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REBECCA KAGAN INDULGES IN SOME
MYSERIES TO DIE FOR.
CRIME WAV E
Avery mysterious mystery writer has most mysteriously
reappeared after a long absence. The books of J.M.
Redmann, the creator of hard boiled private eye Micky Knight,
have been hard to find over the last few years, going in and out
of print, and changing from one publisher to another. If you were
lucky you may have found one in a second-hand bookshop.
Finally the drought is over, and with the help of lesbian
publishing houses, all three of Redmann's great books are in the
Here they are in order ... Death By The Riverside is our
introduction to one of the most complex female private
detectives in print. Micky (Michelle) is a speedy character, gutsy
and fascinating. She works at the reasonably sleazy end of the
scale in New Orleans, and for the sake of the bank balance, she is
more than happy when a stunning blonde walks in and asks if Mr
Knight will do a search for a missing fiancé. "Sure baby," she
growls in her best Raymond Chandler style.
Book number 2 is called Deaths Of Jocasta and Micky has
been hired to provide security for a ritzy lakeside party. Sadly the
perfect party is ruined when a dead body is found in the
surrounding woods. Micky gets involved and so does her ex Dr
Cordelia James, and soon they are both in grave danger.
Finally, book number 3 The Intersection Of Law and Desire
is another ripper of a mystery, and it looks like Micky and
Cordelia may be getting back together. Redmann is most
definitely one of the best lesbian writers around. Her stories are
fast and exciting, her characters are tough, and sexy, her dialogue
is sharp and witty. And for a change, her books are a substantial
size. Value for money.
Good news is there'll be another one in mid-05, Lost
Daughters. In the meantime catch up on the first three, best read
in order, as the love story develops, as do the characters.
If you are still in the mood for some good holiday reading,
new mysteries abound ... Death By Discount by Mary
Vermillion, a great first novel in the Mara Gilgannon series.
Or how about Tangled And Dark by Patty Henderson. Love
the title! Then there is Lauren Maddison with a new
Connor Hawthorne mystery, The Eleventh Hour. Connor is a
mystery novelist who is a bit of a babe magnet, and also seems to
have no trouble in getting involved in some complex mysteries.
Another excellent pool-side page-turner. And finally, there's
Guarded Hearts by Hannah Rickard. Former cop Sue Hunter
fights to clear a mysterious woman's name. Sue is attracted to
Alyssa, but can she trust her?
There seems to be a never-ending supply of feisty, sexy, dyke
crime fighters, and these are all good fun. There is truly nothing
as good as a big pile of dyke mysteries close at hand for the
FICTION 1 Intersection Of Love And Desire JM Redman 2 All The
Wrong Places Karin Kallmaker 3 Almost Perfect Dianne Blacklock
4 Lucky Stiff Elizabeth Sims 5 Tangled And Dark Patty Henderson
NON-FICTION 1 Memoirs of Moving On Dorothy McRae-
McMahon 2 Beautiful Shadow Andrew Morton 3 Nineteen
Seventy-Nine Rhona Cameron 4 Letters Of Vita Sackville-West &
Virginia Woolf ed. Louise De Salvo 5 Sappho's Guide To Europe
ed. Alex Kiesheyer
COURTESY OF THE FEMINIST BOOKSHOP
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