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Monday, March 9, 2009

Murder Most Gay by John Simpson

Murder Most Gay by John Simpson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (202 pages)
Other: BDSM (light), M/M, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Cholla

A serial killer is targeting gay men, preying on them in popular bars and parks. Assigned to the case, rookie cop Pat St. James feels all too close to the victims. He's gay and firmly in the closet at work. The fact that he's sent undercover as a gay man is a stroke of irony.

Pat and his fellow cop, Hank, are hanging out in bars, trying to get a lead on the killer. At the same time, Pat's looking for Mr. Right – juggling three men, hoping he'll find the perfect match for himself. He picked up Bill at a bar, Dean's a longtime friend … and in yet another ironic twist, his partner, Hank, is also gay and on the list of possible beaus.

As the killer continues to rampage, strangling and raping his victims, Pat has to focus on his work and hope that his personal life survives the stress. But when his hopes and dreams for happiness overlap with the investigation, Pat may be headed for big trouble.

A fast-paced murder-mystery stuffed full of laughter and scorching sex! Fresh out of the academy, Patrick St. James and another rookie are thrust into undercover duty in an effort to find the madman targeting – and murdering – gay men. Trying to balance his professional life as a young gay man in a straight man’s job with his personal live, Pat St. James has a lot of bumps in the road ahead.

I enjoy a good mystery/thriller type story and Murder Most Gay didn’t disappoint me at all. The author introduces you to a great cast of characters, one at a time, gives you a chance to get to know them and then adds another into the mix. He does a good job of adding an assortment of bad guys into the mix as well, just to keep you thinking. You find yourself choosing sides and placing your bets, something all good mysteries should do. The only issue I did have was that sometimes the dialogue was awkward. However, these instances were few and were recovered from quickly. For me, it wasn’t enough to deter me from finishing or detracting from the story.

Murder Most Gay is a fun and action-packed thriller that takes you all over Washington D. C. and even into New York at one point. It’s never obvious who the real bad guy is and you’re constantly kept reevaluating what you once thought was true. I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes a good, romantic story full of cop chases and undercover work!

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