GunnShots: Spring 2013

This spring the books that most caught my attention were a trio by old friends — Neil S. Plakcy, Jack Ricardo, and Marshall Thornton — plus a 1995 novel by Pete Dexter, which he adapted as the script for a quasi-controversial 2012 film…. read more

GunnShots: Summer 2012

Here are nine novels worth setting your sights on. Seven are by old friends: Anthony Bidulka, David Lennon, Stephen Osborne, Neil S. Plakcy, Rob Rosen, Andrea Speed, and Marshall Thornton. Reading them is hunting in familiar territory, though there are some unexpected twists in the trails they take us on. Two authors are new to the scene: John Inman and David Russell. The nine employ different strategies in creating their mysteries, but they have in common characters whom you like and care about…. read more

GunnShots: Spring 2011

A Roundup of Gay Crime Writing by Wayne Gunn Pickings were so slim all winter long that I thought there would be no spring column. But in March, a few worthy reads popped up at my favorite bookstore. Missing from their number was Rob Rosen’s anticipated Hawaiian comedy Hot Lava. It seems to be available… read more

GunnShots: Summer 2010

Bullets . . . DATE WITH A SHEESHA By Anthony Bidulka Insomniac Press ISBN 9781897178904 Paperback, 262 p., $16.95 Was Neil Gupta murdered by Muslim gay bashers in the emirate of Dubai, as his father believes? Or was his death the result of a mythical carpet he was searching for, as private investigator Russell Quant… read more

Gay Mystery Roundup: Bidulka, Plakcy, Sherman, Ryan, & More

SUNDOWNER UBUNTU by Anthony Bidulka Insomniac Press, $15.95 ISBN 978-1-897178-43-0, Paperback, 286 pp. One Clara Ridge appears in the office of Saskatoon private investigator Russell Quant to hire him to track down her son. She explains that she and her late husband became estranged from Matthew Ridge when he entered reform school twenty years previously…. read more