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21. Sleeping Bones (Kate Delafield
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22. The Boy In The Book
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23. Finding Ms. Wright : A Jo Jacuzzo
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25. Hot Spot : A Mark Manning Mystery
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26. The Truth Can Get You Killed (Paul
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27. Hostageto Murder : A Lindsay Gordon
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30. Hostage
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21. Sleeping Bones (Kate Delafield Mysteries (Paperback))
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Asin: 0425174840
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 60749
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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When an elderly man is brutally slain at the La Brea Tar Pits, LAPD Detective Kate Delafield finds herself digging up startling information that could uncover humanity's ancient past, and at the same time, expose the city's corrupt present. With more at stake than just a pile of bones, Kate has to rebuild the pieces of a timeless puzzle, and make sure they all fit--before a remorseless killer decides to make her a part of history...

"Katherine V. Forrest is a pioneer in lesbian literature." --Lambda Book Report

"Few mystery writers combine such an intelligent take on issues with such solid storytelling." --Publishers Weekly

"Kate Delafield...plies her trade with admirable efficiency and more hard-to-come-by integrity." --New York Times Book Review
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4-0 out of 5 stars Kate Does it Again!
This book is another fine example of Katherine Forrest's writing, and Kate Delafield again solves an intriguing mystery. I always look forward to the next installment!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Bones
Katherine V. Forrest just gets better and better, using some literary techniques in a sophisticated manner. Once again, KVF has done her research thoroughly, her plot is tight and makes sense, her character development is superb, and her portrayal of lesbians is credible and sensitive. KVF is a long-standing feminist, a role model for the lesbian movement, an icon in her time. She is talented, honest, and to be revered. Right on, woman! The world needs more strong voices like yours.

3-0 out of 5 stars as the subplots thicken
Poor Kate. There are more twists and turns in this book then the race track at Watkins Glen. And that's what bothers me about this book. The basic plot, the basic murder mystery that Katherine Forrest writes so well is here. But the additional subplots of the long-lost brother and Aimee's best friend's abusive ex detract from the main story line. Either one of the sub plots could and should work independently. The other sub plot, Kate's unexpected passionate embrace, in my mind, needed to be developed further. That would provide additional tension to the developing plot. ... Read more

22. The Boy In The Book
by Tom    Nussbaum
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Asin: 0595304397
Catlog: Book (2004-04-30)
Publisher: iUniverse
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23. Finding Ms. Wright : A Jo Jacuzzo Mystery (Jo Jacuzzo Mysteries)
by Anne Seale
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Asin: 1555839029
Catlog: Book (2005-04-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
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"Humorous, teasingly sexual and scary!"-The [Louisville] Letter on Packing Mrs. Phipps

Jo Jacuzzo should just stay in Buffalo, but when Jo's best friend asks her to track down an old flame, Honey Lou Wright, she's off to Oklahoma and a new adventure in Tornado Alley, where while searching for Honey Lou she finds time for a fling with a woman in hiding! Anne Seale (Packing Mrs. Phipps) strikes again with a comedy thriller rich with unusual, eccentric characters and a delightfully offbeat rural setting.

Anne Seale is a mother of four, a songwriter, a comedian and a novelist. She spends her summers in western New York and winters in Arizona. This is her second novel featuring Jo Jacuzzo.

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24. Curious Wine: A Novel
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible setting that brings Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate novel of first discovery. Candid in its eroticism, intensely romantic, and remarkably beautiful, Curious Wine is a love story that will remain in your memory. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it, the best Lesbian romance I have read.
Curious Wine is a beautifully written romance. The characters are believable, and you are definately hooked 20 pages in. I have read the book 3 times, and have yet to get bored with it. I just hope one day they make this book into a movie. If you are a romantic , then this book is must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!
I loved this book!!! Katherine Forrest wrote a real life novel, that took me back to those first days of falling in love. I read the book in one sitting and want to read it again. I recommend this book for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars a beautiful lesbian love story!
This is a great, great lesbian love story. When I think "lesbian love story," the two books that come to mind immediately are this one, and (the in some ways quite similar) Claire of the Moon. They share a certain beauty, they're sweet and sensitive, and they're about real, deep-down, soul-shaking connection between two women.

Curious Wine's two main characters -- Diane and Lane -- draw you in, and the others are not only great foils, but have their own tensions and issues to work through and deal with. I guess you could say there's a good deal of "CR" going on throughout the story. :)

The heart of the plot is the growing relationship between the two main characters, and the personal growth that one of them -- who had considered herself heterosexual -- has to go through to figure out what she wants for herself. Sub-plots revolve around the supporting characters' lives, and their roles in Diane's and Lane's lives.

The story's so engaging, the writing so flowing and smooth, the characters so hard to leave behind that I end up re-reading this book on a pretty regular basis. Read it, love it, read it again -- and again, and again ....

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must Read
Forrest hits it right on target when it comes women's atractiveness for each other. She describes with elegance the emotions and sensualtiy when women make love. I loved it enough to read it agian right after I finished the first time.

2-0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I've ever read
I have to say this is one of the worst books I've ever read. The dialogue is horrible, the characters are unbelievable and undeveloped, there is basically no plot. I hate that lesbians will buy any book and see any movie with the word lesbian somewhere. We have to demand better from authors in the alternative segment. Don't continue to support bad writing just because it's lesbian. ... Read more

25. Hot Spot : A Mark Manning Mystery
by Michael Craft
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Asin: 0312289006
Catlog: Book (2002-07-19)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Sales Rank: 283189
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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During his distinguished career as a journalist, Mark Manning has seen it all--riots, murder, political corruption, and every manifestation of the dark heart of the human species. But even his proven emotional resources will be stretched when the home he shares with his lover, architect Neil Waite, and his ward and nephew, Thad Quatrain, becomes the site of one of the most daunting, taxing, and potentially dangerous of all human rituals--a wedding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boy, is life tough!

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

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

It works for him!

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

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

It'll bring a smile!

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

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

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

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

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

27. Hostageto Murder : A Lindsay Gordon Mystery (Lindsay Gordon Mystery Series )
by V. L. McDermid
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Asin: 1932859020
Catlog: Book (2005-04-15)
Publisher: Bywater Books
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"One of my favorite authors, Val McDermid is an important writer-witty, never sentimental, taking us through mean streets with the dexterity of a Chandler."-Sara Paretsky

"There is no one in contemporary crime fiction who has managed to combine the visceral and the humane as well as Val McDermid. . . . She's the best we've got."-The New York Times Book Review

"Val McDermid is one of the bright lights of the mystery field."-The Washington Post

"McDermid's a skillful writer-comparisons with such American novelists as Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton are appropriate. Clever, absorbing and lots of fun."-Chicago Tribune

Lindsay Gordon-investigative journalist, tenacious sleuth and unashamed lesbian-is facing a midlife crisis. Back in her native Scotland after a long absence, she has no job, no friends and no desire to even think about her girlfriend's worrying preoccupations. A chance encounter with freelance reporter Rory McLaren offers her an irresistible invitation to open a new chapter in her life. From there it is just a short step to political corruption and other juicy stories-all welcome distractions from Lindsay's problems at home. But when a local car dealer's stepson is kidnapped, Lindsay and Rory trade journalism for detection. The trail leads them to St. Petersburg and a dangerous snatch-back operation that will test Lindsay to her absolute limits in every area of her life.

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community and read English at Oxford. After 16 years in journalism, she became a full-time writer in 1991. An international bestseller, she's published over 20 books. Her many awards include the Gold Dagger, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Anthony. Val McDermid lives in the north of England.

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

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

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

I look forward to more...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29. Daughters of a Coral Dawn : A Novel
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Asin: 1555836623
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 56708
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Katherine Forrest's best-selling Daughters of a Coral Dawn first appeared in 1984 and became an instant classic. Through seven printings, including the 10th anniversary edition published in 1994, this story of women creating their own world after escaping an oppressive society has continued to gain fans and influence writers for 18 years.

Late in the 22nd century, 4,000 women escape the tyranny of a male-dominated Earth and colonize the planet of Maternas. The story of how these pioneers created a society and culture in accord with their nature makes up the heart of this exhilarating, erotic, and hauntingly beautiful novel. But men eventually discover Maternas, and the women are faced with a critical choice.

Katherine Forrest is also the author of the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine as well as the groundbreaking Kate Delafield mystery series that includes the best-sellers Apparition Alley, Liberty Square, and Sleeping Bones. She lives in San Francisco. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A world of women
"Daughters of a Coral Dawn," by Katherine V. Forrest, tells the story of a collective of women who leave Earth to start an all-female society on the distant planet which they name Maternas. The book is a blend of science fiction and lesbian romance novel. Although hokey at times, it's an enjoyable book that has some effective touches of light humor.

One aspect of the book that rings false is Forrest's vision of a future Earth gripped by sexism and institutional anti-lesbianism. It seems absurd that humanity could evolve to the point of having interstellar travel and still be crippled by such societal backwardness. But the book does have a copyright date of 1984, so this skewed look at the future may just reflect the reality of the time it was written.

At times the romance aspect of the book is a bit too flowery for my taste. But the sweep of Forrest's overall vision really carries the tale. There are moments of real excitement and passages of genuine poetic beauty. "Daughters" is a worthy addition to that canon of sci-fi novels that explore human gender and sexuality (such as LeGuin's "The Left Hand of Darkness" and Sturgeon's "Venus Plus X").

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Escape!
I loved reading this book. It was impossible to put down. At first the relationships were strange, but I got over it and couldn't stop reading. Who wouldn't want to live in a new world with beautiful and intelligent women?? The main characters were very interesting and I found myself lusting after the lead character. I can't wait to read Daughters of an Amber Noon... (And I was shocked to see the 2 star review from one of the readers)

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful, enchanting, an enjoyable book to read
I've reread this book since I bought it a few years ago. It has enjoyable, realistic characters (within a sci-fi context), a good blend of conflict with familial and personal love conquering the dysfunctional mindset of earthly greed, lust and control over women. I'd rather live in that world anyday.

2-0 out of 5 stars A not so interesting attempt at Lesbian Sci-Fi
I was very dissappointed with Forrest's attempt at Lesbian Sci-Fi. After being totally tantalized by Curious Wine, I had high expectations about her work. This book was odd, incestuous, and lacked suspence.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delightful light read
One of this author's best, "Daughters of a Coral Dawn" is a pleasant, idealistic sci-fi/fantasy for women-loving women looking for a fun light read. It's a great escape and contains just the right amount of well-placed, tasteful erotica. I definitely recommend it. ... Read more

30. Hostage
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Asin: 0385318928
Catlog: Book (1998-09-08)
Publisher: Delta
Sales Rank: 659941
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Todd Mills is getting ready for the coup of his career: an exclusive interview with right-wing congressman Johnny Clariton, whose positions against gay rights and AIDS research promise to make his appearance with Minneapolis's only openly gay journalist an explosive television event. Things are also getting pleasantly serious between Todd and Steve Rawlins, although Rawlins' grieving over the recent end of his closest friend's long struggle with AIDS is beginning to take its physical toll on the police detective.

Coup turns to chaos, and grief to despair, when Todd's interview ends with the Congressman abducted by gun-wielding kidnappers--and a tragic discovery puts an unsuspecting Rawlins on the trail of the abductors, a trio of unlikely domestic terrorists in the final stages of AIDS, willing to risk what's left of their lives to give violent expression to their desperate AIDS rage. Their goal: to make the world know what it's like to live--and die--with AIDS. Their weapons: a Congressman, a video camera, and a syringe full of HIV-infected blood. Their conduit to the global viewing audience: Todd Mills, who knows more about their plans--and has more at stake--than he first realizes.

Unsettling, unpredictable and unapologetic in its dramatization of such hot-button issues as right-wing hypocrisy, AIDS activism, HIV infection and assisted suicide, Hostage is Zimmerman's darkest and most suspenseful tale yet, a bold step forward for this acclaimed series. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars not his best but a definite must read.
This was the first book by Zimmereman i read and it got me hooked though it is not as captavating as some of his other books it is a deffinite must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous my attention QUICK!
Todd Mills (not related to me either!) is a very realistic character whose life and love is believable. Zimmerman minces no words in describing the trials and tribulations of gay men, and their experiences with society and gay culture. The situations Todd and Rawlins get into are very intense. Down to earth portrayal of gay life. The mystery aspects kept me turning the pages and I stayed up until 3am to finish the book. Then I went searching for all the other books in the series. Hard to find Closet - got a copy from Canada.... Very much worth the time and effort. I'm hoping Zimmerman keeps the Mills series moving right along.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good novel on a hard topic
Although this is not Zimmerman's first novel in the Todd Mills series, it was the first one of his I read. And I think it was a good choice for my first one.

Todd Mills is a gay TV reporter who is still adjusting to being out. He's currently seeing a studly cop named Steve, and life seems to be going well for the both of them. Then during an interview between Todd and a congressman who loves to rant and rave his anti-gay agenca, everything changes. A small group of young people with AIDS became tired of his yelling, and kidnapped the congressman during the interview. Todd's now on the case. But that's not all - something's wrong with Steve, and he later disappears as well.

Zimmerman makes an interesting tale through his vivid descriptions of the conflict between groups when the anti-gay banner is waved, the impact of AIDS on relationships with family and friends, and the continued questions facing the recently outed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Compelling Mystery!
This is a great novel. The action was fast-paced and the story was compelling. This was not a cut-and-dry who-done-it because Zimmerman crafted this story in a morally ambiguous area. AIDS is such a polarizing force in our society, yet Zimmerman finds the gray area and expolits it. More so than solving the crime, I found myself asking "Are these people right?"... That, I believe, is the true testament to Zimmerman's craftsmanship. A must read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a good beach mystery
After reading Closet and Tribe I was excited to see a new book by Mr. Zimmerman featuring gay newscaster Todd Mills. Although, this mystery follows the earlier high standards of the earlier works it is much darker. My disappointment could have been due to the fact that I purchased this as one of my "read at the beach" books and it was more emotionally based than I expected. Even though I was disappointed I would still recommend it to friends. ... Read more

31. Out of Sight: A Denise Cleever Thriller (Denise Cleever Thrillers)
by Claire McNab
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Naiad Press
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The 3rd Denise Cleever Thriller

A vicious terrorist group is operating deep within the wild reaches of Australia's remote Kimberley region. Though the government is aware of their presence, the group's cat-and-mouse tactics and absolute secrecy has made it impossible to stop. The only way to destroy this powerful threat to national security is from the inside.And no one's better undercover than hotshot Intelligence Agent Denise Cleever. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Where's the real love scenes?????????
The book is good but needs more of the sexy love scenes found in Claire McNab's books.............just have to have them!

3-0 out of 5 stars Third in Series is Flawed
Denise is undercover again - this time infiltrating a terrorist group that has, thus far, avoided being infiltrated. To add an additional threat to her life, the woman whose identity she has assumed has a brother who escapes custody at a mental hospital for the criminally insane to kill his sister.

I really enjoyed the first two entries in McNab's new series. But this outing seemed . . . well, less. It wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it was bordering on tedious in some places and seemed contrived in others. This book didn't move as fast as the others, but it was, nevertheless, a good read.

Certainly if you enjoyed the first two, you'll undoubtedly like this one as well.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3rd in Series Flawed
Denise is undercover again - this time infiltrating a terrorist group that has, thus far, avoided being infiltrated. To add an additional threat to her life, the woman whose identity she has assumed has a brother who escapes custody to kill his sister.

I really enjoyed the first two entries in McNab's new series. But this outing seemed . . . well, less. It wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it was bordering on tedious in some places and seemed contrived in others. This book didn't move as fast as the others, but it was, nevertheless, a good read.

Certinly if you enjoyed the first two, you'll undoubtedly like this one as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the series
This latest installment in Claire McNab's series featuring Intelligence Agent Denise Cleever is the best of the three books featuring this character. Cleever goes undercover to infiltrate an organization that trains terrorists in the wilds of Australia. The action is well paced and the characters are interesting. Things become complicated when Cleever finds herself falling for one of the instructors at the camp. Add to that the fact that she's being hunted by a madman who thinks she is the sister he has vowed to kill. There's plenty in this book to keep your attention. The only weakness is that the ending seems rushed compared to the rest of the book. The last couple of chapters read almost like the notes for the story instead of finished chapters. It's still a good book. ... Read more

32. Murder by Tradition : A Kate Delafield Mystery (Kate Delafield Mystery)
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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When a successful gay restaurateur is stabbed to death, Kate Delafield_s investigation puts her in conflict with her own fear of being outed as a lesbian. Can Kate testify for the prosecution with her integrity intact, when the killer_s attorney, the only man who knows the truth about Kate_s -sexuality, prepares a "homosexual panic" defense?

In addition to penning the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series, Katherine V. Forrest has written the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine and the science fiction novels Daughters of a Coral Dawn and Daughters of an Amber Noon. She lives in San Francisco.

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5-0 out of 5 stars More than just a mystery
Katherine V. Forrest, in her Kate Delafield series manages to present a tight, taut mystery along with a political statement, which she doesn't present in a heavy-handed manner. The two just seem to blend seemlessly and if you want to ignore the message (if you can), then you can simply enjoy the mystery. Kate and her dullard partner, Ed Taylor, investigate the murder of Teddie Crawford, a very "out" gay man. In fact, even he calls himself a queen. Teddie was stabbed about 40 times, which indicates to Kate that it was more than just a simple robbery. The first half of the book describes Kate and Ed cornering the killer. The fact that the killer, himself, was hurt badly is a big help to Kate as well as the description given by one of Teddie friends, Gloria. Watching Kate using her interrogative skills to trap this man is very tense, especially since she knows that without a confession all they have is circumstantial evidence. As good as the "law" part of the story is, the "order" part is really more fascinating and suspenseful. Kate has found out that the killer's attorney is someone she knows slightly but someone who knows her secret. Throughout the trial, she wonders how he will try to bring it out and taint her testimony. Sadly, no matter what the outcome of this fictional trial, Forrest shows that gaybashing is alive and well in these United States.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the most meaningful...
In the Delafield series, this book ranks as one of the most, if not the most, meaningful stories. It didn't have the love scenes I so deeply enjoy reading but the story line more than made up for that. Excellent reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I read this book in one afternoon. I was drawn in by the emotion of the killing as well as the trial. I found this book to display the court system at it's weakest and loved the heroine, Kate.

I loved this book. I just found the Kate Delafield series and can't wait to read all the books in this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent fictionalized account of a real murder
_Murder by Tradition_ is an excellent fictionalized account of an actual, brutal, premeditated murder of a gay man, for no reason other than the fact that he was gay. The story is very well told and I didn't want to put the book down from beginning to end.

The first half is devoted to the discovery of the facts of the case and of the identity of the killer. The second half the story of the trial. The suspense is not in discovering the identity of the gaybasher, but in whether or not he will escape punishment.

The victim was stabbed 39 times and bled to death, but the killer has deep wounds on his own hands and claims he was defending himself from a gay man who tried to force him to have sex. There were no witnesses. Can Detective Kate Delafield discover the clues that will convince a jury of what really happened? ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34. The Girl With the Golden Bouffant: A Original Jane Bond Parody
by Mabel Maney
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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When James Bond lands in the hospital with nasty facial burns (the result of an explosive encounter between a bird's fag and his hair pomade), the home office once again calls on Jane Bond, James's lesbian twin sister -- aka 0071/2 -- to don suit, sneer, and scars and masquerade as the infamous 007. Her destination: the annual men-only International Spy Convention in glamorous Las Vegas. Her assignment: to steal a secret spy invention. As a double agent for Her Majesty's Secret Service and for G.E.O.R.G.I.E., the all-girl secret organization of she-spies, Jane must complete her mission and keep her brother's reputation intact by guzzling martinis, flirting with near-nude showgirls, and -- most important -- remembering to use the men's room.

Along for the ride is Jane's only ally in the male spy world, retired special agent Cedric Pumpernickel, and two G.E.O.R.G.I.E. gals, Bridget St. Clare and Bibi Gallini, who will attempt to blend into the tourist crowd in their Mary Quant dresses.

But Jane's stay in Sin City becomes doubly dangerous when an American agent is thrown over the Hoover Dam and all fingers point to Jane.... What's a girl to do?

Mabel Maney is the author of the Nancy Clue and Hardly Boys mystery series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not up to par
I am a huge Mabel Maney fan, but I was disappointed in this book. There's no light hearted romance in this book--just endless inventories of horrible 1950s pop culture items, and tiresome characters beating each other up. Jane spends the entire book in drag with a glued-on unibrow. Way too much of the book is about Cedric and his unappealing love interest. I kept waiting to be entertained and charmed, as I inevitably am by Maney, and instead I felt just slightly ill. Read the Nancy Clue books or the original Jane Bond parody, but borrow this one from someone who will take it back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spytacular!
Mabel Maney, yeah, YOU! Keep writing PLEASE! And do a tv show or a cartoon or something! Or how about a video game, breakfast cereal, or a school snack? This is just another marvelous Mabel Maney masterpiece! Mabel Maney wrote the book on inside jokes in queer fiction. Please bring Midge and Velma back in another Nancy book and lots more Jane! Thanks for the fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Maney is smart, sexy, and shakes a good martini
If God is in the details, Mabel Maney is surely going to heaven in a diamond-studded dog collar! The research it must have taken her to get this parody oh-so-right boggles the mind. I no longer wish I were around in the sixties to see Vegas in its heyday because Maney has recreated the scene(s) to such hilarious perfection and detail that I don't need to taste the fondue to know it was disgusting.
As for Maney, all her books are a fun romp filled with joy, silliness, and chutzpah, and Girl With The Golden Bouffant is another notch in her lipstick case.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hugely intelligent, achingly funny
Mabel Maney is in cahoots with her reader and trusts them to get the jokes, and this James Bond parody abounds with them. She's a hugely intelligent writer, but don't let that stop you. There's a gem lurking in every sentence--her writing bears close inspection. Maney's sly social commentary sneaks up on you, and her own sense of laughter is infectious. Wonderful foolishness combined with a keenly observed sense of the world we live in.

5-0 out of 5 stars How do you parody Las Vegas?
This is a wonderful, wonderful book. I read all of Mabel Maney's Nancy Drew parodies, and the James Bond parody before this one. This one is also James (Jane) Bond, but it brings us back to American sixties kitsch, which is Maney's strong suit. There's just so much to make fun of, from the hokey FBI schtick to the "Dorothy Duncan Defrost-Off" competition. The funniest bit is the scene where the spy girls are doing a make-over of the spoiled wife of Sammy Martini (read "famous dissolute lounge act whose name had to be changed in order to avoid legal, or mob, action") and you're not sure whether they are going to fix her hair or carry out a hit. But there's a ton of classic Americana in here. I never want to eat frozen food again. But I do want to visit "old" Las Vegas. ... Read more

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

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

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36. Mardi Gras Murders : A Novel
by Phillip Scott
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Against the backdrop of state elections, Phillip Scott's likable but unlikely amateur sleuths from down under, Marc and Paul, find themselves investigating a series of bizarre murders. But the investigation is hampered when Paul finds unexpected fame on television, and Marc must cope with a sexy new neighbor and a weepy ex-boyfriend.

Phillip Scott is the author of three other Marc and Paul mysteries: One Dead Diva, Gay Resort Murder Shock and Get Over It!

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

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

38. Murder in the Rue Dauphine
by Greg Herren
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4-0 out of 5 stars Didn't he edit is own book???
I bought Murder in the Rue Dauphine, because I had recently visited New Orleans and thought it would be fun to read something set there. I looked forward to recognizing places I had gone while there. I am also a big mystery fan and was hoping for a fun new author.

I was not disappointed in the setting of the book coming alive. Mr. Herren does a very good job of taking the reader to New Orleans. Chanse is a pretty fun character, if a little too "gay perfect," at times. I really liked his "Grace," Paige. I felt he was a bit too steroetypical with his villian, though. The plot, while predictable at times, was fun enough to keep me interested and, in the end, I was surprised at who the actual killer was.

My biggest problem was with the editing. It seems Mr. Herren, who edits other people's work for anthologies, didn't edit his own. For instance, Chanse and another character are talking about Paul, Chanse's maybe boyfriend, and Herren refers to one of the characters talking as Paul. There are other such instances of the editor not paying attention here and there that, while distracting, didn't take away from the book as a whole. Also, while I am sure it is just one of Mr. Herren's fetishes, from what I saw when there,not every hot guy in New Orleans walks around in "white tank tops a size too small."

Over all a pleasant little mystery and I would probably pick up another if this becomes a series.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Start of Something Big
With the creation of Chanse McLeod,Greg Herren has introduced a New Orleans sleuth that we will all be eagerly looking forward to reading time and again. Murder in the Rue Dauphine is one of those books you don't want to end and when it's over you want to reach for the next one. Too bad it takes time to write books this good. Readers won't want to wait. Great story, great characters, a world class city for the backdrop-- what more could mystery lovers ask for? I only hope my next mystery is as good as Herren's first.

1-0 out of 5 stars Simply awful
Thin on plot, this book (which I see from other reviewers is the author's first novel) is unbearably weak. The writing is unpolished and the characters one-dimensional. Maybe his other books are better, but frankly, this one has pretty much soured me.

4-0 out of 5 stars New Orleans is a character...
Great mystery set in an exciting environment. Most books set in New Orleans absorb the atmosphere as another character, but with that said, the only drawback were the other characters. The secondary human characters in the gay ghetto blend into each other - I found it hard to keep track of the possible murderers. But overall, I recommend it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Typical First-Mystery Blues
I had read a lot of good things about "Murder in the Rue Dauphine" and was looking forward to reading it. Perhaps that's why I'm so disappointed. If you find something by chance and it turns out to be bad, no problem. If you await something eagerly and it turns out not to be good, then it doubles the bad.

This book is bad, doubled.

It appears that author Greg Herren was determined not to ignore any cliche of gay fiction lest one of them gets its feelings hurt, nearly so every character is trim, works out, parties all night, and cheats on his lover. Those who are not are homely, pathetic trolls with whom no self-respecting man would tryst.

Herren attempts to combine a hard-boiled style with the wisecracking of newer detectives and standard gay fiction, which doesn't work as well as you'd hope. A lot of the exposition falls flat and the dialog is clumsy, though realistic, as though Herren had simply spent an evening in bars taking notes. When will writes learn that this doesn't work?

The "mystery" of the initial murder is so simplistic as to be laughable. The deeper complications involving gay-bashing and male escorts rely far too much on coincidence than detective work.

New Orleans, a city that should make a fantastic backdrop for any novel, does not make an appearance. Instead, Herren trots out a list of tourist sites.

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39. It Takes Two : A Novel
by Elliott Mackle
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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February, 1949. Fort Myers Florida. It started out to be such a nice day. But early morning gunfire at the Royal Plaza Motor Hotel changed all that. One white man is dead. One black man is dead. The widow of the white man has just crashed the investigation, and is waving a gun around. Barely escaping the shot that blows the window out of the car in which he is sitting is Dan Ewing, who isn't even supposed to be there. Saving his bacon is police detective Bud Wright. Bud and Dan are more than fishing buddies, but no one can know that. But their secret is just one of many in this small town. To start, Dan is the manager of the Caloosa Hotel, a class act if you're just passing through, but if you are a member of the less known Caloosa Club, Dan provides a variety of "services" club members may discreetly enjoy. This doesn't sit well with everyone in town, including the sheriff, a wealthy car dealer, the KKK, and Bud Wright, despite the fact that he's sleeping with Dan. But the car dealer is the dead white man, the black man is the husband of his wife's former maid, and the sheriff, Bud's boss seems determined to keep the investigation off track. So what does this apparent murder suicide have to do with the Caloosa? Journalist Elliott Mackle takes his wonderfully realized "why-done-it?' mystery to fascinating levels as he explores the various factions of a small southern town facing the giant implications of a rapidly changing society.

Elliott Mackle served for ten years as the Atlanta Journal Constitution's restaurant critic. As a Journal-Constitution staffer he also covered the Olympic Games, political conventions and wrote a weekly travel feature. He currently lives with his partner of many years in Atlanta. This is his first novel.

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'd like to see this as a movie
I think Matt Damon will be perfect as Dan and Ben Affleck is tailor-made as Bud. I hope they co-write the script too....and I hope they get both the Best Actor Award for the parts!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Gay Male Fiction
It Takes Two: A Novel by Elliott Mackle is a nearly perfect "summer read" (and one that would do very nicely on a dreary winter's day for that matter). Some of the historical allusions are a bit strained and the editors missed a quotation mark or two, but the characters and the story will grab the gay male reader. There are a number of weaker gay-themed titles out there that have received more exposure, which is a shame. This book deserves much more than its gotten. (Is that the publisher's fault?) If you've read Hold Tight: A Novel by Christopher Bram and liked it, you'll find this work equally enjoyable. If you are in the market for a compelling light read, try this book. I'm giving this one 5 stars despite the few flaws because I want to read more by Mr. Mackle. Encore!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good story
The story line keeps moving; the protagonists are reasonably
well developed, as are many of the minor characters. I have never experienced the "deep South" racism as described here. I
have read about and seen items on the t.v. news, so I cannot
speak for the accuracy of the protrayal. My major gripe: why so
much emphasis upon the use of the "f" word, and for that matter,
the other profanity used? Please----don't con me with "that's
they way they talk" baloney. It is absoutely unnecessary to use
the "4-letter" words (o.k., I will grant upon occasion, yes, but
not the extent used here).

5-0 out of 5 stars Sizzling!
I enjoy "It Takes Two" immensely and finished it in a day. The atmosphere is intense with vivid descriptions of a South drowned in bigotry and racism, flash-backs of World War Two, the steamy going-ons in the Hotel and finally the msytery murder hovering in the background. Seems a lot in a close to 300 pages book but Mackle melds everything together beautifully. The characters are wonderfully appealing, in particular Dan, the narrator, who is just great. The side characters, Bud, Carmen and Admiral Asdeck are equally colourful. Even Tommy the piano player at the hotel and a priest finally "coming-out" have stories of their own. To top it all, there is the build-up of the relationship between Dan and Bud, from buddies entangled in intense passion, to finally, I hope, devoted lovers. I am wishful for a sequel because Dan, Bud and their friends have alot more to tell. An amazing sizzling book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Southern Comfort
What I like about this book is how it mixes up the murder mystery with amusing but masculine characters and a true picture of the historical period including veterans returning from the war, the Ku Klux Klan, racial segregation, crooked politics, Southern conservative religion and people wtith varying motives and desires. This is a real noir picture of a typical Florida town of the period that you don't find in tourist magazine travel stories or newspapers. The homosexual elements and the crime elements in the book are neatly woven together. The sex scenes are hot, very hot, and would interest anybody of whatever persuasion, but I think the author included them to help the plot and create strong characters. I particularly like the way the main characters, Dan and Bud, care for each other even when they are at odds, even fighting drunk. They take care of each other both like a couple of buddies and a real couple, so that the reader is always chering them on. I also like Admiral Asdeck, Dan's mentor, a lot. Even though some of the deals he pulls are irregular, you can tell he cares for Dan like a son and wants him to grow more mature and accepting of the realities of life in a rough society. Any smart young man would want a father figure like Asdeck. The bar manager, Carmen Veranda, is hard to take at times but she is real believable, too. I knew people like that when I was in the Navy and believe they were funny in a sissy way but strong, too. In closing I have to say that this one of the best gay mystery novels I have read as well as one of the best gay love stories. I recommend it to all but especially to guys who want a mystery story with a lot of adventure featuring he-man type heroes who are also men who love men. ... Read more

40. Code Blue
by Katlyn
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Asin: 0972492607
Catlog: Book (2004-05)
Publisher: BookEnds Press
Sales Rank: 115662
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Thrown headlong into one of the most puzzling murder investigations in the Burgh’s history, Logan McGregor finds that politics, corruption, money and greed aren't the only barriers she must break through in order to find the truth. Not only does she have to solve the crime, she also has to keep Madison Cavanaugh, one of Pittsburgh's most notable Orthopedic surgeon's from becoming the next victim. Can Logan and Madison survive long enough to find the killer or will they become one more name on the Strip District Killer's growing list of victims?

Logan McGregor, A tough Pittsburgh cop, lives only for her job since losing the love of her life in an inexcusable way.Politics, money and greed are not the only barriers she must break through in order to find the truth.

Madison Cavanaugh, A self-proclaimed perfectionist with a penchant for the finery that life has to offer.By day she works as one of Mercy Hospitals best Orthopedic Surgeons, and by night, she walks the streets helping the downtrodden and unwanted citizens of the city.In the blink of an eye, her world is thrown into a vortex as a murderer stalks The Strip District. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excerpt Chapter One
The elevator doors opened and Logan waited until Madison had cleared the doors before pushing off the sidewall and exiting the car herself. Silently they walked into the cafeteria and stood in line. Feeling the uncomfortable silence, knowing Angela's incorrigible behavior was the cause, Madison turned her head to speak and was caught off guard as she found Logan's dark blue eyes peering into hers. "I...umm, I'm sorry for, ahhh...back there." Jesus, Cavanaugh, you sound like a babbling idiot.

The glint in Logan's eyes barely preceded the smile that crossed her lips. "Sounds like you have your hands full with that one."

Madison grunted as she stepped further down the line. "The correct term, Officer, would be had. I had my hands full with that one." Madison couldn't help but chuckle as she replayed the scene in her head, remembering the confused look on Logan's face. "Luckily, I got out before she did any irreparable damage to my psyche. With other's, I'm afraid, I haven't been so fortunate."

Logan was surprised to find Madison so open about her lifestyle and took some time to digest the information as they made their way through the line. Madison prepared a cup of coffee then looked at Logan with gleaming eyes. "Remember, you're buying. I have an extra-large double mocha latte, and a bagel." Logan shook her head and grinned as she watched Madison saunter away towards a table, purposely bypassing the cashier.

After preparing her own cup of coffee, Logan paid the cashier and made her way through the crowded cafeteria to the table Madison had laid claim to moments before. Sitting down across from the beautiful blonde, Logan took a moment to just look at Madison Cavanaugh as the woman looked out the window. Too soon, however, Madison's eyes turned back towards her and she no longer saw the teasing gleam that had been so evident a few minutes prior. "So Officer McGregor, what is it that's so important that you had to come all the way to Mercy, and then sit and wait on me for over an hour?"

Retreating into her professional persona, Logan's eyes met Madison's. "It's really quite simple, Doctor. There have been five people murdered along The Strip in as many weeks. It's Wednesday and so far, he hasn't claimed his next victim. I figure he'll strike tonight or tomorrow night, what with Friday and Saturday being too crowded to give him any amount of privacy." Logan looked out the window, knowing her next words were not going to sitl well with the independent and stubborn woman sitting across from her. "From what I understand, you visit The Strip on Mondays and Wednesdays. I'm here to ask you not to go down there tonight."

Madison's eyes bore into Logan's. "You mean to tell me you wasted both of our time to ask me not to do something that is vitally important to this community? I think not, Officer." Madison drained her cup and stood, but before she could walk away, felt Logan's hand circle her wrist. She couldn't help but notice the warm heat emanating from Logan's long fingers as she looked down at the bandaged hand that held onto hers. Her eyes traveled up the long arm, appreciating the taut biceps and firm deltoids, before taking in the dark silky hair, and finally coming to rest in the deep pools of blue sapphire.

Madison found that she was unable to respond as an unfamiliar heat spread throughout her body and paralyzed her with unexpected sensations that raced through her. Logan rose from the table and stood very close, so close that she could feel the heat radiating from the other woman. Madison's senses were further assaulted as Logan bent close to her ear and whispered, her warm breath teasing her earlobe. "Then let me come with you, Ms Madi."

Madison closed her eyes and inhaled as the faint scent of soap, and what could only be the essence of this mysterious woman, further battered her resolve. Her pulse quickened and she feared Logan would feel it under her fingers, as they gently gripped her wrist. Tearing herself from the onslaught of emotions, she roughly pulled her hand away, immediately feeling the loss of warmth. "No! Absolutely not, Officer. I'm going to The Strip tomorrow night just as I have for the last two years. I haven't needed your protection before. I don't need it now."

Logan watched at Madison Cavanaugh turned and bolted from the cafeteria. Sitting down at the table, she looked out the window and wondered to herself why and how this woman had suddenly gotten under her skin. Draining her cup of coffee, Logan tossed the cup in the trash on her way out the door. Fine Doctor, we'll do it your way. You've just made my job a little more difficult, but one way or another, I intend to see that you're safe tomorrow night. ... Read more

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