Posts Tagged ‘genre:mystery’

The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Cutting Room
Author: Louise Welsh
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.
Price: UK£7.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Set in contemporary Glasgow, The Cutting Room is narrated by Rilke, one of the most engaging, flawed and hedonistic fictional creation of recent years. When this dissolute and promiscuous auctioneer comes upon a hidden collection of violent, and highly disturbing, erotic photographs, he feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence and deviousness.
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Melting Ice by D.J. Manly

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Melting Ice
Author: D.J. Manly
Genre: Detective, Romance
Publisher: Mojocastle Press
Price: US$ 3.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, light BDSM, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
A young cop, in the closet and isolated, is transferred to the bikers squad, where he is betrayed by a higher ranking officer. When Brian Fuller finds himself in the middle of a field surrounded by a group of notorious outlaw bikers, he is in for the fight of his life.

He wakes up battered and bruised, only to discover that he is the hostage of the gang’s leader, the infamous, brutally handsome Ice. At first, Brian doesn’t understand why he is still alive. It turns out that the man who murdered Ice’s family, is the same one who left Brian for dead… and Ice intends on trading Brian’s life to get him as soon as Brian is strong enough. In the meantime, while Ice waits for Brian to heal, a raging sexual heat between them begins to fuel.

Melting Ice is a story of great passion, sizzling sex, and above all, a love story laced with the unexpected.
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Deconstruction by Kit Zheng

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Deconstruction
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre: mystery, erotica
URL: Aspen Mountain Press
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, domination, humiliation, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Escort Tomas and homicide detective Vic have been together three years and expect many more–until Vic’s case, a string of hustler murders, hits too close to home. While Vic grows more tense and distant, Tomas finds himself increasingly tangled in the erotic games of a client, Jon, who plays on Tomas’s most secret needs. When the killer strikes at the club where Tomas works as a dancer, everything spins into a dizzying mix of sex and love, miscommunication and murder.

Can they stop the killer before things go horribly wrong? Or are they already too late?

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Life Lessons by Kaje Harper

Rating: 9.5/10 ★★★★★★★★★½ 
Title: Life Lessons
Author: Kaje Harper
Genre: Contemporary, mystery
URL: MLR Books
Price: US $7.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:

Tony Hart’s life has been quiet lately. He has good friends and a rewarding teaching job. Then the murdered body of another teacher falls into the elevator at his feet, and Tony’s life gets a little too exciting.

Jared MacLean is a homicide detective, a widowed father, and deeply in the closet. But from the moment he meets Tony’s blue eyes in that high school hallway, Mac can’t help wanting this man in his life. However Mac isn’t the only one with his eyes on Tony. As the murderer tries to cover his tracks, Mac has to work fast or lose Tony, permanently.

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The Case of the Cockamamie Killer by David M Brown

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Case of the Cockamamie Killer
Author: David M Brown
Genre: satire, mystery
URL: Smashwords
Price: $2.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, homophobic language, rape, torture, death of a child
Summary [from the author]:

When a colleague is slain in cold blood, tough-guy word processor and private detective Chak Charon investigates—and soon finds himself out of a job, snatched from his apartment, and audited to within an inch of his life. Pursued by a vicious IRS agent, Charon takes refuge in a Chinatown boarding house and proceeds to discover the tax agency’s dirty little secret…at great cost.

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Son of a Gun by AM Riley

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Son of a Gun
Author: AM Riley
Genre: Mystery, m/m romance
URL: ManLoveRomance Press
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:

Politics, drugs and secrets from the past collide in the town of Boerne Texas and end in a chase across the Devil’s Backbone.

Stefan Sanchez’s number one reason to leave Texas was closeted deputy Chet Blain. When Stefan returns for the funeral of his best friend, he is confronted by painful memories, Chet’s recriminations, and a hunky Secret Service agent who seems determined to make Stefan’s business his business.

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Dragon Streets by Jeff Pearce

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Dragon Streets
Author: Jeff Pearce
Genre: Fantasy, mystery
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$6.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, images of rape and abuse, explicit sexual content (m/m and het)
Summary [from the publisher]:

After Dale Burnett’s abusive common-law wife and innocent son are killed in a car accident, he finds the courage at last to express his bisexuality. And London is a city of hope and potential for a young American. But when a blind date goes horribly wrong, Dale is rescued by Phirun, a British Cambodian who has the astonishing ability to manipulate water. Dragons walk the streets, and they’ve taken human form to live in the world of Man. As two kinds of dragon wage a secret and vicious war, Phirun needs Dale’s help for his side to win, and the stakes include the very survival of the human race.

But one dragon crime boss won’t stop until he gets his hands on the American, who has a mysterious yet vital role to play. As Dale investigates, he grows closer to Phirun, but also to a compassionate female detective of the London police. If the battle is won, Dale must choose between a beautiful female cop who offers stability, affection, and a chance at a new family, or a gorgeous, unpredictable being who is more than man, who has given him ecstasy he has never known before.

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Death by Misfortune by AM Riley

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Death by Misfortune
Author: AM Riley
Genre: Detective mystery
URL: MLR Books
Price: US$8.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, references to abuse and BDSM, explicit m/m sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:

After a glamorous studio party, “Psychic to the Stars” Sylvie Black is found murdered in her fortune telling booth, a blood soaked tarot reading spread out before her. Shortly afterwards, the high-profile director who was about to produce Ms. Black’s ‘tell-all’ Hollywood screenplay, is found murdered as well. Closeted Homicide detective, Bill Turner, and his partner, Kate Crandall, find themselves sorting through a cast of likely suspects, who all seem to have secrets worth killing for. They soon run up against the studio rumor mill, and Jeremy Reilly, a young studio AD determined to protect their prime suspect.

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Buddha on the Road by Jeff Pearce

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Buddha on the Road
Author: Jeff Pearce
Genre: Mystery/suspense, gay fiction
URL: Smashwords
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, reference to torture
Summary [from the publisher]:

Burma is known as “The Golden Land.” And for Brin Harper, Burma means golden memories from a youth spent in an exotic country with his mother, an accomplished diplomat.

But today Brin Harper is an NYPD homicide detective haunted by his mother’s suicide, and his grief is slowly eroding his relationship with his journalist boyfriend, Richard. Now a set of vicious murders is about to dredge up secrets and bitter regrets from thousands of miles away and many years ago.

The trail leads to a strange monk who doesn’t behave at all like a holy man. Brin is faced with a range of suspects, including the American widower of dissident Marlar Swe, to his on-again, off-again lover, Aung, a quiet professor who has survived time in Burma’s infamous Insein Prison.

As the killer claims more victims, each murdered in a fashion inspired by Burmese culture, Brin must confront his own past and play a duel of wits with the monk, trying to decipher what his role is in the case. And disturbing revelations wait for Brin when he exposes the murderer…

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