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A dash of intrigue keeps any relationship fresh: laughing breathlessly over a little thrill, feeling clingy after a shiver of suspense, mucking through a minor mystery. This anthology offers a dozen light and humorous romantic short stories in which a quickly solved caper ...

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Overview

A dash of intrigue keeps any relationship fresh: laughing breathlessly over a little thrill, feeling clingy after a shiver of suspense, mucking through a minor mystery. This anthology offers a dozen light and humorous romantic short stories in which a quickly solved caper may be just the ticket to spice up any romance.

Stories included are:

Kitsch Me by Mari Donne

Leveling Up by Jude Dunn

Philip Collyer vs. the Cola Thief by Amy Rae Durreson

A Kiss in the Dark by Eli Easton

Calberg's House Specialty Blend by Skylar Jaye

Small Change by Danni Keane

Lawrence Frightengale Investigates by Aidee Ladnier & Debussy Ladnier

The Whole Kit and Kaboodle by Ari McKay

Le Beau Soleil by Christopher Hawthorne Moss

Joie de Vivre by Pinkie Rae Parker

Made Good Under Pressure by Maja Rose

Tempest for a Teacup by Andrea Speed

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623806491
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,197,455
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Witty, heartfelt, deeply romantic, entertainingly comic, dramati

    Witty, heartfelt, deeply romantic, entertainingly comic, dramatically suspenseful--the stories collected in this new anthology cover a surprisingly broad swathe of terrain. The premise seems to be a crossover between the mystery and LGBT romance (or "slash" if you will) genres, sometimes but not always with a historical setting. (One of the best researched of the historical stories is Christopher Hawthorne Moss's "Le Beau Soleil," set in 1850s New Orleans and noteworthy for an accurate use of the old slang word "spend" which was used the way people today use "come"; one of the least distinguished for historical accuracy, Maja Rose's "Made good under pressure,"set in 1926 New York, triumphs nevertheless thanks to its engaging three main characters.) Despite the use of the word "closet" in the title, most of the people in these tales are definitely out, if not always "loud and proud" as the saying goes. Pinkie Rae Parker's "Joie de vivre" presents a surprisingly poignant romantic vignette in the midst of a nuanced portrait of life in a provincial French farmhouse. Eli Easton's "A Kiss in the dark" leads off the collection with a "mystery" of a very romantic nature, but the romance is counterpointed by the wry, occasionally self-mocking tone of the narrator/protagonist.
    My personal favorite of the tales was Aidee and Debussy Ladnier's "Lawrence Frightengale Investigates," with its witty allusions to the "Creature Feature" type horror film television programming I grew up on, and equally smart intimations of the "Thin Man" mysteries featuring legendary couple Nick and Nora Charles. The fact that one of the couple in this tale (set in contemporary times) rejoices in the name of Myrna Boy adds a delicious note of fun and fanciful nostalgia to the proceedings. The suspenseful pacing of the tale is well counterpointed with the characterizations of the two protagonists, and the payoff is surprisingly unexpected. Rumor has it that we haven't seen the last of Larry and Myrna--I can't wait to read of their further adventures!
    All in all, "Closet Capers" makes for delightfully diverting reading. If you enjoy romance and mystery with a "queer kind of twist," don't miss out on this one!

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