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Minotaur's Stonewall Inn closed its doors and Alyson was foundering. Three quarters of the indie presses listed in my tattered copy of Putting Out were defunct. But then ebooks and self-publishing arrived and, say what you will about their contribution to the decline of Western Civilization, niche fiction -- including gay fiction -- got a whole new lease on life. Not to mention a generous share of the reading market. For gay fiction, it's been a two-edged sword. But whether you're pleased or displeased by the new publishing paradigm, the reality is gay fiction is enjoying a resurgence, and today there are more people reading gay mystery than ever before.

As in mainstream mystery, the genre is flooded with amateur sleuths: But there are plenty of stories about professional sleuths to enjoy as well. In fact, a number of old favorites like Greg Herren and Richard Stevenson are still turning out regular installments of their popular and long-running series.

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Leaving aside those P. Jack Ricardo returns with Desperate Innocence. Private investigator Jim Holden last seen in 's Death with Dignity is hired by a gay church to investigate the murder of a young boy in Fort Lauderdale.

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Donald Strachey and the debonair, ever charming Timmy return for their eleventh adventure in Richard Stevenson's long-running Lambda-winning series. In The Last Thing I Saw , a celebrity journalist vanishes while investigating a gay media conglomerate. Strachey investigates with his usual blend of wit and savvy. There are currently six MacLeod titles book seven is in the works and six Bradley books. Both series are set in New Orleans, which Herren writes about with great affection and knowledge.

John Morgan Wilson brings disgraced Los Angeles investigative reporter Benjamin Justice back for his eighth and possibly final appearance in Spider Season. After publishing his own memoirs, the now fifty-year-old Justice must finally confront his troubled past. One of the longest still-running gay P. There are currently fifteen Hardesty titles. In The Peripheral Son , Hardesty is hired to look into the disappearance of yet another endangered investigative reporter.

This word-slinger was poking into corrupt labor unions and drug use in professional boxing. Investigative journalism would appear to be one of the most dangerous professions around -- possibly even more dangerous than being a P. Worthy of special mention is Anthony Bidulka's engaging and droll Saskatoon P. The series kicks off with the award-worthy Amuse Bouche , and is currently up to eight installments.

This time it's personal. The series concludes with 's well-written and moving Fierce. DeMarco writes about a Philly gumshoe, Marco Fontana , who owns and manages a troupe of gay strippers on the side. There are currently three installments; Crimes on Latimer: From the Early Cases of Marco Fontana is the latest. One of the most exciting voices in the new wave of gay P.

In Murder Book , the fifth installment, The Bughouse Slasher is responsible for the deaths of eight people, with the death of the latest victim hitting Nowak hard. Can Nowak succeed where Chicago PD has failed? Russ Gregory's Greg Honey: Honey doesn't drive, doesn't carry a gun, and brings his gal pal along on his cases. The books are set in New York City. Also, more attention is given to Jesse's sixth sense which I thought the writer explained credibly without making it seems supernatural. The murder mystery keeps me guessing till the very end. Romance between Jesse and Tim is not the primary focus in this series but it is embeded in the story, popping up now and then, telling us these guys are florishing in their relatinship.

In this 3rd book, they are a committed couple and living together in Jesse's yellow house. Their domesticity puts a smile on my face. And let's not forget Argus, Jesse's beloved pug, which is always there. I enjoy the mystery but I love the interaction among all the characters more. I have never been to Maine but sure could picture the place reading this series. After reading so many MM romance it is great to read these normal old fashioned mystery stories featuring a gay protagonist who loves to cook with his beloved pug and hot boy friend, surrounded by warm friends and neighbours with distinct characters.

One person found this helpful. I've just finished "The big boys' detective agency" and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I've read all three books in the Jesse Ashworth series and I will continue to read them as the author writes them. For those of you who have not read any of these books it is best that they are read in order and that you start with the first book - "A midcoast murder".

The books are set in the town of Bath in Maine and I really enjoyed the scenery. In fact, this is what first attracted me to them and I now would really love to visit the area. Mr Stanley has certainly made the area sound both attractive and inviting. Perhaps it should also be pointed out that the main characters are gay and are in both a personal and professional relationship but the books do not any contain sex scenes.

Anyone who likes to read mysteries could pick these books up and enjoy them. I have enjoyed all three mysteries and I found that 'whodunit' is not glaringly obvious. My small complaints concerns the overuse of exclamation marks and some poor editing. There are some simple typos which should have been picked up but these days it doesn't seem to happen.

There was also one case of the incorrect use of an apostrophe.

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It was there and should not have been. Some of the sentences too, I felt, were very simple but this seems to be the author's writing style and I found that I was soon too engrossed in the story to worry about it. The book arrived at about 3. I really did want to keep reading. All in all, I enjoyed this book and I am already looking forward to the next in the series. The Big Boys' Detective Agency: Stephen Stanley's 'Jesse Ashworth' series of mysteries have quickly become my favorite reads. If you like M. In this installment Jesse and his partner Tim have purchases the 'Bigg-Boyce' detective agency and are learning the ups and downs of what it means to run a business as retirees.

As an eerie mystery unfolds that connects art, ghosts and missing persons Jesse and Tim balance their active social life with friends, church and of course, the adorable pug Argus.


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This is the second Big Boys book I've read, and maybe the last. Some of the grammar and punctuation is really bad - enough to throw the reader out of the story at times. The use exclamation points! Is way over the top! The recipes are good.

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Many I've seen but some were new. Forget about the mystery, though. The turns and clues are kept inside the character's head and the reader isn't given a chance to solve them. This series is incredibly charming. The characters are very well developed and unique. The setting of Maine creates a lovely backdrop to this menagerie of characters, including the real star, a dog! My only real complaint is with the lack of proofreading, but my guess is "auto-correct " gone amuck. Stanley keep up the good work! This book is the third in the Jesse Ashworth Detective Series. I love this series because it is about grown-ups.

Jesse is a great protaganist and cook.

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I love the cooking and recipes. The mystery is fun and has some spirituality. Again, for me it is a great comfort read. It is a gay mystery with no sex scenes which I appreciated. I think they would have distracted the story.

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If you have read the other books in the series, the main characters have become friends. The solving of the mysteries in the book make sense. Now to the next book. See all 15 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on August 29, Published on November 14, Published on August 18, Published on April 24, Published on September 15, Published on April 4, Published on August 20, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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