Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Fun Mystery from Australia: Gay Resort Murder Shock

  Back in September 2014, while I enjoyed the Baltimore Book Festival, one of the books I bought was a mystery about
two gay guys who solve murders - somewhat by chance. 
It's called "Gay Resort Murder Shock" by Phillip Scott.
(It's G-rated, btw). What's interesting is that it's written by an Australian author named Phillip Scott and it takes place in Brisbane, capital of Queensland,. Brisbane is a big, modern city set on the Brisbane River in northeastern Australia (and it's on the Southern Pacific Ocean).
   The book came out in 1998, so the Internet wasn't mentioned and neither were cell phones. It's interesting to read a novel from that time, because the world has changed so much in the last 17 years, but it's also interesting to read how some of the gay stereotypes of old existed in Australia, too. Further, even then and in Australia, right-wing religious zealots were nasty to gay people. Some of that comes through in the story, but the story is more light-hearted than that. 
   The book "Gay Resort Murder Shock"  is about gay two friends, Marc (a 50 year old) and Paul (his ditsy younger dancer friend),   find themselves working at a gay resort off the coast of Queensland, run by Newton Heath, a friend of Marc's. All goes as expected as Marc continues to drop whatever he hasn't already forgotten and Paul madly chases the guests, but when Newton is murdered the boys have a new mystery on their hands! 
   The book is full of colorful and memorable characters, and written so well that you can picture the settings and the characters. There are some twists and surprises, too.  
   I didn't know what to expect when I picked it up, but as a lover of mysteries, I really enjoyed this book, and the characters. I found out that the author wrote several other books with the same characters and once I finished this, went on and ordered the others!   
  It's great to read a mystery with gay characters and G-rated, so that ALL mystery lovers can enjoy it- gay or straight. 
- Rob 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Phillip Scott, a lifelong resident of Sydney, Australia, has written and -performed in satirical reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and in London and has also worked as a musical director for David Campbell, Rowan Atkinson and Lily Savage and even once accompanied Bea Arthur. He is the author of two other Marc and Paul mysteries, One Dead Diva and Get Over It! 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next