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I love gay mystery and detective and this is the longest running series. I think the Brandstetter series has more volumes, but this one is close. I had seen the TV movies and really enjoyed them a lot, I can't wait to go back and re-watch them. That being said there was an element of them I didn't like, all of the moralizing about be It's hard to know what to rate this, between 3 and 4 stars I'd say. That being said there was an element of them I didn't like, all of the moralizing about being gay and that being gay was okay. This is a gay movie about a gay book on a gay TV station, you don't need to tell the audience that being gay is okay.
It bothered me. What made me pick up this book is I found out it was published in That would make the "gay is okay" more reasonable, and some reviews mentioned sarcasm, so I picked it up. I enjoyed this book, will be continuing the series. The book is dated, not always in a good way. The soundtrack to the novel, set in , is Disco blaring on the radio. It was the summer of love and disco would live forever. That part was good. Less good is the now obscure references to people and politics. I can dig it, it made me remember my times in the scene, in the club, talking about Mary and kissing hello.
It's been a part of gay culture for forever. But as this book was meant to be read in that time by those same people in the scene, there is no lexicon included. I couldn't understand everything, the reveal wasn't great at the end, but it was good. I liked the main character. I liked that he had a boyfriend but still slept around a little. I liked the era. I liked that one of the characters worked for Sears Automotive and another worked at a record shop. I'm sure as time goes on the lingo will become easier to understand for a modern audience.
Not sure about this I had been looking forward to reading one of the Don Strachan novels for quite a while now, as they are considered classic gay mysteries.
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Unfortunately, I found the story slow and hard to follow. There are a lot of dated references that someone in my generation, and having very little history on gay culture of the 'sand 's can relate to. While I was not looking for an action packed, guns blazing, kind of novel. I was hoping for a bit more than details of Albany Street n Not sure about this I had been looking forward to reading one of the Don Strachan novels for quite a while now, as they are considered classic gay mysteries.
I was hoping for a bit more than details of Albany Street names and businesses that some one who has never visited Albany could relate to. Not to mention that I was under whelmed by the details given about the relationship between Don and his partner Timmy. All in all I did appreciate the fact that this novel hit on a lot of issues that affected the gay community of the 's and 's. Perhaps after a bit more research on the history of the Gay Rights Movement of the 60's and 70's, I will be able to better understand the references in this novel.
View 2 comments. Nov 30, Claudia rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , romance , mystery , lgbt , series , m-m. No matter how I tagged this book, this is not really a romance novel. It's a mystery, and it happens that the protagonist is gay and in a committed relationship. And I just love it! The story is set in Albany, in the last 70s, pre-HIV's and the gay lifestyle of clubs, and parks, and promiscuity that flourished after Stonewall riots.
In this setting, a gay man is murdered, another gay man is suspected, and his parents engage Donald Strachey to find him. From then on, we meet a lot of interesting, e No matter how I tagged this book, this is not really a romance novel. From then on, we meet a lot of interesting, entertaining characters, and get a peek at their life through casual conversations while we follow Don in his investigation. The plot is classic pulp, but not foreseeable, the writing is great, and I will read the rest of this series, that's for sure.
I saw the four Strachey movies back in and 10 and enjoyed them a lot. Only just now getting around to reading the series.
This is the first and, as the author points out in his forward the ebook reissue, dates back to the pre-AIDS world. The mystery itself is complicated enough to be interesting, though I saw some of the twists coming and still felt he earned them when they did.
Don and Tim are a bit of a gay Nick and Nora Charles-like couple and provide a sane context in the not-so-sane wo I saw the four Strachey movies back in and 10 and enjoyed them a lot. Don and Tim are a bit of a gay Nick and Nora Charles-like couple and provide a sane context in the not-so-sane world Don has to maneuver. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the whole series which is still being written as of last year.
Jul 01, Alexander rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Love the Strachey series and this was a great way to kick start it. Jun 29, Molli B.
I've had this book forever, and I even started it back when I got it. But I'm kind of glad that I ended up leaving it half finished until now. Now it fits in nicely with my current Brandstetter and Nick Nowak obsessions. And there are 14 of them to read. I consider this a bit "looser" than Brandstetter and Nick Nowak. All three of the guys are funny in their own ways, but some of the stuff in this borders on comedy in what is, I'm pleased, a not-annoying way.
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It feels like Stevenson wa I've had this book forever, and I even started it back when I got it. It feels like Stevenson was having a really good time when he wrote this book. It's first person, like Nowak, so I think it's a bit easier to get to know Don than Brandstetter, but as with the other two, we're not really given any details we don't need.
Just enough to figure out what's up with the mystery, how Don feels about Timmy, how Don feels about himself, and that's about it.
I grew up two hours east of Albany, and for a long time my whole childhood , that's where we did our serious shopping: back-to-school, Christmas; and we still fly in and out of there when we travel north. So it's fun to see Albany featured, even if Don doesn't have much good to say about it. At least I know how to pronounce all the place names.
I like Timmy as Don's external moral compass. And I like that Don's my age. I liked this so much that I think I might start the next one immediately. What is up with the cover?! I don't even remember there being a dog in the book!!! It's soooo terrible. Good grief. This was a fun read. I loved the voice of Donald, he's a wiseass, snarky bastard.
Timmy was sweet and there were a lot of funny moments in amongst all the murder and mayhem. The mystery itself was well-plotted. The police sergeant Donald works with is something else, but thankfully not as bad as some of the others we meet along the way. I know maybe three disco This was a fun read.
I know maybe three disco songs and I don't like any of them ; so the constant references to disco songs meant nothing to me. Didn't like at all that view spoiler [Donald cheats on Timmy - yes they apparently have an open relationship, at least at this point, but I still don't like it.
I hated that they got that one cop locked in the psych ward. If I was supposed to find that funny or poetic justice or some crap, that was an epic fail. That was a cruel thing to do. Just let him go to jail to serve his time. The font was either super big or really small, there were several typos, especially in the later chapters. There are no indentations at the start of each paragraph, which is fine, but the extra line between paragraphs was often missing, making it hard to follow along sometimes, especially when I ran into walls of dialogue.
I'm hoping this is just a case of rookie mistakes and the following books will be cleaner and better formatted.
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Dec 16, K rated it really liked it. MLR 12 days of Christmas feebie The crime tended heavily to female protags, particularly PI's. So I was used to a non mainstream PI when I started this. The book was written and is set in around and it does feel, well, not dated, but of it's time which is a whole other point - how far back does a story need MLR 12 days of Christmas feebie The book was written and is set in around and it does feel, well, not dated, but of it's time which is a whole other point - how far back does a story need to be set to become historical?
That said, I enjoyed it a lot. Donald, the sometime grumpy, sometime sarcastic PI is typically maverick enough to piss off the police, his clients, his partners, suspects and will just about everyone else to get to the truth. The settings are interesting and you get a lot of disco music references thrown in. Jan 30, Jean rated it really liked it.