Saturday, March 5, 2011

Death by Misfortune


Title: Death by Misfortune
Author: A.M. Riley
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-072-6
Genre: {M/M} Mystery
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Closeted Homicide detective Bill Turner and his partner, Kate Crandall, arrive at the murder scene of "Psychic to the Stars" Sylvie Black to find a media frenzy already in progress. Two more murders are discovered shortly after the psychic’s murder. The three victims have one thing in common; they are all linked to the movie-making industry.

Death by Misfortune is a well written superb cop thriller that weaves a tale of Hollywood’s dirty little secrets. The plot is filled with drama, a dash of humor as well as sensual intimate scenes. Most of the characters have something to hide, including Bill Turner who is in love with a man named Christopher. The clandestine romance takes a toll on Bill and Christopher, forcing an admission of love, as well as causing Bill to finally step out of the closet. Since the prime suspect becomes victim number two, Bill turns his focus towards assistant director Becket Russell. However, Becket is being shielded by his personal assistant, Jeremy Reilly. Jeremy is secretly in love with Becket, in addition to being determined to do everything in his power to gain Becket’s approval. The story illustrates the vast numbers of personnel required to produce a movie, plus the particulars of a murder investigation.

A.M. Riley has created an outstanding saga that is extremely enjoyable. The characters in Death by Misfortune also appear in A.M. Riley's Amor en Retrogrado.

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