Mysteries

Are you a Parrothead? Love crime fiction? Then this 15-author Zoom event is just for you: Thursday March 11, 7:30 PM ET

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I have been a Buffett fan since I first moved to Miami in 1986. I loved the way his music reflected the environment around me-- the sunshine and palm trees, the relaxed weekends, the mix of cultures, languages and musical  styles. I've seen him in concert numerous times, and have most of his CDs.The Great Filling Station Holdup is an anthology of crime fiction inspired by the songs of Jimmy Buffett. Sixteen noted authors of crime fiction chose one song per album to inspire them to create an all-new story.

I have read Tales from Margaritaville over and over, and even have his children's books. 

My favorite experience, perhaps, was seeing his musical, Don't Stop the Carnival, at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Based on a novel by Herman Wouk, he created a fabulous musical adventure. When I had the opportunity to choose a song, I went right for this album. The song that appealed to me was Public Relations, because it connects to the schmoozing I used to do when I worked in university alumni relations.

Each story takes its title from the song that inspired it. There's a double entrendre in the title of mine-- it's about a condom executive who's caught on camera having sex, and how his PR professional has to step in to save the day.

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 An openly gay homicide detective explores the dark corners of sunny Hawai’i.

 What the critics have said about the Mahu Investigations:

“Plakcy keeps the waves of suspense crashing!” In LA Magazine
“Hits all the right notes as a mystery.” Mystery Book News
“Kimo brings needed diversity to the genre, and the author handles the island setting well.” Honolulu Star-Bulletin
“Spotless pace, intriguing plots twists, and an earnest depiction of challenges faced by people transitioning out of the closet.” Honolulu Advertiser
“Recommended to a wide audience.” Reviewing the Evidence

Read more: Mahu Investigations

 


Story: "Public Relations" in The Great Filling Station Holdup


 

When editor Josh Pachter invited me to submit a story for his anthology based on the songs of Jimmy Buffett, I was thrilled. I have been a Parrothead since I moved to Florida in the mid-1980s. It was a great challenge first, to choose a song, and then to write a piece of crime fiction that ws inspired by that song.

I chose "Public Relations" from Buffett's Broadway musical "Don't Stop the Carnival," based on a book by Herman Wouk. I loved the color, the characters and the atmosphere of the show, which I saw at the Coconut Grove Theater. It reflected so much of the South Florida I love-- and after all, Miami is the capital of the Caribbean.

If you know me at all, you know of my love for the double entendre-- and once I settled on this song I knew my story had to involve someone having sex in public. Very quickly I knew it was the ostensbily straight, married CEO of a manufacturer of condoms, caught barebacking on video. That's public relations for you!

It's also the kind of crisis that takes an experienced PR guru to manage, just like Norman Paperman, the star of the musical. Want to know how the real crime comes in, and how Norman saves the day? You'll have to read the story. You can pre-order the book until pub date on February 22, or order it whenever you're reading this. The best place to do so is from the publisher, Down and Out Books, though I'm sure it will be available through all the usual sources, including Amazon.
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Can a lord and valet find love in Victorian England?


 

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 I'm a huge fan of British historical gay romance, like that written by K.J. Charles and Cat Sebastian, among others. So a year or more ago I decided to try my hand at one. Though many of those are earlier, I wanted to focus on the Victorian era—specifically December, 1877. I can’t say exactly why. But I read a lot of Victorian literature in college and graduate school, so I felt familiar with the era.

I began by with research on the common tropes. Inheritance is a big one, because many of the grand estates were entailed—they were often tied to a title, and the property could only be inherited by the holder of the title. Younger sons were left to find their own way in the world once their father died.

Class differences were also big, and the idea of an upstairs/downstairs romance was frowned upon. I set out to incorporate those tropes into an MM romance.

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 I began with Lord Magnus Dawson, the third son of a duke. His oldest brother will inherit, while the second son has been set up with a tea plantation in in Ceylon. Magnus’s father bought him a military commission, but when the Duke became ill, Magnus sold his commission to look after his dying dad. The book begins with the Duke’s death, and Magnus realizing he will soon be cut off and needs to find a way to make a living. 

One of the ways a young man could succeed back then was by education, and Toby Marsh’s father, a wealthy manufacturer, sends him to King’s College and then to Cambridge. Unfortunately, the senior Marsh dies before Toby can finish his degree, and he’s forced to serve as a valet slash tutor to his wealthy dissolute roommate.

When the book opens, he’s struggling to make a living as a freelance tutor in Cambridge. Then an unusual summons arrives, which will put him in close quarters with Magnus. Love blossoms between them—but can it survive against the stigmas of the Victorian era?

One of my beta readers wrote, “I was completely taken with Magnus and Toby and their personal back stories.”

I hope you will be, too!

The world's a tough place for an FBI agent, especially a young one fresh out of Quantico, accustomed to viewing the world through the lens of an accounting spreadsheet. Follow Angus Green into thrilling situations as he tries to make the world safer for LGBT teens, adults and elders.

Read more: Angus Green Thrillers