Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Dead Serious by Vawn Cassidy Release Blitz

Release Blitz. Vawn Cassidy’s Dead Serious.

In the business of unfinished business...

Case #1: Miz Dusty Le Frey

Tristan Everett had always preferred the company of the dead because they were quiet and didn’t talk back. As a slightly awkward introvert working as a pathologist at the Hackney Public Mortuary suited him just fine. That is, until a freak accident with a rogue ice cube and suddenly he can see ghosts. No longer content to just lie on the table and let him figure out how they died, they’re now peering over his shoulder critiquing his work and confessing their most lascivious sins before skipping off merrily into the afterlife.

Just when he thought his life couldn’t get any weirder, London’s most infamous drag queen, Miz Dusty Le Frey, is wheeled in with a toe tag and she’s not prepared to go quietly into the light. Not only is she furious at the prospect of spending eternity in last season’s gold lamé, she’s determined that he help her solve her murder.

Suddenly Tristan finds himself thrown into a world of sequins and fake eyelashes, and worse still, he may have developed a bit of a crush on Scotland Yard’s brand new drool-worthy detective, Inspector Danny Hayes, who's been assigned to Dusty’s murder. Oh, and as the icing on top of a really crappy cake, the killer now wants him dead too...

All he ever wanted was a simple life but suddenly he’s juggling work, a deliciously sexy detective, a stubborn ghost and a relentless murderer... and things have just gotten dead serious…

From author Wendy Saunders writing as Vawn Cassidy comes this hot and funny, slow burn, opposites attract paranormal mm romance.


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Dead Serious by Vawn Cassidy

Book 1
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He’s wearing another suit that, god help me, clings to every inch of a six three body, which has clearly been hand carved by the gods while angels harmonised in the background. His suit jacket is unbuttoned, his white shirt stretched across a broad and obviously well-toned chest, his tie is loosened, and his top button undone.

Jesus holy moly Christ, the man is nothing short of temptation incarnate. All he needs is a trench coat and I’d have my very own spank bank version of Constantine. He lifts his hand, raking it through his dark blonde hair, and I swear it looks like he is in slow motion. I almost reach up to check my chin in case I’m accidentally drooling.

He turns, his gaze sweeping the room, and as his piercing blue gaze lands on me, his mouth breaks into a smile, causing his eyes to crinkle slightly and revealing, not dimples exactly, but fascinating creases either side of his mouth that I find myself desperately wanting to trace with the pads of my fingers.

He crosses the room in smooth confident strides until he’s standing on the opposite side of the table to me, with Dusty’s body between us.

Great, I realise with a sinking feeling. I’ve now added my hot crush to my rapidly expanding list of hallucinations. There is no way he’s really the guy from last night. He didn’t even know my name let alone how to find me. At this rate, I’m going to have to check myself into a mental hospital.

“Tristan Everett?” He smiles as he holds out his hand.

Without thinking, I reach out and grasp his hand, ignoring the little zip of electricity and letting out a startled gasp. When I’d tried to touch Dusty, my hand had passed straight through as if she weren’t there, but Mr Blue Eyes’ hand is warm and his grip firm.

“You’re real,” I whisper as he studies me, slightly puzzled by my response. “Uh, I mean.” I clear my throat and offer him a polite, professional smile. He really doesn’t need to know how much I’d like to lean forward and press my mouth to those soft looking lips of his, especially considering I’d missed out last night as I was unconscious when he had his mouth on mine, while he was busy saving my life. “How did you find me?” I ask curiously, momentarily forgetting everything in the room but him.

“Serendipity,” he replies softly, his mouth curving as he watches me.

“I’m sorry?” I blink owlishly in confusion.

“Inspector Danny Hayes, Scotland Yard,” he introduces himself, as his gaze flickers momentarily down at Dusty’s body. “That’s my case you’re about to post-mortem.”

“Ohhh,” I reply slowly as his words sink in. My mouth forms a small, silent ‘o’ as I stare at him, lost in his denim blue gaze, only marginally aware of the soft smile playing on my lips.

“Oh my God, are you two seriously eye fucking each other over my dead body?” a dry voice interrupts. “Er... rude...”




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a fun murder mystery romp. Forensic pathologist Tristan discovers his new ability to see ghosts when a drag queen attends her own post-mortem. Somehow, socially awkward Tristan finds himself helping a very sexy detective find his new drag queen ghost BFF’s murderer.

Alternately heartwarming, sexy, and completely ridiculous, Tristan and Danny’s story is a wildly entertaining read. While the book will undoubtedly irritate police procedural fans who expect realistic murder investigations, it will appeal to fans of Lucifer, Jilly Cooper, and Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone books.

I read a pre-release copy of this book and found myself distracted by several copyediting errors. I expect these will be cleaned up before publication. Aside from slightly clunky overwriting at times, I really enjoyed this story. I look forward to the next book in the series.


“You’re in the Hackney Public Mortuary,” I tell her, not sure if I should really be engaging with my hallucination or seeking immediate medical intervention.     “The Mortuary?” She pauses and stares at me. “Is that a new club?”     “No,” I wince. “It’s an actual mortuary… you’re dead.”


Author Bio

Vawn Cassidy, Male Male Romance

VAWN CASSIDY is the MM pen name of author Wendy Saunders. She lives in Hampshire in the UK with her husband and three children. She writes Supernatural and Contemporary Fantasy Fiction as Wendy Saunders and Romantic Suspense as WJ Saunders.

Suddenly Beck is her debut MM novel and was borne of her love and enjoyment of MM Romance. During the lockdown, she wanted to write something fun and light-hearted, and as a quirky and unapologetic Brit herself, she wanted to set a story back home in the UK as opposed to her other fiction which is primarily set in the states.

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I frown and shake my head. “After last night, I’m not sure there is a God.”     “Why?” Her thin lips quirk. “Didn’t see a bright light?”     “No,” I mumble. “A gorgeous man had his mouth on mine for the first time in I don’t know how long, and I was technically dead at the time.”


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dead Serious Case #1: Miz Dusty Le Frey (Crawshanks Guide to the Recently Departed #1) by Vawn Cassidy to read and review for this tour.

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