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Murder at the Male Revue By Elizabeth Perona: Review/Giveaway

IN THE August 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Murder at the Male Revue, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

In their continuing quest to check off experiences on their Sixty List bucket lists, the Summer Ridge Bridge Club of Brownsburg, Indiana, find themselves in the midst of a charity male revue show. This was as close as it was going to get to ticking off Joy McQueen’s #57 Go to a Male Strip Club, which was actually more a form of therapy for her post-divorce PTSD and fear of naked men. It’s not Joy but Mary Ruth who sets off a Rube Goldberg-esque disaster though, as the shock of seeing her grandson stripping has her dropping the cherry cobbler that leads to spilled roast beef, flaming napkins, and a power outage. Unfortunately, even those catastrophes don’t match the discovery of their Town Council President Camille Ledfelter stabbed to death backstage. Camille’s nephew Eric Dehoney was the one the lead dancers of the Royal Buckingham Male Dance Revue, and his desperation spurs Francine McNamara’s protective maternal instincts into overdrive. Cranky Charlotte Reinhardt has her own reasons for wanting to investigate, namely her competitive spirit and need to best the local police.book

It seems the Town Council’s first female president made her share of enemies, one of whom included Charlotte herself. Camille’s propensity for delivering own form of justice had her milking sources for monetary profit, which is not only morally questionable but likely to have gotten her killed. Going through Camille’s files and bank accounts has Francine and Charlotte uncovering more than one secret among the Town Council, not to mention some of their closest friends. It’s an investigative path that leads them to an aspiring but incompetent stripper, through the veteran community, and the very competitive and ruthless world of community bingo.

This in third the Bucket List Mystery series focuses on the investigations by Francine, Joy and Charlotte, with Mary Ruth and Alice mostly out of town. Their antics are more than enough to keep readers entertained and detective Jud exasperated, and even though he doesn’t suspect them of murder, he is more than certain that they will give him headaches. While Francine’s guilty conscience and instincts as a retired nurse compel her to help whenever possible, Charlotte won’t hesitate to break the law in order to solve the murder and beat the cops at their own game. The road to hell is definitely paved with good intentions, as the attempts to do good cause the cascade of tragedies and regret. Never has murder been so much fun though, as the pratfalls and antics of the Summer Ridge ladies rival any of those of the Three Stooges. Love ultimately wins out in the end, be it for a senior citizen or a stripper.

To enter to win a copy of Murder at the Male Revue, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “revue,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 19, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam Priborsky August 12, 2017 at 11:31am

Wonderful premise! I would love to read this!


2 Dianne B August 12, 2017 at 3:12pm

This has got to be a great read. Imagine going to a strip club and finding your grandson is one of the performers and then there are the other scenerios. Sounds like not only a good read but a lot of laughs as well. Can’t wait to read.


3 Autumn Trapani
Twitter: @Autumn
August 12, 2017 at 3:57pm

Great idea for a series! This is definitely going on my TBR list! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com


4 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
August 12, 2017 at 5:22pm

Sounds good! Thanks for this chance to win it! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com


5 Valerie Hoynacki August 12, 2017 at 7:30pm

Just the title grabs my interest!!!!


6 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
August 12, 2017 at 9:55pm

Love…love…this Cover and it sounds like a great mystery. Please enter me.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


7 Bertha Hammond August 13, 2017 at 6:35am

This is a new author for me. Sounds like a great story. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book.


8 Annette Naish August 13, 2017 at 9:14am

This sounds like a really fun read. Thanks for the opportunity.


9 Gloria Browning August 13, 2017 at 11:25am

Anyone who watched Magic Mike should be interested in this one. Thanks for the offer.


10 Carl August 13, 2017 at 11:35am

The cover alone had me grinning, I’m sure the book will be just as much fun or more. Thanks for the chance to win it. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


11 Kara August 13, 2017 at 5:56pm

I’d love to read this series–sounds right up my alley! Thanks, Karamarks0463@att.net


12 Karen B August 14, 2017 at 4:25am

I’m 70+ and this sounds like FUN!!


13 Renee August 14, 2017 at 9:38pm

Sounds like this will be funny as well as a good read. I’d like to read it myself.


14 Dianne Casey August 16, 2017 at 5:28pm

I would love to read. This sounds like a fun read. Adding to my TBR list.


15 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @Nora-Adrienne
August 17, 2017 at 8:56am

This is a new author to me but the storyline looks totally outrageous and I want it for my collection.

NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com
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16 Doward Wilson August 17, 2017 at 9:25pm

Loved the first book & can’t wait to get caught up with the second & third books.


17 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
August 23, 2017 at 3:28pm

I don’t have a bucket list but it’s an interesting idea.
I haven’t read this series yet but it looks really good.


18 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 28, 2017 at 1:51pm

We have a winner!


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