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Murder at Pride Lodge: A Kyle Callahan Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Mark McNease
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Who killed Teddy the handyman – if anyone killed him at all? Was it Sid, one of the new owners of Pride Lodge whose past gets darker the closer you look? Was it the woman whose name was once Emily, when she witnessed the murder of her parents in a burglary gone bad, and who has waited thirty years for vengeance? Was it young Happy Corcoran, promoted to bartender only to vanish three days before Teddy was found dead at the bottom of the empty pool? Find out soon . . . as Kyle Callahan refuses to believe it was an accident, doggedly pursues the truth in his friend’s death and does his best not to join him.

'Murder at Pride Lodge' is the first in the Kyle Callahan Mystery series. Kyle and his partner Danny Durban live in New York City, where murder never seems to be more than a subway stop away. In this first story, they head to Pride Lodge, their favorite getaway from the City, over what they expect to be a festive Halloween weekend. What they find instead is a web of murder, deceit, and revenge served cold as a knife blade. At the Lodge we meet a rich cast of characters, many of whom return in Book II, 'Pride and Perilous,' that finds them back in the familiarity of New York City. Murder has never been this much fun.


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From the Back Cover

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2233 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: MadeMark Publishing (September 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EV9VXI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,891 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but the style leaves me wanting 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Frightening Fun Time September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but slow moving August 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder at Pride Lodge: A Kyle Callahan Mystery December 12, 2013
By Irene
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I really like the characters in the Kyle Callahan Mysteries. These are middle age guys who are doing well and enjoying a nice Halloween Celebration. Then a body is found in the bottom of the empty swimming pool. It is a fun ride to find out who did it and why, It also has a few other bodies along the way,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pride Lodge Is NOT a Boring Place to Stay! August 9, 2014
By Tas
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I thoroughly enjoyed Mark McNease's book Murder at Pride Lodge. I love the genre of m-m detective novels and this one did not lessen that affection. The novel features an interesting cast of characters besides Kyle Callahan, aide to a wacky female journalist, and amateur (but highly-skilled) crime solver. The title of the book indicates the setting for the book. Newly introduced in the book is Detective Linda of the local police force. She is such a popular person that she is even more prominently featured in the next novel in McNease's series which I have already read and enjoyed! She is an "L" in LGBT and finds a partner in the new book. In "Pride Lodge" her affections are in the direction of a most unsuitable young woman (as the reader will see). I strongly encourage all who enjoy the detective genre to purchase Murder at Pride Lodge. You won't regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars did not complete the book as the grahic homosexual encounters ...
did not complete the book as the grahic homosexual encounters were offensive. Many books have sexual encounters, but this book did not seem to be about the murder mystery but just... Read more
Published 15 days ago by ninifav
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read.
Almost quit reading it several times but eventually made it through. Not an easy read.
Published 19 days ago by Paul Below
4.0 out of 5 stars Proud Beginnings
Pride Lodge is full of unforgettable characters that add life and a feeling of coming together with friends. Kyle Callahan makes his debut as a witty yet determined amateur sleuth. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Saelov
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A bit slow and did not like the content
Published 20 days ago by Margaret Young
5.0 out of 5 stars More 'cute' than exciting but a nice way to spend time
More 'cute' than exciting but a nice way to spend time. If you're a homophobe, move along, nothing to see.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars this has it all
Love, deception, discovery and gayness galore. I have already purchased the next one in the trilogy and can't wait to get started.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Lane Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed!
Published 1 month ago by Amber Simcic
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Reading next book now
Published 1 month ago by JEAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read.
How about another half a star for this one. It was a very enjoyable story with believable characters. If you are looking for detailed sex scenes this is not what you are getting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WLN
3.0 out of 5 stars The main story was interesting, though sort of a ...
The main story was interesting, though sort of a stretch to buy into, but my issue with this book was the large number of characters and there no-so-connected back stories.
Published 1 month ago by L. Walker
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More 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'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 other fiction. But it's still there! You can find my day-to-day life on the blog.

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. I met, loved and shared my life with a man named Jim Berry, who died in 1991 from AIDS-related lymphoma. That was in Los Angeles. I moved to New York City a year later, as much to flee a ghost town (so many had died) as to make my way in the City that Never Stops Singing Its Own Praises. 21 years now, wow.

In 2006 I met my partner Frank Murray, who 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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