling of drugs in the food at the wedding buffet.INTIMATE GHOST deserves a Lambda Award consideration.

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    14. Liberty Square (Kate Delafield Mysteries (Paperback))
    by Katherine V. Forrest
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    Asin: 0425176754
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
    Publisher: Berkley Trade
    Sales Rank: 359253
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Long before high-profile lesbian cops such as Laurie R. King'sKate Martinelli werefighting for our attention, a former Marine turned Los Angeles police detective named Kate Delafield wasdoing some quietly effective ground-breaking of her own under the expert guidance of Katherine V.Forrest. In Liberty Square, Delafield is in Washington, D.C., for the 25th anniversary reunion of herold Vietnam outfit. When all hell breaks loose, it's Kate the cop who has to sort it out. Forrest's writing isspare and her characters come to life quickly. Other Delafield books in paperback include Amateur City,The Beverly Malibu, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, and Murder by Tradition. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for the squemish
    Aimee Grant, Kate's partner, and a friend from Vietnam, Melanie conspire to get Kate to attend a 25th anniversary of people who worked together in Vietnam in 1968-1969, the most difficult time of the war. From previous Kate Delafied books, we know that Kate is reluctant to talk about this time, which puts a strain on her personal life. Even with Aimee, she can't talk about it. She wants to shelter her from the horrors and horror it is. If you know nothing about Vietnam, which I didn't this book is an education, especially about the contribution made by the women which is belitted even by the men who worked with them. In this book, we also get some insight into Aimee, which I found very interesting and I ended up liking Aimee even more than I did in Delafield's two previous books in which she appeared, "The Beverly Malibu" and "Murder by Tradition". Kate can't see that by not sharing with Aimee she is not protecting her but shutting her out. Although all the clues are there, the solution of the murder will probably be a surprise. The ending where Kate and her friends and Aimee visit the Vietnam War Memorial is very moving. Another fine selection in the Delafied series and a bit more insight into Kate's life, fears and experiences.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites...
    This book was not one of my favorites in the series but was a must read tokeep up with the on-going plot line of Delafield's life.Nice historicalreferences.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Forrest at her best
    I think this book is absolutely the best of Katherine Forrest's work.It is well-written, emotionally engaging, the mystery is engrossing, and it gives attention to the role that women played in VietNam -- a rare subjectin US literature of any genre.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Liberty Square
    Perhaps I haven't read too many books, but this is the first book I've read that mentioned a same sex relationship. I thought I was reading the wrong words at first. It was really interesting. I wasn't too comfortablewith it at first, then later on I got used to it. I give the author all theprops for such a different approach. The mystery itself isn't bad either.It wasn't putting me to sleep. The beginning was catching my attentionalready, it wasn't one of those typical boring openings. It was a goodbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing mystery plot and resolution
    My Hobby is mystery reading.I think Liberty Square is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. Katherine V. Forrest, this two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Mystery, continues to surprise me. The best part of the book is the expertly crafted mystery itself.I kept asking myself: "How can this be?" But in the end the solution of the mystery sounds extremely plausible and satisfying. Trust me, you will not guess the solution yet the author keeps nothing hidden. The characterization is well done; the personal banter of Kate Delafield, the detective, is an exciting complement to the mystery; the author's descriptions of locale pull one into the story. In addition to reading a very satisfying mystery, I always learn a lot about life when I read a Katherine V. Forrest book. I have never reviewed a book before but this is one I can't let go. ... Read more


    15. Lost Daughters : A Micky Knight Mystery (Micky Knight Mystery Series)
    by J.M. Redmann
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    Asin: 1932859039
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-15)
    Publisher: Bywater Books
    Sales Rank: 115107
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    "Micky Knight is a to-die-for creation . . . a Cajun firebrand with the proverbial quick wit, fast tongue and heavy heart."-Lambda Book Report

    "One of the most hard-boiled and complex female detectives in print today."-San Francisco Chronicle

    Micky takes on the cases of a widowed mother looking for her daughter and a tough gay boy hunting for his biological mother. Together they stir in Micky a desire to search for her own mother, who abandoned her when she was a young girl.

    First paperback edition of a W. W. Norton hardcover original.

    J. M. Redmann grew up in coastal Mississippi, headed north and graduated from Vassar and has been living in New Orleans for the past 15 years.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars All of the Micky Knight books are fabulous
    and it's a crying shame that they are not kept affordably in print--for one thing, it deprives Redmann of some very well earned revenue.In many ways, this 4th installment of Micky's adventures reads like the natural conclusion to the cycle of investigations opened by the first volume in the series, when we were introduced to a tough and beautiful lesbian babe-magnet with a smart mouth and endless compassion for those in trouble.She's physical (and even promiscuous--but the series is about how she gets tamed), she's achingly vulnerable, she's noble, she's got demons.Only in Lost Daughters do we meet her settled into a proper relationship, so the angst quotient is considerably lower than in the other books.Still, the conclusion to her search for her mother is unbelievably touching, and handled with just the right measure of reserve.Much as I'd love to see more of her, I wonder whether Redmann (whose website, ominously, appears to have vanished from cyberspace) is finished with her adventures.If she is, I just pray that she has another heroine in reserve for us to cheer on.Like the Meg Darcy books, with their lovingly depicted St. Louis locales, the Mickey Knight stories set us in abelievable New Orleans, with its social strata, its weather, its flavors and smells.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Cajun woman
    I have all of the Mickey Knight series and i am hungry for more. As an avid reader of true crime, authors like Ann Rule, Roy Hazelwood etc, i was surprised at how well written these books were. I couldnt put them down.
    Come on Ms Redman when is the next one coming out ???
    Mickey Knight is brilliant. The storyline typical of the deep south and its age old mystery and the book seems to drag you willingly into the depths of its darkened corridors. The women appear real, not wishy washy like most lesbian heroines. The plot seems to easily weave its way through the book yet it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see just what is about to happen next. I have spent many a sleepless night reading these books. I just couldnt put them down once i started reading them. Oh for the tardis to take me to New orleans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hooked!!
    I only recently discovered Micky and have devoured all 4 novels over a span of 3 weeks. I adore hard-nosed Micky with all her foibles and weaknesses. Add to that an amazing cast of characters and you can't go wrong with this book or any of the previously published in the series. I recommend them all! I only pray that Ms Redmann keeps churning out more Micky Knight adventures. I, for one, am hooked! Bravo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Search for Mom
    Having read "The Intersection of Law and Desire" before reading any of the others, I found myself wanting a Micky Knight of my very own.Since I couldn't find any around I decided my only other option was to read the rest of the series."Lost Daughters" was by far my favorite of the bunch.

    Micky's off-hand comment to favorite cousin Torbin sets her off on a search for one mother while her being a lesbian is responsible for starting the search for another.But the search that means the most to her is the search for her own mother.In between digging through files and filling out forms, Micky is trying to discover who's killing young women - young lesbians - and how Suzanne Forquet fits into the picture.

    The ending - and the book - is one you'll want to read more than once.Pick this book up while it's still available.I hope Ms. Redmann writes more about this lovely heroine and allows us to see how her story really ends.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hungry for more
    Micky Knight is even in a monogamous relationship the finest heart-throb of lesbian suspense. JM Redman is more than just a novel writer, her characters are very real, with every day issues, hopes, dreams anddisappointments. Hopefully she will keep Micky Knight alive for many yearsto come. Too bad both her first books "Deaths of Jocasta" and"Death by the Riverside" are already out of print and no longeravailable - so, get this book while you still can ! ... Read more


    16. Bourbon Street Blues
    by Greg Herren
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    Asin: 0758202121
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
    Sales Rank: 291013
    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) (www.bourbonpub.com www.ozneworleans.com)
    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


    17. Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders
    by Alicia Gaspar De Alba
    list price: $23.95
    our price: $16.29
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    Asin: 1558854460
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-31)
    Publisher: Arte Publico Press
    Sales Rank: 1063452
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    18. Amuse Bouche : A Russell Quant Mystery (Russell Quant Mysteries)
    by Anthony Bidulka
    list price: $7.75
    our price: $7.75
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    Asin: 1894663918
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
    Publisher: Insomniac Press
    Sales Rank: 214345
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    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


    19. Obedience: A Dave Brandstetter Mystery
    by Joseph Hansen
    list price: $16.95
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    Asin: 0892962968
    Catlog: Book (1988-11-01)
    Publisher: Mysterious Press
    Sales Rank: 166732
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    20. For Every Season
    by Frankie J. Jones
    list price: $12.95
    our price: $9.71
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    Asin: 1594930104
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-30)
    Publisher: Bella Books
    Sales Rank: 307091
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    Book Description

    After losingher job and her girlfriend in the same day, Andrea "Andi" Kane goes home to San Antonio to rest and re-evaluate her life.But her relaxation is quickly disrupted when her grandmother tells Andi that she wants her to solve a murder that occurred sixty-five years earlier.The shock of the request is nothing compared to the one Andi recieves when she discovers the convicted murderer was none other than her own great-grandfather.

    Andi's search will take her to HiHo, a small town in South Texas.Here, she meets a host of colorful citizens that includes the charming district attorney Janice Reed.As Andi struggles with rebuilding her life, she finds herself being drawn deeper into the rich and sometimes deadly mysteries of small town life. ... Read more


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