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81. Eye Contact
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82. Political Poison : A Paul Turner
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83. Down The Rabbit Hole
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84. Sorry Now? (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
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85. The Other Side of Silence
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86. Back to Salem
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87. Accidental Murder
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88. Death by Death (Denise Cleever
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81. Eye Contact
by Michael Craft
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Asin: 1575664259
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Sales Rank: 245821
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic summertime read with provocative storytelling
The second in the Mark Manning series, Craft tells a tale of political intrigue mixed with religious and sexual overtures. The reader becomes totally engrossed as the story centers around a most sinister plot involving the religious right, the President of the United States, and the cut-throat world of journalism. The story also delves into the main character as he struggles with his sexuality and his relationship with his lover, Neil. This is a must read for all who enjoy vivid storytelling populated with intriguing characters. It is a perfect follow-up the author's first in the series, "Flight Dreams."

4-0 out of 5 stars Focus on Character
I like this series more with each book. Journalist Mark Manning is a likable, thinking man's hero, and his lover, young architect Neil Waite makes an appealing foil. The more Michael Craft developes these characters and their relationship, the more I like his mysteries--although, I gotta say, the religious fanatic thing is getting real old (there ARE other motivations for evil). Mark and Neil talk more than most gay protagonists, and about an interesting variety of topics. Craft has toned down the artificiality which affected characters and dialouge in FLIGHT DREAMS, first book of the series. Craft has plotted a solid mystery this time with plenty of action, and I particularly liked the way he handled the threat which developed in Mark and Neil's relationship (although it was far too easily and unrealistically resolved). I look forward to the next installment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Blend of Real Life & Intrigue, With a Splash of Camp
The second book of the Mark Manning series establishes Mark and Neil in Chicago and also brings Mark head to head wih temptation. The mystery may require you to "suspend belief" on occasion, but it does not disappoint in being action-packed, suspenseful, and a thoroughly satisfying - even if your ashamed to admit - call to justice for someone.

This is a departure, to some degree, from the first novel. The series takes another turn down the line when Mark & Neil move to Wisconsin.

The cast of characters continues to evolve; they are likeable, relatable, human and you can't help but care about them. This is a thoroughly enjoyable series.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great read
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was fast paced and real. Enough sexual tension and romance coupled with the page turning momentum of a good "who done it". I'm always sensitive to the protrayal of man 2 man relationships, and I feel that Craft does a honorable job in this regard. It will bring out all the emotions, arousal, curiousity, humor, and passion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Ride
If people can put aside that the main characters of this series are gay, what they'll find is a very enjoyable and compulsively readable detective series. Mark Manning, investigative journalist for a Chicago paper, leads the cast of characters in this exciting second installment of the series. Perhaps what is most provocative is that while Mark is gay, it doesn't define who he is. He's a good reporter who just happens to be gay. Yes, this is dealt with throughout the novel, but it isn't shoved down your throat.

The basic plot is that Mark becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that involves astronomy, bad actors, and an assassination plot that reaches all the way to the White House. The action scenes are enthralling and encompassing. At times the dialogue is a bit stilted, and there is some redundancy, but the story is compelling and the conclusion satisfying.

Give this a chance, and I'll bet you'll be reaching for the next in the series. ... Read more


82. Political Poison : A Paul Turner Mystery (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Asin: 0312110448
Catlog: Book (1994-04-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 59124
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not his best
This is the second Zubro mystery I have read, and it was not near as good as the first one, "Another Dead Teenager." However, I am not deterred from reading all of his work, and I will continue to purchase thenew ones as they are published.

What I criticized in "Another DeadTeenager" I found to be much worse in "Political Poison,"and that is Zubro's continually interjecting explanations for a character'sactions or of police procedure. It was a moderate bother in the other book,but in "Political Poison" it is a major impediment to enjoyingthe book. The editing was slipshod as well, with many typos and othererrors in the text. Zubro apparently has improved at telling his stories byletting the characters reveal what is going on, rather than stepping intoand stopping the flow to provide an explanation.

Most mystery readers aresavvy enough to know how things work, and don't need constant reminders onwhy police do the things they do.

If you haven't read any of Zubro's workbefore, don't start with this one. He is a much better mystery writer thanwhat this novel exemplifies. ... Read more


83. Down The Rabbit Hole
by Lynne Jamneck
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Asin: 1594930120
Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
Publisher: Bella Books
Sales Rank: 1186030
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FBI Agent Samantha Skellar and her partner Robert Munroe are on the trail of a possible serial killer who has been terrorizing the suburban neighborhoods of Seattle.

When Agent Skellar starts receiving threatening messages on her computer, she calls in the help of free-spirited hacker Lucy Spoon, and gets much more than she bargained for.

Does someone have a personal grudge against Sam?Or could the elusive killer be targeting Sam for reasons unknown to her?And what about Lucy, who seems to be guarding secrets of her own... ... Read more


84. Sorry Now? (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Catlog: Book (1992-10-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good start to an improving series
Fortunately, the Paul Turner series gets better as does Zubro's crafting of enjoyable cop mystery stories. With this one, the debut of Paul Turner, Zubro tackles an interesting premise: are gay activist orgnizations behind the murder of an anti-gay televangelist's daughter? It's a question Paul Turner, a gay Chicago homicide detective, doesn't like having to look at, but one he realizes he must if he is to solve this case. The reader gets taken in a lot of different directions and one has to wonder if the poor cop will ever solve this case. Maybe Zubro hadn't made up his mind "who done it" until the final chapter because there are no really good clues, but plenty of motive to go around. All in all it was an enjoyable read, but it's not among my top 25 murder mysteries, regardless of genre (gay or straight or whatever)or author.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointingly Dull Detective
This is the first of Zubro's many books that I have read, and sorry to say it will be the last also. I love gay mystery as a genre, but this book disappointed on many levels. The plot, about the murder of a bigotted televangelist's daughter, and the gay community's possible involvement as a means of revenge undoubtedly has potential, but isn't developed, with the result that I didn't really care how the book ended. Undoubtedly the biggest let down is the quality of the writing. It's pedestrian and leaden, making the promising idea of the central character, a gay cop and father a crashing bore. ... Read more


85. The Other Side of Silence
by Joan M. Drury
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Asin: 0933216920
Catlog: Book (1993-09-01)
Publisher: Spinsters Ink Books
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86. Back to Salem
by Alex Marcoux
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Catlog: Book (2001-09)
Publisher: Alice Street Editions
Sales Rank: 521726
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Jessie Mercer has it all—fame, fortune, and a best-selling novel being made into a major motion picture starring the alluring Taylor Andrews.When disturbing, real-life events begin mimicking the movie's plot, Jessie and Taylor find themselves drawn into a cosmic web of passion, treachery, and deception that began centuries ago!As the terror mounts, Jessie realizes she is the target and must go back—all the way back to Salem, where answers to the mystery unfold—before the evil from the past destroys her! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
It is refreshing to read a lesbian book with a great story and mystery and not just all about sex. Look forward to the next installment.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you don't mind loose ends
If you don't mind if loose ends are left untied and that multiple timelines end up not quite matching up and that one of the main characters "isn't really a lesbian" then the plot of this book will work for you. I read it about a year ago and was really lukewarm toward it. Parts were exciting but it didn't work as a whole. I can't believe it ended up getting some award nominations; there are some holes you can drive a truck through. Plus I didn't see how the Egyptian timeline meshed at all with the Salem one. I felt like this was a nice try, but as someone else says, others have done this plot better. I would recommend Laura Adams' Christabel (a romance not a mystery), which does the timeline thing really well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Has It All
This one has it all, a clever MYSTERY, a heart-filled ROMANCE, some HISTORY, an exciting ACTION ADVENTURE, and some interesting metaphysical lessons. GREAT MOVIE material! An exceptional story that keeps the reader interested.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat
I was expecting the typical lesbian mystery when I bought Back to Salem. Instead, I found a rare treat - a very creative and original story! Although complex in character and plot, the author pulls it off and keeps the pages turning. This one re-established my faith in lesbian fiction. I would recommend this one to anyone (straight or gay), unless you're looking for sex every chapter. Very intimate, romantic, tastefully done, and of course a great whodunit!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Whodunit in a long time
When I bought 'Back to Salem,' I was expecting the same great romance that Marcoux wrote in her first novel, 'Facades.' I wasn't disappointed. 'Back to Salem' is original, creative and the best whodunit I've read in a long time, with a lovely romance that shows how love can last through the ages. Tastefully done! Marcoux knows how to move a book along. CANNOT WAIT for the next Jessie Mercer Mystery. This is one book that has changed the way I look at the world. ... Read more


87. Accidental Murder
by Claire McNab, Claire McNab
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Asin: 1931513163
Catlog: Book (2002-12)
Publisher: Bella books
Sales Rank: 437644
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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When people with no obvious connections to each other are dying inwhat appear to be legitimate accidents -- a fall down the stairs, a single-vehicle car crash,a drowning in a hot tub -- nothing seems amiss.Until, Detective Inspector Carol Ashtonreceives a call from a private investigator who works for a number of insurancecompanies.Recently, several large life insurance policy pay outs seem questionable butthere is no proof of wrongdoing.As Carol begins an investigation of the completelyunrelated deaths, she realizes this could be the toughest case of her career and perhaps,one impossible to solve. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Getting worse
I feel like every other book in this series is decent, kind of like the Star Trek movies. This book is better than the last one but not by much. Claire McNab does have an annoying habit of ending her books rather abruptly. This one is no exception. I am tired of her "relationships" which have been boring since she broke up with Sybil for unrealistic reasons. The sex scenes (they don't seem loving enough to call them love scenes) are as abrupt as her endings. The mysteries really aren't very compelling & haven't been since about book 5. The other series isn't much better. I'm not sure what the deal is but the only people I care about in these books are her aunt & her cat.

5-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read
Claire McNab writes two different series of mysteries: the Carol Ashton mysteries, Accidental Murder occupies spot number fourteen in the series, and the Denise Cleever Thriller series. With seventeen books to her credit, McNab has established herself as one of today's premier mystery writers.

Captain John Trelawney fatally falls off of Sydney, Australia's North Head, a big tourist location. When the insurance company is notified to make payment, they also note one other fact. There have been a series of odd accidents in a relatively short period of time, all with big insurance payouts. Could it be just a coincidence? That is the problem presented to Detective Inspector Carol Ashton. Oh yes, and she is also ordered to solve the crime quickly so her supervisor can take all the credit. Ashton is more than up to the challenge, even as she deals with her cherished Aunt Sarah's cancer and the question of "commitment" with her current flame. Fortunately, she has the assistance of her friend and colleague, Detective Sergeant Mark Bourke:

"Bourke's fingers tapped the keys. He frowned at the screen, made a correction, then said, 'I'm thinking there might be some sort of connection to the insurance companies. How about an employee who's assessing possible clients and passing the information on to X?' 'That's possible, although that would be a security risk for X. The more people involved, the more dangerous it becomes. Okay, the next question is how X approaches the potential client. How would you go about that?'"

Accidental Murder is a well scripted, and very well written mystery. Claire McNab deftly takes the reader through an insurance quagmire, replete with interesting characters, personal side trips of Carol Ashton's, and a general whodunit atmosphere. She gives up the killer just a little before the end of the story, but adds spice with an excellent denouement. All in all, Carol Ashton is an attractive character who gets the job done using police skills that are admirable. She is, at the heart of things, a decent human being who cares about the important people in her life. We want to know how she is going to handle the challenges that come her way, and cheer for her when she solves the puzzle and overcomes the bad guys. An entertaining read.

Shelley Glodowski
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3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - Again
Is it my imagination or is Carol Ashton becoming non-descript as she - and the series - grows older? There wasn't much to this book - not much plot, not much mystery, not much character development. I keep reading the books in this series because hope springs eternal - that Claire McNab will be able to find the writing skills she exhibited in the first three or four outings, that Carol Ashton will develop into a real person, that her character will grow and become interesting once again. But once again, I was disappointed.

If you want to read a decent book by Claire McNab, read her new series featuring Denise Cheever. That is where McNab seems to be putting her creative writing to best use these days.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hopes Dashed
Having read all titles in this series - and been frustrated by the last few -- I began this latest with high hopes. Hopes that Carol Ashton would finally begin putting together the experiences and lessons of the past and display some personal insight;. hopes that Carol and Sybil would finally have a real conversation about the nature of their relationship and feelings for each other; hopes that there would be a love scene that didn't read like "Slam, bang, thank-you-mam;" hopes that Carol would move from being the thoroughly frustrating character she became as the series progressed. I was much too optimistic (my fault, I admit) and once again had a mystery wherin I knew who the killer was pretty darn quick, .. The promise of the series best titles -- "Lessons In Murder,""Fatal Reunion," "Body Guard," and "Inner Circle" -- has been wasted. I gave No.14 three stars only because of the initial promise it showed. ... Read more


88. Death by Death (Denise Cleever Thrillers)
by Claire McNab
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Asin: 1931513341
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Bella Books
Sales Rank: 136471
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Undercover agent Denise Cleever is used to putting her life on the line—but now she’s in a situation where her sanity is at risk.

In Australia, a young British woman with a bomb strapped to her body embraces a visiting American senator--and activates the device. In Paris, a young woman stabs a leading French intellectual to death and then ritually disembowels herself.

Is it a coincidence that both were patients of charismatic psychiatrist, Dr. Graeme Thorwell? Has Thorwell found a way to turn troubled young people into directed murderers who will kill on command?

For Australian Security Intelligence Organization Agent Denise Cleever, this will prove to be the most perilous of assignments as she joins the staff of Dr. Thorwell’s exclusive Easehaven Clinic…where it seems both body and mind are equally under threat. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale from beginning to end
The latest Denise Cleever mystery by Claire McNab, Death By Death is a thrilling tale of deceit, suspense, and the physical and psychological ritual of destroying human minds and free will. Australian Security Intelligence Organization agent Denise Cleever must unravel the hidden dark purpose of an exclusive clinic whose charismatic psychiatrist appears to be turning its troubled patients into directed suicide assassins. A gripping tale from beginning to end, Death By Death will keep the reader riveted until the very end.

4-0 out of 5 stars Too short
This is another in the series of books about Denise Cleever, secret agent for the Australian government. It has the typical McNab development, there is a problem, Cleever goes undercover to solve it and meets a woman she shouldn't be attracted to, but can't help herself. Actually, the book is good SHORT reading and that's the point. The book is only 180+ pages long and there isn't a lot of character development. If you're looking for short escapism, McNab will never disappoint you, but her books are just too short and don't contain enough story in them. Now that the market in lesbian literature is expanding, she's dropping into the second tier of authors. Naiad was famous for publishing short novels like this, but those days are rapidly disappearing. McNab needs to catch up to the times. ... Read more


89. The Actor's Guide to Murder
by Rick Copp
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 281708
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Funny mystery of a different Hollywood
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Author Rick Copp does a wonderful job portraying the Hollywood that lies under the glamour that we see on television and in the magazines. Stars sell themselves for a few bucks, let their egos be defined by today's role, and let the media define their relationships and their honesty. Copp's descriptions and dialogue are frequently laugh-out-loud funny and Jarrod makes a convincing and sympathetic character. Mystery readers are likely to guess the killer a long time before Jarrod does, but that doesn't keep this short mystery from being an enjoyable read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A FUN RIDE THROUGH MURDEROUS HOLLYWOOD
The Actor's Guide to Murder by Rick Copp is a wonderfully entertaining read, and a pretty darn good who done it as well. This charming story of a once famous child star determined to get to the bottom of his friend's death kept me burning the midnight oil. The book is full of interesting characters, and manages to maintain a good but not overblown sense of humor throughout. I was particularly fond of the twins, but I don't want to say any more about them, as I don't want to give anything about the murder plot away. I found the narrator and main character, former child star Jarrod Jarvis, to be well rounded and totally believable, and I found his butch but sensitive boyfriend Charlie the cop to be every gay man's dream...well at least mine. I love a book that has a strong and loving gay relationship at its core. The Actor's Guide to Murder does not disappoint on this score. With many an unexpected twist and turn, I found this book to be a fun filled ride through the murderous hills of Hollywood. I could not put it down! I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny and fast-paced
When 1980s teen icon Jarrod Jarvis is caught kissing another boy at the L.A. Gay Rodeo, "his star fades faster than a Kathie Lee Gifford CD" according to the dust jacket. That blurb alone convinced me to pick up the book and check out the first chapter. Boy, am I glad, too. Finally, a gay mystery that features characters who happen to be gay. The self-deprecating humor and vicious in-jokes made me chuckle aloud--a rare feat when I read. The story itself is standard cozy mystery fare, and I identified the killer halfway through, yet, unlike with other mysteries, once I thought I had the killer pegged, I still wanted to read to see how our hero figured it out.

Well written, breezy, with memorable characters and a terrific sense of humor. Recommended for all but the homophobic right-wing uncle we all have....

5-0 out of 5 stars serio-comic amateur sleuth
He grew up on a Friday night sitcom and everyone adored him until he was caught making out with a male teenager at a gay rodeo. That picture in the paper torpedoed his career but his parents invested his money wisely so Jarrod Davis doesn't have to work a day in his life if he chooses not too. He still wants to act so he makes the rounds but is committed to his live-in lover Charlie and their Pekinese dog Snickers.

At an audition Jarrod runs into his first love Willard Ray Hornsby, and his friend wins the part. Jarrod invites him to his home to celebrate getting the role and his birthday but Willard never arrives. Jarrod and Charlie check on Willard only to find him floating dead in his pool. The coroner rules it an accidental death but Jarrod is sure it is murdered and he intends to prove it at any cost.

THE ACTOR'S GUIDE TO MURDER is a serio-comic amateur sleuth novel featuring a stubborn, but lovable hero who risks his own life to see that justice prevails. His long-suffering lover and roommate has to keep getting him out of dangerous situations that makes for some very funny conversations between the two. Jarrod manages in his own indubitable fashion to make enemies of everyone. One other point of interest is that the hero believes his friend was murdered because his psychic predicted it.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars Witty And Fun...
If Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris got together with Sue Grafton and Agatha Christie, the result would probably be something very close to Rick Copp's fabulously entertaining debut novel, "The Actor's Guide To Murder".

Every once in a while a new voice in fiction comes along and spins an old genre in an exciting new direction. Copp does this brilliantly: refracting the classic mystery franchise formula through prism of smart social satire that is so effective because it's never caught trying. The mystery is full of fun twists, the characters are quirky and real, the Hollywood setting vivid. Most of all, the book is knee-slappingly funny. What more could you ask for...? (Except, perhaps, his next book!) ... Read more


90. Shaman's Moon: A Stoner McTavish Mystery (Stoner McTavish Mystery)
by Sarah Dreher
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
Sales Rank: 391207
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly crafted mystery
Again Dreher brings us to a place where we discover new worlds and a deep respect and love for our own creative powers and those of the larger realm. Shaman's Moon won the LAMBDA literary award this year for best lesbian mystery and it is a richly deserved honor. Finally, a book is honored that explores more than our sexual side. It must be her work as a clinical psychologist that enhances her compassion and empathy for her characters. This book is several cuts above the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alternative Empowerment
Sarah Dreher is one of the most well-intended authors I have read. Every novel presents us with endearing lesbian role models and situations that promote the healing and empowering of the lesbian psyche. For some, this novel could offend because that very empowerment comes at the expense of Jesus Christ and born-again Christians, but this is intentional and perhaps necessary. The novel's power comes from the splicing of female-friendly psychology and religion onto the campfire ghost story. Maybe Dreher falls short by replacing religious scepticism with shamanistic belief, but there is no godless alternative that's any less a matter of belief as she so well demonstrates in Stoner's inner struggles. ... Read more


91. Existing Solutions: A Novel
by Jennifer L. Jordan
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Catlog: Book (1993-08-01)
Publisher: Our Power Pr
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92. Vampire Thrall : A Novel
by Michael Schiefelbein
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 404462
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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He's back. Once a Roman officer rejected as a lover by -Jesus of Nazareth, now a vampire still haunted by Jesus after two millenia of grisly revenge in monasteries around the world, Victor Decimus returns to his hometown, the Eternal City of Rome. At the Monastery of San Benedetto, "Brother Victor" continues his campaign of defiance against the Christian God, while remaining near his first love, whose apparitions have never ceased. Meanwhile, across the ocean in a small Kansas town, the gentle, sensuous artist Paul Lewis sees strange visions of a shadowy vampire. When he is hired to illuminate a new manuscript of the gospels undertaken by the monks of San Benedetto, Paul goes to Rome and falls in love with the bold Brother Victor. Sensing danger in this handsome visitor, Victor resists his attraction to Paul until the young artist witnesses Victor committing murder. Unwilling to destroy Paul, Victor transforms him into his vampire thrall. In a limbo between the living and the undead, Paul may choose full life as a vampire, but not without a price: the release of his beloved Victor to the Dark Kingdom and his own solitary existence for 200 years as stalker of the night. Complicating this choice, the strange force that caused Paul's early visions now aims to turn Paul against his vampire creator. And Victor must defeat this powerful opponent before it is too late.

Michael Schiefelbein is the author of Vampire Vow. After spending 10 years studying for the priesthood, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a doctorate in English. He has lived in Italy and Washington, D.C., and now resides in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is a professor of writing and literature.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Better then the first book! More sex, blood, and Victor!
I was not as impressed by Vampire Vow as I have been by the second in the series, Vampire Thrall. In this book there is more of everything. There is more of a relationship that Victor so longed for in the first book. This book has intimacy and longing in it that the first book lacked. There is still the ever-present Taboo of Jesus being a homosexual and Victor being in love with him; however in this book Victor is able to over ride his longing for Joshu, and find a love in Paul that can finally last the tests and trials that is the Vampire Victor. Although, this is a better book then Vampire Vow, I would definitely read it, as all of the same characters in the first book are also present in Vampire Thrall. If you like to read books that has violence, vampires, ghosts, and gay erotica; then this is the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the third...
Vampire Thrall was twice as long as Vampire Vow and twice as entertaining. Instead of gore, this novel centers around the supernatural, including many apparitions that Victor (the vampire) would like to forget.

Schiefelbein creates a unique perspective of the story by switching between the two main characters for each chapter. Vampire Thrall brings back the lovable Victor and introduces his new consort, Paul. The story takes place in modern day Rome in yet another cloister.

On a side note, one of the many interesting things that drew me to this sequel, were the aspects of monastic life. Even though this was a purely leisurely read, I found myself learning a great deal about monks and their way of life. I never would have thought this would happen because of a vampire novel.

This book is very gory and very graphic, and not for the faint of heart. If you're looking for a vampire book with some real "bite" (haha) then this is the one for you. If you're offended by male on male "activities" and the idea of Jesus being an ultimate conquest, steer away from this quick.

Schiefelbein has a knack for creating characters. He has a wonderful fluidity to his writing that I really enjoy. I hope he writes a third book in this series. I eagerly await his next novel.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unusual and Disturbing
This is an extremely unique and captivating novel of a relationship of two gay men, one being a 2000 year old Vampire and the other an artist. The story is based in a monastery in Rome, where the two meet. Victor, the Vampire has taken recluse, under the guise of a monk and Paul, the artist from Kansas has been given an assignment of doing the illuminations of a manuscript of the gospels.

For those who are Catholic or devote followers of any religion will find this book very disturbing and may in fact not choose to finish the book. Not only is the gay sex very graphic and constant, but Victor's defiling of the monks and all things held reverent by religious people may be enough to turn your stomach. It's hard to believe that the author, Michael Schiefelbein, is said to have studied for the priesthood for 10 years. One gets the feeling that Mr. Schiefelbein had some very bad experiences during his studies and was either thrown out or left in such poor terms that nothing but spite and hatred are left.

The underlying story is actually a good one and if you can get beyond the gay sex and the religious perversity, it's very captivating. Due to developing situations, Victor transforms Paul into his Thrall, a being who is part human and part Vampire. There is a huge stake involved for both of their futures and the story intensifies as the stakes get higher.

1-0 out of 5 stars BORING
I hated this book. It was a piece of junk. If you want to read REAL vampire books read Laurell K Hamilton's books. They make sense! The first book is called guilty pleasures. ... Read more


93. Give My Secrets Back: An Alison Kaine Mystery
by Kate Allen
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Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good One
The fire scene is worth the read all by itself.
It takes you totally to fantasy land and then brings you back to the comedy of every day life.

All of Kate Allen's books are like this and I applaud her ability to weave fantasy, comedy, the lesbian and leather lifestyles and mystery into the everyday people that make her stories.

You can't go wrong buying Kate Allen books.

3-0 out of 5 stars good read, but copyeditor slept through some flaws
I liked this story a lot, but some grammar almost kept me from reading the novel. The first paragraph seemed like a run on sentence. During the fire play scene, the tense switched from third person to second person, which distracted me. If you get past these flaws the editor should have caught, the story is a fast read and worth the struggle.

4-0 out of 5 stars Give My Secrets Back
So many lesbian books are about individuals or couples or small groups of lesbians. Kate Allen brings the community into her books and gives almost everyone a small role in what is happening in the book. Naturally, this gives you more choices of whodunit, but it is the thrill of figuring it out. Alison Kane is a great character...she is not this fearless woman (Xena type). She has her strong and weak points and this makes her vulnerable. Alison Kane could be any one of us. I love Kate's Allen's books and her writing. It is easy to read and flows well. I share her books with all my friends. :o)

5-0 out of 5 stars a quick, thrilling read, ready for mainstream readership
serendipity - i discovered kate allen by accident while searching for books set in denver. i've just ordered her other three alison kaine mysteries, and i'm holding my breath waiting for the postal service. the characters are engaging, the plot is gripping, but kate allen's strongest point is her snappy, wry commentary about life in a close-knit community where mutual respect and equality seem to be paramount but the reality is a clear hierarchy of sexual proclivities. People pretend acceptance and support while silently condemning the choices of others, characters struggle with self-acceptance versus self-transformation, and the inevitable ex'es that hover on the periphery of the group are never excluded. We're supposed to beleive it's because the gay community is so mature and tightly-knit, but it's obvious that they're merely another whip to engage in self-flagellation, one of the group's binding ingredients. kate allen uses the groups' chemistry to alternately withhold and reveal secrets, and it works like a charm. Read it! ... Read more


94. Boy Toy : A Mark Manning Mystery (Craft, Michael, Mark Manning Series.)
by Michael Craft
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Stonewall Inn Mysteries
Sales Rank: 149852
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Mark Manning gave up a career as a prominent journalist at a major daily newspaper in Chicago to take over as the owner and publisher of the Dumont Daily Register, the daily newspaper in a small Wisconsin town. Living there with his lover, architect Neil Waite, and his nephew and ward Thad Quatrain, Mark's life in Dumont is usually quiet.

At the moment, the biggest news is the forthcoming production of a new play by the local community theater group. Two local teenage boys are alternating in the lead role - one is Jason Thrush, a gregarious and somewhat egotistical athlete, and the other is Thad Quatrain. When Jason and Thad have a verbal clash during rehearsal, it is quickly forgotten by almost everyone involved. But when Jason turns up dead on opening night - leaving Thad to take over the lead role - the local gossip turns against Thad. Jason's death is soon proved to be murder and, even though he has not been charged, opinion about town has all but convicted Thad of the crime.

Sure that Thad is innocent, Mark, with the help of his lover and friends, is determined to publicly clear Thad's name. But that means finding out exactly what happened to Jason Thrush on that fatal day and Manning's investigation may place him and his loved ones in mortal danger.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Fun but ultimately transparent
I've really enjoyed the Mark Manning series. They're fun, the characters are enjoyable, the writing is usually well done, and not only am I usually unable to solve the mystery until Mark does it himself, I find myself laughing the whole way through. But this latest offering left me disappointed. I still had fun, I still laughed, and I still enjoyed the read; but eighty pages into the novel I had already figured out "who dunnit" and was ready to strangle the protaganist with the sheer strength of my frustration.

Boy Toy delves deeper into Mark Manning's new life in Dumont, WI, as the publisher of a small-town newspaper. He's started an unconventional family with his partner, having become the guardian of his 16-year old nephew, Thad. It is around Thad that the plot of Boy Toy revolves. Staring in a community-theatre play, Thad's costar is found dead under suspicious circumstances, and suspicion quickly turns to our protaganist's ward. Mark immediately sets off to discover the true identity of the murderer, simultaneously clearing Thad's name.

To put it simply, the author has become too formulaic. He's following the same formula for each and every one of his books, and the mystery is disappearing. It's not so much a mystery or even a riddle as it is a puzzle... and once you figure out how the puzzle was designed, it's easy to solve. The character's are still enjoyable (Craft's skill in this arena has not waned) and it was a fun read if only to keep up on Mark and Neil's lives. The setting is well crafted and truly does read like a small town in Wisconsin. But if you've read a few other books in the Manning series, you know where this one is going.

To his credit, Craft throws a last minute curve, a nice little plot twist, in the last ten pages. But this curve isn't so much a neck-wrenching 180 as it is a modest 5 degree bend in the road. Buy and read only if you've enjoyed the characters and want to see what's going on in their lives... skip it if you're looking for a real mystery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Passions
Mark Manning's adopted son Thad becomes the prime suspect when the fellow lead in a local play is found murdered. Mark, with the help of his friends and lover Neil, must untangle the complex motivations to find out who actually killed the boy Jason, and clear Thad before the community acts on its popular opinions. The strength of the Manning series is the relationship between Mark and Neil, as well as the parent-child relationship they have with Thad. There's just nothing else like it! It's not often where we get to read about a male couple's love, emotionally and physically. Meanwhile, the mystery plot twists and swerves to an unexpected conclusion. Leave it to Michael Craft to continue surprising his fans and raising the bar for modern mysteries and gay fiction.

2-0 out of 5 stars So-So
I was looking for something a little kinkier with some pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the whole series
I just love this book. The end is the best. Enough said. Just read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A joy to read!
I picked up the Mark Manning Series 3 months ago. To-date I have read the first 5 books in the series and have enjoyed all of them. However "Boy Toy", which I just finished, is exceptionally great. The plot is masterfully crafted. I thought I guessed the identity of the killer but I was wrong. And of course I am delighted with the renewed emphasis on Mark's and Neil's relationship in "Boy Toy" because their love seems to have cooled down after "Flight of Dreams". Suspenseful and laced with erotism, "Boy Toy" is a must read. Mr Craft, please do not let us wait too long for the 7th book. ... Read more


95. Ice Blues (Stonewall Inn Mystery)
by Richard Stevenson
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Catlog: Book (1995-12-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 189796
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Shocked to discover the body of the grandson of the godfather of Albany's political machine in his car, P.I. Donald Strachey knows he is in for trouble. But when he learns that the murder victim left a $2.5 million legacy with instructions that it be used to destroy that machine, along with a personal letter to Strachey asking for his help, his suspicions are confirmed. Faced with power-brokers at all levels, Albany's only gay P.I. tries to fulfill the dead man's mission-with his own survival at stake.
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5-0 out of 5 stars ICE, ICE, BABY....
Albany's only gay P.I. takes on that city's political machine when he finds a murdered man planted in his car.

Smooth and funny, but with a definite kick, the third Strachey mystery never fails to entertain although the plot leans more toward the zany than suspenseful. As with fine scotch, you can soak up this book in one sitting and be giggling outloud before you know it.

The relationship between Strachey and his lover Timmy is featured more prominently here than in any of the other six novels, making this one of my favorites. The Timmy and Donald partnership is (for my money) the most intelligent, believable and entertaining in gay mysterydom. In almost any mysterydom, for that matter. By book three I feel I know these two, and I like them very much. Enough to keep coming back for more ... Read more


96. No Witnesses
by Nancy Sanra
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Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
Publisher: Rising Tide Press (AZ)
Sales Rank: 700684
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This cliff-hanger of a mystery set in San Franciso, introduces Detective Tally McGinnis, the brains and brawn behind the Phoenix Detective Agency.But Tally has no great skill when protecting her own heart. So, when her ex-lover Pamela Tresdale is arrested for the grisly murder of a wealthy Texas heiress, Tally rushes to the rescue.Despite friends' warnings, Tally is drawn into Pamela's web of deception and betrayal, as she attempts to clear her and find the real killer.Memorable characters, crisp dialogue, and non-stop action make this a gripping whodunit.Look for the sequel NO ESCAPE. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
One of the most suspenseful books that I have read in a long time. Well written and researched. Good plot and lots of twists and turns to keep interest high. Enjoyed every page. ... Read more


97. Going Down for the Count
by David Stukas
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Germanic Romp!
What a totally fun book.Mr. Stukas has once again permitted a peek at the madcap lives of Michael, Robert, and Monette.These three characters take the reader on a literal and literary romp thru New York and Germany.Michael, as usual, is consumed with sex; Robert is searching for love, and Monette is along as the "fixer-upper" for all of Robert's conjugal and legal dramas.This is a fun WHODUNIT, with twists and turns that will amuse and intrigue. Mr. Stukas's wit is hilarious.THIS IS A GREAT SUMMER READ!. Don't miss it.

4-0 out of 5 stars More fun and campy murder from Stukas...
The second wonderful David Stukas humour-mystery series about two gay men and a lesbian, this one was just as much campy, snarky fun!

Very much in the style of the first book, 'Someone Killed His Boyfriend,' the fun in this book is certainly not in taking it seriously, but in revelling in the characterizations of the trio: Strong-Like-Dumptruck (and Smart-Like-Dumptruck) Michael, Gosh-Darned-Naive Robert, and the towering Amazon (and mystery novel loving) Monette.

Monette is stealing my heart as the best literary fun lesbian ever written (At one point, she's got it all figured out, but won't tell anyone because there's a storm front moving in and she wants to gather all the possible individuals around a dinner table and announce the killer that way - just like in mystery books! You gotta love it).

This time, Robert, the ne'er love well voice from the first novel, gets a chance at a gosh-darned real relationshp: a rich and wonderful German Count seems to fall for him, hard, and whisks him away from life, work, and other dreary events.It's the lap of luxury, with a possessive German Count that loves him with a fiery passion (and leather and other costume accoutrements), and it all seems too good to be true.The count seems willing to do anything for Robert... And gets killed.

Robert is left as suspect number one in the murder.Alas, his rich Count might have had a few skelletons (or at least rubber priest outfits and riding saddles) in his closet, and obviously, one of them is worth killing him over... So what's a gay man like Robert Wislop to do in a fabulous German Palace, dead lover growing cold, and suspician growing hotter? Call in his lesbian friend Monette to figure it out (and hope that his imfamous gay friend Michael doesn't end up sleeping with every policeman who is supposed to be finding the real killer)...

These are a blast, and there's a new one on the way! I, for one, can't wait.I fear that too many take the series too seriously.Turn up your camp sensors and just enjoy.

'Nathan

5-0 out of 5 stars Outrageous Fun
Once again Stukas has struck!...This book is great beach/poolside reading.Silly, witty, sarcastic, and clever are words which describe the antics in this whodunit.Don't miss this one.It is PURE ENTERTAINMENT.

5-0 out of 5 stars DATING ROYALITY CAN BE MURDER AND FUN, TOO!
Welcome the return of Robert, everyone�s gay (but somewhat schlumppy and Midwestern) best friend and totally underpaid copywriter (gads, it sounds like I�m describing myself) in David Stukas� follow up to his 2001 SOMEONE KILLED HIS BOYFRIEND comic mystery. I had a couple of reservations in regard to that book, in that I felt that the characters of Michael, a fabulously wealthy and totally obnoxious megaslut and Monette, your typical stereotypical lesbian were somewhat one dimensional. In the latest book Stukas has grown more comfortable with has characters and as a result they�ve become more defined with the early rough edges now polished. Actually, I am now convinced that Michael is intended to be totally one dimensional, which makes him like people we have all known and still loved in spite of it all.

In this book it�s Robert�s turn to find true love in the person of Count Siegfried von Schmidt, which naturally sends the rejected and dejected Michael into outrageous fits of jealously inspired one-upmanship. But as they say love is blind, and as the count whisks Robert off in his Lear jet, we (along with Michael and Monette) know that something is rotten in Denmark which is strange since the count has taken Robert to his castle in Germany. Anyway, the plot twists and thickens in a Marxian fun sort of way, and we all know what�s going to happen long before it does, or before Robert finally realizes it. It isn�t often that you want to shout at a character in a book warning him not to open that door or some such thing. But, look what audience participation did for The Rocky Horror Movie!

Rest assured that Michael [surpasses] his previous performances, and Robert and Monette�s practical jokes reach new slapstick lows. Hey, what can I say?If you were looking for great literature, you�d never pick up this book with its typical Kensington Kartoon Kover. But since we all need something to laugh about these days, you won�t go wrong with this book. (And the next one, since Sutkas is hard at work on his followup.)

5-0 out of 5 stars GOING BACK FOR MORE!
I read David Stukas's first novel, SOMEONE KILLED HIS BOYFRIEND in trade paperback and thought it was great. At the end of that book there was a teaser for GOING DOWN FOR THE COUNT. The little that I read made me want to read more, so I bought the book and I'm glad I did. The book's terrific!It's just as funny as the first. I can't wait to read Dave's next installment! ... Read more


98. Epitaph for an Angel : A Connor Hawthorne Mystery (Connor Hawthorne Mystery)
by Lauren Maddison
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Connor Hawthorne and Laura Nez travel to Boston to attend the funeral of Catherine Pettigrew, the mother of Connor_s college friend and former lover, Grace. Before the funeral, Grace reveals to Connor that she is troubled over the manner of her mother_s death, and Grace_s concern is made graver by the sudden appearance of a sibling she never knew she had. Even worse, the mysterious -sibling appears to have inherited the lion_s share of Catherine_s sizable estate. Connor_s attention, however, is diverted by the presence of her own mother, Amanda, with whom Connor has not spoken in years.

Matters take a horrifying turn when the limousine carrying Amanda and Grace_s aunt, Florence Earnhardt, is forced off the Fore River Bridge and plunges into the water, killing all the occupants. Joining forces to investigate the deaths of Catherine, Florence, and Amanda is the stalwart cast from the previous Connor Hawthorne mysteries, including Connor_s father, Benjamin; FBI agent Ayalla Franklin; and Washington, D.C., police captain Malcolm Jefferson. Their investigation uncovers a Pettigrew family conspiracy dating from 17th-century America through Hitler_s Third Reich into present day. What is the nature of the special gift of the Pettigrew family, and will Grace use it for good or for evil?

Lauren Maddison is the author of three previous Connor Hawthorne mysteries: Deceptions, Witchfire, and Death by Prophecy, all three of which were Lambda Literary Award finalists. She has lived in so many places even she has lost track of them, but she now makes her home in Southern California.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading!
Nice, suspenseful plot, kept me turning the pages. Lots of twists and turns, plenty of surprises. I like the way Maddison slips easily between planes of reality, without making her readers confused. Good job! My only complaint about the book is that it could have used a good proofreader. Lots and lots of typos, which I find quite distracting when I'm reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best one yet!
Lauren Maddison just keeps getting better and better! The latest installment in her "Connor Hawthorne" series is the best one yet! Mystery, intrigue, and the supernatural make for a mix of non-stop action from beginning to end. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this author and series, start today! Maddison is definitely a rising star in the publishing world and Connor Hawthorne the next Scarpetta! ... Read more


99. Tell Me What You Like
by Kate Allen
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Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars From mystery to sociology
I have been enjoying this series because the books work on many levels. They are all good mysteries with excellent characters.
But Allen also looks at the various social divisions within the lesbian community and how these divisions have real boundaries around them. Of course, Allen's characters try to break down some of these barriers, but these barriers sometimes get in the way of the murder investigation, making these social divisions very real.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can a quilt maker also be an S&M dominatrix?
To be truthful, I was reluctant to buy this book because of the S&M aspect of it but Kate Allen makes it funny! Allison Kaine is a cop whose vacation was ruined because some friends bowed out on her. Ever the optimist, Allison is determined to have a miserable week and goes off to sulk at a park where she meets Stacy, the goalie for a lesbian soccer team. The two of them hit it off and find that they both like to quilt. What Allison finds out rather quickly is what Stacy does for a living - she is a dominatrix giving women their S&M fantasies for a price. Allison is a bit confused by all of this and tries to find out what she can about it. Stacy is upset when she finds out Allison is not into leather - she is tired, as she says of giving lessons in S&M 101. However, their attraction to each other is undeniable. Meanwhile, while all of this is going on, several lesbians have been murdered, all of whom were clients of Stacy. Allison doesn't want to think Stacy is involved but her cop's mind can't let go of the possibility. Kate Allen is witty and funny and doesn't just have a go at S&M but also new age lesbians and back to nature lesbians and with all the people involved and everything going on, it still manages to make sense in the end. A good read and the ending is very exciting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tell Me What You Like
This book sizzled with enticement. It couldn't get to the part I really wanted between Stacy and Alison, but it was well worth the wait. Character development and actual ground work for the major plot were excellent. Kate brings you right on the set. The waiting is what makes a book good. Couldn't lay it down!

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny AND exciting lesbian detective fiction - Great Stuff!
The first Alison Kaine novel and first novel written by Kate Allen that I read. I orginally gave this as a birthday present but then 'retrieved' it to read myself. Unfortunately I never returned it and this is now a book that I have read at least 5 times!

That is what makes it such good detective fiction - when you know who has done it and why, yet it still makes for great reading. The reason for this is that the characters are credible, funny and I would like them to be my friends as well. Every lesbian knows an Alison, a Michelle, a Janka and would like to know a Stacey! The gay and lesbian community is well described, as is Denver.

Murder, quilting, two-stepping, football and an excellent story - what more could you ask for in a dyke detective novel? Let's have lots more!

1-0 out of 5 stars Tell me what there is to like about this book?
I can tell you what I like, and it isn't this book! Too many gratuitous characters, adding serious confusion to an already tangled and convoluted plot. In fact, I'm still not sure what this book was supposed to be about.

I think the main thing that destroyed this book for me (besides the nifty example of a deux ex machina ending) was that I didn't like the main character at all. In fact, I didn't like any of the characters!!! If I did start to think one of the characters was at least interesting, she got dropped from the story and a new, unlikeable one would pop up.

My friend liked the pic on the front cover and borrowed the book...The inevitable phone call: "So, when does it start getting good?"

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100. When It's Love
by Beverly Shearer
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Anyone steeped in lesbian romances of the Naiad school will recognize at once what Beverly Shearer is up to in her debut novel, an escapist romance about a woman who loves to escape into the world of Western novels. Kindly computer programmer Melia Ellis keeps allowing her seductive but violent girlfriend Dana back into her life because she's the only person who can make Melia feel alive. We know Dana is evil when she ridicules Melia's choice in reading, and we tremble--book in hand--when Dana argues that Melia has been hiding behind books instead of releasing herself to passion. No wonder Melia is so curiously open-minded when Parker McCallem, a white-hatted, spurs-wearing butch dyke from the 1860s, drops into her office cubicle from the crawl space in the ceiling. When It's Love has all the hallmarks of both lesbian romances and pulp Westerns: predictable dialogue, thin characters, and a black-and-white moral code. But it also offers the characteristic pleasures of both genres. There is no confusing right and wrong here, the villains are strung up in the town square, and there's a happy ending for Melia. --Regina Marler ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars ... ... this is a very good read
... This novel took me a couple of days to read, instead of my usual couple of hours, and held my interest throughout. I thought the characters were interesting and well drawn, not thin at all. And the 'villains', well, actually only one character, does not have a predicatable 'ending'. I've been sorely disappointed with some purchases lately, but not this one. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief
If you're going to read fiction, you know that sometimes you have to believe in the unusual. What do you do for a kind young woman who is caught in a terrible relationship and can only escape by reading Western novels and dreaming of living in those days? Melia finds herself trapped in a world where she doesn't feel at ease and stuck with a relationship that is dangerous, but she can't seem to avoid. After she's beaten up enough times, she convinces herself that relationships are meant to be that way for her. Now, drop into her life Parker, a female outlaw from old Denver who falls through a rip in time and lands in Melia's office building. Parker hides in the walkway above the ceiling and tries to make sense out of what has happened to her. Fortunately, she chooses to hide above Melia's cubicle and, by observing her every day, comes to believe that Melia is someone she can trust to help her out of this situation. If you're Melia, what do you do when everything you've been dreaming about suddenly drops out of the ceiling after work one day and starts to tell you a fantastic story? How will they work it out? Can two worlds be brought together? And what about the brutal ex (maybe) girlfriend? If you suspend your disbelief, you'll find that you like this book. It's worth your time. ... Read more


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