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181. Fadeout: A Dave Brandstetter Mystery
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182. The Only Good Priest (Stonewall
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183. The Always Anonymous Beast (Caitlin
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184. Cop Out (Detective Inspector Carol
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186. Gray Magic (Stoner Mctavish Mysteries)
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187. Silent Words
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189. A Tiger's Heart: A Caitlin Reece
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181. Fadeout: A Dave Brandstetter Mystery
by Joseph Hansen
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Asin: 0299205541
Catlog: Book (2004-12-22)
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
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182. The Only Good Priest (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Asin: 0312070543
Catlog: Book (1992-03-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 661841
Average Customer Review: 2.25 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Dullsville
When I read the first five pages I knew I was in trouble. The writing throughout the book was very flat. Keeping track of all the characters was a monumental feat that left you wondering WHY they were actually written into this novel. About the only completely "fleshed" out character was Scott - The main character's lover who happened to be a Baseball athlete. Sprinkled adorations of this character created many stalls to the story line that I began to NOT care for Tom or Scott. I also found myself cringing at all the location descriptions given to the reader about Chicago. Again, this intricate location detail created a stall to my reading. Hasn't this writer figured out that less is more? Yet, I continued through the 182 pages HOPING to get some real writing style that would drive me to the entertainment value I get when reading a Joseph Hansen novel. How sad I was to see this book finish flat. Time to cleanse my brain with a Dave Brandstetter detective read. Oy....

5-0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for Mr. Zubro
I knew this book had to be good when I read the two reviews prior to mine on amazon.com. As a member of the gay community and a recovering Roman Catholic (who thoroughly enjoys the spiritually fulfilling practice of Catholicism I find in the Episcopal Church), not only was I not offended by anything in this book, I actually enjoyed it.

Like the movie "Priest," there are a number of Roman zealots of the "one true church" ilk who are out to write negative reviews of anything that tells it like it is where the Roman Church is concerned whether they've read it or not.

Mr. Zubro is to be congratulated for an engrossing mystery that will surprise its gay and lesbian readers in a positive way, a respectable entry in his "Tom and Scott" series of whodunits.

More power to him!

1-0 out of 5 stars Who Cares Who Did It ...(Yawn)
This has to be one of the dullest mysteries I have read. I felt like the whole book was a mere excuse for the author to express his venom against the Catholic Church. Characters have less personality than dry bread, they are nothing but extreme stereotypes with name labels. The events are almost non-events; things seem to happen but no real progress is made. When the murderer is finally revealed, a reader couldn't care less because it is difficult to remember who is who! And the writing style - after a while, I began to wonder if it was that flat and mundane on purpose!

I liked one thing about this book, though. My copy was only 182 pages long.

2-0 out of 5 stars THOU SHALT NOT WRITE DRIVEL.
I couldn't put this book down. I was riveted to each page. I am told by one who should know that my expression as I read grew humbled, awed. THE ONLY GOOD PRIEST is Mark Richard Zubro's WORST Tom and Scott mystery--and that's saying something.

Where to begin? The cast of unlikable stereotypes? Scratch that. The cast of insulting stereotypes, from the ugly femi-nazi dikes to the corrupt and lecherous priests? The gratuitous appearance of Zubro's other series star Paul Turner (and I thought Zubro couldn't create characters more flat and personality-less than Tom and Scott--how I underestimate the man)! The inexcusable lack of plausible motive--unless one does manage to swallow Zubro's nauseating cliches. Or how about the fact that heroic Tom is captured and beaten up by girls twice?

No, I think what really sets this mystery apart from the other Tom and Scott books is the sheer, ignorant bigotry. In quick succession assorted Zubro characters toss off the following unchallenged statements:
He was the first priest we'd met who didn't indulge in condescension and put-down games, two skills they must have classes in for the modern Catholic seminary.
We have ways of dealing with such issues (secretly married priests)...I'm sure you're not naive enough to think that Father Clarence is unique.
As the AIDS epidemic spread more and more priests had been dying of the disease.
You raise an unfortunate issue (priests who molest children). Yes we have priests with faults...alcoholics...thieves...

I was disappointed Zubro left out the pregnant nuns, infants buried under churches and black masses at midnight.Can this be the same man who wrote in 1995's THE FINE ART OF MURDER: "Today any sterotypical depiction is unwelcome in any author's writing, and when such a view is based on hate, prejudice, or deliberate ignorance, it can be easily seen as malicious or irresponsible."

Practice what you preach, Mark. ... Read more


183. The Always Anonymous Beast (Caitlin Reece Mysteries)
by Lauren Wright Douglas
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Asin: 0941483045
Catlog: Book (1987-09-01)
Publisher: Naiad Pr
Sales Rank: 1084062
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184. Cop Out (Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery Series)
by Claire McNab
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Asin: 1931513295
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Bella Books
Sales Rank: 481436
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A family business turns deadly...

Bryce Darcy, partner is a highly successful family business, has been brutally murdered. Charlotte Darcy, sister to the victim, has confessed. Open and shut case, Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is informed. Not so, argues Carol’s aunt, friend to the Darcy family. She contends that Charlotte is mentally incompetent.

Carol reopens the investigation. Bus she is in personal crisis, close to burnout. Sick of the patriarchal framework of police work, sick of hiding her real lesbian self for the sake of her career.

Carol’s lover is not much help — Sybil has found her own direction in a dynamic women’s group. And the loyal Detective Sergeant Mark Bourke is distracted by his interest in the career of a promising female constable new to homicide.

Amid her own predicament, Carol finds herself embroiled in a family at war. She discovers that the dead man was a member of a support group for married gay men. And that the Darcy family, blessed with fame and fortune, seethes with secrets: ambiguous parentage, a disgraceful family swindle, fraud, infidelity, attempted drug poisoning. And among the warring Darcys is a pitiless murderer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Steady entertainment
If you've read any of the Carol Ashton series, you know the formula for the books. There is always a mystery, with some twists and turns, and Ashton is trying to figure out what kind of personal relationship she really wants, with Sybil or anyone else. Each successive book reveals more of her personality. The issue of whether or not to come out of the closet is becoming an important one by this point. If you miss one or read the books out of order, you might get lost in the relationships. This is a good serviceable addition to the series. ... Read more


185. Sisters Keeper (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Randye Lordon
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Asin: 0312141343
Catlog: Book (1996-04-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 203507
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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After a life-long family freind is killed in a traffic accident, P.I. Sydney Sloane begins to uncover her friend's death was accidental, Sloane starts to investigate and finds herself following a trail of deceit and murder that threatens Sloane's family, her girlfriend, and her life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sister's Keeper is a Keeper!
Sydney Sloane is a private investigator in New York City. But the night she and her sister, Nora, have been invited to dinner with Nora's best friend, Zoe, to celebrate Zoe's freedom, Zoe is killed. Nora hires Sydney to find out who killed her since the police are writing the death off as an accident. Sydney begins uncovering one clue after another that Zoe is not who, or what, she appeared to be on the surface. As she proceeds with the investigation, she meets Zoe's married lover, a sociopathic thug sent to scare her off the case, Zoe's friends, and Zoe's enemies. And then people begin dying. The author keeps all the subplots well balanced without subtracting from the main story. As each clue is uncovered, the reader is right there with Sydney. The denouement is a surprise and the culprit introduced early in the book. This is a well-written procedural that even a cozy reader would love. This author and this character deserve a very wide readership.

5-0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down!
I just love a book that I cannot put down. 'Sister's Keeper' was one of those books! It is so refreshing to read about a strong, lesbian main character, and not have her sexuality be the main topic! Sydney Sloan is a New York P.I. determined to find answers to the murder of her sister's childhood friend. Along the way we meet her business partner, Max. Their relationship if very comforting, like the big brother you always wanted. We also meet her sister who does not quite agree with her lifestyle. These two sister's find a unique way of dealing with this! Searching for answers gets Sydney and anyone close to her in trouble along the way, but this makes the story all the more exciting. I found myself constantly trying to figure out "who-done-it" until the very last pages! This was the first Randye Lordon mystery that I have read, and I cannot wait to read another! All in all- a great book! ... Read more


186. Gray Magic (Stoner Mctavish Mysteries)
by Sarah Dreher, Sarah Dreher
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Asin: 0934678111
Catlog: Book (1993-12-01)
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
Sales Rank: 465412
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great first book for young people, stirs the imagination!
I first read this book in 1973, it marked my transition from doctor seuss to paperback novels. The book blends the innocense of youth with the realization of magical stories of Camelot. It depicts a time where action and adventure was made up in the mind and not on a screen...

4-0 out of 5 stars interesting twist on timeless tales
Realistic characters are a key feature in this books unique quality . Showing parellel dimensions in a different light than the "evil twin" story , this book is amust read for anyone with a good love of fantasy . ... Read more


187. Silent Words
by Joan M. Drury
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Asin: 1883523133
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Spinsters Ink Books
Sales Rank: 701697
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Joan M. Drury's Silent Words is a thinking person's mystery.Part history, part meditation, the novel follows its protagonist, Tyler Jones, to the wilds of Lake Superior's north shore to claim her ancestral home.Jones, a radical feminist lesbian, has come to honor her mother's dying wish that family secrets long buried be at last exposed. What she discovers about her mother's people makes for provocative reading. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars It's simply badly written
It's true there are interesting aspects to this book, but it's simply badly written. I'm not the only person of my acquaintance who's abandoned this book because of the substandard writing. (One friend actually took thebook back to the store in disgust.) Maybe mystery readers--andreviewers--generally have lower expectations for prose quality. Still, Ican think of several examples of mystery novels that sucessfully combinegood stories with good writing. This is not one of them. (I also found thestory overblown, its contrivances too obvious, its dialogue often clumsy.But what's most irritating is the writing.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Stick with Sue Grafton
My mother first stumbled across this book in the library. Her review? "She's no Sue Grafton, that's for sure." I picked it up when vacationing on the north shore of Lake Superior, which is where the novelis set. My own review? Writing that makes you wince isn't acceptable evenfor desultory "summer reading." Stick with Sue Grafton, EllenHart, and the like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth win out regardless of the fallout
The dying mother of San Francisco newspaper reporter and amateur detective Tyler Jones makes her daughter swear a death bed promise that she will return to their Minnesota roots to "shake the skeletons in the closet" and learn the truth. With the death of her mother, at 39 Tyler feels a bit alone. Her sister Magdalene will barely talk to her because she and her conservative spouse do not wish to expose their children to the family lesbian.The will is read and Tyler gets her mother's entire estate. Magdalene blames it all on her sibling's lesbianism, a sexual preference of their mother's attorney also. In truth, their mother's decision was only to counterbalance their father's decree to disown Tyler years ago due to her lesbian inclination.For Tyler, honoring her mother's last wish is important because her mother had accepted her as she is. Tyler, with her dog Aggie returns to her grandparents' hometown on the shore of Lake Superior with no real idea what her mother wanted her to learn.As she gets reacquainted with old friends, Tyler realizes that her family has passed down through the generations many lies and half-truths wrapped up in mystery and legend. The community, especially the males, remain silent and refuse to answer Tyler's inquiries. With the help of some strong women, Tyler begins to put together a history of misogyny and prejudice festering inside the hearts and minds of many of the local residents. SILENT WORDS is an interesting entry into the mystery genre. Joan M. Drury brilliantly and colorfully explores family relationships, interactions between neighbors, and sexual phobias (especially homophobia) that makes readers want to relook their own personal beliefs and relationships.Regardless of the audience's gender or sexual preference, Tyler Jones, in her second outing, is one of the better amateur female sleuths in nineties literature. Harriet Klausner ----- ... Read more


188. Lucky Stiff : A Lillian Byrd Crime Story
by Elizabeth Sims
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
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There is what you believe, and then there is the truth. For Lillian Byrd, a chance encounter with an old friend means that everything she thought she knew about her shattered childhood is about to be revealed as a lie. One summer day when she was 12 years old, her best friend, Duane, left for summer camp. Later that night, flames ripped through the Polka Dot, a bar owned and run by Lillian's parents. Three bodies were found in the ashes: those of her mother, her father and Trix Hawley, a bartender and Lillian's frequent babysitter. Or so she has always thought. But Duane's story reveals something shocking. After summer camp, his father moved him to Florida, telling Duane that his mother had left, and for a short time Trix Hawley lived with them. Now Duane's father has disappeared as well. Who was the third body in the ashes of the Polka Dot? Was the fire an accident or arson? Where is Trix now? And where are Duane's mother and father? Lillian and Duane set out to find the truth about their parents, a truth that has been hidden well by members of both their families. The author of the best--selling mysteries Holy Hell and Damn Straight has crafted another nerve-tingling thriller rich with characterization, humor and humanity.

Elizabeth Sims is the author of two previous Lillian Byrd crime stories, Holy Hell and Damn Straight. She lives in Port Angeles, Wash.

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189. A Tiger's Heart: A Caitlin Reece Mystery (Caitlin Reece Mysteries)
by Lauren Wright Douglas
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Catlog: Book (1992-11-01)
Publisher: Naiad Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Douglas' best
I completely disagree with the previous reviewer sho praised Jaye Maiman's (ugh!) works over those of Ms. Douglas. I have read all of LWD's books and find all of them compelling, intelligent, literate and thankfully free from the leering [implications] that characterizes so many lesbian so-called works of literature. We mystery readers want a good mystery, not thinly-disguised soft porn. Whereas I don't think this is Douglas' best work (read Ninth Life and Rage of Maidens for that) it is good -- very good -- and head and shoulders about lesser lights like Jaye Maiman. It's in this book that Caitlin as a champion of kids emerges as a theme, and this is carried over into subsequent works. If I could compare Caitlin to anyone, I would compare her to Andrew Vacch's character Burke in her advocacy for the underdog. Caitlin is a much softer character (I mean his in a good way) and is unlike Burke in that respect, but I see many similarities. If this reviewer/reader ignores LWD's other works, she does so at her loss. Ms. Douglas is a talented and thoughtful writer and I have enjoyed every one of her books.

2-0 out of 5 stars Where's the mystery?
Caitlin Reece is a former attorney who has changed career paths becoming a private investigator. This book is the fourth Caitlin Reece Mystery and the first that I have read. The book takes off like a rocket with the murder of one of Reece's former classmates. However, the mystery and suspense virtually end there. The murder consumes Reece's mind and heart with memories. Past memories and extenuating circumstances make taking the case a difficult decision for Reece. More time is spent chasing past memories then is spent on solving the murder itself. Taking the reflections out would make the book 2/3rds smaller.

It is an interesting and easy to read story; however, lacking the "on the edge of your seat" suspense of a good mystery. This is my first experience with Caitlin Reece the Private Investigator, and this experience does not convince me of her skills. Comparatively, Jaye Maiman's Robin Miller, who also changed careers to become a private investigator, is much more convincing. This experience has not convinced me to read the previous Caitlin Reece mysteries right away. Perhaps when I've no other lesbian mysteries left to read I'll return again to Caitlin Reece. ... Read more


190. Snake Eater/Seventh Enemy/Close to the Bone: A Brady Coyne Omnibus
by William G. Tapply
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Asin: 0312267789
Catlog: Book (2000-10-06)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Sales Rank: 231456
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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William G. Tapply is one of the most widely praised contemporary crime novelists whose works are a deft mix of vivid characterization, taut plotting, and beautiful, polished prose.This omnibus brings together in paperback three of his finest works.

** The Snake Eater-Brady Coyne agrees to represent a Vietnam Vet arrest for possession of marijuana, which he uses to alleviate the pain of his Agent Orange Poisoning. But things turn deadly when the secrets of his clients past erupt into the present.

** The Seventh Enemy - A wilderness expert testifies in favor of an assault weapons ban, earning himself a place on the enemies list of a gun activist group, resulting in attempts on his life.

** Close to the Bone - After successfully defending a man accused of killing a woman while driving drunk, a lawyer friend of Brady's dies in an apparent fishing accident.
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5-0 out of 5 stars This man can write
I discovered William Tapply by accident and was delighted to find that he had written about sixteen novels. What a delight it was to catch up. Brady Coyne is a sole legal practitioner with a hand picked clientele. Fishing is his great love and solving murders comes a close second. I'm awaiting Scar Tissue with baited breath. ... Read more


191. Bad Company: A Stoner McTavish Mystery (Stoner Mctavish Mysteries)
by Sarah Dreher
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Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
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192. Under My Skin: A Robin Miller Mystery (Robin Miller Mysteries)
by Jaye Maiman
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Catlog: Book (1993-11-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book has a very realistic plot to it.
In this book, PI Robin Miller discovers the true meaning of friendship, the one's you can always count on. Her characters are realistic and so are the situations the author has written them in. She also disvcovers - Kentucy. ... Read more


193. Sex and Murder.com : A Paul Turner Mystery (Paul Turner Mystery)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Asin: 0312266839
Catlog: Book (2001-08-17)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
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Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Craig Lenzati, the rich and powerful CEO of Chicago's answer to Microsoft, is found brutally murdered with stab wounds all over his body. The murder is reported anonymously, and a quick and quiet resolution to the case is demanded by City Hall.Meanwhile, the list of suspects is almost endless and that along has the powers-that-be breathing down the necks of Chicago Police Detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick. But as the two struggle to untangle the case and find the killer, they soon learn that the killer has only just begun.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good Read, Bad Mystery.
The book was a compelling read for chapter to chapter, but at the end you feel cheated. While it makes an interesting Fiction, it did not have the makings of a good Mystery. The solution was rushed in the last two chapters of the book.

Nowhere were clues during the read that could lead even a careful, experienced Mystery reader to try and even speculate on who did it. For me, half the fun is trying to deduce the murderer(s) before the author reveals it.

There are clues dropped as to why it happened, but you'll just flat be told who it is at the end. You just sort of plod along, hoping to find something to bite on and BAM the author spills his guts in the last chapters. The author did a great job running a second plot along; although it suffered the same clueless, fast wrap up.

The characters that did do it were really underdeveloped. If they were better developed, and some clues dropped along the way, this would be an amazing Mystery book.

It is, however, a damn good book for specifically [weak] content. A good book, not a good Mystery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great Zubro Mystery
Great Mystery....Mark Zubro has done it again! Paul Ben his 2 children Mrs. Talucci even his partner all came to life again in another ongoing Turner mystery...thank-you Mr. Zubro for continuing this series

5-0 out of 5 stars Kept me rivited to my seat!!!
This was an very well written mystery novel! I fully enjoyed the suspense that was driven into this book. Being in the technology industry myself the references to computers and technology was great! It fully added to the suspense!

The gist of the book is Chicago homicide detectives Paul Turner (who is gay) and Buck Fenwick (who is straight), in their investigation into murder of Internet tycoon Craig Lenzati, stabbed over hundreds of times in his security-laden apartment. When Lenzati's partner Brooks Werberg is killed and parts of his place smashed into smithereens, the pressure is put on from the Mayor's office.

But these dot-com boys' nack for putting aggressive little startup companies into trouble, and possibly even bankruptcy by stealing their ideas had won them a great deal of enemies.

What could possibly make this story even better? How about a secret storehouse of theirs filled with names, addresses, and tapes of the boys' sexual misconduct? In fact as it turns out, Lenzati and Werberg had enjoyed an ongoing sexual-conquest game, their preferred prey heterosexual couples, including a pair who'd been suing them and another pair who'd been working for them. A freelance "cracker" (a computer whiz who breaks into and paralyzes systems) employed by the boys will die, and Paul will receive boxes of chocolates and scary e-mail from a serial killer targeting police detectives all along Interstate 90.

Before Chicago finally settles down and Paul can reassure his son Brian of his safety and fall into the arms of his lover Ben. Brittle but funny dialogue between Paul and Buck; tender moments between Paul and Brian; sentimental relationship shows between Paul and Ben.

I personally would have liked a bit more drama at the point of the different confessions, but it did not distract from this book in any way.

You need to read this book... !!!

4-0 out of 5 stars I miss Tom and Scott
This was a good read and an interesting plot, but I wish Zubro would bring back Tom and Scott and their loving relationship. And Fenwick's banter gets awfully tiresome after a while. Not enough about Paul's home life and relationship with Ben. When I read a gay mystery I want more gayness in it. Oh well, will keep buying them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced & Tense to Say the Least!
Zubro's mysteries are never disappointing, and this one certainly is one of his best. I couldn't rip through the pages fast enough. Although I felt some of the weak jokes and forced banter that went on between Detectives Buck Fenwick and Paul Turner went on too long and became tiring after a while. However, that's my only complaint. The story is very interesting, exciting and fast paced.

Detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick are assigned the murder case of Craig Lenzati and Brooks Werberg, two software geniuses and business partners who both have been stabbed to death within the last 24 hours. Craig happens to be straight and Brooks is a gay man. As the detectives soon find out both of these victims have been playing sex games with many people and keeping score of their many conquests. The people they have been sexually abusing and blackmailing are very angry and anyone of them could be the potential murderer. At the same time that the detectives are trying to solve the computer nerds murders someone is also killing cops while traveling across the country. Chicago is next on the list. Could the two cases be related? Could it be the same killer. In both the cop killings and the software executives murders the victims have been urinated on, and stabbed to death many times with a large jagged knife. Perhaps even Turner & Fenwick will be the next victims?

There's a lot of mystery here, and the story moves along at quite a fast pace. It's a book you can't put down. I have read all of Mark Zubro's books and I truly enjoyed this one. It's a nice way to spend an enjoyable evening and an excellent diversion. Highly recommended. ... Read more


194. Goldenboy
by Michael Nava
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Asin: 1555838294
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 514328
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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By the beginning of Goldenboy, Henry has become sober, finding spirituality in his recovery while becoming further engaged in gay activism. He decides to assist a Los Angeles attorney who is dying of AIDS with the defense of a young gay man on trial for killing a coworker who threatened to out him. Goldenboy probes explosive themes of homophobia and exploitation within the gay community and also introduces Josh Mandel, who will become a critical part of the series arc.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Light reading page turning mystery novel
Not the greatest or most suprising mystery novel ever written but a good follow up to the first novel. Potrays the gay community in a much more favorable light than the media usually conveys to the general public. As a college teacher I introduced it to my English Literature class and was pleasantly surprised. It opened up a discussion on homosexuality for these students, I believe, that they had never dwelled on before. ... Read more


195. Father Forgive Me (Sydney Sloane Mystery)
by Randye Lordon
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Asin: 038079165X
Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
Publisher: Avon Books (Mm)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love Sydney Sloane!
Fully drawn human beings abound in this series. Sydney Sloane is a lesbian private detective with a straight male partner, a secretary who's an actress, and a case which just ended very, very badly. A child she was sent to track down and bring home has killed herself rather than return to her abusive home. Now another client wants Sydney to find out why her younger brother died. Tired, feeling her age (she now needs glasses to read her reports), and involved in family struggles of her own (her girlfriend hates her profession), Sydney wonders if she's up to investigating another child's death.

Of course, she perseveres. She's a strong, competent, compassionate woman and a nose-to-the-clues detective. Good suspense salted with touches of humor. Excellent writing. ... Read more


196. Naughty Little Secrets
by Mary Wilbon
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
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197. Something Shady: A Stoner McTavish Mystery (Stoner Mctavish Mysteries)
by Sarah Dreher
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable book with realistic characters
In "Something Shady" Stoner McTavish is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Claire Rasmussen, a nurse working at a mental health hospital off the rocky shores of Maine. After Stoner and her lover Gwen get little information through more traditional means Stoner goes undercover as a mental health patient in an effort to discover the truth. But soon afterwards Stoner struggles with the fear that she had gotten herself too involved and might not escape alive.

"Something Shady" is my first Stoner McTavish mystery ~ but it certainly won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed Stoner's character along with all the others and thought they were witty, intelligent, and multi-dimensional. Unlike some other lesbian mysteries I have read, the characters in this book are realistic and held my attention. At times I was laughing while at others I couldn't put the book down in utter anticipation of what was going to happen next.

Kudos to Sarah Dreher for such an entertaining read! I just hope the others in the series will be just as captivating. ... Read more


198. Everyone Dies: A Kevin Kerney Novel (Kevin Kerney Novels (Hardcover))
by Michael McGarrity
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Asin: 0525947612
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Dutton Books
Sales Rank: 42924
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Anthony Award-nominated author with "a cunning mind for crime fiction" (The New York Times Book Review) ratchets up the stakes in a novel of electrifying action and unstoppable suspense, where a vengeful killer with an unspeakable agenda won't stop until . . . everyone dies.

Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney and his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Sara Brannon, are on leave and eagerly awaiting the birth of their son when a prominent gay attorney is gunned down outside his office by an unknown assailant. Called to the crime scene and faced with scanty evidence and no apparent motive, Kerney directs his chief of detectives to delve into the victim's personal and professional life, a decision that ultimately leads to a SWAT team screw-up and the death of two innocent people.

But the killer has just begun. Kerney's horse, a mustang he'd gentled and trained, is viciously and senselessly destroyed; a dead rat is left on his doorstep; and a second victim with ties to the criminal justice system is found in bed with her throat cut along with a warning: EVERYONE DIES.

As a time of joy turns into a nightmare, Kerney and Sara search desperately for a seemingly unstoppable chameleonlike killer who promises to murder them and their unborn son.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not everyone dies
Having never read Michael McGarrity fiction, I am unable to compare this novel with previous works in what is apparently a series. I actually did not know it was a series until I read it somewhere, so that certainly says something.
I like crime fiction, and the challenge of figuring out "who done it". It's disappointing when it's too easy. That didn't happen here. The story begins with the murder of a prominent gay attorney. There are several angles to be explored, but nothing stands out that makes the victim an obvious target. Our protaganist, Kevin Kerney, is pulled off his vacation to try to solve the crime. He is then yanked smack dab into the middle of the mystery when his beloved horse is killed in a cruel way. It all becomes very personal when a dead rat is delivered to his doorstep along with threats toward his pregnant wife and the rest of his family.
I won't go into the details, you should read them for yourself! There are plot twists, interesting characters, real personalities. The Santa Fe setting is a refreshing departure from the usual gritty New York crime novels. The fact that the author is a former detective adds authenticity.
Now that I know it's a series, I will definitely look for the others and catch up with these characters. Overall, a fine book that I recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery and/or crime fiction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular in every way!
Michael McGarrity's "Everyone Dies" is an outstanding, intricately plotted police procedural. With his experience at various law enforcement agencies, Mr. McGarrity writes with a most authoritative voice. There is a lot of credibility between the covers.

Mr. McGarrity peoples the novel with a host of characters in support of Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney. The important and continuing ones are fully developed---you truly get to know and care about them.

Ultimately this sophisticated tale is one of revenge. A diabolically clever villain from Chief Kerney's past is out to kill Kerney---but not before eliminating those Kerney holds dear. Kerney's wife and unborn son are among the targets.

A massive manhunt with all New Mexico law enforcement organizations involved is mounted. Kerney's reputation for decency, fairness and integrity prevents the usual inter-agency turf battles.

You feel the frustration, disappointment and stimulation brought on by the day-to-day info gathering, false leads and cold trails the cops encounter---and the elation felt as the pieces of the puzzle come together.

In a wonderful twist, the inventive and resourceful villain shrewdly sets up an unwitting loner to take the fall. It is a brilliant cover up, foiled only by the patsy's own extra-legal activities. One of the best reversals I have experienced.

New Mexico is an important character in all the Kerney novels. Mr. McGarrity puts you inside the investigation and the Land of Enchantment.

An under appreciated author and series. All eight in the Kevin Kerney series are keepers. Do not hesitate to follow this series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best 'who-done-it' in the series
Even though this novel is a stand alone book within the Kevin Kerney series of novels, it would probably help to read a few of the others first, only to flesh out some background history on some of the characters.

I think that's beneficial only because the murders that plague Santa Fe, NM and Kevin Kerney's department hits close to home. First a seemingly random, yet planned murder of a gay attorney in town has the community and the police baffled. As the story progresses and the body count increases, it soon becomes evident that the murderer is singling out and sending a very private yet cryptic message to Kerney.

Kerney then realizes that his pregnant wife, and his estranged son may also be targets, and the clues are vague at best. This is no ordinary killer, this one has spent a lot of time crafting his trade and will have the reader guessing for quite sometime on who's next and where we are going.

That's the testament to this novel. You can really empathize with Kerney as he begins to feel helpless for not only himself but those few remaining close to him. The novel does a great job in pacing the action and guesswork, and you'd be surprised how fluid it moves along, all the while the bodies start stacking up.

The only issue I had that prevented me from assigning 5 stars was the very last chapter. After the climax, which was a little short after such a wonderful buildup, the last chapter jumped the reader a few weeks forward and everything was back to normal...too quickly and done within only a few brief pages.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delightfully surprised!
I had never heard of Michael McGarrity, and found the cover and the plot summary both a bit off-putting, and wasn't expecting to like this book. I was delightfully surprised to discover that unlike many writers in the murder, mayhem and mystery genre, McGarrity didn't slipslide at all into the murky depths of horrifying psychotic evil, gratuitous garbage-language,-sex,-blood,-gore and cruelty, and wallow there for several hundred pages.

He wrote a book about a psychotic killer, yes, but he didn't allow his writing to sink to the level of the killer. It's a very good book with breadth and depth even with a "less-is-more" control over the verbiage, which I like and respect. His story line and characters are engaging. The mystery is compellingly presented. I finished it and rushed to my nearest bookstore to buy all the other Mike McGarrity murder, mayhem and mystery books and have since read them and found them as engaging as Everybody Dies! Keep on writing, Mr. McGarrity!

4-0 out of 5 stars Another book worth reading from a great series
Everyone Dies is the newest in a great series, but not the best of the series. We get the continuation of Chief Kerney's relationship with his often absent wife, his recently discovered son and other characters who have grown familiar as the series has developed. There are a lot of violent murders and the gradual introduction to the murderer as he pursues his agenda. It is the good police work and quick analysis of the evidence as the case takes unexpected twists and turns that keeps the reader's attention. It is a exciting, quick read that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery. Skip some of the poorly written "best sellers" that everyone is reading and dig into one of the better written mystery series and you will be rewarded.

I would recommend reading the earlier books in the series first to get the background on these characters. I have been a fan of the series since Tularosa and will continue to read any books by Michael McGarrity since they are well written and take place in areas of the Southwest with which I am very familiar. ... Read more


199. Last Call (Detective Franco Mysteries)
by Baxter Clare
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Asin: 1931513708
Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Bella books
Sales Rank: 176561
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LAPD Homicide Lieutenant L. A. "Frank" Franco is back in the latest installment of the popular Detective Franco Mystery series.

Six years ago, Lieutenant L. A. Franco’s partner, Detective Noah Jantzen, investigated the case of a double homicide of two innocent children. Unable to close the case, the two murdered children haunted Noah for years…

Now that case is haunting Frank, who must cope with the loss of her dear friend and right-hand man. Unwilling to deal with her grief, Franco buries herself in obsessive work, rigid denial and bottle after bottle of her favorite alcoholic beverage. Frank’s refusal to mourn her old friend strains her business relationships and more importantly, the romantic relationship with the county’s Chief Coroner.

Focused only on solving the cold case of the murdered children, can Frank see the cost to those around her…and the risk to her own life? ... Read more


200. Street Rules
by Baxter Clare
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Catlog: Book (2003-01)
Publisher: Bella books
Sales Rank: 422506
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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For `Frank,` L.A.P.D. Homicide Lieutenant L.A. Franco and herhomicide squad, it's business as usual -- a multiple murder, ugly as it is, at least seems tohave an easy explanation.Until it coincides with an untimely drive-by shooting.Theinvestigation ultimately pulls Frank and her squad in conflicting directions while drawingFrank closer to the county's new Chief Coroner, Gail Lawless.Through a series of twistsand turns, all Frank's leads eventually bring her to the disquieting possibility that thekiller she seeks might well be one of her own brothers in blue. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good plot, not so great dialogue
I agree with the earlier reviewer that there is too much "gang lingo" in this book. However, if you can get past it, the plot is rather well done. Not as good as her first book ("Bleeding Out"), but good. The underlying love story is very well done and kept me turning the pages, hoping Frank wouldn't let Gail get away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Hard Hitting
Baxter Claire takes you to the mean streets of LA, but with a modern twist. The language is vibrant and real, the story compelling and in the end the street does rule, just as it often does in real life. Lt. Franco and her squad are imperfect and interesting. This is a powerful series.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I waited three years for this book, and was very disappointed when I finally got it. I read Clare's first book (Bleeding Out, Firebrand Books, 2000)and was amazed and astounded at the talent of that debut mystery.

In this outing, Detective L.A. Franco of the LAPD is faced with the murder of the Estrella family in the barrio. With few leads, and a closed society with its code of silence, she has difficulty finding the killer. Finally, the coroner makes a suggestion, over dinner, that leads to Franco building a case against the killer.

[...] There are too many typos, too many barrio words that need explanation (there are whole conversations that, unless the reader speaks the language, leaves the reader in the dark), too many instances where the author changed a character's name and the old name remains in the manuscript. The book, at 292 pages, is too long - another problem a good editor could fix.

This book did not have the robust, assured writing of the first. I'm hoping that this is merely the second-book doldrums and Clare returns to what made Bleeding Out such a strong entry in the world of procedurals.

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