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121. A Ghost in the Closet: A Hardly Boys Mystery
by Mabel Maney
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Asin: 1573440957
Catlog: Book (2000-01)
Publisher: Cleis Press
Sales Rank: 573544
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Mystery Spoof Well-Worth Reading!!!!
Handsome, young detectives Frank and Joe Hardly travel home to Lake Merrimen, Illinois to find that their parents, world-reknowned detective Fennel Hardly and his loving wife, Mrs. Hardly, have been kidnapped and rumors are spreading about Mr. Hardly's being a Russian spy.

Meanwhile, Nancy Clue, girl detective and snappy dresser, ventures with her friends to the Lake Merrimen Auditorium to view the annual dog show. But something's amiss as she and her friends follow a scream only to discover that all the toy poodles have been dognapped!

Could the two incidents have anything in common? What is the terrible secret that Fennel Hardly keeps locked in his closet? Will Nancy ever win back her true love -- Cherry Aimless, Registered Nurse -- from the handsome, streetwise San Francisco girl detective Jackie Johnson?

Join Nancy and her friends as they dive into this hilarious, gay/lesbian spoof of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mysteries. Mabel Maney has constructed a fabulous world full of sharp characters -- each with a very keen fashion sense -- and thrown in many a surprising twist that kept me enthralled with the events of the mystery. Her style is very descriptive and conjures up the 1950s mindset. I could not help but smile as I was reading. A great read for everyone!

4-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and delightful.
Even though you have to endure Bret Easton Ellis reminiscent descriptions of clothing and scenery, this book is a pure delight for anyone who has ever read Nancy Drew mysteries or just loves a great parody with charming lesbian references. Mabel Maney gives us something we can laugh our heads off about and you'll find it relaxing to see that almost every woman in this world is a lesbian. Lots of fun, definitely check into it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor--read this book now!
This hoot of a book works wonders--it's been known to cure migraines, lift depressions, and spur readers on to culinary triumphs like Salisbury Steak. The formula: 1 part Nancy Drew, 1 part Women's Barracks, and a sly dash of ever-so-gay humor. Maney's spot-on recreation of the original series' diction is half the fun. In-jokes abound: butch-femme couple Midge and Velma are my favorites, although Uncle Nelly Hardly is a close second. Maney is a genius, and these books are destined to hold pride of place in every gay and lesbian book collection. ... Read more

122. Deadly Gamble
by Diane Davidson
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Asin: 1883061121
Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Rising Tide Press (AZ)
Sales Rank: 464832
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Las Vegas- city of bright lights and dark secrets-is the perfect setting for this intriguing sequel to DEADLY RENDEZVOUS.

Former police detective Toni Underwood is catapulted back into the world of crime by a mysterious letter from a favorite aunt.Black sheep of the family and a prominent madam, Vera Valentine fears she is about to be murdered-a distinct possibility, given her underworld connections.

With the help of onetime partner(and possibly future lover) Sergent Sally Murphy, Toni takes on the seamy, ruthless underbelly of Las Vegas, where appearance and reality are often at odds.Flamboyant characters and unsavory thugs make for a cast of likely suspects...and keep the reader guessing until the last page. ... Read more

123. Death Understood
by Claire McNab
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Asin: 156280264X
Catlog: Book (2000-10-27)
Publisher: Naiad Pr
Sales Rank: 494012
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting New Series
Working undercover at the notorious Hiddwing Institute, Agent Denise Cleever assumes an inside position as their public relations manager. A group with strong racial and social prejudices, the powerful Hiddwing family will take any means necessary to instill their ultraconservative values into the heart and minds of those they consider essential to their cause.

Cleever's risk is heightened when Rhys Hiddwing, one of the leaders recognizes her from somewhere in his past. Although threatened by the possibility of discovery, Cleever's role becomes paramount when a murder occurs that threatens national security. Inside the chambers of the organization, Cleever must also protect herself from those who openly suspect her intentions. Her task becomes more daunting when Becky Hiddwing, Rhys' sister, expresses a strong sexual attraction to Cleever. Struggling with her own beckoning desires, Cleever's resistance to the beautiful, charming Becky weakens.

"Death Understood" is an action-packed mystery that is difficult to set aside. Claire McNab plots a story as well as she writes. In this reader's opinion, both are 'superb.'

5-0 out of 5 stars McNab Continues Another Adventure
Working undercover at the notorious Hiddwing Institute, Agent Denise Cleever assumes an inside position as their public relations manager. A group with strong racial and social prejudices, the powerful Hiddwing family will take any means necessary to instill their ultraconservative values into the heart and minds of those they consider essential to their cause.

Cleever's risk is heightened when Rhys Hiddwing, one of the leaders recognizes her from somewhere in his past. Although threatened by the possibility of discovery, Cleever's role becomes paramount when a murder occurs that threatens national security. Inside the chambers of the organization, Cleever must also protect herself from those who openly suspect her intentions. Her task becomes more daunting when Becky Hiddwing, Rhys' sister, expresses a strong sexual attraction to Cleever. Struggling with her own beckoning desires, Cleever's resistance to the beautiful, charming Becky weakens.

"Death Understood" is an action-packed mystery that is difficult to set aside. Claire McNab plots a story as well as she writes. In this reader's opinion, both are 'superb.'

3-0 out of 5 stars New Direction
I have read all of McNab's books and enjoyed all of them. This new character Denise is slightly more difficult to get into. The story line is much harder to do of course because Denise is undercover and a member of a much more secretive organisation. This means that McNab has less characters to feed off and must work with Denise alone. However, a good read if somewhat lacking in punch. I guessed the story line from the end of the fourth or fifth chapter.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great New Series!
This is the first in a new series for author Claire McNab. It features Denise Cleever, an undercover agent for the Australian intelligence agency. She is placed at Hedwing Institute, which is run by one of Australia's most powerful families. She trying to gather evidence about the disappearance of the family patriarch and his sister seven years earlier in the Outback. As she gets closer and closer to the answer of whether the two met with a foul death or simply suffered an accident, she finds herself in increasing danger. This is welcome addition to the author's list of books. Agent Cleever is a likable character who does nothing rash, makes no obvious errors, but still finds herself in danger. In addition, and perhaps, as important, this is not a formulaic lesbian romance with a little mystery thrown in. This is a well plotted, well-written mystery featuring a lesbian as the protagonist in a genre that could use more of the same. ... Read more

124. We Know Where You Live (A Maggie Garrett Mystery)
by Jean Taylor
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Asin: 1878067621
Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
Publisher: Seal Press (WA)
Sales Rank: 62579
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Community "in jokes" -- Gotta love it!
I thought the mystery was intriguing, with lots of great twists; the characters were "real" and believable; the writing was smooth and engaging.

But my absolute favorite aspect of this book is the picture Taylor paints of an LGBT community filled to the brim with drama, and the way she includes the characters/situations/interpersonal dynamics that the LGBT-savvy reader is sure to recognize from her/his own community.I was cracking up, she describes it so well. ... Read more

125. Government Gay (Alex Reynolds Mysteries (Paperback))
by Fred Hunter
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Asin: 0312187211
Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 733374
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I've read in years.
This is probably one of the funniest books I've read in years. It was so refreshing to discover a new series that doesn't take itself so seriously! It was equally refreshing to find a book featuring gay characters in which the leading men are actually happily married and devoted to each other - there is none of the gay-angst that plagues a lot of gay literature. Additionally, the set up is very unusual. Alex Reynolds and his husband, Peter, not only live happily together, they live happily with Alex's mother Jean (and she's a stitch on her own!) This book contains a delightful trio in a mystery that was obviously meant to be more fun than mysterious. The real hallmark of this book was not so much that the mystery was entertaining (though it was), but that the relationships are so alive. These are people you will want to revisit again and again. Buyer beware: if you take yourself too seriously, you will not like this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read
This was a thoroughly enjoyable mystery, and very out of the ordinary. Alex Reynolds and his husband, Peter Livesay, join the ranks of happily married sleuthing couples along with such luminaries as Nick and Nora Charles and Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Added to the mix is Jean Reynolds, Alex's mother, an irrepresible Brit with whom the two men live. Jean is a positively delightful character, forever coming up with schemes and devising ways out of the predicament in which the trio find themselves, quite by accident. Believeability is not exactly the matter here, as with most romps. I wonderered if one would actually meet foreign agents in a gay bar, but the story and the prose were so delightful that I really didn't spare much time to worry about it! The best thing about the book was that these characters were so personable and believable (particularly the relationship between Alex and Peter, which was very complementary and compelling) that it made me want to come back and revisit them. I really am looking forward to the next entry in this series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasing read...
I did not know what to expect from this author since I'd never read anything by him before. I'm adventuresome in reading and this time I was not let down. Governmnent Gay seldom gets stereotypical in its characterizations except when the two lovers engage in love talk which is not often thank goodness. The story is interesting, the pace of the writing is varied to fit the action and we come to really care about these people as the book goes along. In fact, I found myself thinking about them after I had finished the book. Two scenes that stick in my mind are when the main character goes out on a lonely stretch of road at night waiting for the bad guys and the finale on top of the Sears Tower. I could imagine quite well the urban danger in the first scene and could feel the wind and had sweaty palms during the final scene. I highly recommend this book as a quick, amusing read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great "beach read" that's both fun and funny.
I really enjoy the 3 main characters in Hunter's books. His books make me laugh out loud in quite a few places, and leave me with a smile at the end. Most importantly, I would want to be friends with Alex, Peter and Jean. These books are missing the straight-bashing that I've often seen in books with gay characters, something else I appreciate. All in all, a very enjoyable read!

2-0 out of 5 stars I spy something silly...
It's really a shame this wasn't any good because the idea is great: take Mr. Gay Everyman and involve him in espionage--with plenty of laughs. Except that for this premise to work you have to mix the laughs with danger. If you think about NORTH BY NORTHWEST, the viewer does believe that Cary Grant is in danger, and that Eva Marie Saint is in trouble. There are plenty of chuckles, but the threat is always there, always real. That's one reason (one) that GOVERNMENT GAY does not work. Not for one moment do we believe the main characters are imperiled. Even THEY don't seem to think so. It's all so silly. And not a good silly either. And you know, Roger Thornhill's mother does offer some comic relief in NORTH BY NORTHWEST, but she's not in every single scene! She's not the main character; she doesn't rescue Roger and his lady every time they are in a tight spot. Finally, since the main inspiration for GOVERNMENT GAY seems to be NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Cary Grant and Eva Marie do not seem like the same character, correct? Not even the female and male version of the same character. But Alex Reynolds and his lover Peter do. They have different hair color, that's about it. I couldn't really pin any personality tags on either of them. Who is the outgoing one? Who likes to dance, who doesn't? Who is allergic to cats? You know, details that make characters seem like people. Obviously you don't get details in a film, but you need them in a book. By the end of this one I was hoping Alex and Peter and Jean would do us all a favor and defect to the other side. ... Read more

126. Name Games : A Mark Manning Mystery (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Michael Craft
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Asin: 0312270798
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Stonewall Inn Editions
Sales Rank: 135168
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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Mark Manning, once a prominent journalist at a major daily newspaper in Chicago, is now the owner and publisher of the Dumont Daily Register, the daily paper in a small Wisconsin city. Here the biggest news is the impending city council report on a proposed new adult bookstore zoning law, the upcoming election for Sheriff and the upcoming annual exhibition of the Midwest Miniatures Society. In a unique coup for the first-ever miniatures exhibition in Dumont, the "king of miniatures", Mr. Carroll Cantrell has agreed to come and judge the show's main event.

But the exhibition itself is quickly shoved off the front page of the paper when Cantrell is found murdered in his room. To make matters worse, Doug Pierce, the local sheriff, is widely believed to be responsible. Pierce - a closeted gay man and friend of Mark Manning - had been carrying on an affair with Cantrell and was the last person seen leaving his room before the body was discovered. As conservative elements in Dumont attempt to exploit the murder - and the sheriff's association with the deceased - to their own ends, Manning, with the help of his lover, architect Neil Waite, his staff and friends, starts his own investigation of the murder. With Cantrell having led something of a double life with no end of potential enemies and the miniatures world itself being a hot bed of rivalries and closely held resentments, the truth begins to feel very elusive indeed. As public sentiment begins to swing and time running out for Sheriff Pierce, Mark must uncover some of this close-knit town's most deeply held secrets if he's to learn the truth in time.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mark Manning Becomes Even More Engaging!
In Name Games, author Michael Craft offers us the fourth entry into the Mark Manning series of mysteries. With Name Games, Craft has certainly hit full stride. Manning is a well-developed, familiar protagonist and Craft seems to have fully taken hold of Manning's character development. Although this publication marks a switch in publisher from Kensington to St. Martin's Press, absolutely nothing suffers by the change. Manning's latest adventures find him well settled into his new home in Dumont, Wisconsin, where he is editor and publisher of the Dumont Register. His partner Neil is present throughout the story as he is on an extended work assignment for Quatro Press in Dumont. (Neil was more intermittant in the last story because of Mark's move from Chicago. Neil remained in Chicago and commuted to Dumont on weekends). This is an extremely postive development as we can witness Mark and Neil grow more settled as a couple. In addition, the character of Doug Pierce (country sheriff) continues and he is a welcome face in the Manning series. Mark's ward Thad Quattrain has developed from a total brat (as we met him in the last installment) to a decent and loving sixteen year old who has formed an excellent relationship with Mark and Neil; Thad appears quite proud to have two gay surrogate parents.The story revolves around a "miniatures" exhibiton to be held in Dumont. The celebrity judge is murdered and Sheriff Doug Pierce is implicated. Mark takes hold of the murder and works diligently at solving it. There are plenty of suspects and each is well portrayed in Craft's development. While there is a bit of foreshadowing, the reader is urged not to jump to conclusions. I managed to wrongly solve the mystery about four times through the book!Craft provides an engaging read from start to finish. His writing has improved and in addition to the action of the story, he cleverly manages to bring us into some of his more reflective thinking on a number of issues throughout the story. The conclusion is somewhat surprising and yet satisfying. Manning is well entrenched on my must read list. The only unfortunatel thing about finding a new author or series at the start is the wait for the next one. For those not familiar with Michael Craft's "Mark Manning" series, there are four waiting to be read. By the time you're finished, they'll probably be a fifth. At least this reader hopes so!Great work Michael! Keep them coming ... a little faster perhaps!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful! Michael Craft has another winner here
Name Games is book four in the Mark Manning Series. Mark Manning is a newspaper publisher. He once again had to come to the rescue and solve a murder. This time, there were many suspects, including the Sheriff, the Sheriff's deputy, the DA and a retired physician, just to mention a few. As always, the book read so well, that I felt I was there, and could actually see everything that was described.

The origin of the term Name Games comes out in the story. It is mentioned a couple of times. This book is a winner! You will not regret buying it! Enjoy!

By the way, my name would be Rusty LaRue! Now you will have to read the book to find out what that means!

4-0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, Mark!
He's back and better than ever. Now firmly ensconsed as publisher a small Wisconsin town's newspaper and as his young cousin's guardian, Mark seems more settled than in past installments, but he's still as perceptive and exciting as ever. With long-time partner, Neil, in town as an architect overseeing the town press's plant, he's more present than ever, and it's nice to see how readily he and Thad (their ward) have formed a relationship, one that Mark's initially a little jealous of. Neil serves as a rock for Mark and Thad.

The town's leading miniature proprieter has organized a combo show-and-tell and seminar, and has lured the best in the business to serve as judge. When said judge is found dead, there is the initial shock, and annoying DA Harvey Kaiser looking for someone to convict, whatever the cost. The prime suspect? The town's sheriff, Doug Pierce, Mark's friend and a closeted gay man who was carrying on a torrid affair with the deceased.

The town's loyalties soon become divided. Add into the mix an upcoming obscenity trial with many political consequences. Craft has done an excellent job fleshing out these characters. You actually understand them, their insecurities and their strengths. He's also delivered a wide array of possible suspects and does good work making the actual villain NOT obvious. Isn't that nice for a change? Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic murder mystery!
Michael Craft has crafted yet another winner with Name Games. I've already ordered the rest of the Mark Manning series. I really like the characters and the plots of the two I've read have been great. Please keep them coming!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A well written mystery in a wonderful series.
Each novel in this series improves upon characterizations, plot lines, and overall suspense. In this installment, Mark Manning, the protagonist, has a much broader and more responsible role in both his personal relationship, his job, friends, and with his nephew Thad. The mystery plotline is stronger as well as Michael Craft incorporates red herrings and less obvious solutions than in some of his previous books. The title of the book was too big a give away to some of us who play "Name games" on a regular basis, but you still look forward to Mark Manning solving the crime. An enjoyable read, with only a few "over the top" characters. ... Read more

127. Inner Circle: The 8th Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery (Mcnab, Claire. Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery, 8.)
by Claire McNab
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Asin: 156280135X
Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Naiad Press
Sales Rank: 592103
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another great example of talented writing!
As usual Claire McNab has done it again...
Please let the nice Detective find some true happiness in her personal life, the stress of being a cop on top of all that is bound to make her old quick! LOL ... Read more

128. Death Wore a Fabulous New Fragrance (Doan and Binky Mysteries)
by Orland Outland
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Asin: 0425161978
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Prime Crime
Sales Rank: 640215
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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If Sherlock Holmes wore high heels...If Sam Spade found the right shade...If Miss Marple had a clue about applying makeup......They wouldn't be half as divine as Doan McChandler and Binky Van de Kamp, San Francisco's most dazzling detective team!Doan's the slinkiest sleuth to slip into a slip.Binky's his best friend and a trust fund darling, with expensive tastes to match.And now this decadent duo is solving cases with a savvy--and a wardrobe--to kill for!

Second in an already popular mystery series with an outrageously funny hook:a drag queen detective!
The author's wicked wit and warmth appeals to fans of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, as well as the hugely popular films, The Birdcage and To Wong Fu
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5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect lazy day weekend book
It all started when I was persuing books in the airport bookstore when I came across the title, "Death Wore a Fabulous New Fragrance." I pulled it out and did a quick thumb-through when I heard my flight's boarding call. Having found nothing else that even came close to piquing my interest, I paid for the book and ran to catch my flight. For the next two hours, I was grinning, laughing, and having a grand time with two of the most imaginative characters in the most glamourous of situations to the point that *I* was jealous of them. Yeah, yeah, they're fictional characters but the panache they pull off when ordering Bombay Sapphire Gin this book, make a pitcher of Bombay Sapphire Gin Martinis (or Long Island Iced Teas) and lose yourself in this book. I *dare* you to read between the lines on some of these characters! I know I did and it made it all that much more enjoyable!

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a great sunny afternoon iced tea drinking book.
I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, I had read Mr. Outland's first mystery book and enjoyed it thouroughly. Second, it was fun trying to figure out who the famous people in the book he was talking about were (some I could, some I am STILL trying to figure out). Lastly, I really enjoy Mr. Outland's style of writing. It is very easy to read, and the dialogue is fun, and timely. Thanks, and I can't wait for the next in the series! Jenny

5-0 out of 5 stars Outland has a style all his own we should be glad of it
Socially vacant people would take one look baby Binky van de Kamp and homosexual Doan McChandler and stereotype the pair as a drag queen and a fag. Anyone who gets to know them, quickly realizes that they are just two people who prefer to live the high life to the fullest, but do not have the cash to do so in an orthodox manner. The unusual ideas this pair uses to maintain their current lifestyle is ludicrous. Still they would go the extra mile for a friend in need (hopefully finding cash on the way).

Just a month ago, Doan and Binky risked their lives to successfully rescue a friend from a murder charge. This achievement leads them to open up their own detective agency. Their first client is an acquaintance of Doan, accused of murdering a closeted movie hunk. The duo goes to LA where they quickly find themselves surrounded by human piranhas willing to do anything for a buck.

Orland Outland has created a unique and refreshing new kind of mystery series that is pure fun. The mystery propels the story line forward, but it is the campy characters and their serio-comic scenes that give DEATH WORE A FABULOUS NEW FRAGRANCE its quirky charm (and odor). Though Binky and Doan are not a romantic couple, their constant zings and witty ripostes are priceless. This is the beginning of a warm friendship with a new series clearly on the cutting edge (and sometimes to the outside of that).

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129. In the Game (Virginia Kelly Mystery)
by Nikki Baker
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Asin: 1562800043
Catlog: Book (1991-09-01)
Publisher: Naiad Pr
Sales Rank: 1107129
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?
Ginny's best friend, Bev, has a problem. Her white lover, a well known lesbian executive is found dead near a lesbian bar. A mutual friend, Naomi, believes Bev will be suspect. After all she is Black and is more likely to shoulder the blame since the two had problems. Once she is blamed then Ginny and Naomi may be found guilty by association.

Ginny refuses to believe this and begins her own investigation in finding the real killer. While pursuing this course she runs into her own set of personal problems. She dumps her own white lover for a crazed female lawyer who is continuously stalking her. She also has problems of being a lone Black lesbian who has few Black friends to relate to and feels unfulfilled in her relationships with one white lover after another.

Follow her through the twists and turns of Chicago and Boston as she attempts to solve this mystery. Nikki Baker has given us a decent first novel in a new series featuring a Black Lesbian Detective. It is well worth the read and touches on a wide variety of issues involving race, class, sexuality and self-esteem. No doubt we will hear more about Virginia "Ginny" Kelly. ... Read more

130. Witchfire
by Lauren Maddison
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Asin: 1555835953
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Alyson Books
Sales Rank: 251519
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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No one knows what the grave robbers were looking for when they violated the grave of Connor Hawthorne's recently deceased grandmother, Gwendolyn. Whatever it was, they didn't find it, but they died trying. Two corpses and a casket full of stones are all that Connor has to go on as she leaves her home in Santa Fe,N.M. for Glastonbury, England, with Laura Nez, the courageous Navajo guide who saved her life in the high desert of New Mexico at the end of Deceptions, the first Connor Hawthorne Mystery. But Connor, an ex-district attorney turned crime novelist who is no stranger to mystery and danger, is scant prepared for the family secrets that come tumbling out of the past and threaten to engulf not only her, but everyone she loves. From modern England to the mists of ancient Avalon, Witchfire weaves a thoroughly contemporary tale of murder and danger tied to an ancient and powerful secret. As she did in Deceptions, Lauren Maddison once again blends thriller fiction with mythology and lets it build to a heart-pounding conclusion. Connor Hawthorne will face her ultimate enemy, and the outcome will require more than gunplay. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Lauren Maddison has a great way of writing talking, like regular people would talk to each other. I like her writing style and this series of books featuring Connor Hawthorne is a great adventure. I hate to come to the end of the story and yet I can't put these books down. I recommend all three of these books, and I hope there's more to come very soon. Highly Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lived up to my expectations
"Witchfire" is the second installment of the Connor Hawthorne mystery series. In this book Connor's beloved grandmother's grave is desecrated in Glastonbury, England in addition to other mysterious killings. Connor, along with Laura (lover), Malcolm (best friend), and Nathaniel (father), fly to England to investigate. All of them get swept up in a tangle of ancient mythology and spirituality that threatens all of their lives and the balance of humanity.

Overall, I was pleased with "Witchfire" and happy to see Connor and Laura (finally) declaring their love for each other. Maddison always does an excellent job establishing the physical presence of the places such as Glastonbury, England ("Witchfire") and New Mexico ("Deceptions"). On the other hand, there were plenty of minor editing errors that got annoying real fast. I also got a little tired of how the love between the four characters was constantly over-emphasized. I frequently said to myself, "Okay I get it already, they all share a special bond. Let's move on." Although Maddison does a good job integrating the events of "Deceptions" into "Witchfire," I think it might be a benefit to read the first book to fully appreciate the developing plot. I enjoy this series so much that I already pre-ordered the third book which is not due to be published for three months!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lambda Literary Nominee! And I can see why!
This author reaches for more than just standard mystery themes. There are levels within levels, and a lot of food for thought. Plus it is written with an engaging, intelligent style--a big cut above your average so-called "lesbian" fiction, and I've read it all. This book isn't obsessing about the main character being a lesbian, it's focused on the joys and challenges of an admirable and very real human being who wishes life could just be simple even though it isn't. I like that.

If you like mysteries that also make you ponder things about yourself and your beliefs, you'll love this book as much as I did. I'm particularly drawn to the myths and spiritual lore of ancient religions and Ms. Maddison has obviously tapped into a source of inspiration there. Thanks for writing it. By the way, I also enjoyed her first book, Deceptions, but I think Witchfire is even better. I called the publisher to find out if there's another in the series. YES! Coming out next fall. I can't wait.

Candance R. Gates

2-0 out of 5 stars Tedious!
This would be a great book for current readers of Nancy Drew mysteries. Written on the same didactic, wordy, obvious, and pre-adolescent level. Read a Mabel Maney book for an intentionally funny (and racy) take on Nancy!

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent, magically spooky story, couldn't put it down
I haven't read her first book yet, but I'm going to. I loved this book, and I read all the mysteries I can get my hands on. I've bought copies for three friends. Someone asked me why I read a mystery that has some gay characters. Frankly, I couldn't care less. These characters, all of them, are well drawn, mostly lovable, except the 'bad guys'of course, and the plot is gripping. It's magical, a little gory in spots, very spooky, and the setting is so vivid I want to visit Glastonbury. I can't wait until the next one in the series. ... Read more

131. The Quokka Question: A Kylie Kendall Mystery
by Claire McNab
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132. Damn Straight : A Lillian Byrd Crime Story
by Elizabeth Sims
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After her narrow brush with death in Holy Hell, you would think Lillian Byrd would have learned to keep her head down, but when a friend in crisis calls from Palm Springs, Lillian jumps on a plane and wings her way from Detroit to California and danger. It's the weekend of the Dinah Shore golf tournament, the wildest women's sporting event in the world, when thousands of lesbians from around the country descend on the small desert town of Rancho Mirage and take over. At a pre-championship party, a capsized tray of champagne serves to introduce Lillian to a top LPGA star, and Lillian leaps into a sizzling romance without a second thought. But her superstar athlete has a secret: Someone is quietly terrorizing her. Lillian, eager to help, goes undercover as a high-profile reporter, an unhinged nun and a professional caddie while uncov-ering disturbing layer after layer of her lover's past. Who is the stalker? The lickspittle agent? The fierce rival? The alcoholic mother? Finally, with violence erupting at every turn, Lillian uncovers her lover's final horrifying secret. And it is not at all what she thought. Once again, Elizabeth Sims has crafted a nail-biting thriller, featuring her oh-so-human amateur detective, that sizzles and zings and has readers laughing through their shivers.

Elizabeth Sims is also the author of Holy Hell. A book person through and through, she is a 10-year veteran of bookselling and has written book reviews for the Detroit Free Press. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Moving Out and The Smudge. A longtime resident of the Detroit area, where Lillian Byrd lives, Sims now lives in Northern California.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!!
Ok, I have to admit, the only reason I picked up the first one (Holy Hell) was because of an email I received about Elizabeth getting the Lambda Literary Award for this one and the fact that she was a local grrl. I'm not normally into the "Lesbian Mystery" type books.

This is NOT typical in the least! I was enthralled from the start and laughed out loud many times. The love scenes were very scorching! The main character was fabulously believable and imperfect. I don't think I can give this series enough stars and am impatiently anticipating Lucky Stiff. Keep them coming Elizabeth!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent sports focused story
I've been reading lesbian books for a long time and this is one of the best stories in a sports milieu. The fact that Lillian is a golfer (duffer to be sure)helps pull the reader into the "Dinah". The only problem I have (as I do with many other books) is Lillian's sureness that she is in love with Genie in two days. Really! We do get a solid picture of who Genie is and what golf means to her by the end of the book. An excellent read!

5-0 out of 5 stars bursts of laughter intertwined with great intrigue
Best book I've read in awhile! I adore this fresh, bright character. Can't wait for the next installment of Lillian's adventures!
Sims writes in the first person perspective, but even moreso - it's as if the character Lillian is sitting right beside you, unfolding her story. And I come away as if I'm met a new friend...a friend who is smart, very witty, with a heckuva great sense of humor.
I especially enjoyed that Lillian shlepps her mandolin around with her, sharing fiddle tunes with friends. The details about this part of her life and also about her pet rabbit Todd make Lillian come alive. Great character development. Damn Straight is a fun and engaging read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now!
Lillian Byrd is back and she is as sarcastic, human, and intuitive as she was in her first book, "Holy Hell". There are several laugh out loud funny parts as well as some deliciously creepy ones. The story gets going right away and before we know it Lillian is on a plane with Todd the rabbit, heading to California to meet up with her old friend Truby (who turns out to be a fun side story) and right into the arms of a mystery. The story is filled with twists and turns, humor, and humanity. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Jesus
It looks like intelligence and wit might be making a come back.

I loved this book because the story is tight and the author is generous. She doesn't just give you a requisite description of the alcoholic's house, but tosses in this gem about a lush "...her feet looked like two poached footballs..." You won't find such observations in the typical page-turner (which so quickly turns dull as you realize you're only exercising your fingers and not your mind).

And how about a lead character who, in the end, prefers getting herself centered over hanging out with the rich and famous? Honor thyself instead of some poohbah, that's a fresh new idea. Too bad they won't read it in school.

The book is delightfully engrossing from the opening page. Read it and enjoy. ... Read more

133. She Died Twice
by Jessica Lauren
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134. Gaudi Afternoon: A Cassandra Reilly Mystery
by Barbara Wilson
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Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Ben Stevens has vanished without a trace. His wife thinks he's hiding out in Barcelona, and she asks Cassandra Reilly for help. On the trail of the elusive Ben, Cassandra is soon chasing people of all persuasions and motives in a madcap caper. This high-spirited comic thriller will soon be a major motion picture starring Judy Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A superbly crafted and energetically written mystery
Cassandra Reilly is at work in Barcelona translating novel when she gets a call in London from Frankie Stevens that Frankie's husband had gone missing. Frankie thinks her vanished spouse is somewhere in Barcelona and asks Cassandra to find him. Cassandra obliges and in the course of her search encounters a foot therapist names April Schauer, a sax layer supposedly from Prague, seedy bars in Barcelona's red-light district, dreamlike gardens of Parc Guell, and high adventure in a madcap mystery where appearances are deceptive and surprises are the order of the day. Gaudi Afternoon is a superbly crafted and energetically written mystery that will fully satisfy even the most demanding devotees of the genre.

1-0 out of 5 stars the shatest book of the decade an i had to study it
this book is pooh man! i waz up all night writing a naff essay on lesbos and they never even sold coffee in the computer city

3-0 out of 5 stars Ben and Ali's Early Morning Review
Firstly there are two recurring themes in the book, that of feminism and of homosexuality. These theme relate well to Barcelona (where the book is set) as its sets the city in its context of modernoty and post-Francoist liberation. You will learn about the Spanish/ Catalan divide and also get a taste of Gaudi's wonderful and quite frankly rather wierd architecture. You will sit in a Ramblas' Cafe watching the world go by. Yes, the book certainly gives you a taste of Barcelonian life from the comfort of your arm chair. Lesbianism is a prominat theme in the book and we see how homosexuality has in effect come out of its' proverbial closet since the Transition to democracy. There is certainly an "anything goes" policy about the city (from what we can gather from the book).Other than that it is a rather ordinairy novel with little action and little plot. But for an insight into Catalan Culture its THE easy-read novel. Frankly there's little effort gone into the story line from the author. we're blue in the face from reading it but if you like Mills and Boon with a bit culture thrown in for good measure its the book for you! ENJOY!! ali and Ben.

2-0 out of 5 stars Of limited value
If you've been to Barcelona, this book will help you reminisce. That's pretty much it.

The story is quite bland. A ring of thieves attack the city, and the main character, an American lesbian freelance translator, gets caught in the middle of it. In pursuit of the bad guys, she goes up and down Barcelona and its beautiful monuments.

The plot is thinnish and i HATED the ending (don't worry, i won't reveal it... but i found it very frustrating). This book is mediocre beach material.

If you really want to learn more about Barcelona, pick up anything by Eduardo Mendoza. Now, that's good writing!

4-0 out of 5 stars A fun, quick read
I picked up this book for a dollar at a local Brown Elephant second-hand store. I bought it because I've vacationed in Barcelona, and I was enchanted by the city. Happily, this book really brought back memories of Barcelona, and was a fun, fast-paced, entertaining read. For a good time, read Gaudi Afternoon! ... Read more

135. Otherworld: A Stoner McTavish Mystery (Stoner Mctavish Mysteries)
by Sarah Dreher
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5-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent mystery/fantasy about dimensional reality.
Funny, insightful character study and mystery placed at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World. Dreher makes even Micky Mouse seems spooky when she delves into the hidden tunnels at WDW that are packed with deceptive turns, tricks of sound and sight, and may be the gateway to another universe. Dreher's regular characters are enriched with the addition of some new ones. A must read for Stoner fans and all who enjoy a perfectly crafted work. ... Read more

136. Murder at the Nightwood Bar (Kate Delafield Mysteries (Paperback))
by Katherine V. Forrest
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4-0 out of 5 stars Connections
A young woman is found murdered outside a lesbian bar, and Kate Delafield is on the case. The young woman was a prostitute and a junkie who was rejected by her judgmental parents, all of which gives Kate a plethora of suspects. During the investigation, Kate has a brief liaison with a woman from the lesbian bar, and ultimately reconnects with the lesbian community, which she hadn't done for years. And when Kate discovers who killed the young woman, it's a jolt to the reader as well, even if, like myself, you suspected it. Forrest is a gifted writer, showing in her second Delafield mystery the reasons why she has such a devoted following.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book...
This was the first in the Delafield series that I read and I've been an addict ever since. This book, along with Beverly Malibu, is one of the best in the series and an excellent read. Great story of how lesbians react to their own who wear badges, and how those women officers deal with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars PERFECT!
This book is perfect to me. Every actor seems to be alive. And if you know L.A., you know the Nightwood Bar and every place in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The character development was well thought out, the plot was superiour, and the entire book held my attention from beginning to end! It's also nice to see a lesbian main character go through "real life". ... Read more

137. Vital Lies : Selected Writings (Jane Lawless Mysteries (Paperback))
by Ellen Hart
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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In the second charming Jane Lawless mystery, the winter solstice nears and Jane, a Minneapolis restaurateur, is invited to spend the week at Fothergill Inn, a Victorian house-turned B&B.Jane's old friend Leigh has spent years renovating the house and reopening it as an inn and restaurant.The inn has become so successful that people drive the fifty miles from Minneapolis just for dinner.But when Jane and her best friend, Cordelia, arrive for a week of relaxation, they find that the weekend's guests are anything but pleased, and that relaxing is the furthest thing from their minds.

Broken glass litters the parking lot, dead animals turn upin the bedrooms, a bomb scare threatens the lives of the inn's guests--there is no doubt that someone is trying to scare the visitors.Then the pranks take a deadly turn when a customer ends up dead, and Jane must help her friend get to the bottom of these malicious and murderous events--before someone else dies.
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4-0 out of 5 stars my favorite title in the series
I've zipped through the whole Jane Lawless series over the past month, and I liked this title the most. She kept me guessing about who-done-it until the very end.

4-0 out of 5 stars Love at first read!
This is the first book I happened to read in the Jane Lawless series; I found it at a local bookstore earlier this year and bought it because, much to my delighted surprise, the protagonist was a lesbian. My delight continued as I read the book. Jane is wonderful and believable; the mystery is believable and well-plotted.

My only problem with the book was that I would have wanted a bit more of the lesbian element brought out. On the other hand, Jane was portrayed as a regular gal; her sexual preference was not a big deal or particularly unusual in the book. Perhaps this is how it should be in real life as well. At any rate, I give high marks and many kudos to this book. All mystery lovers (especially "cozy" mystery fans) will enjoy it. I can't wait to read the rest of Ellen Hart's Jane Lawless series. ... Read more

138. Immaculate Midnight: A Jane Lawless Mystery
by Ellen Hart
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Ray Lawless, prominent defense attorney and father of Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless, tries his biggest case yet defending an accused serial murderer and arsonist whom the media has dubbed "The Fireman." Ray's client is eventually convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, though he proclaims his innocence to the end, and a few days later, he kills himself in his cell.

But someone in The Fireman's life can't let go, and, blaming Ray for the man's death, plots a meticulous revenge. Both Jane and her brother Peter, who is already under terrible stress because of a troubled marriage, feel the heat of the avenger's plan.

But Jane is intimately familiar with danger, and she's never been one to shrink from a fight. With the help of her best friend Cordelia, Jane sets out to discover why this person is so determined to undo her family. When she begins to dig into The Fireman's life, the puzzle unravels, leading Jane to a final confrontation with someone bent on making the Lawlesses pay, perhaps with their lives.

Immaculate Midnight is a taught, dynamic installment in an award-winning series.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Closer to form of earlier books in the series
I was a little tentative about reading this book only because Hart had begun highlighting Jane's weaknesses and depression so much in the last two books that the series itself was becoming depressing to read. Although Jane's character isn't a ray of sunshine in this book, the suspense is tighter than it has been for a while. There is also greater attention paid to Jane's father, brother, and sister-in-law so that the family relationship and dysfunctions (and yes, Jane's family has them) are fleshed out. Cordelia is returned to her larger-than-life dramatic self and Jane does manage some self-relevations such that some progress for personal improvement is made. All-in-all, a solid effort to a very good series.

5-0 out of 5 stars exciting amateur sleuth mystery
The Midnight Man is an arsonist, who drugs his victims and then sets fires to their homes, making it look like it was an accidental death. All told there were five victims but the police linked Bobby Alto to two of them. Defense attorney Raymond Lawless thought he could get his client off but the jury found him guilty and he lost on appeal.

Alto's father Conrad blames Raymond for his son's conviction and swears to get even. Raymond, his son Peter and his daughter Jane receive in the mail tarot cards. When the Lawless family compare notes, they believe somebody in the Alto family has targeted them. Jane, who hates to feel helpless investigates the family, a move that saves her and her sister in law from a sociopath killer.

The Jane Lawless mysteries just keep on getting better and better. In IMMACULATE MIDNIGHT, readers are given a glimpse into the lives of Jane's immediate family and this makes the audience fail a connection to the protagonists. As a counterpoint to the caring Lawless family, the Alto's are a dysfunctional disunity that readers will pity and detest. Ellen Hart has written another exciting amateur sleuth mystery.

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139. Deaths of Jocasta
by J. M. Redmann
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-15)
Publisher: Bella books
Sales Rank: 267931
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Micky Knight had a pleasant evening to look forward to; she was running security at a swank party full of beautiful lesbians and gay men.A dead body ruins the affair.When more dead women are found the police target Dr. Cordelia James as the killer.The same Cordelia who broke Micky's heart.As Micky works to expose the killer she tries to keep her heart hidden.But the killer and Micky keep getting closer to Cordelia . . .Deaths of Jocasta has long been out of print and a prized find at used bookstores for years.Bella Books in proud to reissue this exciting mystery. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars READ IT FOR YOURSELF!
A previous reviewer must have forgotten that some people want to read fiction to be drawn away from the world of reality. Not everyone wants to be entertained by reality and solve world problems. Mickey Knight is exciting, moody, funny, sexy, strong, vulnerable, and TUFF, and the author develops the characters throughout the series. You will care about her and the other characters too. The story is full of action, mystery, romance with steamy romantic sex and just plain sex. Remember, this is the story of a street smart PI, so don't let an occasional bit of not so sexy talk from a sex scene make you miss this great series. It is one of 'THE BEST' written detective series featuring a lesbian. If you only read stories about perfect characters, with "NORMAL" everyday problems,who have perfect sex and during sex never talk the least bit dirty, then maybe you need to SpIcE up your reading with a little Mickey Knight! I say try the book for yourself and walk thru the streets of NEW ORLEANS with Mickey.

2-0 out of 5 stars "Get Real" she retorted.
The rave reviews here mystify me. Is the standard for lesbian novels so low that a novel like this is hailed as terrific? I guess the Mickey Knight character fulfills some sort of fantasy about being a dashingly handsome lesbian who has the entire straight and gay female population of the Southeast panting over her, but I'm afraid that page after page of this nonsense starts to wear pretty thin after awhile. It would be nice if a few lesbian authors at least tried once in a while to write books that reflect the lives of the readers who buy their books, rather than these unbearably shallow Danielle Steel for ..... mysteries and romances that seem to be the only game in town. This book has all of the subtleties of a cartoon--where is there any relationship between two lesbian women in this book that has any connection to the real world? We have Mickey the vulnerable babe with the tough exterior who's had an agonizing childhood but tries to bear up bravely. She sleeps with a series of fairly interchangable women, none of whom seem to be particularly important to her, other than what they can provide her in bed. It is amazing how our Mickey can attract a wealthy patron, a medical doctor, a district attorney, a police detective, among others, all in one novel. One wonders what they see in her, as I have not yet discovered what it is that makes Mickey so irresistable to these women. Were Mickey a "he" rather than a "she" it is unlikely that she'd get away with some of these antics. There is a creepy "victimy" quality to Mickey that is annoying. The constant references to her miserable childhood become tiresome and the ranting about her evil Aunt Greta and cousin Bayard get old fast. Is all of this trauma and abuse supposed to endear the character to us, or excuse her bad behavior? I just kept wishing she'd go to therapy. If you are looking for an escapist romp filled with one sex scene ("stick your finger up me" was one memorable, romantic line) after another where everybody "retorts" rather than "says" dialogue, then this is the book for you. If you're interested in anything deeper than that I suggest you look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two mysteries rolled into one.
Kudos to JM Redmann for writing another wonderful installment in the Micky Knight series. "The Deaths of Jocasta" is much more than the case Micky has been hired to investigate. Not only is the reader treated to a well-written mystery and realistic plot, but the dark past of Micky slowly unfolds throughout the book as she gives up alcohol and casual sex. Micky essentially fights her inner battle alone when her closest friends question her ability to remain sober and celibate. She doesn't know if they are friends or foes.

Will Micky be able to figure who is behind the threatening letters and shocking deaths of women before she becomes a victim herself? Will Micky be able to become lovers with Cordelia without putting her foot in her mouth? Will Danny reconcile her hurt feelings towards Micky for their failed relationship after college? Read this book yourself to find the answers to these and other questions. You certainly won't regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Micky Knight is back. Laissez les bons temp rouler!
The thirty years old, Barnard educated and underemployed, out lesbian, private investigator, Micky Knight has accepted a job overseeing security for a very exclusive and "festive" annual party hosted by Emma Auerbach. Of an old money New Orleans family, Emma has been a friend and mentor to Mickey for years. Sober and celibate for over six weeks, Micky is beginning to face the demons from which the liquor and sex allowed her to hide for over a decade. Although determined to remain sober, Micky does hope the weekend party brings an end to her loneliness, especially when the good doctor, Cordelia James arrives. Micky lost her heart to Cordelia months ago, during the events of "Death by the Riverside." But Emma's annual gay-la ends abruptly when the body of a young woman is found in the woods on her estate and everyone returns to the city.

At loose ends back in New Orleans, Micky goes to the library to check out some Dorothy Sayers books. "Some of her Lord Peter Wimsey books, not so much for detective ideas, but for dating tips." About which Micky concludes, "via Lord Peter, the method for making a woman fall in love with an offbeat detective was to save her from the gallows by proving her innocent. Somehow that didn't seem to have much bearing on Cordelia and myself." (p55). Of course, Lord Peter is right!

Life is complicated for Micky and company. More bodies show up near Cordelia's clinic. When they turn out to be young women who were patients at the clinic, the police see Cordelia as the prime suspect. Cordelia decides to hire Micky to investigate. Meanwhile an uncharacteristically restless, NOPD Detective Sgt., Joanne, increasingly angered by these events, is spending more time with Micky. Joanne senses Micky has similar ghosts in her past.

With the same tough, first-person voice of the first Micky Knight novel, Redmann directs the fast paced action of "Jocasta." Micky tracks down leads connecting the pasts of several characters with the current events. And the truth turns out to involve a dangerous combination of extremists --who justify murder in the name of life-- and people who crave old-fashioned, hateful revenge. Will Micky be able to take Lord Peter's advice?

Redmann presents serious and painful issues without hiding the pain, becoming pedantic, or losing her sense of humor. Her characters are well rounded, interesting women who deal authentically with their problems. One of the most impressive examples of this is Redmann's handling of child sexual abuse. Accurate and realistic, the depictions of the abuse and its ramifications run a spectrum of forms, parental reactions, and consequences from Micky to Joanne to Cordelia. This thread actually evolves throughout the Micky Knight novels as Micky has the opportunity to grow and heal.

This re-release of "Deaths of Jocasta" by Bella Books is a must for mystery lovers and in this reader's opinion, the covers of "Jocasta" and "Riverside" are the best Bella has produced to date. Ten years have passed since "Jocasta" was originally published. It is pinned to the early 1990s by technology --the lack of cell phones and email via the world wide web-- and Joanne's early adolescence (and rest of the crowd's ages in relation to her) is set prior to the Roe v. Wade decision (1973). However, the issues of the novel are very relevant today and Redmann treats the women struggling to survive them with respect and dignity. "Deaths of Jocasta" does not answer all the mysteries hovering in Micky's background. For that, readers should look for "The Intersection of Law and Desire" and "Lost Daughters," in order. Take Micky Knight home with you and laissez les bons temp rouler!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better even than the first!
Mickey Knight is fabulous. I loved "Riverside" - this is even better, if that is possible. And Redmann is the only writer I have come across who actually writes great lesbian sex. ... Read more

140. The Limits of Justice : A Benjamin Justice Mystery (Benjamin Justice Mysteries (Hardcover))
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-18)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Former investigative journalist Benjamin Justice has decided that blueagave is a whole lot better than bleak reality, so he's spent the better part ofsix months trying to pickle himself in tequila. Justice has any number ofreasons to be depressed. He was fired from the Los Angeles Times forfraud (and had to give back a Pulitzer Prize to boot); his lover of 10 yearsdied from AIDS; and Justice himself was infected with HIV during a brutal rape.

Money, however, is a powerful motivator. When Charlotte Preston offers him anadvance of $25,000 to ghostwrite an exposé of Randall Capri, a tabloidwriter whose latest sensational effort claims that Charlotte's late father,Hollywood heartthrob Rod Preston, was a sexual predator, Justice decides to comeup for air. But Charlotte is found dead less than a day later, and Justiceinherits both her spoiled Lhasa apso and a determination to unearth her killer.It doesn't take long for Justice to discover that Capri was right on the money.In a trail leading from the posh health spas of Beverly Hills to the seedy stripbars of Tijuana, Justice will uncover a network of pedophiles, respectedcitizens all, who exploit immigrant boys and who will stop at nothing to keeptheir secret safe.

John Morgan Wilson's hero (SimpleJustice, Revision ofJustice, Justice atRisk) is brooding, sardonic, and deeply human. His investigation intoother people's lives is peppered with moments of often unpalatable insight intohis own dark existence and pangs of guilt for distancing himself from all whowould befriend him. Justice's propensity for occasional ponderous asides on sexand morality slows down a plot that otherwise moves briskly along. (Perhaps abit too briskly: Wilson can't seem to decide whether he's writing asolemn meditation on the human condition or a no-holds-barred potboiler.)However, though the denouement flirts dangerously with farce as Justice storms adesert compound populated by former Nazis, Wilson's generally adept prose willkeep readers happy, and pages turning. --Kelly Flynn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Mystery
I don't know why it is that some authors are able to contrive good plots, but can't write worth a damn, or vice versa. This book is more or less in the first category. This is a page-turning type of mystery, that gets more repulsive (story, that is) as it progresses towards its climactic, repugnant, and bizarre ending. As mystery plots go, this is one of the best.

But Wilson's authorial qualities are a bit on the formulaic side; everytime the set changes, we get a modicum of a description almost as afterthoughts to let us know what the environment or the person looks like. They are at most perfunctory, sometimes unnecessary, and always formulaic interpolations that bog the novel down. If Wilson had a figurative flair, this might not be so bothersome, but Wilson's description of people, places, and things are almost always an afterthought interposed to make the person, place, or thing more than two-dimensional; but they're never really helpful. The story is pretty much linear, and the characters are individuals we could care less if we ever were to meet.

Despite the oftentimes platitidunious writing, this novel is one of the best contrived mysteries I've read, and certainly one of the most bizarre. Even if the characters are nothing more than hastily-described placecards and too abstruse to really care about after 200 pages, the interesting plot keeps the reader thoroughly engaged. So the deficiencies in writing and character development are more than ofset by the controverted (and controversial), economical, yet wholly credible plot.

Despite these serious flaws, recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fanastic bogglers
A few months ago my sister gave me a "Justice" book as a gift.Ever since then I have been of fan of Justice and his creator, John Morgan Wilson.They make my time on the treadmill and bikes at the gym pass very quickly!

The story lines are always creative and twisted a bit and keep me on my feet trying to figure out the angles involved.I have a problem when I read mysteries...I can often figure them out and that bothers me cause I like to be challanged!Wilson and Justice completely challange me...and I will keep reading them as long as there are new editions to grab up.

One of the things I really like are how the characters are complicated...often some of the persons involved are just regular folks who got caught up in a situation and made a bad choice that went very bad.Also being a Los Angeles native and resident I like how the stories are set in places I have been to or see in my everyday travels.

The story lines are usually very hard to stomach sometimes and makes he happy they are pure fiction(god I hope there is little to no truth in them).I sometimes wish that they would be created into movies, but then again there would have to be too many changes to make them marketable and might further advance negative stereotypes of gay men.I have seen the horrible results of another of my favorite mystery characters brought to the screen and don't really want to see that happen again (Fletch series by Greggory McDonald)

One of these days I hope to catch a signing and get all of my copies signed by Wilson.

4-0 out of 5 stars Justice Bogged Down!
If I hadn't read two previous John Morgan Wilson mysteries, I would like this one a lot more. Although I continue to like immensely Mr. Wilson's novels, THE LIMITS OF JUSTICE is my least favorite so far and suffers when compared to the other two, SIMPLE JUSTICE and JUSTICE AT RISK. My criticisms are two: first, the main character Benjamin Justice should get on with living. I understand that his life has not been easy. We learned three stories ago that he murdered his own father when he caught him raping his own daughter and Benjamin's sister. I won't give away the plot of this novel, but nobody has sympathy for a whiner forever. Secondly, Mr. Wilson gets a little carried away with both plot and subject matter here. He covers AIDS, incest, pederasty, the cult of man-boy love, castration, alcoholism and sleazy biographers. There are a couple of what I call Steve McQueen car chases as well as other near-death adventures for Mr. Justice. This is not to say there aren't touching scenes here. Rod Preston's ex-wife's remembrance of the difficulty of being gay in the 50's is quite moving as well as Justice's landlord Maurice's repeated attempts to get him out of his depression.

In addition to Justice's landlords, his PNB (potential new boy friend) Oree returns in this novel as well as Templeton, Justice's reporter friend, who now has landed a job with the LA Times. (This time she is the one reading the latest Walter Mosley mystery as Wilson continues his tribute to Mosley.)

This book may be better than I think or I may have read it at a bad time. I'm betting that I'll like the next one "Blind Eye" better.

5-0 out of 5 stars All out fun!
I read Revision of Justice first, then bought The Limits of Justice and read it.Now I wish I had read these books in order. Yes, I bought the other two (Simple Justice and Justice at Risk).What wonderful books!Benjamin Justice is a great character, especially since he???s so damn human.Not only that, But Wilson knows how to write a novel that is compelling and can stand on its own.You do not have to read all the books in order, he makes it easy to read them in any order you want.However, let it be noted, that if you read Limits of Justice first some of the ongoing drama will be spoiled - - as I found out the hard way.

Because of the subject matter, Limits of Justice is hard to read at times, but is so compelling that you have no choice but turn the page.I loved it to the end.Any mystery fan, gay or straight. Would enjoy any of the Justice mysteries.I have already turned one friend on to them.I???m in the middle of Simple Justice and enjoying it!

They are just so damn good!

Read them in order if you can; or at least read Limits of Justice last.

3-0 out of 5 stars Differences make interesting reading.
All fictional detectives have problems. Boejamin Justices drinks too much, shuns companionship, has ruined his own life, and is gay and tested HIV positive. Yet all this same, but different, makes the fine writing and interesting characterization easy to take. My only complaint will be solved with time, when old nazis get too old to be villlains. Good read. ... Read more

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