Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Party to Murder by John Inman

When Jamie Roma and Derek Lee find their blossoming love affair interrupted by dual invitations to a house party from a mysterious unnamed host, they think, Sounds like fun. The next thing they know they are caught up in a game of cat and mouse that quickly starts racking up a lot of dead mice. Yikes, they think. Not so fun.

Trapped inside a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere, with the body count rising among their fellow guests, they begin to wonder if they’ll escape with their lives. As a cataclysmic storm swoops in to batter the survivors, the horror mounts.

Oddly enough, even in the midst of murder and mayhem, Jamie and Derek’s love continues to thrive.

While the guest list thins, so does the list of suspects. Soon it’s only them and the killer.

And then the battle really begins.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Derek and Jamie have been best friends since childhood, and it has recently turned into a friends with benefits situation. When we meet the men, they are driving at night, in a storm and are headed to a party they both received invitations to, from someone they don’t even know.

When they arrived at their destination – a big old mansion in the middle of nowhere – I couldn’t help but think of Clue – one of the best movies ever. I wasn’t sure if we were being set up for a comedy set around a murder mystery or the beginnings of what would be a good horror flick. In the end, we got more of the murder mystery/horror flick. But I never felt the story took itself too seriously and it has a certain levity about it, especially early on.

A Party to Murder was really fun and entertaining. I loved watching the party guests be picked off one by one, wondering how Derek and Jamie were going to make it out alive. The romance between Derek and Jamie is sweet and also sexy without lots of descriptive sex, which I think the author did really well. A Party to Murder gets a solid four stars from me.

JOHN INMAN is a Lambda Literary Award finalist and the author of over thirty novels, everything from outrageous comedies to tales of ghosts and monsters and heart stopping romances. John Inman has been writing fiction since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He and his partner live in beautiful San Diego, California. Together, they share a passion for theater, books, hiking and biking along the trails and canyons of San Diego or, if the mood strikes, simply kicking back with a beer and a movie.

John's advice for anyone who wishes to be a writer? "Set time aside to write every day and do it. Don't be afraid to share what you've written. Feedback is important. When a rejection slip comes in, just tear it up and try again. Keep mailing stuff out. Keep writing and rewriting and then rewrite one more time. Every minute of the struggle is worth it in the end, so don't give up. Ever. Remember that publishers are a lot like lovers. Sometimes you have to look a long time to find the one that's right for you.”

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Party to Murder by John Inman to read and review.

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