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142. Still Waters: A Helen Black Mystery
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147. Sweet Cherry Wine: A Novel of
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148. When the Corpse Lies
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149. The Death of Friends : A Henry
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150. Ninth Life (A Caitlin Reece Mystery)
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141. Clearwater
by Catherine Ennis
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Asin: 0941483657
Catlog: Book (1991-08-01)
Publisher: Naiad Pr
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142. Still Waters: A Helen Black Mystery (Helen Black Mysteries)
by Pat Welch
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143. Hidden Law
by Michael Nava
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 346167
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Henry explores his Mexican-American roots as he defends a young Latino accused of murdering a rising Latino politician. A strong emotional connection with both the victim and his accused killer results in a deepening internal conflict for Henry as he battles L.A._s corrupt political machine and faces Josh_s impending death from AIDS.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Has a lazy resolution, but manages to be above average.
In 'The Hidden Law', a state senator is murdered. And the police begin a sweep of Los Angeles' gangs. Are they somehow involved? Henry Rios defends Michael Ruiz, the young man accused of the murder.

Meanwhile, Henry is also struggling in his relationship with Josh Mandel, who has joined ACT-UP to protest the lack of funds, etc. in AIDS research. Rios also has to deal with a variety of other political figures and a psychiatrist to figure out the truth.

The solution to this mystery does not pay off well-as usual, the villain is a relatively minor character (a fact that reminds me of the 'Harry Potter' novels)-but his identity eventually works when one considers the symbolism.

'The Hidden Law' is not as strong as its predecessors, but it does manage to grab your emotions in the end. It is this fact that pulls this otherwise average mystery up a notch. And Henry Rios continues to become more realistic through each book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Henry Rios rules
I read How Town first and then decided to give other books in this series a try. Loved it. Read it on a 5 hour train ride and couldn't put it down. I just bought the first book in the series and am planning on reading it next.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
very intriguing - good gay stuff - weird issues about top/bottom - good portrayal of lawyers job and LA politics, very good look at chicano politics in the nineties ... Read more


144. Brotherly Love (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Randye Lordon
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Catlog: Book (1994-05-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars Super Sleuth
I'm not usually a mystery reader, but this was excellent.I really liked Sydney Sloan.What a super sleuth!I'd recommend this to anyone who's looking for a good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Winning Ticket
Taking a chance on an author you've never read can be a frightening proposition - but sometimes you get lucky; and for those of you about to purchase Brotherly Love, you've hit the literary lottery.In this, the first installment of the Sydney Sloane mystery series, author Randye Lordon explores the theme of `family' with an honesty and subtlety few writers in this genre have achieved.It's refreshing to find a mystery novel with a lesbian protagonist that actually reads like a bestseller.Not only is the writing intelligent and the plot entertaining, the characters are likeable and in the end wind up feeling like old friends.

Brotherly Love introduces us to Sydney Sloane, a New York City P.I. who, while sipping a cup of coffee on a leisurely morning at home, finds herself staring down at a picture in the newspaper of one Noah Alexander, an escaped murderer who bears an uncanny resemblance to Sydney's own brother David, a professional con man.The more she stares at the picture, the more she is convinced that the man in the picture is indeed her brother.The problem is, David has been dead for ten years.While her relationship with David had always been troubled, when she had first learned of his death, she wasn't convinced it wasn't just another con.Now Sydney is out to learn the truth:is her brother dead or alive?The quest for an answer puts her very life on the line as dead bodies pile up all around.

Deftly grasping the nuances and idiosyncrasies of familial relationships, Lordon explores the relationship between a sister and brother with unerring honesty.Sydney's struggle to reconcile her memory of David to the truth is at once painful and comforting -- because in the end we realize that we don't have to like our family to love them, and that blood and loyalty are truly the ties that bind. ... Read more


145. Gay Resort Murder Shock
by Phillip Scott
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Asin: 1555837573
Catlog: Book (2003-07-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 642983
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The ineptly intrepid sleuthing team from One Dead Diva returns! Marc, a 50-ish opera queen, and his young, ditsy dancer friend Paul find themselves working at a gay resort off the coast of Queensland, run by Newton Heath, a friend of Marc's. All goes as expected as Marc continues to drop whatever he hasn't already forgotten and Paul madly chases the guests, but when Newton is murdered our boys have a new mystery on their hands!

Phillip Scott, a lifelong resident of Sydney, Australia, has written and -performed in satirical reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and in London and has also worked as a musical director for David Campbell, Rowan Atkinson and Lily Savage and even once accompanied Bea Arthur. He is the author of two other Marc and Paul mysteries, One Dead Diva and Get Over It!

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3-0 out of 5 stars Funny but ...
not as good as ONE DEAD DIVA. Read that one first to get into the protagonists (Marc and Paul).
Mr. Scott is talented and I await the American release of the third volume in the series.
One point he or his editors should note: I'd strongly prefer leaving the text in the original "Australian"! However, if they're hell bent on converting it to
"Standard American", don't do so halfway with a "harbor" here and a "neighbour" there.
Whoever oversaw that aspect of the production did an obviously slipshod job. I deducted one star for that. ... Read more


146. Passion Bay
by Jennifer Fulton
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Asin: 1562800280
Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
Publisher: Naiad Pr
Sales Rank: 139035
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Two women from different ends of the earth encounter destiny, and one another, on a South Pacific paradise. When Boston securities broker, Annabel Worth inherits remote Moon Island, she travels there to solve a mystery that has haunted her family. Dumped by her lover, laid off from her job, New Zealander Cody Stanton flees to the island seeking solace and solitude. Both women are burdened with secrets that could destroy the passion that ignites between them. When Hurricane Mary strikes, each must make a choice that will change her life forever. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! This captured me from the beginning and kept imprisoned
Annabel, and Cody were easy to imagine and seemed to come to life from the pages. The story was well developed and their was real development of the relationship that let you believe they were falling in love. I am glad to know that I will meet these two who are old friends to me now, in Saving Grace. Thanks Jennifer and can we have another!

5-0 out of 5 stars ~A magical love story~
A wonderful story that captures your imagination.While reading,you will invision the beauty of Passion Bay..As well as the people and their personas..Your hearts will rise and fall with each chapter,as you ache for more...I loved it!! Looked forward to the next books that followed,I was impressed but not surprised that they gripped ME,just as much as Passion Bay did!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excitingly realistic portrayal of lesbian love. Fantastic!!
The book was well written and holds one's interest. A great reminder of the initial stages of a relationship that runs deeper than simple lust. ... Read more


147. Sweet Cherry Wine: A Novel of Suspense (Laney Samms Mysteries)
by Carol Schmidt
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Catlog: Book (1994-05-01)
Publisher: Naiad Press
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148. When the Corpse Lies
by Therese Szymanski
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Bella books
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Bad-girl Brett Higgins is used to waking up next to beautiful women she hardly knows. Problem is, this one’s dead.

Tough, sexy, and dangerous, former underworld figure Brett Higgins knows the dark side of desire. But thanks to the love of ex-policewoman Allie Sullivan, all that has changed. Once of great interest to the Vice Squad, Brett’s adult entertainment business is now completely legit. And her only personal vice is a penchant for steamy cyber-sex. But if keeping her hands on the keyboard keeps them off other women, that’s better than cheating, right?

Unfortunately, Brett’s interludes on the Internet leave her vulnerable to someone from her shadowy past. Now the target of a terrifying conspiracy, Brett has no choice but to run. The pursuing police think she’s trying to get away with murder. If her enemies find her first, she’ll be lucky to get away alive. ... Read more


149. The Death of Friends : A Henry Rios Mystery (Henry Rios Mysteries)
by Michael Nava
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Chris Chandler, a closeted California Supreme Court justice and an old friend of Henry's, has been murdered. The investigation is focused on Chris's younger lover, Zack, who turns to Henry for help. Devastated by his friend's death and traumatized by his own lover Josh's rapid descent towards death from AIDS, Henry isn't sure he wants to know what his investigation will ultimately reveal about Chris's double life.

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150. Ninth Life (A Caitlin Reece Mystery)
by Lauren Wright Douglas
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Catlog: Book (1990-11-01)
Publisher: Naiad Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable reading!
This book fast-paced, well-written, and peopled with interesting characters. A thoroughly enjoyable read for folks who love mysteries, and this one is all the more satisfying because it takes on an important social issue: animal abuse. In addition to having crafted her story skilfully, the author handles language beautifully -- the book is full of delightful turns of phrase and striking imagery-- not what you'd expect in a quick reading mystery novel. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Caitlin Reece PI,investigates an illegal animal research lab
In this Lambda Award winning first of the Caitlin Reece series, the wisecracking Victoria, British Columbia PI is called on to investigate the death of an operative placed in an illegal research lab by an animal advocacy group named Ninth Life. Feminist Bookstore News said of this book when it appeared in 1988: "A very accomplished first novel, distinguished by an elegant flair for description and an ovbious love of the language. This is a stunning first effort." I have to agree. This novel is head and shoulders above so many of the "women's mysteries" on the market -- it has a terrific heroine, great writing, and an important issue -- animal rights. Her secondary characters are terrific, too: her cats Repo and Jeoffrey, her Vietnamese friend Gray Ng, her mysterious computer hacker friend Francis the Ferrett, and her protege Lester. The Victoria locales are true-to-life: read all the books in her series ... Read more


151. Wearing Black to the White Party
by David Stukas
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 503578
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Great concept, mixed execution
Robert and Michael head from New York to Palm Springs, California, to attend the gay party of the year. According to its organizer and sometime boyfriend to Michael, Rex, the Red Party will be big--even bigger than the annual White Party which has been the class act of gay America up until then. Of course, throwing such a party creates waves--and these include extortion notes. As Michael and Robert hang out with Rex, the threats become terribly real and Rex is nearly killed. Calling on his lesbian friend Monette, Robert decides to investigate. Michael would investigate too, except he is too caught up in the need to find frequent and kinky sex.

WEARING BLACK TO THE WHITE PARTY has all of the elements of a fun mystery--odd characters as both suspects and protagonists, a (for most of us) strange but interesting environment in which the action takes place, and plenty of fast dialogue. As a result, I really wanted to love this book. I found, however, that I couldn't get into the characters. I wasn't sure what was motivating Robert to push the investigation, why he stayed friends with Michael who is obviously a complete narcisisst, and what the point of the huge highway dildo is.

Author David Stukas intended to write a funny book and WEARING BLACK does include some good lines and some cute moments. The huge dildo in the road and some of the dialogue between Michael and Robert stands out as quite good. For me, the humor didn't really seem integral to the story, however. What the dildo had to do with anything I'm not sure.

WEARING BLACK is interesting and shows a lot of potential. I'll look forward to the next book in this series to see if Stukas can put the potential together and deliver a really funny mystery with really involving characters that I can care about.

4-0 out of 5 stars Camp, Queens, and Murder - just don't read it on a train!
I read this on a single train-ride between Ottawa and Toronto. I would like to apologize to the other passengers for the constant smirks, chuckles, guffaws and choked laughs I'm sure I shot out in all directions throughout the trip. I got many dark looks for my audible enjoyment of this mystery. Still, it was worth it.

Robert is back! This time, he and his ultra-rich, ultra-beautiful, ultra-simple friend Michael are being jet-setted down to the White Party, where one of Michael's super-rich and super-social friends is setting up an alternative, the Red Party. It's going to be absolute sun, sand, party, and sex.

At least until the first body pops up. Then Robert needs the help of his lesbian amateur sleuth friend Monette (the red-headed amazon lady, who is currently nearby for the Dinah Shore classic), and perhaps this time, Robert might even find a bit of love among the murder... Assuming, as usual, he and his lover can survive the tale to tell of it.

As always, Stukas has fun and thrills throughout, and the story is absolutely crammed full of camp and wit. From giant dildoes to mile-high clubs, with dangling piercings aplenty and nasty drag queens and social queens aplenty, you'll have a blast reading this one. Enjoy!

'Nathan

3-0 out of 5 stars Warming to his characters
David Stukas is at it again in his "Wearing Black to the White Party." He has transplanted his Manhattan trio -- Robert, Monette & Michael -- to Palm Springs, ostensibly to attend a gay circuit party. There are gay quips aplenty and the reader can become mentally exhausted with such strained, rapid-fire attempts at wittiness. The "mystery" is thin, without enough details for the reader to really follow along and draw our own conclusions. Instead, we must trust Monette and Robert (the featured sleuths this go-round; Michael is left out of much of the action of the novel as he satisfies his sexual needs)when they TELL us who and why the murders were committed. It also seems Robert has found love in Palm Springs but as he's leaving for Manhattan, will love survive the geographical distance?

On the whole, though, I found I almost enjoyed this novel. Again, I read it from cover to cover within two days. I don't know if this is because the narrative is so readable or if it is because the story is so slight. In any case, both Stukas and I seem to be warming to the characters of Monette and Robert, making them less pathetic and outrageous and more likeable.

However, I would not, as some reviews on the dust jacket have done, mention Stukas's gay fiction in the same breath with that of Joe Keenan's. To do so is to flatter Stukas's talent undeservedly and perhaps to mislead fans of Keenan's hilarious (and sadly limited) published novels who might pick up a Stukas novel and be sorely disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Circuit Hysteria!
Falling plam trees, exploding BBQ ranges, falling boulders, and a host of other "incidents" color this hectic and hilarious commentary on contemporay circuit parties. With tongue in cheek, Mr. Stukas has taken on the Circuit Boy genre and turned it into a comic murder mystery with just enough of all the elements of suspense to keep the reader's attention. Robert falls in love, (again), Michael is sexually insatiable as usual, and Monette, dear Monette, is forced at her 6'4" height to squeeze into a Geo Metro with a stick-shift. The dialogue is fast paced, witty, and sarcastic. The victim(s) of this murder mystery may not in fact be the corpse(s) found. With Southern California as the back-drop, stereotypical characterizations, and a twist of the kinky, how can this book do anything but entertain? A good beach/pool side read. ... Read more


152. A Rage of Maidens (A Caitlin Reece Mystery)
by Lauren Wright Douglas
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Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
Publisher: Naiad Press
Sales Rank: 919296
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult read if one has not dealt with internalized rage.
Ms Douglas is always a good read. This one was almost a primer in how to express, think about, deal with, rage. Made me think, made me sleep and then i went to the therapist. I am not sure about statistics, but in my life history, old and new, I've not known many women who dealt with anger well, much less outright rage. Therefore, I happen to like very much the subjects about which she chooses to write. I am looking forward to the next St Cyr novel. ... Read more


153. The Daughters of Artemis: A Caitlin Reece Mystery
by Lauren Wright Douglas
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Catlog: Book (1991-08-01)
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154. Fifth Wheel (Cassidy James Mysteries)
by Kate Calloway
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Can college be this dangerous?
Cassidy James is nursing a broken heart and what better way to divert her attention than a new mystery. This one requires her to go undercover at a college to track down a brutal murderer. The story is fast paced with some interesting twists. A solid performer like all of the books in this series. ... Read more


155. One Dead Drag Queen : A Tom & Scott Mystery (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-07)
Publisher: Stonewall Inn Mysteries
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Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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A series of three bombs destroy a local health clinic, killing many and injuring many others including high school teacher and clinic volunteer Tom Mason. While Tom is hospitalized, his lover, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter, begins to believe that Tom may have been the intended victim of the bombing - the third bomb was wired to Tom's truck and Scott is receiving threatening letters saying that he's next. With a long suspect list and a mounting death toll, Scott must find the killer before the killer finds them.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Rapid-fire action
There's a bombing downtown and Tom is one of the victims. His lover Scott is frantic and begins his own investigation into the catastrophe. Was it random, or aimed at the clinic where Tom was volunteering, or was it aimed at Tom himself? After Tom wakes from a coma, the duo find even more clues pointing in many directions. And when a drag queen friend of Tom's is killed, they know they're targets themselves. The plot is action-packed and hardly gives the reader time to breathe, and yet I never felt involved in the story. Of course, this is the first Zubro I've read, so that's part of it, but each book in a series ought to bring the reader into the series and entice. The solving of the bombings and murder was well crafted and believable, and Zubro certainly is a great writer. This just may not be his best overall, so.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Shift in Focus
I liked the idea that Zubro shifted the focus of this novel from Tom, ex-marine superman, to Scott, the "sidekick". Unfortunately the plot in which Zubro involves Scott on his first outing (no pun intended) is rather weak when compared to previous novels ("Why Isn't Becky Twitchell Dead?" is one of my favorites). A good read for fans of the series, but it needed more meat. I am not sure if the subject (the bombing) was thought to be too sensitive for a real murder mystery; if that was the advice given to Zubro, he shouldn't have heeded it, because it provides a sub-par novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good read and likeable characters
They have been a happily married, faithful couple for years. Scott Carpenter is a well-known professional baseball pitcher while his spouse Tom Mason is an English teacher. They hid their sexual preference and their relationship out of fear for their careers, especially the athletic Scott. However, unable to hide any longer, they reveal their relationship to the world and to their sock and joy, most everyone supports them.

Tom and Scott begin to openly support gay rights, but soon become symbols and targets of the opponents. Things begin to turn ugly forcing Scott to hire bodyguards. Scott assumed that he, being the more public figure, would be the target if tragedy struck. Instead, while Tom is at the Human Services Clinic, a series of bombs go off destroying a whole block, killing many people. Tom is lucky to survive, but is badly injured. Scott wonders if Tom ultimately was the target. He begins his own investigation that will lead to a dangerous person with a deadly goal who will do anything to attain it.

ONE DEAD DRAG QUEEN is as much a relationship drama as it is an amateur sleuth mystery. The tale stars two heroic, realistic males trying to make the world a better place. Mark Richard Zubro has written a mystery inside the mystery. The technique can slow down a story line, but works extremely well in this plot because the author never loses sight of the main theme and ties the subplot back to it. By providing color and insight, the secondary characters are vital to the beat of the tale and lead to a special treat for readers.

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156. Killing Cure (Jane Lawless Mysteries (Paperback))
by ELLEN HART
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Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
Publisher: Fawcett
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After seventy-five years of high-minded respectability, the Amelia Gower Women's Club is in trouble. One distinguished director has been strangled. Another has taken a fatal plunge down the club's elegant staircase.

As soon as restaurateur-sleuth Jane Lawless begins investigating these murders, wheels within wheels start to turn, meshing private lives with the club's inner workings. Even Jane's new lover, Dorrie, is somehow involved in the diabolical proceedings.... ... Read more


157. Everything You Have Is Mine (Lauren Laurano Mysteries)
by SANDRA SCOPPETTONE
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Catlog: Book (1992-07-20)
Publisher: Fawcett
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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The debut of the Lauren Laurano murder mystery series.
Lauren Laurano is surely not the first gay P.I. in New York City, but she is in a class by herself. When she's on a case she becomes obsessed by it. Lovely, shy Lake Huron has been raped but refuses to talk. Before Lauren can learn more, Lake is killed, and as Lauren moves closer to the truth, her own life is enangered and she discovers a family's past can't always stay buried....
"Powerful...Ms. Scopettone has created an original and daring private detective."
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good mystery
It's always a gamble to pick up a book by a new (to you) author. This is especially true with lesbian mysteries as I have found that there are alot of hits and misses in this genre. All in all I found this first installment of the Lauren Laurano mystery series to be enjoyable.

Lauren's life and her relationship with her partner, Kip, is disrupted when Lauren finds herself obsessed with a new case. Venturing for the first time into cyberspace (an interesting look back at the infancy of the internet) while searching for Lake's rapist and following up leads even when the individuals who employed her are the main suspects Lauren won't stop until she gets answers to the questions that are nagging her.

Besides the outdated technology, Scoppettone spends too much time describing the fashions worn by each character. In addition her descriptions of how long time passes ("two months later the elevator arrived") can get annoying after two or three references. I must admit that these are small flaws I found in this book and I will still continue reading the remainder of the books in this series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent; highly recommended
I discovered this book when it was very favorably reviewed in the Sunday New York Times. The reviewer described it as the first mainstream mystery featuring a lesbian which would appeal to everyone (regardless of sexual preference). Since it took place in Greenwich Village (where my office was temporarily located at the time), and I guess I was a little curious about the lesbian lifestyle, I bought it.

It was excellent. Despite having always considered myself very thoughtful and broadminded, I was surprised at how many problems gays face that would never have occurred to me.

I also loved the Village setting. My office was temporarily located there at the time, and the book mentioned sites which had hitherto confused me (e.g., a large unmarked building which always had people coming and going turned out to be the Gay and Lesbian Center).

In short, apart from the mystery, it provided an excellent glimpse into a very different world. I highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars wonderful book, bad translation!
When I read the first adventure of Lauren (in the french version, because I am french) I was very enthusiastic...I love books where you feel envolved, and when you cannot stop reading (sorry for my english!). So I decide to buy the second one in Italy, where I leave. They sell me the 4th one telling me that it was the second (that what the review on the book says!). This is the worst thing that they could do! I have to say that also the translation is AWFUL! No sense sentence, grammar errors.... So I bought the 2 intermediate books (can you imagine that?) in french. The translation is better than the italian one, but still have some errors. Isn't possible to find a good translator, or a good spelling checker? I think I will buy the fifth one in english, even if it is a harder job for me to read in english...At least I hope to read what Scoppettone writes! How can I write an email to the writer?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, worth-while book
A recommendable read for any sleuth novel fan

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this exceptional book by a great author!
I just recently discovered this mystery author and she is a fabulous writer. If you truly enjoy good writing along with a bit of detective work, you will run right out and buy this book. You will not be disappointed in this series, guaranteed! ... Read more


158. Rust on the Razor (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)
by Mark Richard Zubro
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Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 707169
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Mark Richard Zubro writes two strong, gay-themed mystery series--one featuring policedetective Paul Turnerand another about professional baseball player Scott Carpenter and his teacher companion, Tom Mason. Asthis book in the Tom and Scott series proves, Zubro has the enviable ability to create and sustain charactersdefined by much more than their sexuality. Just after their relationship comes out in the media, a medicalemergency takes the pair to Scott's hometown in Georgia, where deadly bigots come in all sizes and sexes.Other Tom and Scott books in paperback include ASimple Suburban Murderand An Echo ofDeath. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Okay - Definitely NOT Good
Tom and his lover, Scott, return to the South when Scott's father has serious heart problems. Scott, who is a pro ball player, has just come out professionally, and the couple is still reeling from the repurcussions. Needless to say, the trip South doesn't make it any easier. After just a short time, Tom finds the local sheriff dead in the back of his car. And he's the main suspect, for the most part because he's gay.

The first half of the book was quite enjoyable actually, if not a little slow. I easily began to sympathize with Tom when he faced hate and disdain at every turn. Zubro often managed to turn these confrontations into a display of quick wit and strength of character by Tom. His strength and resolve during this time really made it easier to place myself on his side throughout the story.

However, at one point I had to put the book down because I became physically ill. Usually, violence (whether it be a western gunfight, aftermath of a war, or a SciFi alien gobbling humans a piece at a time) doesn't affect me. But the sequence describing the torture of one of Tom's friends was just too much. I didn't see any point of that gruesome scene at all. It added nothing, and caused me to drop several stars in this review.

By the end I did manage to repress that aspect and get back to the main point of the story - Tom redeeming himself. And I did enjoy the low-key transformation of Tom's when he realized that he had prejudices as well. The South wasn't all toothless hillbillies in overalls and bigots out to kill him. Whether or not that's true, at least he began to reflect on himself as well - which made me like him even better.

5-0 out of 5 stars A exciting visit to the rural South!
Chicago high school teacher Tom Mason and his longtime lover Scott Carpenter already had enough of a crisis to deal with. Scott, a very highly paid baseball player, has just publicly come out. Immediately afterwards, a lucrative endorsement deal is cancelled because of his revelation. However, they must forget about Scott's career problems and rush home to Georgia. Scott's father has suffered a serious heart attack.When they arrive in the rural South, it really is like entering a different world. The pace of life is much slower and the small town alternately feels charming or intolerant of outsiders. Tom quickly learns that gay people are deeply closeted in Scott's hometown. While they are visiting Scott's father in the hospital, Tom is accused of murder. This time, their lawyer back in Chicago can't save them and they are sure no local one will take the case. They have no choice but to investigate the murder in order to clear Tom's name.By this point, author Mark Richard Zubro has again demonstrated his mastery of both murder mysteries and characterization. Tom and Scott are again shown as a warm, caring, interesting couple. Since they consider themselves to be married, their lives do not revolve around sex. I especially loved the scenes where Tom's gentle sense of humor is shown. His playful teasing and affection for Scott are far more interesting to read than a sex scene. Remember, Zubro's gay detectives aren't merely boyfriends, they're married. And the richly detailed, satisfying relationship they enjoy proves it.As it happens, Tom and Scott discover that Scott's hometown is not as simple as it first appeared. Their probing deeper and deeper into the town's secrets reveals intrigues that are just as complicated as anything they would encounter in Chicago. While Tom forges on ahead to clear his name, Scott must come to terms with what this all means to him. In order to find the real killer, he will need to learn to see the people he grew up with in a new light.I found one of the best parts of the story to be when Tom and Scott are in the thick of things. They are starting to put the clues together and the suspects are getting nervous. I really liked how no one character is the obviously guilty party. Zubro always keeps me guessing right up until the very end. I think it's great that you can see that the murder takes days to solve. The solution doesn't occur to Tom in a flash. Instead, he slowly pieces together the clues and realizes who the killer is. By the time he knows, Tom has also discovered why the people involved did what they did; not merely who pulled the trigger. That's far more satisfying to me.Finally, I highly recommend this mystery to anyone who likes suspenseful, exciting mysteries that keep you guessing until the very end. Zubro has repeatedly proved that he is a master at telling a great story with realistic, well rounded characters. This mystery shows that his wonderful detectives, Tom and Scott, can solve cases anywhere they go, not just Chicago.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bring on the muffins.
The whole series of Tom and Scott mysteries read like a campaign to scare tourists away from the US. This one leaves you amazed that anyone's left alive in Georgia at all. Everyone is either a mass murderer, homophobe or lunatic and most characters fit more than one category. The events escalate rapidly, are dramatic and at times pretty ugly, but remain at a complete mismatch with any emotional response from the main characters. Tom and Scott are great- they're so emotionally incompetant you feel compelled to keep reading just to see what they'll go into denial over next. The narrator keeps telling you how much they love each other but these guys need help from Relate- either that or they're Vulcans. My favourite bit is where one of them nearly drowns and his lover who has taken no part in search or rescue, just pays attention long enough to get him a change of clothes. End of problem. By the end I was rooting for events to escalate just to see what it took to get one of them upset, or shocky or even to show some sort of human concern for each other! Having reached the end of the book, I suspect there is nothing Tom and Scott cannot solve with a work out and a plate of muffins. This is the most passionless Tom and Scott of them all- however, like the others it's addictive. Sooner or later one of those two will have to manage some sort of believable emotional reaction. ... Read more


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