Mardi Gras Mambo [NOOK Book]

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In Bourbon Street Blues and Jackson Square Jazz, Greg Herren introduced the wickedly naughty--and irrepressible--Scotty Bradley, who's never met a drink he didn't want, a decadence he could resist, or a hunky trick he won't treat to a little bit of himself. Now, in Mardi Gras Mambo, Scotty's back on the crowded, party-happy streets of New Orleans, getting ready for a Carnival he'll never forget--if he lives through it. . .

It's Carnival time ...
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Overview

In Bourbon Street Blues and Jackson Square Jazz, Greg Herren introduced the wickedly naughty--and irrepressible--Scotty Bradley, who's never met a drink he didn't want, a decadence he could resist, or a hunky trick he won't treat to a little bit of himself. Now, in Mardi Gras Mambo, Scotty's back on the crowded, party-happy streets of New Orleans, getting ready for a Carnival he'll never forget--if he lives through it. . .

It's Carnival time in New Orleans, and Scotty Bradley, ex go-go boy turned private eye, is looking forward to relaxing with his boyfriends, Frank and Colin, and partying it up right. But nothing ever seems to work out the way Scotty wants it. Not only is it cold and rainy, ruining his elaborate costume plans, but former FBI agent Frank has "issues" with dropping a hit (or two, or four) of Ecstasy. Hello! Ecstasy at Mardi Gras is practically guaranteed in the Gay Bill of Rights! Fortunately, Frank gets over himself, the weather clears up, Scotty's dealer, Misha, delivers the goods, and the boys are off to the races. And that's when the real fun begins. After a night of partying, they come home to find the cops waiting for them. Misha has apparently been murdered and guess who was the last person to see him alive? Turns out his wheeling and dealing had gotten him in trouble with a lot of people--including the Russian mob. And those guys don't play around.

Suddenly, Scotty's missing not just one but two boyfriends. And as the streets of Nola come alive in a hot human frenzy of sequins, music, dancing, and the sweat of thousands of revelers ready to throw caution and clothing to the wind, Scotty is in a desperate race to save the men he sometimes loves and keep Fat Tuesday from being the last day any of them ever see. . .

"When Herren introduced young, well-muscled former New Orleans bar dancer Scotty Bradley, he gave crime fiction one of its most engaging gay heroes." --Booklist Greg Herren is a personal trainer and writer who calls New Orleans home. Former editor of Lambda Book Report, he has published in many publications, including Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, A&U, Genre and Instinct. He is currently working on a sequel to Mardi Gras Mambo. He has no pets, no plans to adopt or artificially inseminate, and tries to live quietly with his partner of eight years.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Herren serves up an entertaining gumbo of New Age spirituality, clairvoyance, international intrigue and hometown boosterism in his third New Orleans gay noir featuring PI and former go-go dancer Scotty Bradley (after 2004's Jackson Square Jazz). When red-eyed Scotty arrives home at dawn after a night of pre-Mardi Gras partying, he finds two detectives waiting to question him about his recreational drug connection, Russian emigr Misha Saltikov. Scotty was seen visiting Misha in the French Quarter the previous evening shortly before the man was found murdered. The path to solving the crime leads Scotty to his own eccentric family as well as a pair of Russian doppelg ngers and secrets long buried. Meanwhile, Scotty's unorthodox love- -trois with ex-FBI hunk Frank Sobieski and man-of-mystery Colin Cioni reaches its pinnacle just before Frank is kidnapped and Colin disappears. Implausible coincidences don't detract from the fast-moving plot. The suggestive cover art gives fair warning of graphic gay sex, but the protagonist's quirky charm will appeal to all readers. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A menage a trois of gay private eyes shelves their decadence plans to solve a Carnival murder puzzle. Sleuth, party boy and first-person narrator Scotty Bradley (Jackson Square Jazz, 2005, etc.) has a full feast of New Orleans revelry planned with his two lovers and business partners, Colin and Frank. Ecstasy in controlled doses is a necessary appetizer and Scotty scores some from his regular dealer Misha, a muscle-bound veteran of the Russian Army and an incorrigible flirt. The merriment of Carnival comes to a screeching halt with Misha's murder. Instantly, tough police detective Venus Casanova is giving Scotty the third degree; he always seems to be nearby when murder happens in her district. Weird developments follow, one after another. Though seemingly gay, Misha was actually married to Sylvia Overton, the flamboyant close friend of Scotty's mother Sophie. When Scotty visits Sylvia, he finds Misha alive and well and gets another story: The dead man was Misha's twin, Sasha. It is deja vu twice more when Misha is killed again, but not really; surviving Misha explains that the victim this time was Pasha and that the men were triplets, sharing an identity and a visa provided by Scotty's philanthropic grandmother. Scotty frequently consults The Goddess, his unseen spiritual advisor, on the way to unraveling this mystery, whose solution involves a betrayal by someone very close to him. Loopy whodunit that rises or falls on the reader's affinity for Scotty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758289933
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 757,492
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    kathrine to jesse no she just kinda passed out on the floor leav

    kathrine to jesse no she just kinda passed out on the floor leaving to meet her freinds so there just making sure her brain is ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    kathrine hey mimis in the hospital again she will be back soon i

    kathrine
    hey mimis in the hospital again she will be back soon im using a computer at a library right now not our nook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    To jesse

    Im at 'stripper' res 1 please come we need to talk

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Mardi Gras Mambo, a Scotty Bradley mystery trilogy, Book 3

    Scotty's three-way relationship with Colin and Frank seems really weird to me, but makes for great fantasy! It's Mardi Gras, and Scotty wants to show them a great time. That all comes to a screeching halt when the police meet him at his front door, again. His drug dealer is murdered and Scotty was the last one to see him alive. A big shock comes their way when they find out that he was married to their Aunt Sylvia?! Scotty meets the Goddess, and is told that both Frank and Colin are in danger. The trio decide to leave the investigation to the police. But, that comes to a halt when Scotty, dressed as a golden Mercury, chases Misha through the crowded Mardi Gras streets, to his parents house, for a BIG shock! Events are unraveling as family secrets are coming to the surface, and Frank has disappeared. The Goddess visits Scotty once again to remind him to have a brave heart and there is nothing that he can't handle that the Universe puts in front of him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Yawn

    This is the third of his books featuring Private Detective Scotty Bradley, former go-go dancer, and new age psychic. If you've read the other books (Jackson Square Jazz, and Bourbon Street Blues) and you liked them, then you'll probably like this one too. If not, you won't. It was a diverting afternoon read, but there's nothing artistic, interesting, or all that mysterious here, unless you think that page-long descriptions of a guy's pecs furthers a mystery plot. The plot involves the death of a Russian drug dealer who (surprise!) has a twin who is still alive and (surprise!) happens to be Scotty's uncle. Once the investigation proceeds and Scotty's friends are kidnapped, we find out that the twins are actually (surprise!) triplets. Then there's a big twist at the end, which is so foreshadowed early in the book that it hardly qualifies as a twist -- more of a slight bend. The preponderance of 'psychic episodes' which help Scotty solve the mystery is annoying. Most good detectives rarely have to rely on tarot cards -- it isn't just a schtick, it's seems like a lazy way of writing a mystery. When insight is dropped at your feet by 'The Goddess' what exactly is the point of being a detective?

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous gay Noir

    In New Orleans, former b-dancer turned private investigator Scotty Bradley returns home at daybreak after a wild night of advance celebrating of Mardi Gras. However, instead of hitting the sack to prepare for Carnival fun with his two boyfriends Frank Sobieski and Colin Cioni, two detectives interrogate Scotty re his being seen in the French Quarter with Russian émigré Misha Saltikov, the source of the sleuth¿s illegal drug usage. Not long after they were seen talking, someone killed Misha. --- Though he prefers to stay out of the police investigation, Scotty begins making his own inquiries using underground links that would never talk to a cop. To his shock, Scotty finds his own zany relatives are somehow involved as well some odd Russians who might be Mafioso. At the same time he conducts his investigation, his affairs with Frank and Colin abruptly collapses when the former is abducted and the latter vanishes without a trace leaving Scotty with a second and perhaps third personal case to deal with that is if nothing ties together and so far nothing has. --- In his third appearance (see BOURBON STREET BLUES and JACKSON SQUARE JAZZ), Scotty is at his beleaguered best coping poorly with cops suspecting him in a drug deal turned bad and even worse with his lovers gone. The investigation is terrific as the hero pays homage to the city he cherishes while trying to prove his innocence, save his lovers, and celebrate Fat Tuesday. MARDI GRAS MUMBO is a fabulous gay Noir. --- Harriet Klausner

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