Blog Tour – Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Max, Brad, and Maisie is a gay mystery series by author L.G. Fabbo-Gonnela. Read on to discover the three books in the series and find out more about the author! There’s also a giveaway and you are all encouraged to enter!
Murder In The String of G
Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book One
Maisie was an irrepressible burlesque queen of the fifties who was a star in the Cassandra Theater. She was killed in what was initially ruled to be an accidental trip and fall down a spiral staircase. In fact, she knows it was a murder but, why was she killed and why the later cover-up? Unfortunately, however, what can a ghost to do about it? Andso, her shade haunts the theater hoping to find someone to help her.
It turns out to be a long wait. In two thousand and six two young wanta-be actors arrive at the newly restored Cassandra Theater to audition for a play. One is Max, who is gay, and the other is his roommate Brad, who is straight. For reasons unknown at first, Maisie finds she can connect with them both and seeks their help in proving she was murdered and who did it. After initial hesitations, the boys agree to help her solve her killing. The book follows the pair as they stumble towards finding answers while dodging a hired gun, a serial killer of young men and, for Brad, Maisie’s tendency to “fondle his rump” at inopportune times.
Murder in the Squared Circle
Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book Two
Maisie’s favorite young pro-wrestler, Stan DaMann, is arrested for allegedly murdering his hated rival. Maisie is convinced of Stan’s innocence. Determined to find the real killer she convinces the hapless Max and Brad into posing as a new wrestling tag team. Out of their depth, they find themselves involved a murky world of underground sex bouts while facing off against two brothers who think vice may be nice but incest is best. As Max and Brad’s wrestling début approaches our trio is eager to find the killer before the killer finds them. Max has another problem in the form of a good-looking Australian wrestler named Liam. Could Max be falling for a guy who might turn out to be that killer?
Murder in Noir
Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book Three
It seems as if Max and Brad’s dreams of a career in acting have finally arrived. The duo have been cast in the Broadway revival of that forties noir classic “Blood Fell onto my Window Pane”. Even more exciting, the production has movie stars Barrett Conover and his Italian wife Europa making their Broadway début. Max has had a huge crush on the husband ever since he saw the actor in the classic gay film “Going Tops for a Bottom”. As for Brad, he has been a fan of Europa ever since he saw her in the French classic comedy “Buxom Babes for Balzac.”
The play also has a rather lurid past. During its first run in 1948, two members of the company were victims in an unsolved murder. Maisie soon convinces the boys it would be fun to try and solve the decades old crime. What starts as a lark however, suddenly takes a unexpected turn as evidence of a blackmail scheme is revealed. Events soon turn deadly when the trio seeks to uncover who is being blackmailed and, critically, who is behind it. Hidden scandals, an attempted rape and murders both old and new are now part of the script for a, “Murder in Noir”
This mystery series is fun, quirky, thrilling, and unusual. I enjoyed getting to know Max, Brad, and Maisie and follow them through their adventures. If you like mysteries, you’ll definitely enjoy it too. But if you are looking for competent detectives, these are more the type that stumble onto things than any Sherlock Holmes types. An former burlesque star and two struggling Broadway authors don’t sound like the most capable PIs ever, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying!
Of course, accidentally fraternizing with a serial killer (this happens very early on in the first book, so not a major spoiler) happens to a lot of detectives. Have you seen Dexter? His sister didn’t know what he was, did she? Then again, Dexter was a little better at hiding it. I’d like to say they get to be the best detectives by book three and that no one ends up naked and tied up. But I don’t want to disappoint you 🙂
Regardless of their skill level (this at times reminded me of the Pink Panther series), or their hard to explain state of being (Maisie is a ghost), this is a mystery series you have to give a try. It will be different than what you are used to, and, if you are anything like me, you’ll smile at the early references to Mark Julian and his more supernatural, and far more skilled detective adventures. I really liked the universe sharing for these two series. As both have supernatural elements and happen in the same city, I like it that the author does not pretend the other one doesn’t exist.
In short, interesting twist on the unlikely detective! I love a more stumble-and-fall approach, especially since we can’t all be Miss Marple!
Prizes: 1 bundle of Murder in the String of G + Murder in the Squared Circle, and 1 copy of Murder in the String of G
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About the author
L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. “I guess its a love affair that I have with her,” he once said. “I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.
When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.
Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a “letter Lounge” albeit under a different name.
He can be reached at L.G.Fabbo.Gonnella@gmail.co
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