THE P-TOWN MURDERS
Cormorant Books
Publication date June 2008
ISBN 9781897151280

In a place that’s “to die for,” no one expects to die for real.

So muses undercover detective Bradford Fairfax after an anonymous caller reveals to him that his ex-boyfriend, party boy Ross Pretty, has died from an ecstasy overdose in “the gayest place on earth” — Provincetown, Massachusetts. But as the body of another “overdose” victim washes up on the shores of P-Town, Brad becomes convinced that Ross’s death is no accident, and his intention to bury his former lover suddenly turns into a full-scale investigation. It seems that freewheeling P-Town has a dark side, one full of greed, jealousy, and deadly games.

Brad quickly pins the murder on Ross’s ex-employer, the malevolent Hayden Rosengarten, owner of a high-end sex resort catering to a rich and famous clientele for whom discretion is everything. But when Rosengarten also turns up dead, the list of suspects suddenly grows: could it be Cinder Lindquist, the flamboyant female-impersonator? Or Johnny K., one of Rosengarten’s merciless henchmen? What about Big Ruby, the lesbian café owner with a big heart, but an even bigger gun? To top it all off, Brad finds himself falling in love with Zach, a blue-haired twink from his past. But can he trust him? In P-Town it seems everyone has a secret to hide.

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Murder at the publishing house, Paul Belinni, FAB Magaline, Issue 334

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Here's what the world is saying about The P'Town Murders


RM Vaughan, Author of the novels A Quilted Heart and Spells
“SPARKLING, FUNNY, AND ODDLY TOUCHING, The P'town Murders pulls back the sequined curtain to reveal a Provincetown fuelled by greed, disappointment, and murderous desires. If you thought Provincetown was all tea dances, crushed ice cocktails and show tunes, you're in for a shock. Imagine a gay Disneyland run by the queer equivalent of Dick Tracey's Rogues Gallery, and you're halfway home. With Bradford Fairfax, Jeffrey Round has created a gay detective who defies all the stereotypes of the gay detective: charming yet insecure, handsome yet fretful, Fairfax is not a perfectly sculpted, party boy gay superhero, he's human, complicated, and subsequently very seductive. The gay murder mystery genre doesn't need another mannequin, it needs a real man. We root for Fairfax not because we envy him his glamorous life, but because he is one of us.”

Amos Lassen for Literary Pride
Bradford Fairfax is a hunk. He is also a secret agent who is partly James Bond, partly Sherlock Holmes and partly Quincy. More than all, however, is that he is a man who must be dealt with.

Provincetown has long been a gay resort but the P'Town that we get here is one full of greed, murderous jealousies and disappointments. It is also a great setting for a new mystery novel by Jeffrey Round, 'The P'Town Murders'. When a circuit party boy named Ross Petty dies because of an ecstasy overdose, his death is ruled an accident but along comes Bradford Fairfax, a complicated, human, sensitive and very seductive secret agent who decides that Ross was murdered and feels that the crime was committed by Hayden Rosengarten. Rosengarten is wealthy and has an evil mind but he also suddenly is found dead. This is just the beginning of a string of deaths and Brad must solve the series of puzzling murders. At the same time he learns of a plot to murder the Dalai Lama.

Brad begins to wonder if the murderer is someone he knows and almost loses his own life trying to solve the case. His boss, Grace, who has given him leave to go to P'Town informs him of the plot of the Dali Lama and is concerned that the two cases may be connected. Brad's next assignment is to guard the visiting religious leader on his visit to America. As his list of suspects grows, the book gets wilder and wilder.

The characters in the book are wild and original and the story is true escapism. It is a great summer read and if you like mysteries, this one is great fun. I loved the flamboyant list of murder suspects and I fell in love with Brad Fairfax. He solves the murder, of course, and falls in love and saves the Dalai Lama. (I hope I did not spoil it for you).

The author has created a wonderful gay detective. He fits no stereotype; he is charming, handsome, human and complicated and a real man. He leads a glamorous life and he is just like any one of us.

There is great humor in the book and it is touching as well. Provincetown comes across as a gay Disneyland and does not come across as it usually does. The list of suspects for the murder a real treat and just great fun. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

 

 
 

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