S. R. Shutt
Witty, heartfelt, deeply romantic, entertainingly comic, dramatically suspenseful--the stories collected in this new anthology cover a surprisingly broad swathe of terrain. The premise seems to be a crossover between the mystery and LGBT romance (or "slash" if you will) genres, sometimes but not always with a historical setting. (One of the best researched of the historical stories is Christopher Hawthorne Moss's "Le Beau Soleil," set in 1850s New Orleans and noteworthy for an accurate use of the old slang word "spend" which was used the way people today use "come";
Several on goodreads.com:
Beans - Historical m/m is rare, so I went into this incredibly excited. This was probably my least favorite story of the bunch. I could see the potential for an amazing cast of characters that were just starting to get off the ground. My favorite was the investigator Michael Murphy who is the sort of love interest with Frankie. I could have read more about Michael and been content.
Nina - This one felt too short to me. I think that Frankie was supposed to be with Michael, but it read more like a hook up to me. Or maybe a convenient friends with benefits. I don’t feel that they had enough time to develop the characters enough to satisfy me. So while I enjoyed the story I felt like it was unfinished, as if I had only read the excerpt. Can we please have the rest of the book?
Book Reviews and Therapy
Set in New Orleans in 1855, a professional gambler must find out who is spreading rumors saying he is cheating during his poker games. He enlists the help of his manservant, prostitutes and M. Murphy, Confidential Agent to help him get to the bottom of the rumors so he can clear his name. There are some interesting characters and the setting was nice
Live Your Life, Buy the Book
A prequel to a yet-unpublished novel, debonair riverboat gambler François “Frankie” Deramus enlists the aid of confidential agent Michael Murphy to find out who is ruining his reputation. Can Frankie resist the stunningly gorgeous Mexican War veteran? I should say not! But is the feeling mutual? I should say so…
This was a fun little read. It is based in New Orleans in 1855 and focuses on a very sexy gambler called Frankie - somebody is out to ruin him by starting a rumour about him being a cheat. Ain’t nobody got no time fo dat!! So he finds himself a private investigator and they set about finding out who, and why. Michael, the P.I. is gorgeous; Frankie is super sexy; and like magnets they attract It was a sexy read! I don’t have a problem with short storties being , ummm, short but where this fell down was that it was so obviously “just” a prequel that it never had a complete feel to it. You know what I mean? However, I will definitely keep an eye out for the novel as there was enough in this short to get my attention … Rated 3.5 stars by Barb