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101. For Every Evil (Jane Lawless Mysteries
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102. Takes One to Know One: An Allison
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103. Murder at Willow Slough
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104. Murder at the Nightwood Bar :
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105. Commitment to Die: A Kristin Ashe
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106. Packing Mrs. Phipps : A Jo Jacuzzo
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107. A Cold Case of Murder
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108. Deceptions
109. Textbook Murders
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110. Cyanide Wells
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111. Love's Last Chance
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112. Death Club
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113. Small g: A Summer Idyll
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114. 1st Impressions: A Cassidy James
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115. Dead Egotistical Morons: A Paul
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116. Amateur City : A Kate Delafield
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117. Deadly Butterfly : a Toni Underwood
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118. Just a Little Lie: An Alison Kaine
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119. Blood Link: The 15th Detective
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120. Allergic Reaction (A Debutante

101. For Every Evil (Jane Lawless Mysteries (Paperback))
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Asin: 0345381904
Catlog: Book (1995-06-27)
Publisher: Fawcett
Sales Rank: 487718
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When powerful Minneapolis art critic Hale Micklenberg is murdered, there aren't too many mourners. A master of the bad review, Micklenberg was bad news for a lot of people.

Food critic Sophie Greenway is nonetheless troubled to learn that her college-student son could be involved in the murder. But so could a host of others -- including Hale Micklenberg's artworld colleagues, various so-called friends, and the not-so-bereaved widow. ... Read more

102. Takes One to Know One: An Allison Kaine Mystery
by Kate Allen
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
Sales Rank: 571619
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Back up to standards
I LOVED the first book in this series, but was a little disappointed with the second. This book returns to the high level of the first. The characters are very well written and the interplay is realistic.
The only complaint I have is the use of Spanish at the beginning. One of the clues is in Spanish, but anyone who does not speak the language (like me) is going to miss it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Takes One is Allen's funniest
This third installment in Kate Allen's Allison Kaine mystery series continues to be my favorite. Allison, a Denver police officer and her best friend Michelle travel south to spend a peaceful, long, working retreat weekend on womyn's land near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The weekend takes several unexpected turns as Stacy, Allison's girlfriend and a professional dominatrix, shows up to make peace after a recent argument. Uninformed of the commune's strict rules, Stacy and her best friend, Liz set up "Fun Camp" outside the Land. Well provisioned with caffeine and alcohol, they become the local entertainment and outlet for the less pure retreat members. Predictably, arguments concerning feminism and the leather community flare up in the desert heat.

Despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, Stacy and Allison still manage to find time for... Allison and company do a wonderful job of humanizing that feminist taboo- s/m. In depicting intelligent, caring women with ordinary jobs (except for Stacy . . .), bills, and pets, Allen creates cognitive dissidence for people who demonize the leather community.

Allison and Stacy aren't the only ones indulging their... Away from the strain of domestic life with her girlfriend and their colicky baby, Michelle is expressing more than a professional interest in Persimmon, a fellow glass artist, and one of the commune sponsors.

Soon, Sarah Embraces-All-Things, the commune spiritual leader, a bully, and possibly a fraud, is discovered dead in the sweat lodge. Allison, suffering from a recently diagnosed chronic illness, struggles to sort out her professional responsibility as a police officer and her role as a supportive lesbian. Several members of the retreat appear happy to call Sarah's death an accident. Are they protecting a murderer?

Allen succeeds in poking fun at all the complexities and contradictions of the lesbian, gay, and feminist community without being malicious -- a great temptation, particularly over some of the issues. -- and conveys intelligent ambivalence over controversial issues. As the characters struggle with their interactions, political views, and the question of Sarah's death, Allen points out how very funny lesbians can be while she consistently displays compassion for the women that make up our community. All of Allen's novels are intelligent, humorous, and worth buying but this is still my favorite to date.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kate Allen goes from strength to strength
Another great dyke thriller from Kate Allen. The characters that she has created, Denver cop Allison, dominatrix girl-friend Stacey, best friend the ever-so PC Michelle, lawyer Liz and all the others are further developed in this great novel. This is coupled with a very exciting plot line which challenges many lesbian hang-ups, particulary those around trans-gendered people.

The murder victim is so nasty that you can only cheer when she is killed and Allison's frustration at her attempts to assert patriarchal laws on wimmin's land are well described.

Yet it is the small things that make me long for more Kate Allen novels. Allison dealing with her fears around disabilty and Michelle fighting for independence with a baby in her home are the kind of things that offer insights into the characters and make me want to know more.

This is coupled with a great sense of humour - I have actually laughed out loud while reading Kate Allen. Stacey's and Liz's Fun-camp, Michelle as City Pony, Allison wanting to talk about her cat in Spanish (I've been there!)all make these the funniest series of dyke detective novels I have ever read.

Kate Allen, please, please (I'd bark like a dog!) write more about this fantastic bunch of dykes and their friends. ... Read more

103. Murder at Willow Slough
by Josh Thomas
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Asin: 059515686X
Catlog: Book (2001-03-20)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
Sales Rank: 399612
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Jamie Foster has a lot going for him—he’s young, blond and handsome, with an exciting career as a journalist. Then his life falls apart. Kent Kessler is a winner, too, a good-looking athlete and the youngest sergeant in state police history. Assigned to investigate a Gay murder, he comes up clueless. He teams with Jamie to track down the killer, and soon confronts a mind-boggling conspiracy.

Murder at Willow Slough is simultaneously terrifying, tough and tender, as two very different men stare down danger and discover the truth: the only defense against evil is people who care for each other.

"A gripping mystery that will keep fans of the genre enthralled from first page to last. Added to the mix is a warm romance... (Jamie) Foster finds himself face to face with the enemy in a heart-stopping scene that will have you on the edge of your seat... You'll find yourself often holding your breath."—The Letter (Louisville, KY)

"There are distinct flashes of Thomas Harris-like brilliance here, bringing to mind the evil exuding from the pages when Hannibal Lecter did something naughty. There are twists and turns aplenty. There are secrets within conspiracies, and many of the characters are not what they seem to be."—Gay People’s Chronicle

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5-0 out of 5 stars Two Main Men
Well, now, here's the thing about this book: It has explicitly developed and consistent characterization--of two wonderfully smart, honest (and goodlooking) critters who are so admirable, yet likable and human, that you'd want your daughter (or your son) to date them.

Straight women can take to the different strengths that define Jamie's and Kent's masculinity and adopt them with comfort, getting into the mystery and high-tension plot along with their husbands; gay men will never--I mean never--find better heroes!

Yet Kent and Jamie don't seem so fictional after their painstaking character development in this gripping story. Read it as a mystery thriller. Read it to analyze how natural, fluent dialog can more than sustain a style that is stingy with its description. Sail through its 500+ pages as quickly as through a fast-paced novella. You will suspect from the crisp, clean writing that this author has integrity like his two main men, not to mention a grip on a host of other interesting and essential characters--some charming, some evil.

Get in on the ground floor with Thomas' first novel about his two lovable hunks--one gay, one straight but flexible. No telling where he will take them next. After all, it does appear at the end of this one that they could be falling in love.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Great Book! Perfect in Suspense and Humor!
I am very impressed with this book. Yes, the length, 529 pages, is quite large, but it reads very fast. This is the story of a hot-shot Gay reporter named Jamie Foster that has been tracking a series of 12 gay-related murders for over 4 years (the murders have been happening for 12+ years). Jamie is a very hot-looking, attractive, and well educated person.

After another murder happens right near his hometown, he gets involved in the case with Indiana State Trooper Kent Kessler, a former pro-baseball player, and also highly attractive. The suspense in this book is very well written and really keeps you on the edge of your seat. The Author has done an excellent job in assisting the reader in developing an image of what is happening, thus transporting you there as a bystander.

There were times I found myself wanting to get involved in the case. Guessing who was involved, and where were the good and bad guys.

Hats off to Josh Thomas for creating an excellent book of murder, suspense, and a bit of romance. In addition to creating a book that is a very easy and smooth reading experience.

I look forward to reading more of Josh's work as it becomes available.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but could have been better!
I liked this book and recommend it, but I totally agree with a previous reviewer that said the author needed a better editor. There are whole sections in this book that don't make sense or aren't explained very well at all. Without spoiling the novel, the section where Jamie confronts the killer is confusing and seems to be missing paragraphs! I actually reread that section twice more and it just doesn't make sense. Also, the cop is quite unbelievable at times, with his 'aw, shucks' or 'I didn't know that' attitude. Also, don't be fooled by the book description or reviews- this is not a 'whodunnit/mystery novel,' because we are told within the first 15 pages who the killer is, and the 'twist' at the end was obvious to me early on (I can't even call it a 'twist,' because it's so obvious). And wouldn't it be nice to read a book about gay men in which the men aren't the hottest, sexiest men on the planet? Much of this book focuses on the beauty of the two men, who also happen to be perfect in virtually every other way (masculine, caring, compassionate, everybody likes/admires them, etc). However, the plot was dynamite and the writing has a lot of potential, and I'm curious to read another book by Josh Thomas to see how he's grown as a writer. But please Mr. Thomas, get an editor who can do a better job next time!

4-0 out of 5 stars A contemporary classic for the Hoosier State
Murder at Willow Slough is to the Midwest and Indiana what "To Kill a Mockingbird" was to the South and Alabama. This is an important work of fiction that harkens attention to the civil rights struggles of our times. This is a tome that should be a recommended reading for everyone in Indiana; one of four states that has refused hereto to pass hate crimes legislation and mostly because of the homophobia of Hoosier leaders and alas citizens too. Hopefully this one will become another entry into the Library of Indiana Classics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Murder at Willow Slough is extremely well written. The slow entanglement between Jamie Foster and Kent Kessler unfolds beautifully as they both concentrate on a gay murder at the slough which is possibly linked to other gay muders in the midwest. But one is straight and the other is gay. Can anything other than a business relationship be possible? The tension that builds as Jamie and Kent come closer and closer to solving the crime adds to the mystery and excitement. Half way into the book and all of a sudden I could no longer come back to it later. I had to read straight through and finish it to see how it would end. The ending left me with feelings of horror, shock and contentment. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read gay literaure especially mystery novels.

If one likes the mystery genre then Murder at Willow Slough is a must read. ... Read more

104. Murder at the Nightwood Bar : A Kate Delafield Mystery
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Asin: 1555837174
Catlog: Book (2003-08-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 139919
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When Katherine V. Forrest's Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only marked the beginning of one of mystery fiction's most successful series, it also created one of the most lucrative genres in gay publishing: the lesbian mystery. With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest's complex and determined lesbian detective became the most celebrated figure in lesbian fiction. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans!

In Murder at the Nightwood Bar, Kate investigates the murder of a homeless 19-year-old addict-prostitute, whose battered body is found outside a popular lesbian bar.

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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105. Commitment to Die: A Kristin Ashe Mystery
by Jennifer L. Jordan
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Asin: 0966735900
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Beanpole Books
Sales Rank: 85231
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A compelling and moving story
The characters in this book are complicated ; the writing is engrossing; the lesbianism is so intrinsic to the characters but only make up a small part of their lives and history of who they are and how they got that way.
You are made to care deeply about these characters. The book leaves you thinking about what makes us the person we are.
I thought this was an excellent (first!) novel by this author and I look forward to her next one.
Highly recommended. ... Read more

106. Packing Mrs. Phipps : A Jo Jacuzzo Mystery
by Anne Seale
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Asin: 1555838375
Catlog: Book (2004-04-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 255946
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Jo Jacuzzo is a bit down on her luck when she accepts a job offer that will take her from Buffalo, N.Y., to Tampa, Fla., to pack the belongings of the aged Mrs. Phipps and drive her back to Buffalo. But fetching heiress Charity Redmunn diverts her far from her original plans. After revealing that she is driving across country with a load of stolen art to pay the ransom of her brother, Paul, Charity is murdered, Jo is in the hospital in police custody and Paul is showing up to tell her that "she won't get away with it." After escaping from the police and discovering the surprising contents of Charity's will, Jo begins to unravel the mystery, but the killer has one last, horrible ace up his sleeve.

Anne Seale is a writer, musician and comedian. She lives in Apache Junction, Arizona.

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5-0 out of 5 stars fun read
A delightful mystery with lots of subtle humor. Loved it. When i finished it, i was glad to know that more were coming soon

4-0 out of 5 stars Charming Dyke makes wonderful Reluctant Detective
This first novel from Anne Seale introduces readers to a new lesbian mystery series. Jo Jacuzzo, a 27-year-old, shy, intelligent (if not the most educated), softhearted butch finds herself thrown into a series of unexpected, complicated, and even life-threatening events. Jo's first person narrative is often amusing and her view of the world has a sweet, almost childlike innocence that is charming without being saccharine. While touchingly neurotic and somewhat naive, Jo is also loyal and a bit stubborn with a definite moral core.

Until the last few weeks, Jo has worked as a homecare-nursing aide. However, an accusation and complaint from the family of one of her clients has resulted in unemployment for Jo. Although she still lives with her mother and her mother's partner, Rose, Jo has been paying her part of the household expenses for years and her unemployment is a hardship for all. Soon her mother pushes Jo to accept a temporary job. That "errand" is to go to Tampa, Florida, and help pack up the snowbird mother of a friend for her summer return to Buffalo.

Of this mother-daughter talk, Jo comments, "I knew I was in for a deep discussion. [Mom]'d said, "So, Jo" when explaining what Kotex was for and before telling me that Daddy had left us, among other depressing things. (Having Daddy leave was depressing only because we didn't leave him first.)" p9

The road trip begins safely enough. Jo stops to visit her Uncle Dom in Cincinnati to help him with some chores. She gets the low-down on him from the neighborhood kids including, "The best bit, however, was that he pushed an evangelist off his porch last year and had to do community service. That's my family, heathenish to a fault." p15

When Jo's beloved Toyota truck has a break down in rural Georgia, she finds herself accepting a detour to Arizona to help the beautiful if enigmatic heiress, Charity Redmun, drive a motor home across country. The complications from here on are exponential.

Packing Mrs. Phipps is a very funny novel and Jo's observations are wonderfully droll at times. For example, this exchange with a woman who befriends Jo: "I guess people name their kids Faith and Hope, so why not [Charity]? Sonny and Cher even named their daughter Chastity. How'd you like to go though life with a name like that? What guy would want to have sex with a girl called Chastity?" [Jo's response] "I'm guessing that doesn't bother her too much." p184

The mystery's plot has several unexpected twists, not the least of which is Jo deciding to go undercover to try to find a killer, and dressing as a high femme named "Sheridan" to infiltrate a right-wing militia group near the Mexican Border. Few things are quite as they appear to be in this suspenseful little tale. There are one or two incongruencies uncaught in the editing process -- like the change of a meeting time from afternoon to morning within three pages and without the implied change of that time. -- Nevertheless, Jo Jacuzzo is one of most charming reluctant detectives since Sarah Dreher's Stoner McTavish series. This entertaining and promising first novel will have this reader looking for Jo's future adventures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Anne Seale spends half the year in an RV park in Arizona and half the year in New York, and she uses these backgrounds and all the settings inbetween for this romp across America.

Her main character, Jo Jacuzzo, is a delightful 28-year-old working class butch who finds herself doing a favor for a gorgeous blonde femme from an elite background who is a purveyor of fine art, and who is also in deep trouble. Jo's even dying her hair red and painting her nails and toenails and wearing a miniskirt at one point as she too tries to outrun the trouble.

Seale, who previously was known primarily for her lesbian feminist songs, performed on her comedy tape, "Sex for Breakfast," and at many lesbian events across the country, breaks into a new genre as if she were born to it. I picked up the book when I got home and didn't put it down until 3 am when I finished it.

The plot twists flow fast and easily, and Seale's humor underlies even the serious moments of this fun read. She deftly brings in some political points about the problems of Mexicans attempting to cross the border illegally into the U.S. for economic survival, and both those who support and who bitterly oppose them--but her message is not at all heavy-handed.

I am eagerly looking forward to Seale's next book in the series. Jo still has to pack Mrs. Phipps, and from the looks of it, that still isn't going to be an easy job.

5-0 out of 5 stars A cross-country delight
First, take a bright, funny [homosexual] of a gal driving down across the Mason-Dixon Line, add a dash of danger & a pinch of passion...stir smoothly and prepare to be awake tonight enjoying a can't-put-down tale of mystery & more than a bit of madness. It may prove that "no good deed goes unpunished", but it left me wanting more of Jo's adventures & mysteries. Please, Anne-do it again soon?

5-0 out of 5 stars Seale makes a dashing debut.
Taking us traveling with heroine Jo Jacuzzo, Seale's novel is quirky and absolutely rivieting. The reader wonders how Jacuzzo will get out of her present scrape and where will she find herself next. Answers quickly follow questions except one. When can we travel with Jacuzzo again? ... Read more

107. A Cold Case of Murder
by Jean Marcy
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Asin: 189228118X
Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
Sales Rank: 155164
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The fourth in the highly successful Meg Darcy Mystery series.PI Meg Darcy reluctantly agrees to take on what looks like a simple adoption query.The case turns complicated when Meg finds that the birth mother's murder eight years ago remains unsolved, and the cop who led the investigation is now the child's adoptive father.Just who killed the teenage Mom and left her body frozen in a pile of trash?And why is the police file so thin?Meg enlists the aid of her lover, police detective Sarah Lindstrom, as well as her best friend, Patrick.Soon it becomes obvious that some powerful people don't want them digging up the past. With their romantic relationship long blowing hot and cold, Meg has some issues to work out with Lindstrom as well - not that easy for two people who seem to lack basic communication skills. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Meg is determined to solve Jessica's birth mother's murder
Jean Marcy is in fact a mystery writing duo of Jean Hutchison and Marcy Jacobs. Long time partners, they reside just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis, where Marcy works at a shelter for battered women. Jean is a retired teacher.

Private Investigator Meg Darcy is hired by Diane Mann to find out who her daughter, Jessica's, mother is. Diane is married to a retired cop, who follows an all too familiar pattern of abuse. She wants to leave, but is afraid she'll lose custody of her beloved daughter. Meg quickly learns that a prominent family, Heitner, is now Doug Mann's employer. Could there be a connection? Meg starts digging into the past to discover that there was an unsolved murder around the time the Manns would have gained custody of Jessica. Booth Heitner was on the scene, but was he involved? No one wants to give out any information:

"Colleen had her own thought. 'How did Booth take Teresa's death?' Twyla snuffed out her cigarette with extra vigor. 'Can't tell you. He didn't show up for the funeral. I haven't seen him since. He just dropped off the radar screen.' She gave a wry smile. 'Sometimes I see his name in the papers.'"

The fourth in a series of Meg Darcy mysteries, A Cold Case of Murder presents the reader with delightfully developed characters caught in an interesting pulp situation. Meg Darcy and police detective Sarah Lindstrom have a romantic relationship that is heavy, but undeclared; Sarah is herself fighting off the homophobia of her police department; and crooked cops keep littering the landscape. Meg is determined to solve Jessica's birth mother's murder, even if she has to put life and limb on the line, which she repeatedly manages. Sara Lindstrom is still reeling from the death of her former partner; a tragedy for which she blames herself and her profession.

The team of Meg Darcy conjure up a denouement Nevada Barr and V.I. Warschawski would be proud of, making use of old tunnels which run under and around the old Heitner Brewery. A Cold Care of Murder is an excellent follow-up to the first three novels in the series. Great read!

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108. Deceptions
by Lauren Maddison
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-15)
Publisher: Alyson Pubns
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Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Lauren Maddison's ambitious debut novel will more than satisfy fans of the emergent lesbian mystery genre. She offers an intricate and absorbing plot, and the excitement of a new heroine, Connor Hawthorne, a successful mystery novelist and former district attorney who owes something to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta--and possibly to the glamorous Cornwell herself. The lesser characters in Deception tend to be overwritten (her Jews offer food and wisdom, her rich people can't take a step without crushing an oriental rug underfoot), but the story is rich and suspenseful enough to distract the reader from these minor flaws. In fact, the conventional elements of the plot--a secret, a break-in, a bomb blast, a friendship, a romance, a car chase through the Arizona desert--carry us further than the ancient magic that helps Connor flee from her pursuers and, with the help of others, solve the murder of her ex-lover Arianna. --Regina Marler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Lauren Maddison's debut mystery was a surprise to me. The last "lesbian" mystery I read before this was just that--more about the lesbians than the mystery. Since this is our introduction to all of the characters, she spends a lot of time giving us a good physical and personality description of them. Despite it's length, the book was a two-sitting read.
The book is well plotted and suspensful. Because it is so tightly woven, it is difficult to talk about the plot without giving away too much. Once we are led to the conclusion that Ariana's death was a murder, the story moves quickly to a new venue, but allows Connor time to grieve the loss of her long-time lover, while we try to understand the connection of her death to Connor's father and his government career. Never in a thousand years would I have figured out what his (and his friend's) secret was nor why his friend was willing to die to protect the secret. Since I am a fantasy fan, it wasn't too difficult for me to become involved in the mystical happenings. Hope her other books continue to explore this facet of Connor and Laura. She gets the New Mexico landscape very accurately. This woman can write!

4-0 out of 5 stars Complex and Absorbing...
Lauren Maddison has written what can only be described as a complex and incredibly absorbing first novel. The plot was intricate and highly believable and the characters were anything but ordinary. This novel is a maelstrom of action, adventure, suspense and unexpected plot twists that will leave anyone who reads it wanting more. I hesitate to give Deceptions the highest rating available because some of the devices used in this book were, in my opinion, extraneous. I really had no desire to know the inner thoughts of Connor Hawthorne's stalker and I thought the story would have been better served if the thoughts had not been included. As well, having a murder, a break in and a bombing all within the first three chapters seemed somewhat excessive, although readers who are fond of action sequences will greatly appreciate it. Regrettably, the last chapter of the novel is by far the weakest and most highly unbelievable. It strikes one as belonging in the realm of science fiction and fantasy and really seems out of place in a mystery novel. The most unfortunate aspect regarding this novel is that the portrayal of the main character as an uncloseted lesbian will probably prevent it from becoming the mainstream success it so richly deserves. That said, fans of Patricia Cornwell should take note. It now appears that Dr. Kay Scarpetta now has some very worthy competition. One note of caution, however. Make sure your schedule is clear before you start in on this novel. Once you open the cover, you won't be able to put it down.

1-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not the worst book ever written...
This book is insipid. Well, no, that's not quite accurate... it could be interesting and absorbing, if you enjoy hurling insults at the author every time you turn the page. This book has virtually no authentic characters, a penchant for name-dropping (this author seems to mention any other author, character, publishing house, or book in the apparent attempt to convince the reader that she really _knows_ the lesbian community), and every hackneyed sentiment ever dreamed up. What with the author's attempt to include just about every sub-group you can dream up (Jews! Blacks! Rich white women! Oh My!), she seems to have forgotten the most important ones: real people.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a romantic book
The book is not bad. The writer is very talented but reading the book is like reading a travel guide about New Mexico and the Navaho history. There is no romance, just pure action. So if you think that you will find in this book love scenes, just forget it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Complex Plot, Interesting Characters, Great Debut for Series
When Connor Hawthorne's estranged lover Ariana is murdered, Connor is knocked into a tailspin of grief and confusion. She's got her father, former senator Benjamin Harrison, and her best friend, cop Malcolm Jefferson to lean on, but her world is empty without her beautiful and enigmatic lover. The police have no leads on the murder, and it might have ended up a cold case, except that Connor's house is ransacked and booby-trapped. If not for Malcolm's fast thinking, Connor and her father would both have been killed by the explosion. Now it seems clear that Ariana's death could be connected to Benjamin, but Connor is not sure how.

Time passes, and Connor comes to understand that she must get on with her life. She gets back to work and attends a writer's conference in New Mexico. A Navaho chauffeur, Laura Nez, shows up to squire her around-but is she trustworthy? Who is the culprit who stalks Connor leaving destruction in his or her wake? Is it a lone nut or a frightening conspiracy? And why was Ariana killed?

Gun battles, explosions, and high speed chases are nicely offset by Connor's introspection, by Laura's subtle humor and toughness, and by Maddison's literate style. Told from several points-of-view, the novel is plotted well and executed with grace. Oddly enough, the secondary characters in this debut novel (Laura and Malcolm especially) are more compelling than the protagonist, but there is plenty of room for Connor to grow in the subsequent books. The Native American "woo woo" spiritualism at the end was almost over the top, but ultimately didn't detract from this solid and entertaining first novel in what promises to be a compelling mystery series.

Fans of tightly plotted, exciting books such as Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series should like this book. My sole complaint is that the spine of the physical book did not hold up well after one reading, with pages threatening to pull away. This is a shame since DECEPTIONS is a novel many mystery readers will want to revisit.
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109. Textbook Murders
by Joe Albanese
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Asin: 0595349684
Catlog: Book (2005-04-20)
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Sales Rank: 71719
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The chanters had formed four rings around a clearing they had made. In the nucleus, eerily lit by the hundred or so candles, were two formations made of what looked from afar to be made of granite. It took Jeremy a moment to figure out that they were tombstones made up to look like coffins. Possibly, once, these were sold as headstones to be placed over a grave. Both of the granite coffins were together on an elevated square on which words had been carved into. Probably the names of the departed. But it what was lying on the headpieces now that caused Jeremy to gawk almost like Sheraton had.

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

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

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

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

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

110. Cyanide Wells
by Marcia Muller
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Asin: 0892967811
Catlog: Book (2003-08)
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Sales Rank: 89592
Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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National bestselling author Marcia Muller returns with her first stand-alone mystery since Point Deception. When Matthew Lindstrom's wife Gwen disappeared, his comfortable life was destroyed by suspicion and innuendo. But 14 years later, Matthew receives an anonymous phone call saying Gwen is alive--and well aware of what her disappearance has done to him. Now, Matthew is on his way to Soledad County in Northern California in search of vindication. Once he arrives, he is shocked to discover Gwen has a new name, Ardis Coleman, and is living with her lesbian lover, Carly, and their daughter, Natalie. Deciding to confront his ex-wife, Matt shows up at her home only to find a bloodstained hallway--and no sign of Ardis or Natalie. Together Carly and Matt form an unlikely alliance in their search for the missing pair. But as they dig into Ardis' life, they discover a twisted plan--one that leads to a final confrontation that may prove fatal to all of them. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Character-driven mystery
Character-based. Does that make it 'literature,' by definition? Perhaps. Marcia Muller is one or our more artistic and literate mystery writers, and this is a good one. It deals with an identity puzzle. Matthew's wife appears to have been murdered, but no body is found; because suspicion focuses on him, he hits the trail and makes a new life for himself in a different country. Then his 'wife' calls, he travels to seek closure with her, and finds she's gone missing again, this time from the home she shares with her lesbian lover, Carly. She and Matt join forces to find this mystery woman, and...well, read the book yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars RIVETING SUSPENSE
Opening with a map of Soledad County, and a terse, shocking phone call deft mystery writer Marcia Muller hooks readers and then speedily reels them in for an intriguing journey to unlock the past. With more than 30 novels to her credit and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award pocketed, she's a skillful weaver of tales shrouded in mystery and suspense.

Apparently a believer in fast starts Ms. Muller begins her story in Minnesota with a ringing telephone. When Matt Lindstrom answers a voice identifies himself as a Wyoming law officer and asks whether Matt is married to Gwen Lindstrom. Once Matt says that he is, there is this startling message: "Her car was found in my jurisdiction.....Nothing wrong with the vehicle, but there were bloodstains on the dash and other signs consistent with a struggle. A purse containing her identification and credit cards was on the passenger's seat."

A body is never found but Matt is branded as a murderer, and his professional career is soon in ruins. Fast forward to 14 years later, and another phone call. This time an anonymous caller tells Matt that his wife is quite alive, and "very cognizant of what she put you through when she disappeared." Further, the voice said she's living in Cyanide Wells under the name of Ardis Coleman.

Disbelieving but desperately wanting answers Matt heads for the West Coast.

California is a lush state that can be both breathtakingly beautiful and threatening. The same might be said of the Golden State's Soledad County, especially Cyanide Wells. Today that community is home for those with a penchant for the avant garde. In yesteryear it was a gold mining town whose residents found that their water supply had been laced with cyanide.

Matt arrives here in hopes of finding Gwen, clearing his name, and exacting a pound of flesh for what he has suffered.

What he finds is Carly McGuire, a woman with a past of her own, and a snarled web of deception that he may or may not be able to untangle.

Marcia Muller never disappoints, as is shown once more with "Cyanide Wells."

- Gail Cooke

2-0 out of 5 stars The Case of the Missing....something
Muller has long been acknowledged as the mother the female hardboiled private eye subgenre, and when one has created and nutured as character as fleshed out and "alive" as Sharon McCone, it is disappointing when a stand alone book contains characters as unfleshed out, and even cartoonish as the people who populate "Cyanide Wells." She has created two potentially likeable characters in Matt and Carly, who team up to find what is up with the woman who both has considerable cost. When the truth about the missing woman is revealed, the reader is left with the feeling that the fatal flaw in each of the protagonists is they are truly lousy judges of character.

Muller returns to the North Coast of California, the fictional Soledad County, which in "Point Deception" stood in for the mismatched twins, Mendicino and Fort Bragg. She has captured a lot of the local color of those very different towns, yet even so, never conveys the outsider-local culture clash which has been a part of the area since I began to regularly visit there, which is for about thirty years. Still, it is clear that Muller knows the area very well, and that's fine....

However, the story just isn't a story. It is an outline, a few character sketches, and a concept, about as developed as the book the missing woman is supposedly writing. Also, from the various descriptions of gay culture in the area, I get the feeling this book was started 10 or so years ago, and was shelved and just changing the dates.

Admittedly, my opinion of this book has been colored by the awesomely horrible reading of this book, as released by Brilliance Audio....which utterly ruined by the vocal talents of "Sandra Burr" who sounds like a narrator who specializes in children's voices, and given over to handle Carly's point of view. I don't know where you come from, but in Mendocino, not too many lesbian newspaper owners sound like Rocky the Flying Squirrel! J. Charles, who does the man's part of book is okay.

Please, whatever you can to save your books from the clutches of Brilliance. They have one good narrator, Dick Hill...and if he isn't assigned to your are fresh out of luck. And when Sandra Burr is assigned to direct as well as provide the voices....well...think of it as a learning experience.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not her best
I have read many of Marcia Muller's books and this one was not her best. It starts out very slow and I almost stopped reading it and put it away for another time but I desided to stay with it a little longer. I kept getting lost. It was like she jumped to a different story line. It did pick up a little when I got near the ending but I agree with what the other readers said. And I also would rather read about Sharon.

3-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Authors Are Slipping: Cyanide Wells
Instead of a Sharon McCone mystery, Marcia Muller has crafted a very different kind of mystery than normal. The result ultimately works in that it keeps the reader tuning the page but this reader certainly missed Sharon.

Fourteen years ago, days before they were to be divorced, Gwen Lindstrom vanished. As happens in most cases where disappearance and/or foul play is suspected, suspicion quickly fell on the unlucky spouse. In this case, it was Mathew Lindstrom that became an object of law enforcement and media interest. The fact that he initially lied to police about his whereabouts didn't help. That mistake brought increased police scrutiny in his small town and eventually national media interest. The resulting investigations and media presence destroyed his life, as he knew it.

Eventually, several years later, he wound up in Vancouver, British Columbia running a small charter boat business. That is until he got an anonymous call telling him that his wife is alive and happy while living well in Cyanide Wells, California. Before hanging up, his caller assures him that she knew full well what she was doing when she vanished leaving him to be investigated for her murder and enjoyed it.

Matt packs up everything and hits the road to Cyanide Wells. He has to see her for himself and he wants a confrontation with her as well as photographic evidence of her existence so that he can clear his name. While he gets a few pictures, before he can do much more, she flees from the area and takes her young daughter with her. Her lover, Carly McGuire is just as devastated as Matt was years ago. The two unite to find Gwen, her child, and the answers to several mysteries regarding Gwen as well as trying to figure out what is the cause of several seemingly unrelated strange events in the small town.

This is a slow moving book that alternately switches in point of view from Matt to Carly and back again. At times this shift is very disconcerting because the shift comes at times involving the few allegedly intense scenes. The shift is jarring and each time it happens the reader is reminded of how shallow this book is and that it is not a Sharon McCone mystery.

Some character development is involved but mostly this is tale of how little we know of the past or even the real present thinking or actions of the ones we love. Instead of being used to build characters, these contrary tidbits of information are just used as words to replace existing information. Our understanding of the makeup of the shallow characters is changed but after all is said and done, the same shallow characters remain.

These facts along with the fact that this mystery is not only slow to unravel but fairly obvious from about the midpoint on the work on make this an average read at best. ... Read more

111. Love's Last Chance
by Krandall Kraus
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Asin: 1555835058
Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 221778
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Fate has strange and wonderful plans for wisecracking Nigel Adams and cynical, aristocratic Nicky Borja, who are accidentally thrown together in a Tuscany villa, where they have both fled to escape from life and its heartbreaks. Hostility and bickering turn to fireworks in the unwelcomely close quarters, and as the summer progresses, a fiery romance is kindled from oil and water. But fate can be sinister as well as sweetly seductive, and on their return to San Francisco, Nicky and Nigel are horrified to discover that a friend they recently met, the publishing heiress Evelyn VanDeventer Iversen, has been drowned in a remote Arizona lake while camping with her new and much younger husband. In an attempt to help Evelyn's daughter discover the truth about her mother's death, the newly-in-love and eager-for-adventure pair find themselves in the deserts of Utah and Arizona on the trail of the truth that could threaten their newly discovered lives together. Love After Death is a delightfully poignant and funny blend of mystery and romance, exploring the possibilities of love in the face of danger and the resurrection of the human heart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beyond Words
This book, oh, God, this book...

This book is the beginning of a love with the ending being a promise. It has taken me so long to find a gay romance that I'd almost given up...Then I found Krandall Kraus's beautiful novel.

This novel shines so brightly that I didn't need my nightlight at night, it glowed from its place on my bedside table. I cried when it started, and I cried when it ended. Kraus reminds me of Peter McGehee. McGehee didn't write mysteries but absolutely beautiful novels.

But Kraus...he pulled something off that isn't easily...pulled off...This is to write a gay mystery without the content being trashy. This book is so far away from "trashy" that you can't even see it from here. Nickey's and Nigel's love transcends boundries of sexuality...If you've ever been in love, you will know that special language with which this book is talking to your heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
This is a lovely blend of mystery and romance. Nigel and Nicky
are two of the most colourful and interesting characters I have
encountered in gay mysteries. Witty, humourous, sexy and loving they are a joy to read. The mystery itself is fast paced and exciting enough to keep the reader guessing. Coupled with the intense relationship development between Nigel and Nicky this romantic mystery is definitely a class by itself. Hope that Mr Kraus will deliver another story on these two adoring characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best...
Ok..lately I haven't found a great Gay mystery. So, I read some of the reviews and picked Love's Last Chance and boy I was I in for a treat. I just ordered some more of his books. Great story, well

5-0 out of 5 stars Love's Last Chance -
An excellent blend of romance, mystery with a touch of the mystical.

I loved this book, and read it in one sitting. Nigel and Nicky are two wonderful characters whom you can't help but love. Nonna was also a very entertaining character, and look forward to seeing them all again in another novel.

You can clearly see the differences in these two men, but at the same time, see how well they compliment each other. The mystery of the death of Evelyn VanDeventer Iversen is a wonderful mix with the story of Nigel and Nicky's relatiosnhip.

4-0 out of 5 stars rebirth
Love, romance, mystery; but what is more important in this novel?the detective story or the love affair between Nicky and Nigel? I definitely think the latter.
Nigel's trip to Tuscany after his lover's death turns out to be quite depressing: solitude and sadness are Nigel's best friends.
Then he meets that lively hateful, intrusive young Italian aristocrat Nicky Borja whom Nigel, at first, hates with all his heart as Nicky tries to wake him up from that negative state of mind similar to death that Nigel seems to like so much.
Eventually with the help of Nicky's "nonna" Nigel falls for him and it's a wonderful love story which is Nigel's rebirth, like Lazarus coming out of his shrine.
The two of them go back to the USA where they get involved in a mysterious story being asked by a friend to investigate on her mother's murder.
Beautiful prose and beautiful descriptions. The romantic side of the novel is, in my opinion, the best part.
Read this book, I am sure you'll enjoy it. ... Read more

112. Death Club
by Claire McNab
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Asin: 1562802674
Catlog: Book (2001-04-27)
Publisher: Naiad Press
Sales Rank: 551809
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Loaded with brains, style and megabucks, Australian fashion magnate Gussie Whitlew is used to getting everything she wants.And what she wants is the finest food, the fastest cars, and the most fabulous women.This time her bait is Whitlew Challenge, an exclusive golf tournament carefully designed to lure the world`s top female athletes to her private clubhouse.

With a lot more at stake than the $1.5 million purse, tension soon flares among players, fans, and just about everyone else.American star Toni Karstares (an out lesbian) and her homophobic rival, Englishwoman Fiona Hawk, are the first to go at it.Then Fiona gets caught up in a very public altercation with her larcenous manager.Before long, so much is going on off the course that even abrasive sports reporter Mandi Fiedler has a hard time keeping her eye on the ball.Until the fairway becomes a killing field and someone sets out to even the score. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps the reader guessing until the very end of the story
A native Aussie, Claire McNab, now living in Los Angeles, is the author of thirteen Detective Inspector Carol Ashton mysteries and two Denise Cleever mysteries, Murder Undercover and Death Understood. Her next Denise Cleever mystery is due out in the fall of 2001 and is entitled Out Of Sight. Claire McNab presently teaches fiction writing in the UCLA Extension program in Writing.

As its title implies, Death Club, the latest mystery featuring Carol Ashton as lead crime fighter, is set at the Whitlew Country Club. Gussie Whitlew is throwing a huge golf tournament entitled The Whitlew Challenge. Gussie Whitlew is a fashion designer who is fantastically wealthy and is used to her own way. When her leading challenger, Fiona Hawk, is found dead on the fourth hole of the course, the tournament is thrown into disarray. Carol is on the case, and her special gift for tracking that reveals clues and draws out witnesses other officers would miss:

"Carol smiled. `I don't scream,' she said. `It doesn't go with my position.' He made an amused sound, then said, `You can call me Vinny, if you like. I haven't been Vincent Goss for a long, long time.' He raised one hand to knock his knuckles gently against the side of his head. `Scrambled,' he said. `Before I had problems, I was a university lecturer. Economics. Isn't that a laugh?'"

Indeed, one of Claire McNab's strongest suits is her development of character. She has an uncanny understanding of human nature. It reminds this reviewer of Jane Marple's statement that people are "not so very different." Death Club proves this point over and over, as Carol Ashton instinctively ferrets out the bare details of the case. McNab is wonderful at keeping the reader guessing until the very end of the story. Carol does most of the dirty work herself, including the postmortem, wiring herself up, and even placing herself in danger for a final denouement.

McNab leads her readers on a merry chase. Her style is sassy, fun, and is full of chills and spills. She knows her craft, and isn't afraid to stretch a little to flesh out her characters. Carol Ashton is steady, takes no nonsense from those around her, but isn't afraid to have doubts about herself and her relationships. She is a strong woman with keen insight who keeps us glued and guessing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Time to bury this body...
Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is a protaganist who has outlived her plot. This story's ending was so abrupt and illogical, it left this reader feeling disappointed and betrayed.

And speaking of betrayal, ever since Carol parted ways with her better half, Sybil, several episodes ago, this series has been heading down hill. It would be merciful if McNab would wrap up this project and put it to rest. That would leave her more time to develop her other series starring Denise Cleever who, unlike Carol, still has a heart.

2-0 out of 5 stars Same Old Same Old
I gave this book two stars because it's Clair McNab whose prose is beautiful and dialog crisp and believable.Her books are easy to read.Yes, Clair McNab can write.I just wish she would.Solving the mystery relied on interviewing one lying suspect after another until Carol solves the murder through grinding police work.I will admit to being kept guessing until the end as to the identity of the murderer.And I was thankful that we were not subjected another scene of Carol blundering into the perpetrator and nearly being killed as she was in her previous two outings.

With regard to Carol's arid personal life, this book like her last two before it was flat. There has been little in the way of character development of Carol's latest love interest.Leota Woolfe who was introduced in the previous book, "Under Suspicion", shows up in Australia for the perfunctory love scene (read sex without much emotional impact).I have yet to discover what Leota sees in Carol or vise versa.Yet, ...Leota proclaims her love for Carol.Huh?And it seems that Carol continues to have "feelings" for her former lover, Sybil, but never acts on or even muses over them.I am very tired of this unresolved and un-addressed non-relationship. But McNab seems content to let this old love hang like clouds over Sydney harbor.I had hoped for more.

1-0 out of 5 stars Let Carol Ashton Die with Dignity
I hate it when a good character gets boring, and that's what has happened to poor Detective Inspector Carol Ashton. I think this series either needs to retire or be reborn.Actually it could have stopped several books before.What happened to Carol?She use to be intriguing, multidementional, not to mention sexy. Now we the typical Niad 200 page, spit out another of a series of watered down (maybe edited out), over priced piece of junk.My hope is when number 14 shows up I have enough sense to hold on the my money.

5-0 out of 5 stars McNab's Back on Track!
Another good mystery from McNab.Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is back in Australia after her adventures in Washington.She called in to investigate the murder of a professional golfer at Australia's premiere women's golf tournament.As Bourke, Ashton's associate, says, "We have a victim who has more enemies than friends, a suspect list that's growing, and a wide-open time of death, so that practically everyone seems to have had the opportunity to do murder."But Ashton and her team painstakingly investigate each clue as it's presented to them until Ashton finally figures out who committed murder.I was pretty smug because I had it figured out who the murderer was about half way through.I remained smug right up to the moment Ashton revealed who the real murderer was - and, of course, McNab had not tricked me at all - she had only written a villanous character who I was willing to lay the murder on.McNab got off course a few books back, but she's back on course and writing good procedurals.Her characters are well drawn and keep growing, her plotting is excellent and she's even writing better than she had been.This is an excellent read!! ... Read more

113. Small g: A Summer Idyll
by Patricia Highsmith
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Asin: 0393059235
Catlog: Book (2004-06)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Sales Rank: 399017
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Published for the first time in America—a kinky, charming tale of love misdirected.

Completed just months before Patricia Highsmith's death in 1995, Small g explores the labyrinthine intricacies of love, sexuality, and jealousy in a style and form few knew were part of her range. The story opens in Zurich with the brutal murder of Petey Ritter. We then jump six months ahead to Jakob's, a louche bar known for its mixture of gay, straight, and bisexual clientele, where Petey's lover Rickie is recovering slowly, spending time at the bar with his dancing dog, Lulu. They share Jakob's with the club- footed Renate, a possessive seamstress, and her beautiful apprentice Luisa. Then the impressionable and beautiful Teddie Stevenson arrives. Luisa and Rickie both fall in love with him—but Renate and her henchman Willi conspire to break Teddie's spell by force. Renate in turn becomes the subject of a counterconspiracy hatched by Rickie and Luisa, with hilarious and unexpected results. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A must for fans only
Highsmith's last novel, very hard to find, is probably best reserved for die-hard fans only (like me). It is NOT a suspense novel, and bears only the faintest resemblance to her other works (most notably, "Found in the Street," her penultimate book). "Small g" is a rambling character study about sexual preference and freedom among various characters associated with a semi-gay bar in Zurich. Its chief merits are the many strong and likable characters, plus a fluid writing style that makes for a very easy read. Also, like one or two other Highsmith works, it addresses gay issues without seeming like pro-gay propaganda. For a Highsmith fan like me, it was amazing to encounter so many very likable characters here -- a real switch for Highsmith, who has always seemed like a profound cynic about human nature -- and a generally upbeat book, with several happy scenes and some actual romance. This NEVER happens in other Highsmith books! I was fascinated that she left such an upbeat novel as her last work, considering that most of her novels are so incredibly downbeat and depressing. One wonders what else she might have done if she had lived another 10 years. . . . ... Read more

114. 1st Impressions: A Cassidy James Mystery (Cassidy James Mysteries)
by Kate Calloway
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Asin: 1562801333
Catlog: Book (1996-03-01)
Publisher: Naiad Pr
Sales Rank: 558860
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Rookie PI Cassidy James is hired to find a murdered man's killer in a quiet Oregon lakeside resort -- but the town'ssexist police sergeant doesn't care to have an uppity lesbian gumshoe on the case.He's keen to arrest the victim's beautiful niece, who has Cassidy head over heels in love -- and in danger. This series, with its tough, tender, appealing heroine andrealistic love scenes, is a freshand welcome alternative to "straight" mystery fiction. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good start...
"1st Impressions" is the first Cassidy James mystery of eight to date. Overall I enjoyed this introduction and was intrigued with the plot and character development. The mystery itself kept me guessing and the setting makes me want to go out to Oregon for a visit this instant. Despite my first impressions (no pun intended) of this series I was taken back by two points resulting in only four instead of five stars for this review. First, I was dismayed that Cassidy had inherited a large sum of money from the death of a former lover that enabled her to live on that beautiful lake and be a private investigator, a position known to not pay well. This seems unrealistic and mere convenient for the plot and the author. Instead I like more realistic women detectives such as JM Redmann's Micky Knight who is underemployed and poor. My second grumble is with the length of the book along with the others in this series. It's difficult to justify paying regular book price for a mini-book. At mere 200 pages with large type, this book appears to follow in the tradition of other Naiad lesbian mysteries. Sure it's nice sometimes to have a quick read, but I couldn't help to think that Kate Calloway could have expanded the plot and written a "normal" length book. This will only benefit the series and the readers. Oh well, despite these two faults I recommend this book to others who enjoy a fun mystery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent..... plot and character development
There are not many pleasure reading books out there that are geared towards a lesbian/gay audience. It is refreshing to see such a book. I would suggest this book to anyone wanting to read a great, casual reading, mystery book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too Bad there isn't a ZERO STARS rating!!!
The only thing not predictable in this non-novel is just exactly how poorly written it is. Generally, I like strong women characters .... in books as well as in reality. This is not a mystery novel, but merely an exposition in how to construct a zero-dimensional lesbian character.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery that doesn't take forever to read.
Kate is a great writer that captures your attention and keeps it. "First Impressions" is very intriging. I love the setting. A must for any mystery buff. Can't wait to read the rest in the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good Mystery with a solid storyline!
I am a mystery buff reader and Kate was able to grab my attention and keep me reading. The storyline and characters are all brought to life. The orientation of the main character Cassidy James is not the focus of the book, but an added twist. I look forward to reading the rest of her series! ... Read more

115. Dead Egotistical Morons: A Paul Turner Mystery
by Mark Richard Zubro, Mark Zubro
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Asin: 0312266820
Catlog: Book (2003-08-02)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 387145
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Boys4U is the world's most popular singing group - at least among teenaged girls - and they have closed out their sold-out world tour with a series of shows in Chicago's brand new arena.The premier group of the inexplicably popular "boy band" trend, they've just finished their very last concert of the tour.While hundreds of tour members, well-wishers, label executives, and various hangers on wait to celebrate another wildly successful tour, the lead singer is found murdered - shot in the back of the head at close range - in the shower of the backstage dressing area.

To make matters more distressing, the crime itself was almost impossible - there was tight security on the shower area at all times, the only other people back there were the other members of the band, and none of the dozens of people in the next room report having heard a shot. While the international press is engaged in an unprecedented feeding frenzy over the sensationalistic murder, Chicago Police Detectives Paul Turner and his partner Buck Fenwick have pulled the unenviable task of investigating the murder.But even the initial appearances are deceiving and as they dig deeper into the case, they uncover more disturbing truths beneath the wholesome façade of Boys4U.Now they have untangle an increasingly complex web if they are to stop a determined killer before more victims are claimed.
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2-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Premise Turned Into A Tedious Exercise
Zurbo came highly recommended to me, but after reading Morons I can't imagine why. The characters are prefabricated and flat, with no appeal; the actual clues to the killer are nonexistent; and the book ends with a fizzle that somehow manages to be almost as tedious and unbelievable as it is out of nowhere... like maybe a quota of words had been met to fulfill a publisher's contract so an end was tacked on. The only thing I can imagine duller than reading this is the actual writing of it, since it doesn't even approach the couch potato equivalent of a creative exercise.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining at best.....
....amusingly mediocre at worst. There was nothing special about this book, nothing to really hold my attention. The author's physical descriptions of the boys in the band made it seem like several of the boys were skinny little nerds who would never in a million years be members of a wildly popular singing group. Also, his overuse of the word "screwed" really annoyed me. If all Mr. Zubro's books are like this, I won't be reading any more of him.

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2-0 out of 5 stars What was so great about this?
I picked this book up because of the inside jacket cover made it sound so good. I started reading it on a plane and after the first couple of chapters wished my window at my window seat could open so I could chuck the book out.

Three quarters of the way through the book I was not just wondering who the killer was but if the author even knew. I was only hooked because I needed to end this book. The book had a wonderful premise and some really good characters, but it seemed even the author didn't know exactly why someone would murder the members of this band, so he picked some obscure reason. The ending was rushed and out of the blue. And the reason the murderer gives as to why he killed people was really lame. No one, no matter who whacked they were, would use this as an excuse or better yet no real good detective or policeman would except the reason as truth.

If you think he might like the book, you are probably right if someone else wrote it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exciing police procedural
The rock concert at the All-Chicago Sports Arena in Chicago is over and the world's most popular boy's band, Boys 4U, is celebrating the end of a six-month tour. The joyous occasion comes to a screeching halt when the body of the unofficial leader of the group Roger Stendar is found dead, a bullet in the back of his head. The autopsy shows that he had anal sex right before he died but there were no marks to indicate he struggled.

Chicago police detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick are assigned to the case and when they do a search of the crime scene they find the gun with no bullets in it. Somebody shot at the stage where the group was performing and they find other evidence of sabotage. When a second band member is killed a few days later in the same manner, Turner and Fenwick realize they have to stop the killer before he cancels the entire band.

DEAD EGOTISTICAL MORONS shows readers a glimpse of the sickening side of what goes on behind the scenes in the music industry. Mark Richard Zubro has written an exciting police procedural where the homicides are solved by tried and true investigating techniques. The members of the band engage the reader's sympathy because they act like mixed up scared kids who need adult supervision. The protagonist doesn't want to play daddy but at least two of the members of the band want to cast him in that role. The lead detective defines grace under pressure as he is bombarded from all sides to solve the case quickly.

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116. Amateur City : A Kate Delafield Mystery (Kate Delafield Mysteries (Paperback))
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Asin: 1555837182
Catlog: Book (2003-08-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 55585
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When Katherine V. Forrest's Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only marked the beginning of one of mystery fiction's most successful series, it also created one of the most lucrative genres in gay publishing: the lesbian mystery. With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest's complex and determined lesbian detective became the most celebrated figure in lesbian fiction. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans!

In Amateur City, Kate and her partner, Ed Taylor, investigate the murder of a highly placed executive, whose body was found by a coworker, a woman who begins to break down Kate's defenses.

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 Start Now!
If you haven't read the Kate Delafield books, now is the time to start! Ms. Forrest puts more effort into character development than any other author I've read, bar none. Each book in the series is chock full of intriguing, plausible suspects, and the returning characters change and grow throughout the series. Great work! As for the who-dun-it aspect, I've solved only a couple before the final secret's revealed. I figure most mysteries out around the half-way mark.

This is the first book in a remarkable series. Women, lesbians and mystery-holics are bound to enjoy it... as is any intelligent mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read the series in order
If I'd read the Delafield series in order, I'd have given this a higher ranking, but Nightwood and Malibu are better. Great start for the series though. Good mystery story, and nice portrayal of the "love story." ... Read more

117. Deadly Butterfly : a Toni Underwood Mystery
by Diane Davidson
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Asin: 1883061342
Catlog: Book (2001-05-31)
Publisher: Rising Tide Press (AZ)
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Darcy Bennett is having nightmares again. She's a child, cramped into a tiny space where she had been hidden by her mother, until a hulking man approaches, hears her crying, and reaches down menacingly for her. Darcy's new friend and love interest, Toni Underwood, wants to help Darcy understand the source of her dreams, and travels with her to Whidbey Island in Washington's Puget Sound, where she was raised by her Aunt Mae and Uncle Fred. Here, Aunt Mae confesses that Darcy's parents weren't killed in a plane accident when she was little. They were murdered by Uncle Fred's psychopathic half brother, a boy named Aaron Blake. Now a man, Aaron has escaped from the mental asylum, and all Darcy has to protect her from him is Aunt Mae, with her rusty old rifle, and the ex-cop Toni Underwood. With its simple language, fast pace, and gothic undertones, the third Toni Underwood mystery may remind readers of the early thrillers of Mary Higgins Clark. A quick read, with plenty of sex and action. --Regina Marler ... Read more

118. Just a Little Lie: An Alison Kaine Mystery (Alison Kaine Mysteries)
by Kate Allen
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Asin: 0934678944
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
Sales Rank: 595675
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Careful not to overlook Kate Allen!
This is a great read! Kate Allen's mysteries have it all - suspense, sexual activity that's exciting but not too raw -and I love her characters.
All of her books are good, this one is especially excellent.
As a lover of lesbian mystery, I almost overlooked Kate Allen because her books aren't easy to find in stores etc...which is sad, because she's a good, solid, exciting author. I highly recommend you read this one -and you'll love and relate to Alison Kaine and her compadres! You'll want to read the whole series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot off the press and its sizzling!
The fourth mystery about Denver Cop Alison, her lover Stacy and their various friends is also sizzling with dominatrix Stacy's efforts to run a Leather and S/M conference for lesbians. Unlike the previous novels which have all focused around murder, this one appears to be about blackmail. But where Alison is, as Stacy points out, the bodies will follow, even if they're not recognised as murder for most of the novel.

As ever the characterisation is excellent; the women really live off the page and you either love them or loathe them. The changing nature of Alison and Stacy's relationship also plays a large role seeming both tremendously strong and terribly fragile coping with Stacy's tantrums, Alison's fibromyalgia syndrome, flirtatious femmes and interfering friends. The issue of FMS is dealt with particularly well, as we not only see Alison's fears of being rejected by Stacy if she tells her, but also that Stacy is feeling rejected by Alison by keeping the FMS a secret from her.

As ever various lesbian taboos are raised; Leather and S/M are the base line for the community depicted in the novel and abusive relationships are as prevalent in the lesbian community as anywhere else.

While not as side-splittingly funny as "It takes one to know one" it felt great to hang out with Alison and the gals again; my only whine is that Michelle was barely in it! Star Trek:TNG and Kinsey references are spot on as usual, but aren't the girls enjoying Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine by now?

I was sad to read that Kate Allen is abandoning Alison and Co. for a while, but I'll happily read anything she puts in print, from her shopping list onwards!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, intelligent, credible, exciting, funny and sexy
Kate Allen is outstanding as a crime writer and as an observer of lesbian life. This series (which sadly seems to be ending) is consistently excellent and I enjoyed the finale enormously. You owe it to yourself - it's better than chocolate, honestly ... Read more

119. Blood Link: The 15th Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery (Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery)
by Claire McNab
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Asin: 1931513279
Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Bella Books
Sales Rank: 309758
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Is Carol playing into a killer’s plan?

A series of random deaths suddenly fall into a pattern when reclusive, eccentric billionaire Thurmond Rule dies, leaving an immense estate, but no valid will. With no close relatives -- Rule’s son and only heir vanished mysteriously years before -- the search begins to find more distant kin who may have a claim to the Rule billions. And there would be several more applicants vying for the money, except for the disturbing fact that many of them have recently died or been killed.

Detective Inspector Carol Ashton speculates that one of the remaining would-be heirs could be responsible for thinning the field so drastically, but is baffled that a killer would draw such obvious attention to themselves. As the authorities contemplate protecting anyone with a blood link to Thurmond Rule, Carol fears she may be unwittingly shielding a killer and playing into a deadly plan . . .

With another in the phenomenally successful Detective Carol Ashton Mystery series, Claire McNab again proves why she is the most popular writer of lesbian mysteries with this suspenseful story of cat and mouse. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the Ashton saga
I love the Carol Ashton mystery series and this one certainly does not disappoint. It is certainly not time for Carol to take a bullet. I look forward to each successive book to see what will happen next. I do believe however, that it is time for Carol to have a permanent, stable relationship. I feel that McNab continues to perpetuate the notion that lesbians are incapable of developing and maintaining meaningful and stable relationships. She certainly doesn't do lesbian relationshiops and justice. The mystery part of her books are top-rate and I look forward to #16. Check out the Denise Cleever series as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please, someone start the eulogy
It's a doggone shame, but it's time that Det. Carol Ashton takes a bullet. Thus, the character, the series and the readers will be put out of their collective misery. Perhaps it's time to bring Sybil back into the series full time instead of just the occasional mention. Or, make the series about Aunt Sarah...she, at least, is interesting. Det. Ashton has lost her passion, seemingly, for everything. Her cases, her friendships, her
lovers(?), and her overall interactions with everyone around her are as stale as week old bread. It's a doggone shame. ... Read more

120. Allergic Reaction (A Debutante Detective Mystery)
by Leslie Adams
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Asin: 0967120330
Catlog: Book (2000-05-15)
Publisher: Cape Winds Press
Sales Rank: 654675
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good novel
This is a good mystery and not bad romance either. The settings are interesting and she makes the less important characters seems as real as the main ones. I'd recommend reading this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good mystery with romance to boot!
When I started this book, I wasn't expecting the romance between Porter and Elaine to be quite so hot. After all, it's a murder mystery. But not only is the romance a sizzler, the mystery really kept my attention and kept me guessing. I'm guessing Leslie Adams knows the country club set fairly well, because the realism in the scenes was great. Not only that, but the convoluted relationships among the characters was exactly how life seems to be among the southern upper class! The ending was definitely not what I expected, but I hope the "debutante detective" has a lot more stories to tell, because this one left me waiting impatiently for the next book ... in all WOW! ... Read more

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