Standing at the church door, Tom Reed, Smith Memorial’s senior minister, held Malcolm, his new husband, with one arm and shook hands with the other. Tom had a shaved head and an open and welcoming facial expression. Malcolm was about 5’8”, trim, black hair with a part on the left as straight as U.S. Route 20.
Fifty-four years ago, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, drag kings and queens, people of color, and white, all had enough and fought back against the unfair and discriminatory treatment they experienced in every civilized sphere: social, economic, and government. The LGBTQ+ community has seen huge expanses in equal rights: marriage, serving in the military, and in some states civil rights protections. However, as the LGBTQ+ community gains rights, the far right continues to attack and try to push the community back into the closet.
Don’t you just adore musical theatre? What better way to tell a story than with performers in colorful costumes engaging in heightened dialogue, melodious tunes, and creative dancing in front of elaborate sets? The orchestra swells with catchy tunes. The energy between the actors onstage and the audience in the theatre house is electrifying. There is nothing better than “another opening, another show” as handsome chorus boys sing, “you’re the top.”
A friend of mine messaged me the other day almost in tears because an author they love and adore replied to their email in a contemptuous way. My friend is a fan of male/male romances which are very commonly written by straight women for straight women, and the author in question has a very feminine name and looks very feminine, and therefore, my friend made the assumption that the author in question is female. Hell, I made the assumption the author was female.
In editing my upcoming new edition of my bibliography, Murder and Mayhem: An Annotated Bibliography of Gay and Queer Males in Mystery, 1909-2018, I am now going through 2022 and reading the books I missed. One such book, Burn it all Down by Nicolas DiDomizio, was listed as a caper in my spreadsheet of books to include in the new edition.
February! The month of love and romance! This article is about none of those things! We are about death, destruction, and mystery! Of course, mysteries are not without some kind of romance.
The Still Small Voice by Brenda Stanley is more than just a mystery—it is the story of a family that has been broken by prejudice, lies, and secrets. Madison Moore has been estranged from her family for many years so she is shocked when her dying father asks to see her. She is hesitant to return, but a part of her hopes that he is going to apologize for how the family treated her, so she decides to make the trip. What awaits her is much more than she could ever have imagined.
Fresh out of rehab, disgraced physician assistant Ally Hamilton is trying to reinvent herself while working as a home health aide. But it’s not easy to start over, and Ally isn’t sure which way to go. Her new job takes an unexpected twist when she discovers a fortune in stolen artwork lining the walls of her patient’s mansion.
Joe Cosentino, congratulations on the release of the fifteenth novel in your award-winning and popular Nicky and Noah gay cozy comedy mystery series, Drama Prince.
Holiday season has arrived!
Gift giving at its zenith!
Consumerism gone mad!
Buy local, buy direct if possible, and always review books you love!
That is all. Have a safe and prosperous new year!
On With the Books!!