Thursday, January 26, 2017

One more review coming in...

This one is from
http://eyesonbooks.com/2017/01/26/blog-tour-max-brad-maisie-mystery-series-l-g-fabbo-gonnella/
Series Review
This mystery series is fun, quirky, thrilling, and unusual. I enjoyed getting to know Max, Brad, and Maisie and follow them through their adventures. If you like mysteries, you’ll definitely enjoy it too. But if you are looking for competent detectives, these are more the type that stumble onto things than any Sherlock Holmes types. An former burlesque star and two struggling Broadway authors don’t sound like the most capable PIs ever, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying!
Of course, accidentally fraternizing with a serial killer (this happens very early on in the first book, so not a major spoiler) happens to a lot of detectives. Have you seen Dexter? His sister didn’t know what he was, did she? Then again, Dexter was a little better at hiding it. I’d like to say they get to be the best detectives by book three and that no one ends up naked and tied up. But I don’t want to disappoint you 🙂
Regardless of their skill level (this at times reminded me of the Pink Panther series), or their hard to explain state of being (Maisie is a ghost), this is a mystery series you have to give a try. It will be different than what you are used to, and, if you are anything like me, you’ll smile at the early references to Mark Julian and his more supernatural, and far more skilled detective adventures. I really liked the universe sharing for these two series. As both have supernatural elements and happen in the same city, I like it that the author does not pretend the other one doesn’t exist.
In short, interesting twist on the unlikely detective! I love a more stumble-and-fall approach, especially since we can’t all be Miss Marple!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Another review of "Murder in the String of G"

Another review of "Murder in the String of G"
Review
This was a deliciously quirky book, which I enjoyed very much. Max and Brad are hapless actors who get parts in a play at a revamped theatre which retains more of its past than they bargained for.
Way back in the glory days of the theatre, Maisie, an outrageous burlesque star at the peak of her career falls down the stairs and breaks her neck. The official cause of death is a tragic accident, but we know there was a trip wire across the staircase, and Maisie isn’t about to give up the ghost until she find out who did it.
Meeting Maisie certainly shakes things up for Max and Brad, but not as much as Brad’s new girlfriend who’s a real killer.
I have to admit that my favourite character was Maisie. She’s a real ballsy lady who calls a spade a spade and develops an attachment to her boys that extends beyond the theatre. She’s responsible for some classic moments of comedy and drama and is about as well rounded as a ghost can be. I had great fun with her and am interested to see how she develops in later books. I loved her tendency to get up close and personal with Brad. I like a lady with a refined taste in backsides.
Max and Brad are also endearing characters although neither quite achieve the weight Maisie brings to the story. This is Maisie's moment and she makes the most of it.
I have to admit there were some editing issues that put me off a little and might be a problem to some readers. However, the general flow of the story was strong and helped to sweep me past the flaws.
The story was definitely meaty enough to keep me entertained throughout, with side shoots and two main storylines – Maisie’s past and Brad’s future (if he has one). The boys came across as good guys with a strong friendship and a lot of affection for each other which they’re not afraid to show.
Max, Brad and Daisy won’t be winning any international awards but if you’re looking for a good yarn, with a strong story, complex characters, plenty of action and a smidgeon of humour, this is your book.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The first review of the Max, Brad & Maisie mystery series

From  https://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com
Series Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
murder-in-the-string-of-g-2Author L. G. Fabbo-Gonnella spins the classic noir murder mystery for modern times in the Max, Brad and Maisie series.  Max and Brad are two young (early 20s), struggling actors trying to break onto Broadway who work in a local pub to pay the bills.  When signing up to audition for a role in a new play at a renovated theater, they encounter the ghost of Maisie, a burlesque dancer who was murdered in 1959.  This begins an unusual friendship between the three as go about trying to emulate Hercule Poirot and Topper at the same time. 
Brad is a straight male of Italian heritage who fancies himself a ladies man with a thing for voluptuous women.  Max often complains that he thinks with the head in his pants instead of the one on his shoulders, which can get him into trouble.   
Max is a gay male who is searching for something meaningful.  Having moved to New York from Kansas, he finds a friend in Brad and they decide to room together.  He knows that they should not get involved in trying to solve these mysteries, but as Ethel always seemed to go along with Lucy, he backs his friend whole-heartedly.  He just hopes that they don’t get killed in the process.
Maisie doesn’t have that problem as she’s already dead.  Previously tied to the theater where she was killed, she know moves around with “her boys” as they try to solve the mysteries that they encounter.  While she was a burlesque performer, she is still a lady.  She laments the decline of civility in the modern world but finds a hobby in watching wrestling on television.
In Murder in the String of G, the trio set about to prove that Maisie was in fact murdered and whom committed the crime.  In Murder in the Square Circle, Maisie insists that she and her boys investigate when her favorite wrestler is charged with the murder of his rival in the ring.  In Murder in Noir, the boys finally have parts in an upcoming Broadway play (bit parts, but you have to start somewhere).  The boys find blackmail notes tossed on the floor and decide to investigate further. 
To say that these three are not Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot would be an understatement.  While they have good instincts as to what paths to follow, it seems they always stumble unto the proper solution to the mysteries.  Add to that the fact that Brad somehow seems to find himself naked and tied or handcuffed to a bed and you see that they should not be in the private investigating business.  If you are nostalgic for classic mysteries, give this series a try.  I will state that the books could use a more thorough editing but was not a major problem. 
Dustin Kime does a good job with the covers of the three books.  For String of G, the ghost of Maisie is superimposed on the backdrop of the Cassandra Theater where she was murdered.  For Square Circle, a young wrestler is on the cover.  And for Noir, the lead actor for the boys’ play is featured in a classic noir pose.

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The interview is scheduled to go live Thursday January 19 at 0600 EST.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blog tour announcement with schedule for the "max, Brad & Maisie" mystery series. :)

Just a reminder, the blog tour for my, "Max, Brad & Maisie" mystery series begins today. You can see the blog schedule below. There are plot synopsis's, excerpts, prizes & reviews too; go check it out. 
:)
Date Blog Name

17-Jan Wicked Faerie' s Tales and Reviews
Drops of Ink
18-Jan Prism Book Alliance
19-Jan Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
20-Jan The Purple Rose Tea House
A.O. Chika Book Blog
21-Jan Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
It’s Raining Men
22-Jan Alina Popescu, Writer
23-Jan Attention Is Arbitrary
Dawn's Reading Nook
24-Jan Angel Feathers
25-Jan MM Book Escape
The Kimi-chan Experience
26-Jan EOB's Next Favorite Reads
27-Jan Divine Magazine
28-Jan Love Bytes
Carol Pedroso – Author
29-Jan Louise Lyons
30-Jan Alpha Book Club

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving is coming...some new books to feast upon

In a prior post I mentioned the Maisie, Max & Brad Mystery series is now out on Amazon. For Mark Julian fans there are quite a few new books out this fall and two arriving in early winter{Dec & Feb.}.  For those interested they too can be found on Amazon. If you are enjoying my books please give a review on that site. I cannot tell you how much it helps and it only takes a few minutes of your time.

Below is a synopsis for the books. Happy holidays! Again, please spare a few minutes to do a review, okay.

Max, Brad, and Maisie Mysteries

Murder In The String of G: A Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery #1

Maisie was an irrepressible burlesque queen of the fifties who was a star in the Cassandra Theater. She was killed in what was initially ruled to be an accidental trip and fall down a spiral staircase. In fact, she knows it was a murder but, why was she killed and why the later cover-up? Unfortunately, however, what can a ghost to do about it? Andso, her shade haunts the theater hoping to find someone to help her.
It turns out to be a long wait. In two thousand and six two young wanta-be actors arrive at the newly restored Cassandra Theater to audition for a play. One is Max, who is gay, and the other is his roommate Brad, who is straight. For reasons unknown at first, Maisie finds she can connect with them both and seeks their help in proving she was murdered and who did it. After initial hesitations, the boys agree to help her solve her killing. The book follows the pair as they stumble towards finding answers while dodging a hired gun, a serial killer of young men and, for Brad, Maisie’s tendency to “fondle his rump” at inopportune times.

Murder in the Squared Circle: A Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery #2

Maisie’s favorite young pro-wrestler, Stan DaMann, is arrested for allegedly murdering his hated rival. Maisie is convinced of Stan’s innocence. Determined to find the real killer she convinces the hapless Max and Brad into posing as a new wrestling tag team. Out of their depth, they find themselves involved a murky world of underground sex bouts while facing off against two brothers who think vice may be nice but incest is best. As Max and Brad’s wrestling dĂ©but approaches our trio is eager to find the killer before the killer finds them. Max has another problem in the form of a good-looking Australian wrestler named Liam. Could Max be falling for a guy who might turn out to be that killer?

Murder in Noir: A Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery # 3

It seems as if Max and Brad’s dreams of a career in acting have finally arrived. The duo have been cast in the Broadway revival of that forties noir classic “Blood Fell onto my Window Pane”. Even more exciting, the production has movie stars Barrett Conover and his Italian wife Europa making their Broadway dĂ©but. Max has had a huge crush on the husband ever since he saw the actor in the classic gay film “Going Tops for a Bottom”. As for Brad, he has been a fan of Europa ever since he saw her in the French classic comedy “Buxom Babes for Balzac.”
The play also has a rather lurid past. During its first run in 1948, two members of the company were victims in an unsolved murder. Maisie soon convinces the boys it would be fun to try and solve the decades old crime. What starts as a lark however, suddenly takes a unexpected turn as evidence of a blackmail scheme is revealed. Events soon turn deadly when the trio seeks to uncover who is being blackmailed and, critically, who is behind it. Hidden scandals, an attempted rape and murders both old and new are now part of the script for a, “Murder in Noir”


Mark Julian books:

The Case With The Feminine Touch: A Mark Julian Vampire P.I. Mystery #7


Werewolves assigned to New York City’s supernatural security forces are being snatched while on patrols with their new vampire partners. Worse, these vampires are unable to explain to anyone how the kidnappings occurred. Jean-Claude, the new chief executive of the supernatural council, is stuck in the middle of this rising tension. He ordered these “mixed” patrols, yet now it all seems to be going horribly wrong. Someone has to step in to stop the disappearances and find the missing werewolves. Unfortunately that someone cannot be Mark Julian since Jean-Claude fears having the vampire’s leader investigate the matter would only add to the werewolves’ fury. The circumstances are dire as a war threatens to erupt. Jaime, the shape-shifting sex demon wife of Jean Claude, decides to step in to solve the case. To do so she must reach out to her worst enemy for assistance. She understands this is a very delicate situation but is convinced a solution in this matter only needs just the right feminine touch. 




The Case of The Deadly Dish: (A Mark Julian Vampire PI Mystery #8)



New York City's supernatural community is ablaze with reports about an upcoming literary publication. An anonymous human, who claims they are intimately involved with a real life vampire, has written a new tell-all book. The work threatens to publically “out” New York City’s powerful vampires and “dish the dirt” on the goings on in their world. The entire vampire population is enraged. Many are demanding that the author be found and silenced. Some are also insisting that their collective safety requires that any human involved with a vampire be either executed or turned. Tortego insists this is a local matter which he can solve without outside help. Jean-Claude, however, as head of the entire city's supernatural community thinks otherwise. Mark and his friends are called upon to join forces to find the author and stop the book from being published before things spiral out of control. As vampire attacks in the city increase, the crafty Tortego devises a scheme to destroy both Mark and Jean-Claude. When more violence erupts and murder is committed, it becomes, “The Case of the Deadly Dish."





The Case of the Vengeful Virgin: A Mark Julian Vampire PI Mystery #9 {out Dec 31th, 2017}


Jean-Claude’s two French cousins are visiting with him and his family in New York City. It should be joyful occasion since Jean-Claude spent part of his teen years happily growing up with them in Paris. This visit, however, carries with it a dark cloud. Before they left France a young Vestal Virgin was murdered. Rumor has it that perhaps one of Jean-Claude's cousins knew the dead girl or her killer. 

Others have also slipped into New York City. One is a good friend of Mark's, an ancient vampire who is also a Senator of the Roman Imperial Court. The other is the Imperial Court's Chief Vestal. Are these two searching for the truth behind the virgin's death or merely seeking retribution without regard for guilt or innocence? 

Soon questions arise. How are one or both of Jean-Claude’s cousins involved in her death? Will these Imperial visitors simply be bringing more deaths with them? Even more troubling, will Mark Julian and his friends risk being dragged into something that will have heartbreaking ramifications for all of them? With plots and secrets abounding and a looming latter-day Iago scheme, strait out of Shakespeare’s Othello, Mark will discover there is nothing simple when it comes to a “Vengeful Virgin.”


The Case of the Parisian Vendetta: A Mark Julian Vampire PI Mystery #10 {out Feb 14th, 2017}


A war has broken out between the supernatural forces of Paris and New York City over Jean-Claude’s execution his cousin, the heir to the French branch of the RouĂ© werewolf clan. So far the conflict has been going badly for New York City. With death and destruction taking place throughout the five boroughs many are grumbling about Jean-Claude’s leadership. If things continue, New York City may lose the fight to Paris. Some in the city government believe a traitor is feeding Paris critical information about New York’s war plans and defenses. When Mark is called in to discover the security leak he decides to combine that mission with one of his own. For some time Mark has been concerned about his friend, Jean-Claude. The werewolf has been exhibiting increasing bizarre behavior during government meetings. At times he appears to have lost touch with reality. Worse, an increasingly indecisive Jean-Claude has exhibited a growing dependence upon the crafty Spanish vampire, Tortego. Mark Julian knows the former Inquisitor is up to something. He is determined to discover what it is before Jean-Claude is ousted from office. With drugs, a deadly spy ring and an attempted rape the order of the day, the stakes are too high for Mark to fail. While the war rages around them all, it’s a race against time for him to find the answers he seeks.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

My new mystery series is now out :)

Murder In The String of G: A Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery #1


Synopsis:


Maisie was an irrepressible burlesque queen of the fifties who was a star in the Cassandra Theater. She was killed in what was initially ruled to be an accidental trip and fall down a spiral staircase. In fact, she knows it was a murder but, why was she killed and why the later cover-up? Unfortunately, however, what can a ghost to do about it? Andso, her shade haunts the theater hoping to find someone to help her.

It turns out to be a long wait. In two thousand and six two young wanta-be actors arrive at the newly restored Cassandra Theater to audition for a play. One is Max, who is gay, and the other is his roommate Brad, who is straight. For reasons unknown at first, Maisie finds she can connect with them both and seeks their help in proving she was murdered and who did it. After initial hesitations, the boys agree to help her solve her killing. The book follows the pair as they stumble towards finding answers while dodging a hired gun, a serial killer of young men and, for Brad, Maisie’s tendency to “fondle his rump” at inopportune times.



Murder in the Squared Circle: A Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery #2


Synopsis:


Maisie’s favorite young pro-wrestler, Stan DaMann, is arrested for allegedly murdering his hated rival. Maisie is convinced of Stan’s innocence. Determined to find the real killer she convinces the hapless Max and Brad into posing as a new wrestling tag team. Out of their depth, they find themselves involved a murky world of underground sex bouts while facing off against two brothers who think vice may be nice but incest is best. As Max and Brad’s wrestling dĂ©but approaches our trio is eager to find the killer before the killer finds them. Max has another problem in the form of a good-looking Australian wrestler named Liam. Could Max be falling for a guy who might turn out to be that killer?



Murder in Noir: A Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery # 3


Synopsis:


It seems as if Max and Brad’s dreams of a career in acting have finally arrived. The duo have been cast in the Broadway revival of that forties noir classic “Blood Fell onto my Window Pane”. Even more exciting, the production has movie stars Barrett Conover and his Italian wife Europa making their Broadway dĂ©but. Max has had a huge crush on the husband ever since he saw the actor in the classic gay film “Going Tops for a Bottom”. As for Brad, he has been a fan of Europa ever since he saw her in the French classic comedy “Buxom Babes for Balzac.”

The play also has a rather lurid past. During its first run in 1948, two members of the company were victims in an unsolved murder. Maisie soon convinces the boys it would be fun to try and solve the decades old crime. What starts as a lark however, suddenly takes a unexpected turn as evidence of a blackmail scheme is revealed. Events soon turn deadly when the trio seeks to uncover who is being blackmailed and, critically, who is behind it. Hidden scandals, an attempted rape and murders both old and new are now part of the script for a, “Murder in Noir”