Blog Tour – The Case of the Thwarted Lovers by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella

Title: The Case of the Thwarted Lovers
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Series: Mark Julian, Vampire P.I., Book Six
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Gay romance, Paranormal
Length: Novel
Publisher: Ai Press


It’s been a long shift for Detective Vincent Pasquale. Back at his desk at the station he finds a phone message from his vampire spouse, Mark, waiting for him.

“Hi. I figured calling your station phone number was more secure than using a cell. Listen our friend Dexter found something about who may have tried to frame Jean-Claude. Turns out that there is a lot more to this thing! It’s big. Jean-Claude and Jaime are meeting me here before we all head over to see Tortego at his offices. We should be there in a half hour and we figure this meeting will run most of the day. If you can join us fine but if not I’ll tell you about it later after your shift is over. Call me.”

A few moments later a report comes into the station about a possible terrorist bomb explosion at a Midtown office building. No survivors are reported. To his horror Vinnie realizes the bombsite’s address is the exact location of Tortego’s offices. In a panic Vinnie rushes to the scene where, out of nowhere, he is shot from behind by an unknown assailant. Its’ four funerals and a wedding, as the newest Julian book unfolds.

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Guest post – The Use of Humor in Mystery Books

I wish to express my deepest thanks to the host of this blog for allowing me to do a guest post. I’m touched and honored. I am on record as saying blogs like this are critical to authors. You rock!

So hello all, my name is L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella. I am the author of the Mark Julian Vampire PI mystery series. In case you did not notice THAT was a shameless personal plug * wink*.

My post today is about the use of humor in mystery books. I am a big fan of mysteries. I read quite a number of them in fact. I like sinister mysteries but if are unrelentingly dark I find that I cannot really enjoy them. I prefer my mysteries to be escapist in the nature. I find the sparing use of a little humor lightens things enough so I will fully appreciate the work.

When I write my Mark Julian mysteries, I tried to employ a little bit of humor in them. I want my characters, or some of them, to be liked by my readers. Humor, if used sparingly, can accomplish it. I also recognize that there is always a danger of going too far with the “joking aspect”. Overuse and you end up either destroying good mystery or creating a character who appears like an annoying buffoon.

For me, mysteries need to set a dark mood. They should engender in the reader a sense of thrill of the hunt and sometimes fear for the lives of those in the books. If, however, after every few pages your reader is chuckling over jokes  … well, you lost that mood.

I once wrote in a prior guest post that I wanted to avoid the “Nick and Norah” syndrome in my series. Stories where my characters are a bickering but lovable couple happily solving light mysteries. This is not a criticism of authors who employ this method. It is simply not to my taste. My Julian books can go dark but be assured that throughout each of them there are moments of levity.

I will close this post with one last comment upon this subject. An author who employs humor in his book runs the risk either that reader doesn’t get their humor or thinks it’s inanely stupid. Luckily I have an editor, Chris, who has no fear of telling me when my humor totally flopped. So, for the above reasons, I try to limit being amusing in my books.

Hopefully I succeed in keeping the Mark Julian Vampire PI mysteries slightly terrifying, agreeably dark and yet also contain just a wee bit of fun too. Let me know how I did by writing to me. I love mail. You can reach me at or write a comment on my Facebook page at, “The Mystery Writings of LG Fabbo-Gonnella”.

More in the Mark Julian, Vampire P.I. Series

While each individual mystery can be read as a stand along, there are storylines that continue from one book to another, so we recommend you use the series in order:

Book One – The Case of the Choirboy Killer

Book Two – The Case of the Strega’s Touch

Book Three – The Case of the Heavenly Host

Book Four – The Case of the Vampire Hunter

Book Five – The Case No One Foretold

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 it’s 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

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