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Death Vows (A Donald Strachey Mystery) Paperback – August 1, 2008
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The Donald Strachey series resumes after a five-year hiatus, with a change of publisher, and without having lost any sleuther virtues. Gay PI Strachey is retained by one of a pair of rich retired lovers to investigate Barry Fields, the young spouse-to-be (the setting is in Massachusetts) of their middle-aged friend Bill Moore. Then the client is murdered, Mob-style. Strachey has already established that Barry, his roommate, and his fiancé, Bill, suspiciously lack pasts, probably because they’re all using aliases, but he can’t see any of them having Mob connections. With Barry in custody, Strachey goes to work for Bill, who immediately decamps to Washington, D.C., and becomes incommunicado. Barry’s roomie absconds, and the murdered man’s partner gets pissy. It’s remarkable, however, what Strachey can find out from working his connections and following his hunches, and fortunate that the cops on the case are unbiased. But then, since Massachusetts’ law legalizing gay marriage is crucial to the plot, it’s politic to present the commonwealth’s lawmen as straight shooters. --Ray Olson
Death Vows is engaging and powerful. Richard Stevenson can write. --Robert B. Parker, Spenser private eye series --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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On the whole, I'd still recommend this book, it is wonderfully original within its genre, it has humour, it has an interesting and likeable protagonist, it's a good read. If you're easily distracted by the failures in the format, avoid it, but you'll be missing out on an enjoyable story.
With this contemporary backdrop, author Stevenson has consructed a clever and plausible murder story that is laced with sharp wit and compelling characters. The story's ironic conclusion, while close to over the top, is pure and satisfying justice and alone worth the price of the book.
Stevenson is an accomplished mystery writer and in "Death Vows," avoids the cliched characters and scenarios that some gay genre novels embrace. Highly recommended.
Mystery, murder, extortion and plenty of dark secrets keep Death Vow barreling ahead to it's deadly conclusion.
Don Strachey is one of the most enduring gay detectives out there, and Death Vows reminds us why this sexy and determined sleuth has lasted for so long. I just wish we had gotten to see more of his boyfriend Timothy in this book! Let's hope we see more of this sweet and funny couple in the future.
Scott Sherman, author, First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery
What I didn't expect was that I would have to plod through bad formatting, continual misspellings, missing and/or garbage words, etc. Not sure if perhaps this was an early release of the novel (i.e. before editing and spell checking) but no where did it own up to this.
If Amazon is going to sell a kindle version, I expect that the same care and quality as for the pring version. Don't know if this was a result of the kindle translation (in which case I never hope to have to avail myself of this particular service) or was the fault of the author.
My dismal rating is abysmally low due to the poor editing and/or translation quality found in this edition. I would hope the Mr. Stevenson check this out and demand an apology from Amazon for allowing this to be sold "as is".
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