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Decorated to Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries)

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  • Decorated to Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries)
  • Author: Dean James
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Year: 2004
  • Country: US
  • 288 pages
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The usually quiet English village of Snupperton Mumsley is astir over the arrival of Zeke Harwood, the obnoxious star of the popular TV decorating show Tr\ès Zeke. Zeke and his staff plan to film the redecorating of Lady Prunella Blitherington's drawing room, but he threatens to paint the room red when he and Lady Prunella get into a nasty argument, caught on tape. When Zeke is later found bludgeoned to death and smeared with red paint in the now dismantled drawing room, Lady Prunella becomes the chief suspect, but not, as Simon soon discovers, the only one. Joining forces with good-looking Detective. Inspector Robin Chase, Simon uncovers motives galore among the guests, villagers and, yes, even the butler. Meanwhile, Simon is perplexed by his own personal mystery-his sudden urge to nibble the veins in people's necks, a vampire instinct that his medication is supposed to control. As in an elaborate and fun game of Clue, all the pieces come neatly together. A well-crafted mystery combines with whimsical characters (the interplay between Simon and Lady Prunella's son, Giles, is a highlight) to create an imaginative spoof on the classic locked-room mystery.

Qvamp says:

This is the best in this mystery series involving a gay vampire living in a cozy English town. While the characters and setting have been introduced in his previous two books Posted To Death and Faked To Death you do not need to have read them to understand it. The author is gaining skill with each of his books, and this one was enjoyable.

Many of the men in these books are gay or questionable.

Rating B
Queer Vampire Rating B+
Amount of Gay Content same-sex relationship


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