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Review - The Curse of the Blue Scarab by Josh Lanyon

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 06, 2017

The Curse of the Blue Scarab: A Monster Mashup

In this retelling of the original 1912 classic “The Mummy”, Dr Quentin Armiston is a middle-aged physician whose Edwardian-era London practice consists mainly of the cooks, chauffeurs, housekeepers and other assorted servants of the upper classes. He is single, but has never really felt lonely, and besides, his true desires are the kind that could land you in jail. More...

Review - Playing With Fire by Dirk Greyson

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 29, 2016

Playing With Fire

Someone is killing people in the affluent suburb where Jim Crawford is the lead detective. At a loss for clues in the seemingly random shootings, Jim enlists the aid of psychologist Dr Barty Halloran to try and get inside the head of the killer. Barty does more than get inside the killer's head and uncover clues to who he might be, he gets under Jim's skin as well. The nerdy professor is just Jim's type, although he is still smarting from his last relationship with a college teacher. More...

Review - Santuario by G.B. Gordon

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 23, 2015

Santurario

In the distant future, on a far-away planet, there are two human colonies with distinctly different cultures. The Skanians were the original colonists, apparently descended from Scandinavian stock. The later arrivals crash-landed more than 200 years before this story begins. For reasons nobody seems quite sure of, the newcomers were isolated on an island they call Santuario in the sweltering tropics, where they've had little contact with the Skanians. More...

Review - Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 07, 2015

Hitting Black Ice

Please note: An electronic review copy of this book was kindly supplied by the author.

Hunter is still recovering from what could well be described as the worst break-up, ever. He avoids anything that might lead to a serious relationship to keep him from getting hurt again. His work as a physicians assistant in the emergency room helps to keep him busy as well as making him feel useful. Unfortunately, the presence of receptionist Shawn doesn't help. Hunter has been trying to ignore his attraction to the dark and quiet man for months. More...

Review - Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 27, 2015

Stranger on the Shore

The kidnapping of four year-old Brian Arlington twenty years ago was a major news story at the time it happened. Although a man was convicted of the crime, Brian was never found. The story intrigues Mid-western crime reporter Griffin Hadley, and while the family has always resisted previous authors' attempts to write about the kidnapping, family patriarch Jarret Arlington agrees to cooperate with Griffin to help revive interest in the story and perhaps find out what really happened to Brian. More...

Review - Consent

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 29, 2014

Consent

Volume 3 of Power Exchange

You could be forgiven for thinking we had seen the end of the stories featuring detective Gavin DeGrassi. At the conclusion of the last book, Safeword, he was retired from the police force after yet another harrowing case that nearly cost him his life, his home, and his Dom Ben. But when Gavin's sister-in-law and former partner Myah is snatched from a supermarket parking lot, he can't just sit on the sidelines. Together with Ben and his brother Cole, they follow a trail to Chicago and Myah's old precinct, where they uncover a tangled web of missing rent boys and dirty cops. More...

Review - First You Fall

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 19, 2014

First You Fall (Kevin Conner Mysteries #1)

Kevin Conner is a high priced call boy who enjoys his work. The petite blond twink has a steady base of undemanding clients, and a drag queen pimp who carefully screens new customers. Kevin's ‘job’ is ostensibly in aid of furthering his education in psychology, but with his attention deficit disorder it's easy for Kevin to stay in the moment.

Everything changes when Kevin's friend and mentor falls to his death. The police, including Kevin's old flame Tony, think it's a suicide but our young hero doesn't believe it. With the help of friends and clients he sets about trying to find out what really happened, while trying to sort out his parent's marriage and what he feels for Tony. More...

Review - The Dark Farewell

Posted in Book Reviews on May 20, 2014

The Dark Farewell

Reporter David Flynn is on his way to Little Egypt. He wants to see how feelings run a year after the Herrin massacre, and it's a good opportunity to pay his respects to Amy, the widow of his old mentor. Amy's boarding house, where Flynn will stay, is full of eccentric characters, from the matronly Mrs Hoyt and her daughter Joan to the local doctor, Pearson. And then there's Julian and his grandfather, who travel the small towns putting on shows where Julian pretends to talk to spirits. More...

Review - The Elegant Corpse

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 08, 2012

The Elegant Corpse

Roger Corso is a detective with the LAPD, and a more tightly wound individual would be hard to imagine. He could make Joe Friday look like a loose cannon and Felix Unger look like a slob (★). Part of that is just who he is, but there's also a defensive wall around the part of him that still grieves for his dead lover. He also has to be on guard about his private life. While his fellow detectives know Roger is gay, they don't know about his long association with the BDSM scene.

Roger's carefully constructed walls separating his worlds start to crumble when he returns home from a week away to find a mummified dead body laid out on his living room couch. The bodies continue to pile up, and they all have something to do with Roger and his past, although many of them are strangers to him. Only, he's at a loss to understand what message the killer is trying to send.

And then there's Sean, the much younger brother of the first victim left on Roger's sofa. He is everything that rubs Roger the wrong way: messy, brash, profane, undisciplined, and yet, Roger can't seem to get rid of the man, or get him out of his head. More...

Review - Unnatural Selection Collection

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 08, 2012

Unnatural Selection Collection

“Unnatural Selection Collection” is an omnibus edition collecting three novellas featuring DC Nick Guthrie, his fellow detectives and his friends, especially Dr Anton Marber. I should warn you that there's an inevitable bit of 'spoilers' in recounting all three books in one go like this. I've been careful not to reveal the mysteries of each book, but it's impossible, I think, to discuss what happens in each book without telling you what the state of the relationship between the two main characters is.

Nick Guthrie is a detective with the London Metropolitan Police, and gay, and a vampire. Well, he's not really a vampire, but that's the way many people see him. A few years before the start of “Unnatural Selection” Nick was dying from a cancerous brain tumor. Conventional treatments had been exhausted and so the doctors offered him a new experimental procedure. It seems that a virus called ISH had been discovered, which had an effect that was just the opposite of HIV. Where HIV destroyed the immune system, ISH super-charged it, enabling the body to fight off almost any disease, including cancer and HIV. There was just one potential “side effect” - the virus converted the body's metabolism so that the only nourishment it can get is from drinking human blood, which is synthesized for those that have undergone the treatment. More...

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