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Murder at Pride Lodge: A Kyle Callahan Mystery (Kyle Callahan Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Mark McNease has been writing since childhood. He has had six plays produced, numerous short stories published, and spent nine years working in children's television, during which time he won an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program for 'Into the Outdoors,' a Wisconsin show for 9-12 year olds. He lives in New York City with his partner Frank and their three cats, with a second home in rural New Jersey.

About the Author

I'll break habit here and write in the first person, since you can read my "Mark McNease has been writing since childhood" bio in several other places. But it's true: I first put pen to paper telling stories about a large stuffed toy dog I had coming to life. I could not have been more than eight years old. By the time I was in junior high (now called 'middle school') I was pouring my soul out in poetry, heavily influenced by the suicide poets, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, and a handful of less death-obsessed but still confessional wordsmiths. Writing is the one thing I have done consistently all my life, whether it was being expressed in short fiction, long fiction, poetry, prose, plays, or children's television scripts. It is the one thing I have always felt compelled to do. After winning an Emmy in 2001 for Outstanding Children's Program in the Chicago/Milwaukee market, I realized I had been chasing validation for many years, and that now I had it I could let that go and return to writing fiction for love and occasional profit. And here we are. I launched a website for LGBT people over 50: lgbtSr.org. I edit that site, maintain it, and generally exhaust myself just keeping it up. It is my only other labor of love in the writing department, and one I see myself continuing for some time to come. All of my fiction-writing energy is now being poured into the Kyle Callahan Mysteries (KCallahanMysteries.com), and is proving to be a writing paradise I've looked for all my life, filled with people I made up and murders I'm able to commit without hurting anyone.

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  • File Size: 2213 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: MadeMark Publishing (September 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EV9VXI
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I'll break habit here and write in the first person, since you can read my "Mark McNease has been writing since childhood" bio in several other places. But it's true: I first put pen to paper telling stories about my large stuffed toy dog coming to life. I could not have been more than eight years old. Writing is the one thing I have done consistently all my life, whether it was being expressed in short fiction, long fiction, poetry, prose, plays, or children's television scripts. After winning an Emmy in 2001 for Outstanding Children's Program in the Chicago/Milwaukee market, I returned to writing fiction for the love of a blank page and the pleasure of filling it with my imagination.

I've long had a personal blog at markmcnease.com, which has gotten much quieter these days since I've been devoted to writing the Kyle Callahan Mysteries, as well as launching and maintaining a website for LGBTQ people over 50, lgbtSr.org, for the past four years (as of April, 2015). But the blog is still there, with my day to day life for anyone interested.

In 2014 I conceived, co-edited and published an anthology of LGBTQ writers over 50, Outer Voices Inner Lives, that was selected as a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in the anthology category.

On the home front, I was born into a very large family in Mississippi (the last of nine children) and placed for adoption at the age of two. I was promptly scooped up and relocated to Elkhart, Indiana, where I came out as a gay teenager in 1974. I have always lived out and honestly and can't really imagine existing any other way.

In 2006 I met my partner Frank Murray, whom I married in August, 2013. We live in Manhattan with three cats. We also have a house in Kingwood Township, New Jersey, about 20 minutes from New Hope, Pennsylvania, where we hope to relocate someday.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on November 28, 2012
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OK I find the murder mystery here enjoyable. Simple but enjoyable because I find myself wanting to know what happen next. I love the idea of Kyle and Danny, both older gay men in a committed relationship, with Kyle playing sleuth and his partner not able to stop being a worry wart as they are no longer young hunks! My problem with the book is the style. I do not like the diversion to so many other characters in the story. Sure it is good writing. I was not bored reading about them but just so impatient and keep wondering when is the writer going to get back to Kyle. I want the story to focus on the main guy solving the mystery. If there is not enough mystery plot then more development in the main character's personal life. I like Kyle and Danny but only get a sort of superficial view on these guys' lifes. If only the writer will follow the syle in the Jesse Ashworth series, which I adore.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Benton on September 25, 2012
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I just finished reading "Murder at Pride Lodge" and had such a good time I had to write a review. I never write reviews but this book is such a winner that I wanted to share my thoughts. The writing is so good that the book flies by. The characters that Mark McNease has created seem to be characters that will serve a whole series of mystery books. They are three dimensional gay characters and ....hold on now....they are OLDER than the usual twinkies. It is such a pleasure to read a mystery with an older gay married couple ... and to see them as fun, funny, sexy and really appealing. The plot was imaginative (the setting is in a gay resort complex that's having problems) and the other characters were really well-conceived and fresh... different from the run of the mill gay mystery suspects. And speaking of mystery, I wasn't able to figure out who did it...which always gives me pleasure when I read a gay mystery. Get this book...you will have a terrific time and discover a new, very very talented writer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Thomas on December 29, 2012
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This was a very fun mystery to read, a little predictable in parts but that didn't effect the enjoyment of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rigby Taylor on January 31, 2013
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I liked the plot, the characters and the setting, but found the plot too slow moving. Too much digression and background to the characters that had little relevance to the present problem. A little history to explain motives is essential, but the key word is little, When it interrupts the flow, then it interrupts the pleasure. But then I'm an impatient person. Someone else will like the extra detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.L.Williams on December 29, 2013
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What a great story, I didn't expect the ending (well, maybe a little). I liked the main character, Kyle Callahan and his partner Danny, all of the characters were well done, I liked or despised each, depending on which way the author took me. Every situation was believable, I enjoyed the ride, and the story kept me interested until the end. I couldn't wait to find out 'who dunnit'. Now I can move on to the next in the series, Pride and Perilous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel J. Hilton on August 5, 2013
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This book was provided through Goodreads first reads. The opinions in this review are my own.

Hmmm....how to start this. I guess the best way is to say that I was a little surprised. Maybe I'm a little "old" or dense, but I totally missed that the book was gay/lesbian, so that was quite a shock, however I won it so....I read it. Now let's get to the review.

The reason for the missing star is only because it isn't a book that I'll be thinking about for a while, or would read again. A book must meet at least one of these requirements in order to earn 5 stars.

I did enjoy the book for the most part. I wish (like another reviewer) that there had more of the murder/mystery/suspense and less of what I call "filler material". The storyline was good, loved the setting, the characters were well developed. I have to admit that I usually have a pretty good idea who the murderer is about halfway into the book. Not this one. I was really surprised. Never saw it coming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward C. on July 16, 2015
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After a string of authors who can't write, it was refreshing to read one who can. Good enough that I want to read more, but I think I should pass on some negatives that prevented e from giving it another star. There are two plots (not a spoiler), which add up to one book. Either alone would have been a short book indeed. The endings are not well supported. More description would have been nice - Kyle and Danny -- stay in a cabin - what did it look like - a motel room? rough wooden floors? - things that would have helped me to envision the place. It seemed somehow claustrophobic. Fuller characterization too. The 'lesbian assassin' (again not a spoiler) got a fuller description than Kyle, perhaps too full in a two plot book - but not so bad if she'd had a book of her own. Anyway, despite the drawbacks I look forward to reading another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Kelly on July 12, 2015
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While I came close to just putting the book down to be forgetten I'm glad I didn't. Once I passed the 20% point most of the people I was introduced to who had absolutely nothing to do with the story dropped away. The plot was above average and the ending was, in my opinion, well done.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I tend to read older authors because I've had enough sexual experiences and violence in my life that I don't need to experience either vicariously. While the story included couples who loved each other there were no graphic descriptions of either sex or violence. People made love and murdered with a modicum of taste.

I have pre-ordered the new book to see how the author's style has progressed.
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