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Pride and Perilous: A Kyle Callahan Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Mark McNease
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Manhattan’s Katherine Pride Gallery becomes the center of high art and low death in Pride and Perilous, the second of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries. Amateur photographer Kyle is about to have his first photo exhibit at the gallery, just as someone begins killing people connected to it. Bodies start to fall and Kyle realizes somebody wants this gallery closed forever. Joining Kyle and Danny are several of the characters from Murder at Pride Lodge: Kyle's down-but-never-out TV reporter boss, Imogene Landis. Margaret Bowman, aging owner of successful New York City eatery Margaret's Passion. The odious Linus Hern, restaurateur from hell and Danny's nemesis. And Detective Linda Sikorsky from the New Hope, Pennsylvania, police force. She worked on the Pride Lodge murders and became close friends with Kyle and Danny. She's in town for the opening of Kyle's show and to fill them in on the new woman in her life. No sooner does she leave the train at Penn Station than she finds herself joining Kyle in the chase to stop a killer as time ticks away. Can they do it before the clock strikes death again?


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About the Author

Mark McNease has been writing since childhood. He has had six plays produced and numerous short stories published. He spent nine years in children's television, three of them as the story editor for foreign co-productions of Sesame Street. Subsequently he co-created and wrote a television show for children aged 9-12 that won an Emmy in 2001 for Outstanding Children's Program. He lives in New York City with his partner Frank and their three cats, with a second home in rural New Jersey.

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  • File Size: 1852 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MadeMark Publishing (June 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DCQ70FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written series November 24, 2013
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Discovered a new mystery series with gay characters that is well written, keeps your interest and where the author doesn't use a short story that has 100 sex scenes to make it into a book. I will be reading more Kyle Callahan Mysteries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great, quick read! March 11, 2014
By Lauryn
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This is a great mystery that just happens to have fun gay characters. I recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story in Number 2 January 11, 2014
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Pride & Perilous was a great read, very entertaining. This is the second Kyle Callahan mystery that I have read. I enjoyed revisiting the characters, eavesdropping on their lives. I got caught up in the story and I found myself begging Kyle to hurry up and figure out who the killer was so the people he was killing could be saved. McNease has a way with words, my favorite line: He hadn’t slept since returning from Philadelphia at one o’clock that morning. He’d thought he might, given how tiring it was to strangle someone. I am looking forward to finding more of Mr. McNease’s books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book July 22, 2013
By KMT
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The interweaving of the stories, Danny vs. Linus and Kyle vs. Kiernan, was done masterfully. The book is not a long one, so the author does not waste a lot of time on non-essential sidetracks and is very concise. The characters of Danny, Kyle and Linda are well done and endearing. Set in the world of emerging artists, this book can give the reader a great feel for just how desperate people are to find success and get ahead in their fields as well as find satisfying relationships. Also, the insider's view of NYC is fascinating. The author definitely knows how the city works and how the art world works. I loved the fact that Kyle and Danny's friend Linda just happened to be in town and how the author flawlessly integrated her and her detective skills into the storyline without making this feel phony. The mystery involves Kyle working to uncover who is killing emerging artists, while he and his partner prepare for a visit from his mother and a first showing of his photographs at a gallery. However, though important as a backdrop, it is obvious, from the start, that photography is not Kyle's first love--solving mysteries is. The way the author portrayed the affection and love of the two main characters, Danny and Kyle, without going overboard only added but did not detract from the story. Finally, by integrating the story of Danny and Linus and keeping it to one of the main themes, the search for relationships, was well done--and didn't muddy the book with a lot of extras. I have not read the first book, but, after reading this one, I am definitely going to look for it as well as any other in the series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and who is looking for one that is great but not like the usual run-of-the-mill books out there. I received this book from a goodreads give away to read and review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McNease's style is easy to read and follow July 10, 2014
By Tom B
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The second in Mark McNease's Kyle Calahan series, Pride and Perilous is another winner. The author has developed a likable protagonist in Kyle, and his partner Danny. The mystery plot unfolds at the same time he builds more background for his cast of regulars. The mysteries are well-developed and believable. Mr. McNease's style is easy to read and follow, and certainly keeps you interested. I am loving this book every bit as much as I did Murder at Pride Lodge, and look forward to reading his latest release, "Death in the Headlights."
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Pride January 11, 2014
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Pride & Perilous was a great read, very entertaining. This is the second Kyle Callahan mystery that I have read. I enjoyed revisiting the characters, eavesdropping on their lives. I got caught up in the story and I found myself begging Kyle to hurry up and figure out who the killer was so the people he was killing could be saved. McNease has a way with words, my favorite line: He hadn’t slept since returning from Philadelphia at one o’clock that morning. He’d thought he might, given how tiring it was to strangle someone. I am looking forward to finding more of Mr. McNease’s books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Price and Perilous: A Kyle Callahan Mystery November 13, 2013
By Irene
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It was a great mystery and I am into some serial killer mysteries. I liked the Kyle and Danny characters and their friends. It was a really interesting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good short read November 1, 2013
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This novel is very short, a quick read. The reader would not have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but the characters refer to the earlier adventure frequently. Each chapter jumps to another person in the story. The ending is very rushed. The author never answers several plot lines. Does the old lady lose her home and restaurant? Does Danny buy the restaurant? Does Kyle's mother loan her money to the guys? Does Kyle's mother get married? The ending is abrupt, like things timed out. Maybe the third book will give answers.
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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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